Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

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Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
88 Reviews
3.2
88 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's great one-on-one teaching experience with all types and ages of students (in 4 reviews)

  • Great experience for working with children and teaching reading/ literacy to adults and young learners (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The stress and demands run exceedingly high, despite the low pay (in 8 reviews)

  • Clinicians are typically kept on summer hours or just below full-time hours in order to avoid providing benefits (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes full-time

    Pros

    This is work that changes lives. Pay is competitive, despite other reviews. Growth opportunities are real.

    Cons

    Can't think of any off-hand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to remain fresh for both the employees and the students

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great job if you have no bills to pay and don't mind inconsistency (i.e. you're a college student living with parents)

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    Current Employee - Clinician (Tutor)  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Clinician (Tutor) in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Really great to see the growth in the students. You really do teach them to read and develop comprehension skills. If you are good you get more hours.

    Cons

    Restrictive time off policies with inconsistent hours (i.e. they expect you to be available 40 hours a week but will sometimes only give you 12 hours no matter how good you are). Hard to move up. Clinicians are exploited- the parents pay $107 an hour to send their children to the center and clinicians are only paid $14 an hour despite being the ones who work with the student for over 95% of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay clinicians more and be more realistic about what the hours will be like. I understand that you may not know how may students are going to sign up for instruction but be more transparent with what past trends have been like.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Great experience, bad scheduling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

    Pros

    You really do teach children how to read. It is a wonderful feeling seeing them progress.

    Cons

    Schedule is not given out until the Friday before the next week starts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more.

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  5.  

    Great College Experience

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    Former Employee - Clinician  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Clinician in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed what I was doing, I liked watching the students learn and grow, it was very fulfilling from that point of view. The other clinicians were extremely friendly and I enjoyed by days at Lindamood Bell.

    Cons

    The nature of the work lends itself to being frustrating at times. The good definitely outweighed the bad, however. For me, this was a summer job without much opportunity to make a full-time career.

    Recommends
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulfilling work, frustrating environment

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    Former Employee - Clinician
    Former Employee - Clinician

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with the children is AMAZING! The feeling that you get when you watch your students' progress is worth more than a paycheck. Most of the people you work with are also passionate about the job and are very helpful. New clinicians are constantly mentored and given constructive feedback on how to improve.

    Cons

    The training is awful. It consisted of two weeks of a video conference, with very little opportunity to actually observe current clinicians or to practice working with the students. Many of the things that I was expected to do with the students later on were never covered in the training; furthermore, there was little advice for how to deal with behavioral problems, other than "The onus is on YOU to motivate them, so if they are not paying attention/complaining/acting up, it's because you aren't fun enough." That may well be true, but the fact of the matter is, the kids do the same activities 4-6 times a day, so it's hard for them NOT to get bored or restless.

    Also, I found that some of the "behavior modifications" are unhelpful. I worked with a child who was verbally aggressive to all clinicians and refused to work unless she received ridiculous amounts of prizes. Even though positive reinforcement works in many cases (and certainly many of the students here don't get enough of that in school), there's a difference between rewarding a kid for good work and just letting a kid call the shots. But at LMB, the policy is essentially "The student is always right." Coddling a child is not helpful at all.

    Finally, there's a disturbing trend among some of the staff (including consultants, who work with the parents) to gossip about students' families. Once, a consultant hid in the break room just to avoid talking to a parent. I understand parents can be demanding and annoying, but IT'S YOUR JOB to talk to them and keep them updated on their child's progress.

    All of this, coupled with the fact that it is very hard to have consistent hours even in the summer, was a reason why I just couldn't stay longer. I love the kids, but the environment is very exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the way training is carried out. Clinicians need less time watching old videos and more time observing and practicing with students.

    Also, rethink the way that behavior modifications are carried out. Of course, it is important to keep kids motivated and confident in themselves. But letting them have whatever they want is not the key to success.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Great college job!

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    Former Employee - Clinician
    Former Employee - Clinician

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes part-time

    Pros

    I worked at lblp during summers while I was in college. It's extremely rewarding to work with children and see them make improvements that will be with them for the rest of their lives.

    Cons

    Long training period- you may be able to wiggle out of retraining if your center head knows you are good. It can be stressful working with some of the kids, but other employees are very supportive and share ideas for strategies to use. I received pay raises only as standard protocol- it didn't seem like there were merit raises, and there was no opportunity for growth unless you worked there full time for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retraining should be significantly shorter!

