LRN

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LRN Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
146 Reviews
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146 Reviews
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LRN Chairman and CEO Dov L. Seidman
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Review Highlights

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    LRN

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enlistment in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Enlistment in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The finest colleagues possible endeavoring to change the way the world does business. It's exciting to collaborate on important issues with brilliant minds and the nature of the work puts you at the epicenter of the evolution of business. The market is huge and recent strategic hires speak to the commitment to be the very best they can be.

    Cons

    The progressive manner in which LRN does business can sometimes result in "many chiefs, no indians" - some people see this as an opportunity to lead leaders, others see it as an insurmountable challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that career progression addresses colleagues aspirations - this will lead to increased colleague tenure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 16 people found this helpful  

    Run like the wind

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Leader is well-known and there aren't many players in the space., so the potential for market leadership is, once again, there. I met some good people.

    Cons

    Company that sells code of conduct but doesn't have one. Fear pervades the culture. Great people are attracted to the promise of the company but leave due to negative culture. One alum recommended getting "I survived" t-shirts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leading with ego is not a sustainable strategy. Let people innovate and create. There is a disconnect between the the espoused principles and leadership's behavior. How do you explain the horrible employee and customer retention rate?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Wealthy, Driven, Monomaniacal & Caustic CEO

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LRN

    Pros

    I have to write five words.

    Cons

    The CEO is a jerk. A great example that wealth doesn't define success, or can be a really inaccurate measure of a person. If you work here, you are likely to be insulted, defamed and made to worship this cult-like leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Succession Planning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Don't judge a book by it's cover. Or the guy who pretends to have written it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at LRN full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I must enter five words.

    Cons

    The CEO is neurotic with low self esteem. He loves to find fault, even if it is minutia. He will "test" you by maliciously throwing obstacles at you only to have the opportunity to say "You failed."

    You will be expected to work 60 hours a week. You will be told that you are taking a half day if you ever need to leave at 5:00 pm, after starting work at 8:30 am. You will be required to THINK about your job and how to make it better 24/7. You will be told that you're not giving 100% if it seems that you have a life outside of the office.

    The CEO preaches far and wide about "HOW" to build employee moral, "HOW" to be a flat organization, etc. But these HOW philosophies do not get implemented within his own organization. The most telling factor is revolving door for those who work as the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to CEO. No one lasts in these two position.

    It does not take long for one to realize they have made a gross mistake by agreeing to work at LRN. This realization is quickly followed by updating one's resume and planning one's exit strategy. Furthermore, this is a boy's club. If you are a white male, you'll fit right in. Management is exclusively white, male and Jewish.

    The good news: The CEO's reputation proceeds itself within the recruiting community. You will hear recruiters say "You do not have to explain why you want to leave within weeks of starting at LRN. We know this company has a revolving door and we know this CEO is difficult." Potential employers will research LRN and discover you are telling the truth when you say you do not want to work in a toxic environment.

    If you are considering a position at this company which requires you to work closely with the CEO, I urge you to keep looking. Do not subject yourself to the whims of this unstable CEO.

    Run! Run as fast as you can.

    If you still work at LRN, I wish you luck and hope your exit strategy comes together quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO is unable to retain a Chief of Staff or an Executive Assistant. Do not continue ignoring this crucial indicator. By now you should have realized the problem isn't outside but inside the company. The Executive Committee and the Board Members enable the CEO's bad behavior.

    "Managers who don’t create the right opportunities for their employees, don’t communicate with them, and don’t appreciate them often find themselves dealing with a high turnover rate. Good managers are people you keep in touch with even after you leave a position. Bad managers are people you keep track of so you can avoid them in future." - Why Your Employees Are Leaving, Forbes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 15 people found this helpful  

    A Sinking Ship I'm Happy to NOT Be a Part of Any Longer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    It did a great job hiring employees that even though NONE of us still work there any longer, we're all still friends and support each other.

    Cons

    The cult-like mentality. The CEO is obsessed with preaching the gospel...according to the book he wrote. The open-door policy that is actually about as closed as it gets. A massive turnover rate with employees. HR that doesn't care about discrimination, ethics breaches or common decency. An absolutely horrible culture...and HOW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to be effective leaders. Trust your teams. Break away from the cult-like mentality. Don't treat staff like garbage. Learn how to be ethical. LISTEN to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 18 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LRN full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    Most 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 16 people found this helpful  

    Wacky CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LRN

    Pros

    Nice locations in NYC and LA

    Cons

    CEO 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO.

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Amazing 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 17 people found this helpful  

    Smoke and mirrors.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice office location near Central Park

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 16 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrisy at it's best!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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