RM Education

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RM: Not a bad place to work.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Oxford, England (UK)

I have been working at RM Education

Pros

RM sells educational software and content to schools of all ages across the globe and thus they have a wide variety of products which use many different technologies - in other words, you can gain a lot of experience in a short amount of time.

Your colleagues will usually be very capable in their job, and you're unlikely to have a problem with someone not doing what is expected of them. In fact most people will go out of their way to complete a project.

RM also likes to award its employers with various non work related outings, such as Ferrari racing day, ice karting or a simpler meal at a restaurant. They also organise a outdoor party once a year with fair ground rides, music, food and the odd drink.

RM also works very hard to reduce its carbon footprint.

Cons

You may find yourself stuck constantly maintaining old programs, with little or no documentation on how to proceed, and you may need to switch back and forward between projects at the drop of the hat.

If you aren't interested in Line Management then your options for career progression are limited, it seems if you have never do line management then you aren't capable to do any type of management. However, if you are lucky enough to be in management then your opinion seems to carry more weight than someone else with more experience.

Professional progression is easier, people are encouraged to go on courses but unfortunately this is of low priority and usual never quite comes about.

The company also seems unable to be unable to trust its employees. Project server is used to record progress on projects although this must always add up to your full working hours regardless of overtime you've spent and seems more like a way to keep an eye on you. Also, the internet is heavily filtered, usually to the same level as exists in primary schools as it uses exactly the same system, so expect to be stopped from visiting some website on a daily basis.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to trust your employees more. Sometimes the best ideas come from bottom. Having fun at work is not necessarily a bad thing.

No opinion of CEO

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    not much to say

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RM Education full-time

    Pros

    not much to say about it

    Cons

    not much growth opportunity in it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Inconsistent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abingdon, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abingdon, England (UK)

    I have been working at RM Education (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Education software/services/results is an interesting area to work in and the challenges afforded are good to get teeth into. If you get the right product/service/area to work in, the work can feel very rewarding.
    Ability to be flexible with hours and working from home to fit around family responsibilities. A hard won benefit.
    Decent financial returns with ability to buy extra days of holiday, plus additional time for charity/volunteer work available.

    Cons

    Too many changes in staff structures have happened too quickly in the past three years for anyone to feel that the company is stable or settled. Feels difficult to trust the next big idea about staff structure, so you don't because you know it will all change six months later.
    Feels like there is a lack of progression or development for anyone not based in HQ (despite promises to the contrary following negative staff satisfaction questionnaire results).
    A lot of duplication of work because some area heads failing to control empire building and there is poor recognition of applicable skills in other staff across other areas of the business that could be transferred around to support ongoing work/projects.
    Lack of vision for the future of staff in terms of planning and development. Silo management structure is having a negative affect on staff moral further down the chain.
    Poor development of company profile on social media means the education market is moving faster than they can keep up. Another example of empires not talking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have skills around the business that can be used by across the different departments - try work out how to make the best of what you have by identifying and allowing transferal of skilled people across silos. Not everything can be solved by shipping the work to ESI.
    The world isn't just about marketing - you need the product behind it to actually make the money. Please don't lose the goodwill you have by forgetting that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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