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7 people found this helpful  

What got you where you are now isn't going to get you where you want to be.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Carpinteria, CA

Pros- Enthusiastic, talented people.
- Excellent, high-quality product that empowers and enables people to learn
- Focus on member experience as part of the "product"
- Good attention to creative culture
- Excellent benefits, 100% company-funded medical/dental/vision, 401(k)
- Excellent, high-quality, healthy catered lunches & snacks
- High-quality working environment, laptops, tablets, phones, etc.

Cons- Unstated "rules" demonstrated by management behavior, contrary to stated "company values"
- "Open door" management sequestered within inaccessible executive suite
- Authority is not well distributed; individuals are afraid to make decisions
- Innovation stifled (either actively by threatened conformists, or indirectly because of fear of making mistakes)
- Loyalty is prized over quality of contribution
- Unprofessional behavior by some long-time individuals tolerated
- No formal management training or processes

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more of a meritocracy in how staff are treated. Loyalty is important, but so is quality of contribution, and behavior towards others.

Truly value innovation and treasure the innovators, especially in software development.

Train the managers to actually "manage", which will help protect the innovators from the conformists.

The systems and processes that helped get the company to this point have reached their breaking point; new systems and processes are needed to continue the growth of the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Violates its own values every day

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Carpinteria, CA

    I have been working at lynda.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros: The employees are amazing -- smart, talented, hard working. You will work with some great people. And the… Cons: The company violates its own values on a daily basis. While they sell the idea of "invest in your people" and "develop your talent" to… Advice to Senior Management: The executives should watch some of the courses in the library. If they implemented some of the best practices that the authors espouse, the company… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Steadily Worse and Worse

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Carpinteria, CA

    I worked at lynda.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Really wonderful co-workers, good pay, great medical, dental and vision benefits with no employee contribution,… Cons: This used to be a great place to work, but unfortunately became more and more corporate and eventually has turned into a work-mill pushing out… Advice to Senior Management: Your systems are broken. Get some training on how to effectively run a… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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