Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

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Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
95 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Positive work environment and inspiring coworkers (in 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The stress and demands run exceedingly high, despite the low pay (in 9 reviews)

  • Clinicians are paid about ten percent of what the parents pay (in 8 reviews)

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    Clinician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

    Pros

    Great company to work for, really make a difference!

    Cons

    Limited options for upward growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great opportunity to work 1:1 with students.

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    Former Employee - Clinician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Clinician in Boston, MA

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Positive and fun work environment with lots of opportunities to travel. Overall, the company does an adequate job training new clinicians, with opportunities for direct supervision and mentorship.

    Cons

    Hours are not guarenteed and typically vary week to week, especially in the summer for seasonal staff. Clinicians are not allowed to utilize their own skills and strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay for clinciians!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Only work here if you don't have problem with ripping parents off.

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    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Former Employee - Office Manager

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was an office manager and the salary was OK. I started out as hourly but they finally realized that everything we were expected to do could not be done in 8 hours and there was never, ever any overtime ever.

    Cons

    I got tired of charging desperate parents about $2,000 a week to help their child. Some parents went really into debt. In the meetings with the management (of which I was a part) everything was about sales, sales, sales. Parent pay about $100 an hour (usually for 20 hours a week for 4 to six weeks--you do the math) and the actually clinicians that work with the children make only about $12 per hour and have two weeks training.

    Summer is particularly bad because they hire so many college student, train them for two weeks and then have them working with students. They have weekly parent updates but they hand picked who is going to be seen working with that child when the parents come.

    Everyone that tests is recommended to have something. Some sort of help no matter how high they score. The School House program is a joke. The child sits in front of a computer and parents are paying through the nose for this. Homework Matters is a joke too. Four to five kids sitting around a table doing their homework with very little interaction with a clinician.

    Parents would do better to put their money elsewhere. Buy the programs and do it yourself.

    One of the company's core values is SHOW----that tells you a lot right there. Most employees (clinicians, center directors) are very young and few have a background in education or child development fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They trust no employees to make decisions about anything on their own. Everything is "by design," "well defined," and "clear to all." In other words, no room for creativity or initiative except to sign more students, make more money and earn bonuses, for center directors and office managers. I am sure the regional directors and under pressure to make more money as well.

    Oh and when profits start dipping, they cut your pay until more money comes in. The health insurance is crap too and you pay a lot for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Just don't do it...-unqualified staff and management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The kids are great and the programs are great

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Unqualified management (some don't even hold college degrees)
    Noisy in the summer...kids are packed in small spaces to maximize profit, and new staff is barely trained and thrown into a tough job unprepared!
    Parents are often lied to and grossly overcharged while their kids are taught by other kids barely out of high school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay
    classrooms vs small cubicles for students
    Hire qualified people and encourage a longer training and mentoring...
    The whole system needs to be changed and the company will do better financially!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    NYC region: Questionable management and undervalued staff = disgruntled tutors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you have a passion for making a difference in kids' lives, working here can be deeply satisfying.

    Cons

    Engaging with the "leadership" is deeply dissatisfying. The majority of them are quite unprofessional (what kind of leadership training do they actually get?), and they do nothing to create a culture that inspires loyalty to the company. Underpaid tutors share their mutual disgust during off-hours conversations, wondering why they work for an organization that shows little to no appreciation for their commitment to the kids whose families keep the doors open. Just about everyone is looking for better career options while biding their time at LMB.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and give a damn instead of putting on a show for deep-pocketed parents. Fake smiles only go so far.

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

    Reasonable summer gig, good flexibility, not good for intelligent, analytical people who don't want to serve rote Tx

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's incredibly rewarding when you see these kids make impressive gains in their reading skills

    Cons

    management has little respect for staff. I never saw a student turned away - even if none of the LBLP programs were appropriate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain your best clinicians by giving them pay increases, including them in the consulting, and treating them with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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 (less than an 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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 (less than an 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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