LRN
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www.lrn.com Los Angeles, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 29, 2014

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LRN Chairman and CEO Dov L. Seidman

Dov L. Seidman

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48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "comfortable work timings, work from home option, decent office space"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Excellent work-life balance and culture"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Preach flatness but there is still the feeling of top down decision making"
    in 8 reviews
  • "There cannot be a self-governing culture if there is fear and there is"
    in 8 reviews
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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, great mission, but be careful not to say the wrong thing

    Developer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAmazing to work with so many intelligent and good people. London, LA and NY locations are all in great areas. Working towards a goal of inspiring ethical performance - who doesn't want to steer people towards ethical actions? And you are working on the best eLearning courses in the business.

    ConsPrivate company with a mercurial owner who is too easy to anger and too unreasonable when angry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is the sole owner and he is honestly trying to do good in the world. He needs to take a step back and understand that shaming people is only going to shrink his company's value, not grow it. He needs to let his colleagues help him achieve what he wants to achieve instead of dismissing them and yelling at them. Despite this, he has a good heart and wants to change the world, but his anger is his Achilles heel and it's already cost him tens of millions as the company has shrunk by over half its size since I left it, a period in which its competitors have all grown exponentially.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Wacky CEO

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice locations in NYC and LA

    ConsCEO is a wannabe Steve Jobs--all the abrasiveness without any of the creativity or inspiration.

    HOW is a compilation of old ideas in a new but unimaginative package:

    Yes, working together and being trustworthy are good business practices--thanks for the tips, but they're not special ones.

    Globalization and inter-connectivity were like two eras ago--they're not new anymore.

    Reputation has always mattered, locally or globally, social network or word-of-mouth, independent of technology--no great insight there either.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the CEO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues. Great ideas. Terrible management. Terrible morale.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe idea of building a values-based, self-governing company attracts intelligent, kind, hardworking colleagues with an incredible range of experiences. They are a tight-knit group, but there is occasional infighting and jockeying for "favor" with top management. Tripled my network in a relatively short time - especially because many of my stellar colleagues left before I did, going on to other great organizations.

    ConsMany employees are given roles that don't fit their resumes. Or they are frustrated by limited opportunities to grow. Or they are tired of being overworked/shamed/ignored by management. Along with abolishing titles, the LRN philosophy anoints good words and outlaws bad words (basic terms are off-limits like clients, sales, marketing, even ethics; "good" words are journey, elevated behavior, enlistment, engagement, collaboration, and interdependent). In practice, this puts highly intelligent employees off their game and allows valuable advice to be ignored for superficial reasons - and bad advice to be taken because it is laced with "good" words. Work-life balance varies greatly depending on the positions. C

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost important: Do less talking and more listening.

    Perfect example: Stop trying to jack up Glassdoor ratings by asking employees to post supportive reviews and actually pay attention to the advice on the site instead.

    Also, get anger management training. Punish bullies and reward talented hard workers. Build a more diverse executive committee. Practice the spirit of what you preach (not the letter). Pay more attention to your bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    9 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrisy at it's best!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat people to work with who are away from the CEO
    The list of Pros stops here.

    ConsLong Hours
    CEO holds unlimited expectations from employees
    Dictatorship environment
    Revolving door at every position

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop this "flat" nonsense and get back to reality!
    Hierarchy is trickled down from the CEO onto everyone else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smoke and mirrors.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice office location near Central Park

    ConsUnless sanctioned by ceo/chairman, it doesn't happen. Some kids never grow out of that bully mode.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pressuring web site management to remove negative reviews and identify authors. Stop fabricating positive reviews when that fails.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosleadership, flexible work schedule, easy going environment

    Conshigh turnover rate, leadership could have been better

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

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    12 people found this helpful  

    Beware - this company is full of hypocrisy

    NONE (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe people you work with are great - LRN manages to attract some of the best talent based on its promise of doing good in the world. However, that's where the positive end.

    ConsIt's ironic that LRN preaches ethical corporate culture and actually makes its money off it, yet the internal culture and 'people' policies are the worst of any company I've worked at. The 'flat' structure leads to chaos, disorder, and shuts down any possibility of progress and career development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge the hypocrisy. And then start to fix it. Get the CEO into a 'figurehead' role and out of the day-to-day management of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    11 people found this helpful  

    CEO keeps this firm from moving forward

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompany has a point of view which does well with some..and tends to make selling the solution easier
    Was a market leader back in 2000's
    Nice office locations and good technology
    Nice colleagues

    ConsThe ceo holds the company tight and has passed up a gazillion opportunities to grow the business. There is no focus at the firm other than promoting the CEO and his ideas and book. He really has sacrificed the business for his own ego. Colleagues play games and the ones that keep the CEO happy do well - others leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the ceo a figure head and not a leader.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Philosophy that the world needs

    Leader (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsLRN is a company that is really trying to help companies become more successful and sustainable. They do this through a focus on culture and behavior, but blend that with a real focus on education and knowledge of legal and compliance issues. Inside the company, its a flat organization with lots of freedom for employees to get involved in lots of interesting work. Comfortable office space, flexible hours and work styles, and really great people across the company make it a very enjoyable place to work. The work is intellectually challenging and very rewarding. By and large the people that work there are very smart, very experienced, diverse and very welcoming.

    ConsThe company has pursued "flat" and "self-governance" radically but has not yet addressed some of the issues created by a lack of hierarchy, specifically around decision making. Get that right and the company will really hum.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove to make decisions more quickly.

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

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    You can't fool all the people all the time.

    Senior Director (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsNice offices, cool furniture, good location.

    ConsMartinet, Nixonian CEO who is devoid of the values he touts.
    Revolving door of staff, especially at the more senior levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hide behind your "journey" as the justification for your all too frequent mistakes, abusive treatment of employees, and cult like pursuit of your "enemies".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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