Learning.com Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Outstanding - great culture, mission driven employees. Customers (K - 12 education) care about making a difference!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional, caring employees, great location near Jenn Weld park. Flexible work hours. Generous education benefits and opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Industry (K - 12 education) is a slow selling process, growth very dependent on government funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support the employees, customer, culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A company in a death spiral of outsourcing

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    Current Employee - Development Department in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Development Department in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Learning.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing and there is a very unique culture that is championed by Vicki, the head of HR. The only regret I will have when I finally leave this once good company for a better job is the people.

    Cons

    The senior leadership is on a blatant mission to outsource the entire technology to a company in India that just happens to be owned by one of the board members. Keith Oelrich has brought in friend after friend to the leadership team and has taken cronyism to a WHOLE new level.

    Great people and leaders in the company are leaving in waves and it is driving morale into the ground. These people are not being replaced and they are being outsourced to India. The CTO cannot deal with any conflict so he is nothing but a yes man to Oelrich. The entire intellectual property and technology mindshare is being outsourced to India. There is zero innovation and the workforce has completely given up and they are all just getting paid to look for a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit telling lie after lie after lie to the employees and just admit that you intend to sell the company off in parts to line the pockets of the board members and yourselves.

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

    People with heart and commitment attempting to make the best of a murky situation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Learning.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Smart people doing good work we can stand behind
    2. Good work/life balance, decent salaries for the market
    3. Gradually improving, coming "out of the woods" and seeing signs of positive market growth
    4. Great office location convenient to transit, food, etc.

    Cons

    1. Unclear vision for next year and beyond
    2. Leadership seems secretive
    3. Culture hurt by high turnover in past 2-3 years, trust amongst the staff diminishing
    4. Huge legacy technical debt that is eating up valuable developer time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to be more open and inclusive with staff. Be more ambitious in upgrading the product lines that have served us well over the years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Putting out fires all day every day

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues were nice and willing to help when needed. Location next to transit and Jeld-Wen Stadium. No shortage of coffee nearby. Some fresh fruit delivered weekly.

    Cons

    Very poor focus and lethargic execution at best. There exists a culture of "not my job" and processes/procedures put in place because management does not trust the employees. Most everyone wants to do the right thing but departments are highly siloed and it takes a lot of effort just to do things partially ok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you let sales decide what kind of company to be you will find yourself in the same hole you just were: a catalog of products that don't sell. Stick to your guns, get the right people, adapt when you need to and don't look back. You are your own worst enemy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long in the tooth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A genuine desire to improve the experience of education drives most new projects

    Cons

    Expectation of lots of extra hours from developers.
    Massive technical debt.
    Over-investment in the standardized test business, a dismal industry if ever there was one.
    Few projects go out with anything like a complete feature set.
    Business Development often overwhelms Development: partnerships are launched without the ability to support them and deliver value.
    Little or no development path for employees.
    Reliance on outside hires for even low-level management.
    Unresponsive HR department.
    Senior Management seems coated with teflon: a dozen failed initiatives are no barrier to promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find where Learning.com can geniunely compete with larger competitors. This is probably not through partnering with every content provider on earth.
    Decide if you want to sell content or software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant changes, clueless leadership and no money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The customers are the best.

    Cons

    Lack of communication
    Constant change in leadership
    Bullying from sales team
    Tattletale work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with all teams/members. Stop playing favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly people and nice location, but my actual job was just alright.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Learning.com

    Pros

    Some very friendly and smart people work here. Great location for an office, next to public transit and right on the edge of downtown. I was able to have lunch at a pretty grand variety of places.

    Cons

    My work could have been more interesting and purposeful. I also wanted more guidance and feedback about how I was doing. I felt like I wasn't challenged much to improve or to try harder.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very unorganized, lack of communication and low on money

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Learning.com full-time

    Pros

    Easy work. Loved the actual job and the customers

    Cons

    Sales blames everyone else for their problems. 1 man run HR department. Tattletale work environment. Workplace bullying is very abundant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address issues immediately... HR ignores problems... Connect with every department in the company prior to making changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging in the worst of ways due to personality driven leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Learning.com

    Pros

    Colleagues and customers were great. The location was great. Vision is interesting and worth pursuing. Physical work environment is creative and engaging.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the top, shifting strategies, poor communication, no performance-based pay, stock options, et al. Limited benefits. Need to focus on basic business functions and competent execution as the basis for achieving a grand vision - not an impediment. Need to listen to people at all levels. Need to understand that asking questions, raising issues, identifying concerns IS supporting the business if it's done in an effort to ensure success - it's not an automatic sign of disloyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eat some humble pie and realize that you don't succeed without others in your corner. And they won't get in your corner simply because you tell them to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best places to work

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    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources and Facilities in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources and Facilities in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Learning.com

    Pros

    Making a difference in the life of a child.

    Cons

    No 1-3 Year Strategic Plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop 1-3 year Strategic Plan and communicate to employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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