Element K Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    If you aren't part of the 'in crowd" you should start looking for a new job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I started at Element K, it had a wonderful, family-like atmosphere. I loved going to work every day and really thought it was the best job I had ever had. The team I worked with was extremely supportive, and they organization had many traditions that contributed to the wonderful feeling.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what it takes to make the product they sell, and they figure as long as it has Element K's name on it, it's good enough. There is no connection with the end users of the product.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your customers, and listen to the people that actually make your product.


  2. Poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely no reasons except that it is an establihed organization with some reputation in the market.... .... ... ... but the worst place on earth to work at

    Cons

    Very poor management, no concern for another person's life or time, no punctuality, lot of politics within the organization, worst place to work at

    Advice to Management

    Hire good HR who really have some experience and who can treat people like people and value others' time and life


  3. Was a great place before they went to war with Skillsoft

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of virtual workers, so working from home was often an option. Very smart, hard-working people. Pretty decent all-hands meetings in terms of creativity.

    Cons

    Strategy changed from "help the client" to "get Skillsoft". Gaining market share is important to any business, but wouldn't it be better over the long term if you did that by making your customers happy?

    Advice to Management

    There are long-term consequences to short-term behaviors.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Laid back place but not for advancement

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    Former Employee - Worked In CDS in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Worked In CDS in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back Decent people Able to balance personal and work life Convenient to shopping areas and many of eateries Causal

    Cons

    Low pay Managers played to favorites No real set career path for most positions within the company. No real accountability for errors

    Advice to Management

    Please follow some local successful companies in the Rochester area and observe how they treat ALL of their employees. Update technology and training oppt's.


  6. Helpful (2)

    If you want your career to die, Element K is for you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are not bad, but getting worse. The people are generally nice to work with. It is a casual, yet professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    If you want your career to die, Element K is for you. You can expect more work, for less pay, year after year. If parent company NIIT has their way, your job may be transitioned over to India. (Though lots of people are in disbelief.) No opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Be more truthful about the situation. Do not tell everyone things are ok, when things are not ok. Adjust your expectations to match the size of the work force instead of fostering failure after failure.


  7. Used to be great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Coworkers, Product, Legacy and Technology

    Cons

    Layoffs, Benefit and Current HR


  8. Helpful (1)

    OK for Starter Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for 1st or 2nd job but not long term

    Cons

    People at headquarters can be difficult to get along with; too much work for one person to manage; no room for advancement; clients are jerks; weak benefits package


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great brand lost in the crowd in India

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Chennai (India)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning opportunities Casual and friendly atmosphere Talented people A lot of respect for your work

    Cons

    Absymmal pay (bad than a start -up KPO) Outdated tools and infrastructure


  10. Element K is a fun place to gain some experience out of school, but no place to have a serious career.

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    Current Employee - Developer II in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Developer II in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employess are good people, which makes for a fun work environment. Hours are pretty flexible, too.

    Cons

    Poor pay, and the technologies we use are years behind what's current in the industry. Your career will die here. Also, we lose money on a lot of the deals we agree to with clients (and many are way too smalltime). We'll actually lose big money just to add a client to our portfolio. Also, everything we do is rushed, with no planning.

    Advice to Management

    Enable us to get up to date with the tools we use, pay us the going rate.


  11. Beware of layoffs!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your position, they allow a lot of freedom, such as working from home. they don't watch you over your shoulder all day as long as you're getting your work done.

    Cons

    They just laid off 30% of the workforce. A lot of work gets sent to India. Inconsistent cash flow into the organization. Definitely a company getting punded by the economy.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on quality and get back to basics. Stop worrying so much about landing the big contract and put more energy into the small businesses that cannot afford a training dept of their own.



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