GlobalEnglish
3.3 of 5 15 reviews
www.globalenglish.com Brisbane, CA 50 to 149 Employees

GlobalEnglish Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2014
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3.3 15 reviews

                             

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GlobalEnglish CEO and Director Mahesh Ram

Mahesh Ram

(9 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Neutral :-/ Poor :-(, Great :-), Mixed ??? Evolving

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGlobalEnglish is ever evolving company. It goes up and down and up again. Any opinion will be good as it is good today and will be completely off tomorrow, particularly in sights of recent acquisition. All reviews are for PD only.
- If you have ideas, energy and desire - company is cooperative to get them implemented. Initiatives are welcome. Agile and engaging. Always interesting (depending on how you see things)

ConsHQ budget constraints - more money flowing to offshore development office.
No strong product ideation - company is still looking for its place.
Too agile which makes it chaotic sometimes.
Too many teams without clear purpose.
Roadmap is foggy and rarely adhered to.

Advice to Senior ManagementDefine clear vision, mission and roadmap.
Form teams aligned to that so that all have clear goal, and don't compete with each other and fight for budget.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people good product but so much changed after Pearson acquired them

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat People to work with - fun and nice - built good friendships and connections
Good Product - easily one of the best in the market

ConsPearson Acquisition (good for the company but not really for the employees)
A LOT of executive management changes (no one knows why they left or if they were fired)
Not much job security
No one knows who is getting cut and when and why
Used to be way more fun to work there

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Good idea for product, not a reality.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEstablished start-up, I worked with some great people

ConsGood idea for product, not a reality.Strange management. No more start-up spirit, all corporate.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake real product that works

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Decent Employer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at GlobalEnglish

ProsFlexible management and interesting work

ConsLower than average base salaries

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The worst company I've worked for!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I worked at GlobalEnglish

ProsWork from home policy, flexibility, some good engineers and a great Product SVP (unless he's quit too).

ConsInexperienced senior management that vacillates constantly.
An incompetent CMO
Weird organizational structure - Marketing organization reports into Sales; Engineering and product management to the CEO.
Culture that supports seniority rather than merit.

Advice to Senior Management1. Focus on and improve your core business of online learning
2. Develop integrity among the senior management. Keep you word. Respect and empower the people who work for you rather than using them to suit your ever-changing purpose.
3. Hire a good CMO and give him/her more authority (i.e., don't have him/her report into Sales, because then the marketing organization becomes a sales-enablement engine).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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where is this company headed ?

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I worked at GlobalEnglish

Prosscenic location
annual getaway to las vegas and other exotic locations

Consmismanagement,
no direction,
old technology

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of potential; great if you're one of the few people with a new solution

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I have been working at GlobalEnglish

ProsTerrific, important product that really helps people; fantastic sales team; good benefits, and nice perks. Some great people; most care about the company's mission, and about doing the right thing.

ConsAfter a long period of stress on many parts of the company, there were some drastic changes--in leadership, direction, etc. While the new leadership is smart and capable, it seems that something's been lost. Great opportunity here if you're the one who's going to come up with the next killer app, but it's unclear that management really cares what anyone else is doing (or how they feel about everything that's happened). There are a lot of very unsatisfied employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementSlow down and ask employees how they're really feeling--not just what cool technology is going to take the company to the next level. We all care about the company and our products, and we all want success, but not at the expense of job satisfaction.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company, need a little bit more focus and patient.

Engineer (Current Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I have been working at GlobalEnglish

Pros1) Industry. Education is an industry you will never feel bad about. English is a platform for any international business. Teaching English is just the best out of the best as a service.
2) Perspective. Can you think of one day in the near future, people will not need to learn English?
3) Renewable. The business model of GlobalEnglish is based on a renewable one. So the growth is much reliable and consistent.
4) GlobalEnglish is not too big or too small to work in. At this size, your voice does count, on the other hand, you are not the one man team.

ConsPain of the growth. Like very company, people come and go, lots of legacy stuffs and uncertain future road map.

Advice to Senior ManagementHelp everybody to grow with the company. Everybody is a hero. Think of compensation before expansion. Money, personal growth, feeling of being successful might not be the final targets, but without those, good people will leave.

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExcellent sales ennoblement program in place; opportunities arising as company reinvents itself; Pearson's deep pockets and longer term plans are now a factor and consideration.

ConsSomewhat rudderless since they lost their clear technological advantage in this space, looking for a resonant message for the market.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time for more than a year

ProsCab facility for all employees

ConsIncompetent managers with no skills

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be competent

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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