Education Elements Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. Opportunity to do a lot if you want it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Education Elements full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked as a sales rep and had a great time. Supportive team and no egos. Comp plans were fair and not a lot of going back and forth. Paid out on time.

    Cons

    Product and company evolving more quickly than materials. Need to spend more in marketing. Limited sales management opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing but think about how you will scale. Right now you rely on exceptional people.

  2. Mission driven and fun team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative

    I have been working at Education Elements full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people. Always working to improve. Really cares about their clients. Whatever it takes attitude.

    Cons

    Growing quickly so short staffed. Really intense periods during the year especially when schools are getting ready to launch.

    Advice to Management

    Love my team, but would like to see us hire more people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Becoming the leader in personalized learning.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Education Elements full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Open and transparent about the good and bad. Allows for cross functional participation. Ability to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Clients all over the country. Lots of travel. Sometimes it is a little difficult not being in the home office. Still a few start up issues with changing policies and organizational structure, but I guess that's expected.

    Advice to Management

    Get better collaboration solution for remote employees. More culture building activities for teams.

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  5. Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Elements

    Pros

    Lots of independence, opportunities to grow if you want it. Well compensated if you meet your goals. Loyal to employees. Felt well supported to get the job done.

    Cons

    Things change in a startup. As company grows, policies and culture have changed. Every gets busy. A little too much reporting and metrics for a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep organization flat. Communicate with employees earlier about changes.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great People ... Great Mission

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Elements

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Passionate team with a great mission

    Cons

    Typical start-up life downsides

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great purpose, but needs to spend more time on efficiency and accurate first attempts

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Education Elements

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really cares about their employees. Truly believe in the positive impact of the product. Friendly employees who will go out of their way to help you if you reach out to them.

    Cons

    The issues that come up with the product and the clients need to be addressed at the core. Processes need to be standardized, but the company is unwilling to spend the time or energy to do so because they are already looking ahead.

    Advice to Management

    It is important that the current clients feel as confident about the product as the company does, or the future will not be as bright as it looks. Slowing down and taking the time to fix current processes instead of trying to innovate new ones year after year will pay off in the long run.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great potential, certain issues to overcome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Education Elements full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Social impact, comp, benefits, great culture, wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    product needs strategic alignment, simpler implementation path

  9. Helpful (2)

    Fast and furious start followed by quick flame out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Elements full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - good overall mission statement
    - relatively small but growing field. Education Elements was poised to emerge as a big success
    - it's a new space/field so there's a possibility to make an impact in education
    - a lot of individual talent. at its peak, Education Elements attracted talent from a who's-who of top consulting firms and universities
    - management is comprised of seasoned decision makers at successful corporations

    Cons

    For each of the pros there is a con:
    - failure to execute on delivering mission statement. Education Elements repeats its failures, year after year. And the reasons for them are the same
    - struggle to retain existing customer base
    - every misstep results in a far-reaching negative impact in edu
    - proof that individual talent and intellect is worthless in a team environment
    - no room for advancement. in fact, this company takes good, smart people and does the opposite of advance them: skills flatten and talent goes to waste

    Advice to Management

    You've identified a lot of root causes and have made steps to fix them. But you're either failing to recognize other key problems or are refusing to fix them. You've had great past successes in other fields and corporations but you don't have the domain knowledge to recognize or act on these problems. Is it sentimental reasons? Denial? If you know these parts are failing, replace them. All of your teams need to be made up of talented A-players. If a tire on your car is leaking air, you don't continue to put air into it. You'll waste a lot of quarters. You replace the tire before it goes flat and strands your car.

    There's a lot of money to be made in this space. Some of you may be driven by ONLY that. just realize that there is no perceived value here. this isn't twitter or instagram. No one will give you your millions unless your product and services are in fact worth it. Right now, you know they're not. Let's fix it so you can get paid. And kids and teachers can get back to learning and teaching. win/win.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Oversold on a product vision that has yet to be realized

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    I worked at Education Elements full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was lucky to work with many friendly coworkers in an environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute. Like many startups, all employees have the opportunity to try out different roles and "wear multiple hats."

    Cons

    I was not challenged by Education Elements. My skills flattened or regressed during my time here.

    There is no sense of management urgency regarding planning or scheduling product improvements. There are frequent, chaotic fire-drills after the product has broken down. This results in 60-90 hour weeks becoming usual as all teams are running triage to catch up.

    Advice to Management

    Good product idea, but poor execution. If management focused on fixing the current product before building new features the company would see more growth. There are no people with education or SaaS experience on the board, executive staff, or director level positions. Hiring people with these backgrounds is critical for a SaaS product in the education space.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Fun company to work in

    Current Employee - D&I in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - D&I in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Education Elements full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Good paid
    - Fun place to work in
    - People smile a lot

    Cons

    - Still need to grow more
    - Need to do better on deciding the trend of the product and also the market

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