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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.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carpinteria, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carpinteria, CA

I worked at lynda.com full-time for more than a year

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 ManagementAdvice

Create 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.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Violates its own values every day

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 product is truly wonderful -- it definitely changes people's lives and that's something that we all believe in.

    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 other companies, they do nothing for their own. There is no training provided except for access to the library -- but who's got time? Shouldn't a learning company be a leader in learning? Career paths are vague or non-existent. There is real inconsistency across the VPs in terms of leadership skill and management of their teams. The founders espouse a culture of "fail faster and fail often" so you can learn from your mistakes. But then you are punished for failing. You can get a good performance review and even a bonus and then be fired a few months later with literally no warning. There is a culture of fear now and it's crushing innovation because people are scared to take risks. That's going to ultimately kill the company if they don't turn it around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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 would be a lot better off. And the top execs should definitely adhere to company policies and standard practices. Hipocrisy breeds distrust and disengagement. When your employees are as unhappy as we are, it's only a matter of time before that affects the product and the customers. It already is.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Steadily Worse and Worse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carpinteria, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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, free organic food, great location near the beach, rapidly growing company with possible opportunities for advancement.

    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 cookie cutter products at an ever-increasing volume. The quality of product that the company is built on has been forgotten for increased profits and faster, quicker, more.

    While the company leaders like to tout how creative the company is and what a great work culture it is, the reality is that employees who forgo their personal lives and put out the highest volume are rewarded, and those who try to maintain a positive work-life balance and who put a great amount of effort into creating the highest quality product are fired.

    The saddest thing is that this is a privately owned company, but there is absolutely no employee loyalty. Employees who have been with the company for years are laid off without a second thought from the leaders whose thrones rest on their shoulders. Working there felt like getting lost in an Alice in Wonderland type dystopia, with the Queen of Media wondering around shouting "off with their heads", and the workers scrambling around to do her every bidding, praying their head would not be next.

    Similar to a dictatorship, the managers are merely puppets for the increasingly ridiculous whims of the self-indulgent leaders.

    If you are willing to work crazy hours, nod your head and do what you're told, then the pay and the benefits are great and you will meet some wonderful people. If you hope to have a good work-life balance, some creative freedom to perform your job well and self-respect, keep looking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your systems are broken. Get some training on how to effectively run a growing company before the free content on youtube becomes higher quality than your own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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