Green Schoolhouse Series

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Green Schoolhouse Series Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong senior leadership, learned more than I did in college. Fun, rewarding experience.

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    Former Employee - Administrative  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Green Schoolhouse Series has smart senior management. CEO is bright, creative, and energetic. Unique business model allows creative input from staff. Very sensitive to staff's personal needs. Flex hours. Solid people.

    Cons

    Underfunded. Needs major money to really make this work. I know leadership put everything they had into this, but building schools is not cheap. Especially the way they are doing it with sustainibility so high on their list. Sales staff is poor. They need good, experienced salespeople.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find money. Lots of it. And use it to find high quality salespeople who want to work and do the job. Hire only people who are serious, not ones who are more interested in making friends than working hard to make this work. Need money to do that. You get what you pay for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay the employees, then build something great

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    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The work they did on The Safari is nothing short of amazing. Tried to build a team culture in the office. Building a very green, technologically advanced school, predominantly via sponsorship monies, is remarkable. The vision for Cause Marketing, and what it could be, is excellent. CEO has a very strategic vision to make this a success.

    Cons

    Where to begin. To be clear, former employees are owed TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars in compensation. If you are looking to work or invest with them (EVP Global, Cause and Effect), be sure to do your research on the .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-paying the compensation owed to the staff members would be an excellent start. For the years spent selling, there wasn't a ton of training and coaching, specifically after the (way too long) power point presentation. Also, take down that silly Facebook page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I suspect the recent 5 star reviews were written by the CEO and posse

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    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great concept on the surface.

    Cons

    Plain and simple CEO and founding members are dishonest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get honest and stop the scam.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good business model and management, but needs more capital to fourish.

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    Current Employee - Public Relations and Marketing  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Public Relations and Marketing in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Senior managers have passion and perseverance. Treat employees right. Very unselfish. Managing partners are kind, fair and honest. Concept is genius. Build schools with funding from corporate sponsors.

    Cons

    Needs more funding to hire right salespeople, sales managers, and business support team. The partners put all their savings in but need more. This model needs money to make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find venture capital. Hire right people. Pay them well. Get rid of dead weight employees. Don't hire salespeople who can't sell.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Management, Great Platform, Intriguing Experience

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    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales/Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales/Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart platform. Joining a cause and effect is where this world will be shortly. Firm and fair managers. Intelligent, honest, credible leaders. Like most say, truly a great concept. Very creative, progressive, cerebral environment. Good direction. Excellent training if you care enough to truly listen and not just tell them how 'you used to do it when you were successful in the 90s'. Loved our front lobby executive support team! Great potential if you really want to succeed and work for it. Glad to see first school completed! Congrats!!! Owners/Managers put hundreds of thousands of their own money in this.

    Cons

    Like most start-ups, not well funded causing multiple issues. Probably slightly ahead of its time (which for a start-up company is not good). Very focused on attempting to hire high level staff, although without proper funding, it's a challenging position to be in. Too many shifts. Couldn't afford high level people consistently (especially sales and accounting) so had too much turnover and no one could gain momentum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Waited months to share, but I need to. Instead of boot-strapping with you own money (God Bless You), find outside investors and fund this properly. Otherwise, you'll always get washed up personnel, especially salespeople. Your sales staff did you in. You get what you pay for. If you hire young, make sure they are willing to work and not just there to find friends. If you hire mature, make sure they are not burned out. I was young, and honestly, because of family commitments, could not do more than 6-8 hours per day. I admit it. Maybe more flex time, although if you have sales reps that are more interested in walks around the building, showing up late, leaving early, office gossip, and looking at videos on-line than making calls, it won't work.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good idea gone bad...

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    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Green Schoolhouse Series (aka Cause and Effect Worldwide/Evolutions) is an amazing concept with a strong backing of some well known Partners. They successfully completed the first school in Phoenix Arizona... the first of its kind.

    Cons

    For the years of experience they have, the management seemed ill equipped to handle the duties. Routinely micromanaged sales staff and created an environment of distrust. Did little to move sales forward.

    Do your research on them. Multiple judgments against them for unpaid wages, rent, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even with a solid financial backing (hopefully you'll pay us!), success will not be attained without some improved management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad management

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    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales
    Former Employee - Sponsorship Sales

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time

    Pros

    Great concept, good partners involved

    Cons

    Bad management, unethical, overworks staff, low income

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    stay away! terrible management and rampant lies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    working for a company which promotes a strong cause in creating an educational and after school program for low income children

    Cons

    daily meetings, micromanagement, inept management, not paying employees commissions. They are a scam and will lure you in with promises of a stable company that helps children. Move forward three months when they can't pay employees on signed contracts and start massive firings. Furthermore they expect you to work more than 60 hours per week and shame people who can't. Shame on you green schoolhouse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to manage instead of telling people to read the secret for inspiration. lame!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    FRAUDULENT Company....Inept CEO...A disgrace to the Cause Marketing Industry!

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    Former Employee - Corporate Partnership Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Partnership Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Building a sustainable school for underserved children is a great cause. It's what draws us all in. However, not paying the employees or fulfilling the deliverables contractually promised to the Corporate Sponsors is reprehensible.

    Cons

    It takes a while to see behind the curtain, but when you do, you see that It's all smoke and mirrors. The CEO is unqualified to run an organization. He has done enough, just barely enough, to make his lies plausible. A few deliverables here, a few there, but when you dig deeper, you see that that's it! Sponsors are not getting close to their promised marketing and PR.

    As for the Employees, here's a novel idea...PAY THEM! The sales team was misled from the beginning. A small base salary and Large Commissions were promised, but defaulted on. As soon as the pipeline filled up, he stopped paying the base salary that was promised and he cleared the team before they could claim their commissions. This has happened again and again. Bring in a new team, and by the time they start figuring out what's real and what's BS, cut them loose.

    The CEO is more concerned about his image than fulfilling his commitments. Right now there are only the 3 Executives, 2 admin and 1 salesman in the office. So, think about that when you read the next positive review on Glassdoor. They are praising themselves (or having their admin do it) in an effort to keep the image up.

    The lack of integrity and blatant disregard for the efforts and investments made by the employees, school districts and sponsors is, again, reprehensable. The company is riddled with fraudulent behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES! They have earned every cent!

    Shame on you. You have taken a fabulous cause and soiled it with your gross financial neglect and mismanagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing Company -- Need to Be Flexible and Understand the Program

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    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Partnership Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Partnership Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Green Schoolhouse Series full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Doing GREAT things for the kids and schools that really need help with new facilities.
    Sense of fulfillment that you are doing good and earning a living.
    The clients that understand the program are getting results.
    Management gave us many Fridays off, fun opportunities for bonuses in team meetings.
    Recognized individuals that were going above and beyond in team meetings.

    Cons

    Lots of change - this is a new venture, so if you are not flexible this is not for you.
    Micro management - I understand this has changed.
    For sales people you need to be in this for the long haul and be willing to work hard up front, but rewards are definately possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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