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GlobalEnglish Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
27 Reviews
2.7
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful company to work for, unfortunately the culture and processes got significantly eroded after the Pearson acquisition.

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing group of people, inspired (and inspiring) leadership, fantastic products, fun kickoff.

    Cons

    Often strapped for cash, which prevents the company from really spreading is wings. This was overcome by the Pearson acquisition, but at an excessive cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get caught up in the big company obsession with process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Empty Promises

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    Former Employee - Sales in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Brisbane, CA

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

    Pros

    -flexible work schedule
    - good coworkers

    Cons

    - empty promises on promotions and lies on direction
    - unprofessional and lots of gossip
    - spineless management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    An interesting international experience with some amazing people.

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    Former Employee - Inside Account Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Account Manager in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team selling environment: Some of the account managers are very talented and provide great support to sales people in both selling and developing/maintaining relationships.
    Very international co-workers and client base. Good team building and fun at annual sales kick off.

    Cons

    Not much training provided in some cases. Some holes in management, particularly middle manager level.
    Working with time zones all over the world can be stressful and make it hard to get a good night's sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers with relevant management and sales experience when possible (not necessarily the best sales person who is available to manage)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sorry Mismanagement & Unprofessionalism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work on new things and expand your experience.

    Cons

    Low level of professionalism and industry experience of colleagues. Unseasoned management, no industry experience of most contributors, bullying attitude of decision makers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great product and coworkers

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    Former Employee - Director of Global Support in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Global Support in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers who really love the product and helping customers. Solid product, enjoyed by the customers and actually helped as advertised. Great customer community aspects and strong corporate learning tool set. A great tool for global companies to bridge communication gaps. Great direct management for my position.

    Cons

    At the time change management was an area that needed a great deal of work. Management was aware however and working on the issues. A lopsided management team that was not always cohesive in decision making, which caused pain points to lower tier management and the rest of the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A once promising company heading to the wrong direction

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Flexible working condition. If you work in sales/customer facing role, you can literally work anywhere you want as long as you're connected at your schedule as long as you get the job done. Each year there's a Sales kick off meeting, where virtually everybody working in client facing role is invited to attend this week long event.

    Cons

    Where should I start? With the recent completion of the Pearson acquisition, the original GlobalEnglish leadership team is pretty much all gone. The new leadership team still doesn't seem to fully understand the market and the business and come up with the right strategies, and they have been doing a very poor job of communicating with all levels of the company about their vision and plan. Product line up & Go-to-Marketing strategy are weak. Pricing strategy is unrealistic to the market and competitions. Employee morale is low, and pretty much every month you hear a long time employee leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A once great place to work, has suffered a complete fall from grace in the past 2 years. I'd give it 0 stars if I could

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation was market rate and the flexible hours and ability to work from home when needed were two of the very few things that are positives of working at the company and the only things that are keeping me there.

    Cons

    The company has seen a radical shift in culture, primarily a result of HR "leadership" and acquisition of the behemoth that is Pearson. The unique corporate culture used to be one the companies biggest assets and now it is by far its biggest weakness.

    Personal vendetta's were the core reason for virtually all of the male senior management to be driven out of the company and replaced with an all female management team. The gender bias that has plagued this company for the last 18 months is palpable to anyone and everyone with two eyes.

    All departments were impacted negatively by the Pearson purchase and were downsized with the exception of HR. That department continues to grow in size for reasons unknown to everyone at the company and is by far the biggest source of water cooler talk on an almost daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the exception of a select few senior executives, the current management team is not respected by its employees for a variety of reasons, which is never a good thing. Fix your complete lack of transparency, stop lying to employees, and remove unnecessary and redundant layers within HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Toxic environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work from home; flexible hours as long as the work gets done

    Cons

    The company culture has ceased to exist. The general consensus after the acquisition is that you are waiting to get laid off. New senior management claims to be interested in morale and culture but the feedback goes unchanged. It has become a toxic environment with no one to advocate for the little people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work with international teams, decent benefits

    Cons

    Condescending leadership, zero transparency, lack of trust, no staff empowerment, questionable morals on all fronts, poor prioritization of product development and projects in general, loss of innovation that hasn't been regained in years, strong gender bias, no "mission"... the list goes on. This company takes advantage of hard working, lower level employees to benefit a select few senior managers. "Behind closed doors" conversations are the norm, and reorganizations happen quarterly. I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time

    Pros

    Diverse, well educated employee base. Fairly good work-life balance. Liked company outings, etc

    Cons

    Not always sure where the company was headed. Company is growing so hopefully this will be worked out soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regularly communicate direction so employees know what to expect and what goals to work towards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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