Middlebury Interactive Languages
3.1 of 5 27 reviews
www.middleburyinteractive.com Middlebury, VT 150 to 499 Employees

Middlebury Interactive Languages Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.1 27 reviews

                             

55% Approve of the CEO

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Jane Swift

(22 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Impacting the quality of education

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Middlebury, VT

    ProsOur 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.

    ConsHousing 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 Senior ManagementFocus on the post-consolidation culture. Celebrate successes instead of focusing only on challenges.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unorganized with poor communication

    Producer (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsFriendly people, decent compensation, talented employees, welcoming atmosphere

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate on a weekly basis, and operate in a more transparent way

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Content Consultant (Current Employee)
    Middlebury, VT

    ProsMIL 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Coming into its own

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Middlebury, VT

    ProsGiven 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Blame Throwing is not a Corporate Value

    Management (Former Employee)
    Burlington, VT

    ProsCannot think of anything positive. There was a tremendous lack of cooperation with much lip service that never produced an outcome.

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

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    Good part-time summer job for college students who speak languages

    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsFriendly people, not very stressful work, fun to interact with middle and high school kids who are interested in languages, pay is about right for the time and work involved

    ConsMiddle and upper management for the company seemed a bit disorganized. This was the first year of this summer program in Washington, DC and that means the company should have been putting more effort into making sure everything went smoothly. Instead they gave us all the most basic information and then kind of left all the teachers and assistants to our own devices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    rad crowd - here's to Brigham

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsWhile Brigham Kelly was managing, it was very radly managed. Pay was good, work was good, atmosphere was grand.

    ConsThe office closed in Provo, UT, so unfortunately the opportunity to work for MIL is now more limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHeed Brigham.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Terribly incompetent chaotic leadership.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsReasonably good salary and benefits

    ConsCEO is a narcissistic train wreck. Leadership is top heavy, chaotic, and dysfunctional, causing very low morale among employees. "C level" cronies are more interested in their titles, inflated salaries, and ability to bully than in creating a functional organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the experience of your employees seriously. Most of us have way more practical experience than the leadership team and if you actually listen to your employees and value their input, you might be more successful. Keep on the course you are on with the C level team you have in place and you are bound to fail.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor management, not great compensation, poor product.

    Content Producer (Former Employee)
    Provo, UT

    ProsThis job was an easy place to slide by not doing much, incompetent management and executive leadership with poor planning led to the creation of a series of impossible deadlines. Since everyone knew that the goals set were impossible there was never any negative consequences for either not hitting deadlines or delivering shabby products.

    ConsCommunication between teams was near impossible, upper management was clueless as to the product we were building. Pay was not competitive and long hours / weekend work was often demanded. Creativity was discouraged. My requests for raises were consistently denied until I had an offer somewhere else. At that point there was no way I was going to stay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlmost the entire time I was working at Middlebury Interactive Languages I was actively looking for another job because the work environment was so negative, if you want to have a quality product and keep quality employees hire an outside firm to help create a positive work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Chaotic management, toxic work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company started with an inspiring vision. Middlebury Language School's name is prestigious.

    ConsMiddlebury College made a mistake to partner up with K-12 to found MIL. MIL destroys Middlebury's name as the world leading language educator. MIL is managed by a bunch of irresponsible politicians and corporate business sharks who know nothing about education or care about education. All they care about is to use Middlebury's name to gain fame and bigger pay checks for themselves. The upper management models a toxic work environment. Bullying is common at the work place, both at the Middlebury Headquarter and in Utah. If you dare to stand up for yourself, they will find a way to blame that you are not a team player and then find a way to get rid of you. There are multiple cases of people who were bullied, either decided to leave on their own or were forced to leave. MIL is a law suit waiting to happen. On the business side, MIL puts Middlebury's name on cheaply and poorly made online products and markets them as well-designed educational products to represent Middlebury's educational standards. This opportunistic practice enrages the Middlebury College faculty, and they are speaking up loudly to oppose this disastrous entity that destroys Middlebury's reputation and integrity as a high quality academic institution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow some concise to see the awful things you are doing!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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