Knewton

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Knewton Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
17 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Super-smart people working on something that matters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A LOT of talented, humble people working in one room (almost 100)
    - Strong entrepreneurial culture that rejects anything overly corporate or even traditional
    - Beautiful, huge office near Union Square (moved in summer 2012)
    - Vast responsibility and empowerment given to those who take bold steps
    - Powerful mix of proven technologies, open-source tools, and in-house special sauce
    - Big emphasis on individual accountability and transparency in all functions, which enables teams to make decisions openly and move quickly

    Cons

    Company sometimes has a tough time internally as a tech company in the education industry. Product development and sales cycles can be long due to the natural rhythm of the industry, which predictably causes internal friction.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent team and a strong culture

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Knewton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Strong, fun culture (table tennis, happy hours, stocked kitchen, unlimited vacation), great engineers, lots of communication between the tech and business sides. Devs are passionate about their work and craft, but not obsessed with fads or the hottest trends.

    Cons

    Eagerness to pack things onto the roadmap. Communication can be an issue (as usual for a quickly-growing team).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Been good to me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Knewton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They give me the room/tools to do what I need to to and expect me to get it done.

    Cons

    Lines of accountability and associated metrics could be more clear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work and build

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Knewton full-time

    Pros

    Intellect of peers, flexibility, perks. The company has a very positive mission. This is also a place where you can grow. I would highly recommend a position here as a first job to someone fresh out of college or grad school--there is still a huge upside here both financially (ed-tech is exploding) and professionally (the company is hiring).

    Cons

    Work can be a bit brutal when integration deadlines approach. But this is the nature of the beast. If you're looking for a cushy 10-5 dev gig where you can slowly get promoted with minimal hustle on your end, look elsewhere (google?). But if you want an opportunity to both impact an organization and an industry ripe for innovation (educational publishing), look no further.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a good job. I've heard the new CTO is great.

    Recommends
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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing culture of incredibly smart people solving meaningful problems.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Knewton full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Interacting daily with a brilliant co-workers.
    - Creating and interfacing with cutting edge technologies - I am always learning about something new and cool.
    - Flexible work hours.
    - Freedom to grow and have a really big impact.
    - Great sense of purpose: our products are changing the educational world.
    - Nice perks - fully stocked kitchen, dinner every night.

    Cons

    As a growing company, there are still some pains trying to figure out the best processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the open culture and great vision as we scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Toxic political environment.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There are some excellent engineers at this otherwise poorly managed company. Knewton is venture funded so you will get a market salary.

    Cons

    Unethical upper management, frequent "pivots" in product and technology that makes no sense. Infrastructural choices made to benefit individuals' careers rather than based on merit. Lots of turnover. Sharp divisions within the company. Political in-fighting. Lack of interesting work for most engineers. Departing engineers extorted into giving up equity under threat of bad reference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get acq-hired before your investors figure out how badly your company is run.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Needs direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knewton

    Pros

    Wickedly smart employees, great location.

    Cons

    No clear direction from leadership. Company not sure what it wants to be when it grows up. Employees are smart but bored. Culture changing to corporate.

    Doesn't Recommend

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