Middlebury Interactive Languages

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Middlebury Interactive Languages Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
32 Reviews
3.2
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    I am a part time online teacher.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's great to be able to work from home. The lead teachers are great and you always learn new things about educational technology.

    Cons

    There is a lot to learn up front and the details can be overwhelming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turned the corner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, VT

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture emerging in VT HQ which rewards achievement. Product challenges have been addressed by talented new Technology Leader who is relentless in solving problems and addressing customer needs. Healthy growth and happy customers.

    Cons

    Long,hard days post-Utah office closing. Arrogant culture of former tech team left many challenges for senior leadership. Current executive team working hard to improve communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on strengthening the talent base in the technology and development area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, but empty promises of raises and advancements

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    Former Employee - Chinese Editor in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Chinese Editor in Provo, UT

    I worked at Middlebury Interactive Languages as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Able to work from home, great people and culture in the Provo office. Very flexible with time off and occasionally had the option of earning some over time.

    Cons

    Lots of power distance, the CEO doesn't seem to understand what is going on, nor does she care about the employees. Lots of promises of growth with in the company were empty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When referencing employees from the satellite office make sure you use the correct names and understand what they are actually working on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Dorm Head in Poultney, VT
    Former Employee - Dorm Head in Poultney, VT

    I worked at Middlebury Interactive Languages as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great coworkers (lots of like-minded language nerds!)
    - fun work- workings with talented kids
    - pretty good compensation - better than other similar language camps
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    Cons

    - lack of direction at the top
    - training was tedious and repetitive
    - long hours (but to be expected for the position)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - better trainings!
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    Recommends
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The clueless management team will likely destroy this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I worked at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked creating courses for Middlebury for several years and actually loved the work we were doing. It was both challenging and interesting, and I had every confidence that between the course pedagogy and the state-of-the-art tech, this company would soon become the world leader in online language acquisition. The Provo team wasn't perfect, and not always terribly efficient, but they also demonstrated absolute brilliance and uncommon dedication when called upon.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the Vermont executive team was almost universally incompetent. The CEO consistently appeared more concerned with being able to announce to the world that she was in charge of a tech company than actually developing worthwhile products. In fact, the language courses were demonstrably the lowest priority in management's eyes, as they assumed they could eliminate the entire content development team and consolidate the business around their clique in Vermont. I have no doubt that if the company is to survive at all, it will be because Middlebury College and K12 finally identify the source of the problems, fire the executives, and bring in people who are focused on creating a quality product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go find something else to destroy. Your work is done here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unorganized with poor communication

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    Former Employee - Producer in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Producer in Provo, UT

    I worked at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, decent compensation, talented employees, welcoming atmosphere

    Cons

    Lack of communication from the management team; no information on company goals and how employees fit into future plans

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate on a weekly basis, and operate in a more transparent way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Impacting the quality of education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, VT

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Our courses and teachers are increasingly serving a diverse group of students. New initiatives to impact English Language Learners is deeply rewarding. Vermont location provides a great quality of life yet the daily work is challenging and innovative -- a rare combination.

    Cons

    Housing prices in Vermont are more expensive than you would think. Consolidation of operations is at the end of a difficult period which has impacted work/life balance and challenged the great culture of achievement that exists in Vermont.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the post-consolidation culture. Celebrate successes instead of focusing only on challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Blame Throwing is not a Corporate Value

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    Former Employee - Management in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Management in Burlington, VT

    I worked at Middlebury Interactive Languages as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cannot think of anything positive. There was a tremendous lack of cooperation with much lip service that never produced an outcome.

    Cons

    NO COMMUNICATION or Wizard of Oz approach--a voice with condescending messages, that does not want to hear what the other has to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Neanderthal Management and Manual watching is passe'. GROW UP and spend time with people. They are not widgets.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Rare opportunity to work in VT for a national tech firm that's overcoming growing pains

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    Current Employee - Content Consultant in Middlebury, VT
    Current Employee - Content Consultant in Middlebury, VT

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MIL provides a rare opportunity to work in Vermont for a fun, growing tech company. If you love education and language all the better. Staff is an interesting mix of native Vermonters, ed/tech leaders and PhDs. Most folks get along well and it is fun and collaborative work environment. CEO generally does a good job in being accessible and letting the other members of the exec team focus on their duties. One great perk: employees get Friend of College status, meaning you can access Middlebury College facilities or activities for free or at huge discounts. If you ski, a family pass at the Snow Bowl costs like $250 for the year and there's never any lift lines. You can play unlimited golf at the college course, which is empty all summer, for $200 (no further greens fees). if you like getting outdoors, living in a fun college town and doing interesting work - and helping kids learn - this is a great company for you.

    Cons

    The major challenges have been related to growth and/or underperformance in certain areas. The Utah office was holdover from an older company and has been closed, which is a good thing although has taken time to migrate functions to Vermont. (if you notice nearly all the 1 star reviews on here come from Provo). The new structure should improve tech functions moving forward. The Middlebury College faculty has issues with K12, the other partner that owns MIL but the college administration is still very supportive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication with staff is mostly good but can break down at times. Talk more internally about the success and future direction of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Coming into its own

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, VT

    I have been working at Middlebury Interactive Languages full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Given the relatively small size of the company (~75 employees) you will be involved in a variety of areas across the company, with folks at every level. Leadership is very present and visible. High performers are given increasing responsibilities quickly.

    Recent sales wins have set the company on a path for very solid growth into the future.

    Work life balance is what you make it - most folks leave at a reasonable hour, especially those with kids. Often you will see email traffic pick up again later at night as folks follow up on meetings earlier in the day.

    The overall vibe is pretty informal, mostly jeans and the office space is pretty cool. Lots of space for ad hoc conversations or collaborations.

    Cons

    Like any organization there are a few people who are not as committed. This is frustrating to the majority who work really hard and are super excited about the next few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue increasing communication and do more social activities. The new Keurig machine is great, thank you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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