Learning Tree
2.8 of 5 44 reviews
www.learningtree.com Reston, VA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 5, 2014

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David C. Collins

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37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Employer, Flexible Work/Life Balance, Excellent Managers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsI was at Learning Tree working in the Marketing Department for a year and a half and have nothing but good things to say about the company. It surprises me to see some of the negative reviews as my personal experience was completely opposite.

    I was given autonomy in my role and was never shot down for my opinion on making my role better or suggesting something to innovate new processes or techniques. I bring this particular point up because I've come from a range of employers in the past - from Fortune 500s to small sized companies. One of the most frustrating aspects of my prior roles was that I was often stuck inside of a process with little room to think creatively or express my opinion on a particular business objective. This was not the case at Learning Tree, which was incredibly important to me.

    On top of this, the people at Learning Tree are nothing short of bright, talented, and all around good folks. My managers were mentors, leaders and friends. Those who I worked with, both directly and indirectly, were always smiling and pleasant to be around. Personally, one of my favorite parts at working there was that each person was good at his or her role. Unlike many companies I've worked for in the past, there is little overlap in roles and responsibilities at Learning Tree, making every employee's job important and part of the greater success of the company.

    Learning Tree is also an excellent play - naturally - to learn and expand your personal expertise given their library of courses taught to the public. Even better, employees are allowed to take the classes free of charge, motivating you to enhance your skill set. Also, the company is supportive of your personal education goals - whether it is Grad School or professional development outside of Learning Tree courses.

    I was very happy during my time at Learning Tree.

    ConsThere was often some delay between marketing projects and end execution. But, this was expected given the nature of workflow within the office.

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

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    Micromanagement, poor environment, lack of cohesiveness between departments

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsMost coworkers are great people with great work ethics.

    ConsUpper management micromanages
    The building is essentially a warehouse and AC rarely works
    No one is happy

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

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    Former instructor - love the company

    Instructor (Former Employee)

    ProsWell written courses, good schedulers, fun locations (mostly), good travel policies (nice hotels, not too skimpy on flights). Nice people to work with. Sometimes the locations of an onsite aren't ideal but it is what it is - you have to go where the customers are so that's really no fault of the schedulers.

    ConsTravel + setup days are effectively "no pay". Sometimes the salepeople would ask too much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot much - I enjoyed my time (more than 6 years)

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

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    Dysfunctional leadership; dedicated employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are great! Many have been with the company for over 10 years and they are the heart and soul of the company.

    Pay is fairly good.

    ConsThere is absolutely no long-term plan. Every week some new hare-brained scheme is forced onto the company without any due diligence or regard for the current work schedule.

    There are no career paths, nor is this a company-promoted concept. If you want to advance, you'll have to do your own planning and be your own advocate.

    There is no inter-departmental communication. This often leads to LOTS of last-minute work because one group (SALES) forgot to consider the effect their project was going to have on another group (IT).

    Work perks keep getting taken away - bagels, cookies, etc.

    Advice to Senior Management#1 Develop a plan and stick to it. Changing course every 1-2 weeks is very disruptive and makes you look unqualified to lead a company.

    #2 Stop micromanaging! The CEO and President display zero trust in their senior management.

    #3 Develop and promote your employees. OMG, did I really have to explain that. :-(

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

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    Corruption

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balanced; very good education courses

    ConsPromotions depend not on your skills and experience but how close you are to the management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company, who makes employees feel like family.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEnjoyed the culture, where departments work together as a team. Company interested in developing employees, offering courses and opportunities for skill growth.

    ConsSalary increases did not always match the other positive qualities of this organization. They often lose good talent, because they do not compensate employees at the level they deserve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good working environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly co-workers and good benefits. Company is close the whole week of Christmas break. Very flexible with work hours. Ability to take classes to improve your personal skills.

    ConsOffice never closes even on extreme weather conditions. Work deadlines can sometimes be stressful. Employee benefits are slowly degrading.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue on thinking ways to improve employee morale

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

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    Sales Management (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsVery good product
    Instructors are excellent
    Sales Support structure excellent
    Product management has good quality control

    ConsGood Old Boy Network of Leadership
    Founders looking for a buyer so always reducing expenses
    Cultural environment not conducive to creative thinkers
    Very metric oriented
    Uses out-dated CRM technology

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeverage the thought leadership of your creative personnel. Employees not comfortable in sharing perspective since management want "yes-men".

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

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    ddLLear

    Product Marketing Associate (Former Employee)
    El Segundo, CA

    ProsI enjoyed working with course authors to come up with marketing content. My direct supervisor was fantastic. She made sure I was trained to do my job and then let me do it. She maintained a great balance in her management style. I learned a lot about technology. The hours were very reasonable. The technical/IT/database engineering and graphic design teams were fun to work with. They produce fantastic and innovative classes, which one can be proud of.

    ConsUnfortunately, the top management would sometimes prevent the company from using modern design and marketing techniques since they were old-fashioned in their thinking. There were a few product managers who were difficult to work with (but some were great). Sometimes the job wasn't as intellectually challenging as it could have been. The lack of sick time and vacation time was really difficult to deal with. Ordering ergonomic supplies was a HUGE challenge even with a doctor's note.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe people in the specialized departments know their fields, so let them make decisions or include them in decisions that are relevant to their expertise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a great place to work, now not so much

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat co-workers, pay is decent, but sadly that is about where the pros end. The company used to be really good at morale boosting - leaving early before holiday weekends, cookies for employees on wednesdays, bagels on fridays, but they have since gotten rid of all that.

    ConsMorale is terrible and Sr. Management is driving the company into the ground. Change is constant but not all the changes are good. They have laid off and fired a lot of really good people over the last year or so and a lot of it was political when people disagreed with Sr. Management. A lot of people are also leaving the company because it is just not headed in a good direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees not just when they agree with you, but give them the opportunity to help the business grow.

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

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