Learning.com Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Tries very hard to be a good employer.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Learning.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a palpable positive energy in the Portland office. There is a good work-life balance and good benefits (except for shared vacation/sick time).

    Cons

    There is A LOT to do and barely enough people to do it. Most people seem to feel like they have no backup, which makes taking vacation kind of stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Constantly improve the vision and roadmap for Learning.com. Consider hiring so that there is some head room and redundancy.


  2. Helpful (2)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Shores, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Shores, IN

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product/s. great growth opportunity innovative ideas in development

    Cons

    Need stronger directional focus on where they really want to go as a small company


  3. Helpful (2)

    Genuine desire to see students succeed overshadowed by office politics and personal agendas

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

    I have been working at Learning.com full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Front-line employees genuinely passionate about student success. Great colleagues and innovative products. Work hard, play harder mentality. An amazing HR team – supportive, creative, fun! Decent salaries & benefits, including fresh fruit every week & $.25 vending machines.

    Cons

    Massive technical debt. More focused on expanding product line than on stabilizing what’s currently available. Most employees work 50-60 hour weeks. Sales folks rule and some have reputations for bullying. Tend to hire out of convenience & not best fit. Unrealistic management expectations and out-of-sync priorities set employees up for failure – missing deadlines, conflicting focus/direction. Decision makers are out-of-touch with customer needs. CEO has lined the exec team with close, personal friends.

    Advice to Management

    Put customers first by stabilizing the platform and engaging stakeholders in conversations about product improvements. Stop pretending that we excel at collaboration & teamwork – we’re still incredibly siloed. Would love the see the CEO & VPs demo core products.


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  5. Good mission, good people but a lot of challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Development in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    You can work on products that help students, from a nice-ish office, with committed peers and genuinely good people.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover in development stemming from leadership that has no background in technology and seems to think of developers as a fungible commodity rather then the engine behind their products/revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your developers


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

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Continue to support the employees, customer, culture.


  7. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Putting out fires all day every day

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

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Long in the tooth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Constant changes, clueless leadership and no money

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

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

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

    Pros

    The customers are the best.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with all teams/members. Stop playing favorites


  11. 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.



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