    Recommends
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  8.  

    A great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Clinician
    Current Employee - Clinician

    I have been working at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay was good for me ($15) and the training was comprehensive. My managers were all excellent and the office culture was the most supportive I've seen. At every turn, my managers had my back and were caring. You have all the materials to succeed and to enjoy the job. Working with kids is great and the schedule is very reasonable.

    Cons

    The employment was seasonal and i wasn't promised 40 hours a week. This might work for some people, but it didn't for me.

    The kids could sometimes be difficult, but there's never any pressure to if you can't finish the lesson because its simply too much for them to handle.

    The training was sometimes unnecessarily long. I felt like somethings could have been cut, but I was getting paid so I wasn't complaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent job with the culture and helping their kids. No real complains, thank you for being so wonderful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interviewed for a tutoring position and completed the evaluatin process.

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Tutor in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes part-time

    Pros

    Employees were courteious and responsive.

    Cons

    Hourly rate to be paid to tutors was insulting. Attempt to negotiate was met with indifference.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I would never return to Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

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    Former Employee - Clinician
    Former Employee - Clinician

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I can't think of any. If you need a job, and can live on $13/hour, then I guess that's a pro.

    Cons

    A quote from the director of my center: "we teach reading, not character." This comment was in response to complaints from clinicians about a six-year-old girl who repeatedly hit, kicked, bit, spit on, and swore at those who tried to teach her. She did not receive any sort of consequence, as that was not part of the job. In general, the job of clinician at LBLP is limited to prescriptive, rote work forced on students for hours at a time. This is much more of a skill and drill environment than an environment encouraging critical thinking and when students get upset or act out, clinicians must endure ridiculous treatment in addition to laughably low pay. The work for both students and clinicians is tedious and repetitive. Clinicians are typically kept on summer hours or just below full-time hours in order to avoid providing benefits. Few opportunities to move up. If interested in any type of real teaching, not the place to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You earn about $3/minute from the parents of the children you teach. Give a little more of that back to the people who are actually working with those children.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  11.  

    Effective Program for Teaching Decoding Skills, but Company Exploits Clinicians

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    Current Employee - Reading Clinician  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Reading Clinician in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The methods and materials really do help dyslexic readers make quick and impressive progress in decoding. It's rewarding to see students make such quick progress as decoders, and the students and other reading clinicians are usually a pleasure to work with. Clinicians learn a LOT about reading education in a short time.

    Cons

    Diagnosticians and managers play favorites by giving as many hours as possible to clinicians they like personally and to those who buy 100% into the company's arguably reductionist teaching philosophy. Even if you have a graduate degree in reading educate from a prestigious university, managers will cut your hours by half or more if they like others clinicians better than they like you. There's no way for the majority of the part-time, contingent reading clinicians the company exploits to make ends meet and almost no hope of advancement (very, very, very competitive promotion process). Clinicians get paid over $10 per hour less than most tutors, even though the intensive and specialized training and the tutoring itself are majorly challenging and high pressure.

    Some students rebel against the often overbearing demands of the intensive instruction to which they are subjected for many hours per day, but clinicians are expected to stay bubbly and upbeat and interesting every minute of the day to "motivate" students. Managers scapegoat clinicians for systemic problems with the program.

    The overly narrow approach to reading instruction can create "super remedial readers" (students who can automatically decode almost any real or unreal word thrown at them but who continue to have trouble making meaning from the texts they read). The severe restrictions placed on the language and methods that clinicians can use to teach are mainly to blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire many fewer part-time, contingent clinicians, opting for more full time clinicians. Offer them a competitive wage that takes into account the highly specialized knowledge and skills needed to be a successful clinician. Offer a good benefits package and opportunities for advancement. Make the promotion process less competitive for loyal employees who want a career with your company and especially for those who have strong academic credentials in reading education and have chosen reading education as a career.; reading degree-holding educators should have an edge over the competition. The college kids who teach for you in the summer for some extra coin are not the future of your company, no matter how impressed you are with them. Most of them will be moving on to do other things. You'll take a cut in profits but save a ton of money on recruitment and training if you make these changes, and you'll end up with more competent and content reading specialists and managers and better educated students.

    Broaden the approaches and methods and materials used by the company for teaching reading comprehension. No single theory of how the mind processes the written language, no matter how empirically vindicated, can hope to tell the whole story.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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