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Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Personal Service Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Excelligence Learning

    Pros

    Initially, great management and great environment.

    Cons

    Overbearing assistant managers after the departure of senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, terrible management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Service Manager in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Project Service Manager in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Excelligence Learning full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great company. Unfortuntately the pros don't outweigh the cons. The CEO is a great guy, but middle management makes any possible pro not worth it in the end.

    Cons

    Managers have their heads up their butts. Don't recognize talent when its right in front of them. Treat employees like seniority is the only thing that is important. As I said before, CEO is a great guy... middle management are quite pathetic, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Excelligence Learning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a good "starter" job for someone straight out of school looking for experience.

    They sell a lot of arts and crafts supplies, and they usually give you reasons to play with them a few times a year.

    Cons

    Management is pretty settled in their ways and aren't truly open to new ideas. Oh, they say they are, but everything always stays as it was. If you're not a manager, your ideas are worthless. They also tend to make excuses for the poor performance of some long-time employees.

    Longterm potential is pretty much zero. The company has no intention of ever giving anyone a raise. Although rumor has it that the managers are fed bonuses regularly. The rest of the employees are just lucky to have jobs. It's true that a lot of people have been there for 10+ years, but most of the new employees that come into the company leave within two years or so after seeing that it's a complete dead end for a career.

    Despite a recent facelift, the backend of their websites are all stuck in about 2003, which severely limits online growth potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe put some effort into retaining talent instead of driving it away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Dedidated employees, but management and pay are far behind the times.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Excelligence Learning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is decent. There are occasions you feel the need to work over your schedule because if you don't you will fall vastly behind, but overall immediate management is a team player in this regard.

    Perks: Company has consistent events that treat employees to food on occasion, and depsite what others may think, i feel our health insurance is great. Much improved in comparison from last time.

    Cons

    Office culture is dismal. There is classism between departments, and no one department seems to be be in sync with the other. Departments exert this classim in very minute, but distinct ways.

    Compensation is also dismal. Depsite Excelligence growing from one company to four, no one has received a pay increase in over six years. Working in 2014 on a 2008 salary is not only infuriating, but also demeaning and feels like the employee has no value or incentive to continue. Attempts to ask for a salary increase have proved futile. It was advised, "I am grateful to still have my job. You should too." This is downright demeaning to long-term employees.

    Management is lax and also frustratingly quiet on any important matters. Employee reviews are often months late to where it feels like they are intentionally being witheld in order to not pay their employees before deadlines of budgets at the end of the year.

    Job opportunities are also weak. Having attempted to apply for multiple positions internally with the company, it was discovered that many of the jobs that are being applied have already been filled, wasting both my time and the manager's time. It was previously advised that "they had to put the position up as a formality." This is not only a waste of time, but also makes employees feel lack of self worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your employees first. Your employees are dedicated, but you force their hand to leave in hopes of finding something better. Your employees used to be the glue that held the company together. Now it feels like we are at the mercy of an equity firm that has not communicated to us since their arrival.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not waving, drowning...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Excelligence Learning

    Pros

    Occasional freebies, if you are one of the in-crowd who consistently gets called on for product giveaway drawings. These are inevitably rigged so that new hires feel lucky at getting called first, before the same list of people who are in the company's good graces.

    Rolling accumulation of time off is nice, however one needs to plan one's illnesses carefully, otherwise you don't get sick days.

    Cons

    Morale is non-existent. No raises in 6+ years. Departments are territorial, and turnover is high. As a result, any interdepartmental alliances that have been formed have been replaced by ignorance and inexperience lurking behind passive aggressive tribalism. Collaboration is non-existent. Too much focus on short-term goals rather than long-term investment in staff and facilities. Management plays on people's sense of loyalty and desire to "do good in the world" and uses it to their advantage. No telecommuting (even though in some positions it would be completely reasonable to allow for it). No real chances for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up, treat your employees like adults, stop breaking promises, build merit increases into your business model, and stand up to those who hold the purse strings, or step down, and bring in people who know how to run a business. Also stop posting fake positive reviews. It's disingenuous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Considerate and honest management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Excelligence Learning

    Pros

    Straight talk from managers but with sensitivity and encouragement.

    Cons

    Could be a little more active with explaining company goals and future direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dedicated employees, weak upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Excelligence Learning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun products, easy going work atmosphere, employees really care about the company and products.

    Cons

    Owned by a private equity group who is only concerned about profits and not their employees. No raise in 6 years. Benefits subpar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a vision to make us profitable, listen and implement advice from the line workers. Stand up to the private equity, and stop talking about making positive changes and make them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Once upon a time...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Excelligence Learning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In the beginning this was a great little company. The owner knew all the employees by name. Seemed to have a general interest in everyone. The pay was good for the time as were the benefits.

    Cons

    Fast forward to now... Owned by an equity firm that could care less about the people and more about getting THEIR money. Wages are terrible... No raises in over 6 years unless you get promoted and that is rare. Good people being let go left and right.
    Benefits are terrible and expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time, step back and look at the mess you have made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Excelligence Learning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Though Excelligence is a mid-sized company, it is run a lot like a small company. That can be a good thing because there is a fair chance to "make your mark". It's a real team environment and everyone genuinely cares about one another. Many employees have been around for years (5, 10, 15 or more). Unlike a previous poster, I feel the compensation is fair for this area and the industry.

    Cons

    The office itself is pretty run down and isn't well maintained. Also, there are inconsistencies in the way employees are treated from department to department. Some can work from home, some may do so on occasion while others may not under any circumstances. It seems to be up to the department manager or senior management. This particular point undermines the typical team spirit but I am not sure there is any way around it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employee surveys and suggestions. Treat all employees and departments equally. Put some money into cleaning and upkeep of the work space so that people are happier to come to work every day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Excelligence Learning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and fantastic work/life balance. This company promotes from within and management cares about their employees.

    Cons

    Recently bought out by a private equity firm that does not seem to abide by the Excelligence mission statement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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