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I feel truly fortunate that I get to come to work at LRN everyday.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Solutions in New York, NY
Current Employee - Solutions in New York, NY

I have been working at LRN full-time (Less than a year)

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

Pros

The work I do is stimulating and important. We're trying to do things that have never been done well before and they can have a profound impact on the world we live in. The company is ambitious and playing at the highest levels. I have opportunity to connect with movers and shakers around the globe. Most days I learn something new. What we do is inherently complex. It requires we think broadly about the world and how it works, and continue to learn new things. We operate across a broad spectrum of ideas, activities and relationships. We need to understand the connect points. I'm growing professionally. There are no boxes at LRN. Influence evolves out of your behavior. Each day I have opportunities both to practice my leadership skills and take on new responsibilities. Where I see problems, I feel empowered to make suggestions, collaborate with colleagues and get them fixed. My colleagues are kind, supportive and decent people. They're committed to living in a moral and ethical world. They have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They want each other and the company to succeed. The office space is amazing, the snacks generous and the coffee plentiful.

Cons

The company is evolving. It's shifting its business model and operating structure. It's making changes in its talent. There are some growing pains as it works through the process. You have to come to the table ready to contribute, willing to experiment and wanting to be part of building something exceptional. There are easier ways to make more money. As a mission driven organization, compensation is below market. Standards can be quite high. You have to have character and thick skin, and be willing to take criticism as an opportunity for growth. And, you need the self-confidence to throw yourself into the conversation.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    OK place to work at...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LRN as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flat environment, very knowledgeable employees, culture

    Cons

    No raise, no bonus, if you were a contractor, chances to get converted are close to 0. No defined process on how to transition from contractor to Full time. Lack of leadership in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to keep the employees, people leave the company every month and the hiring process takes forever so by the time you hire 1 person, 4 already left.


  2. Helpful (14)

    More of a Cult than a Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at LRN as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The ideas the company is based on are innovative, and quite possibly correct. They have beautiful locations in Los Angeles and New York City. LRN was a first-mover in the Ethics and Compliance learning space. They acquired GreenOrder, a sustainability consulting firm, which also had some exciting ideas about sustainability and competitiveness.

    Cons

    The CEO may be a visionary, but visionaries and CEOs are generally cut from different cloth. His goals seem to be constellated around making himself the world's pre-eminent pop business ethicist, but he doesn't appear to have the intellectual firepower. His lack of management skills is reflected in the ageing course catalog, diminishing market share, and 50%+ yearly turnover. Only a small cadre of desperate souls have been there more than a year. Everyone else has just been hired on the strength of what is indeed an inspiring mission, but the CEOs every action is out of step with that mission. As someone whose job it is to work with dysfunctional companies, LRN is easily the most dysfunctional firm I've ever worked with or for. The one group of competent, well-managed employees at LRN was GreenOrder, but the attrition in that group was particularly steep once they figured what they'd got themselves into.

    Advice to Management

    The Board should retire Dov and replace him with a professional management team. He must have a controlling interest in the firm, though, because any rational Board would have done this years ago.


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