Mindvalley

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Mindvalley Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
34 Reviews
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Mindvalley Co-Founder & CEO Vishen Lakhiani
Vishen Lakhiani
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but it is not for everybody!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mindvalley full-time

    Pros

    - You will meet some of the most amazing and smart people in the world
    - If you are a marketer, love marketing or just want to learn about marketing this will be better than Disneyland for you, we can say it is Harvard for marketing
    - Work/life balance can be achieved if you are strict with your hours and work, the opportunity is there, it is your choice if you make it or not.
    - The culture is pretty amazing, great balance of work, fun and learning
    - The space is simply beautiful!
    - When it comes to marketing you will not have too much freedom as the CEO controls in a very detailed way what happens in this area, so your creative train may be halted very quickly or it may take a while before you are allowed to try and experiment (not judging this as good or bad thing, marketing is the core of the business, plus it is what he loves, so I understand why he is so invested in it), in any other area you could have a lot of freedom to innovate and push your ideas forward (if they are good and you know how to present them)
    - If you are into personal development this is a freaking perfect place for you to work (and also if you are not).
    - Despite the fact that this is a 10 year old company there are so many things to do an improve, so there is a space for everyone.

    Cons

    - If you are not into marketing your chances of growing and learning are not THAT amazing (probably with the exception of tech)
    - Salary is horrible, specially for a company that earns in US dollars, that is growing so much and that has so many expats. I believe this is also why so many people decide to leave after 1 or 2 years... you learn you gotta learn and then you go ahead and try on your own or move to places where you can actually make money!
    - There is not a structured career path, you come in and have to figure out everything by yourself in a way, a couple of people might help you understand how things work in the company but do not expect an organised, straight forward structure and path, this can be good or bad, depends on you and you like or dislike.
    - Be prepared to endure endless hours of propaganda by the CEO and senior management about how MV is the best place in the world and how our products service are the best and how they will change the world and blah, blah, blah... Motivation and inspiration are important but here they take it to an unrealistic and tiresome level.
    - Methodologies and processes change a lot! and very often, they never stick to ANYTHING for more than a month, this is quite frustrating ( i know that management will not own to this and they will try to justify it somehow) but in a company of this size and with the amount of people you need more than 4 weeks to try a new process of doing ANYTHING.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is always 2 sides to every story, so stop assuming that your side is the only one that exists... and silence is a powerful way of talking...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good for young adventurers, bad for senior level expats looking for a career

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

    I worked at Mindvalley full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of room to grow within the company & lead completely new projects from the ground up

    - High quality tech team, designers, writers, and customer support team

    - Great local coworkers to work with and learn from.

    - Opportunity to shape your team & interact with anyone in the company.

    - Pretty good pay for Kuala Lumpur

    Cons

    - Entrepreneurship is not encouraged in practice. Vishen is extremely controlling of employees lives outside of the company and takes credit for passion projects employees do in their spare time to push Mindvalley Foundation

    - Massive growth in recent years had led to lower quality people being hired. The developers are great but often overwhelmed and called on weekends, vacations, etc.

    - There is little substance behind many of the projects you see listed on mindvalley.com -- (not necessarily a con)

    - Marketers and management are inexperienced, throw others under the bus when things go wrong.

    - Many former employees are alienated and badmouthed by Vishen. Talk with any former employee for the full rundown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the fear tactics and brainwashing. Stop pushing your employees to write 5 star reviews on Glassdoor to balance out the barrage of bad ones early on. This forum is a place for people to voice their opinions. Opinions.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A broken, messed up system disguised under a cool office.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mindvalley

    Pros

    Cool office! but that's about it.

    Cons

    1- Terrible management
    2- Company culture
    3- No respect for people who doesn't match totally with company culture
    4- The main problem is the company and management promises and slogan is a Facade and it's really all about money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast changing, innovative, growing

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

    I have been working at Mindvalley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good office space and company culture. Health insurance (partial). Good office location, easily accessible public transportation. Up to date office technical support, company provides latest apple working stations and laptops for employees.

    Good management, most of the people who are taking senior positions are passioned about what they are doing.

    Impressive company's growth, professionally and quantitatively

    Cons

    Low salary, not competitive outside Malaysia. No perks for foreigners.

    Company's RECOMMENDED (not provided) housing for foreigners is more like student type of apartments. It's in bad condition with not much space. You are sharing it with other employees. And if you take the apartment you are not able to move out for 6 month.

    Company is using flexible working time model and some employees misuse it. So that company grows some fat. It's a temporary thing, I'm sure they will get over it very soon.

    Very rapid changes of company strategies. Management presents you it as a 'hacking the system', but truly sometimes they are rolling out new strategies too fast trying to copy other big companies or fast innovate. Surprisingly, it's working most of the time, but as an employee be ready to keep up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learn, absorb and grow.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mindvalley full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are amazing and and the office is simply wow. The culture is very hippy driven yet functional. Also you learn a heck a lot.

    Cons

    MV doesn't really have a good hierarchy system so.. Some might see it as a good thing while others not so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Damn fast pace - be ready to keep up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Mindvalley full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Scale of operation is impressive. Everything you do has big impact. Working with some top partners in the industry. Really cool co workers. Love the management team and the way they are growing.

    Cons

    People get very emotional over projects. Many people hired here are strait from school, so they need to learn how the work world works. We are growing really fast so growing pains happen as we outgrow our legacy systems and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spread our focus too thin. We need to keep focused on what we do great, and scale that!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    100% Agree with a Previous Reviewer so I'm reposting most of it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Mindvalley full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pros – Compared to any corporation this is still a pretty good company to work for (though not when you compare to what they promise).

    1. You get some flexible time (less than in the past though). There's no fixed time really, you just have to be in the office whenever you obliged to and attend important meetings. Some time the meeting last hours if the CEO feels like ranting about his vision which keeps changing.

    2. The team is mostly great - really, the people who work there are mostly cool, fun, easy-going and positive. I could count the people I didn't like on the fingers on one hand. As long as you don't get to work with Vishen you will be doing very well (more on that below).

    3. The office spaces are cool, colorful, modern - some of the nicest offices to work in. Nice, colorful, pleasant design.

    4. Located in Malaysia - great hub for traveling for all expats. Great weather throughout the year, beautiful islands in the region - Perhentian, Tioman, Langkawi etc. An ideal place to work if you're in your 20/30s.

    5. Flexibility to learn what you want and choose to move between positions in the company. It wouldn't be a problem to grow and change positions if you demonstrated some results. It has now changed for the worse, but it still isn't bad.

    Cons

    I really want to smh because I read these Con's from the reviewer but chose to ignore it and worked there anyway.

    So you're reading this and thinking - "it looks so great, so what's the problem?" And then you realize that most of the employees leave within 1-2 years MAX. Nearly all people employed for longer have already left the company. Super high turn around. You will see all of this if you ignore these cons and work there. However, this may not apply for people applying to Mobile, Tech, and Design because the leaders of those groups are amazing. Most of this stems from the CEO and a few other non-tech leaders.

    1. Incompetence and indecisiveness at the helm. The company was doing way better with a dual leadership of two founders - Vishen and Mike. Now Vishen has taken over Mike's shares and the company has no logical direction. Vishen has the tendency to change his mind 10 times a week and set new, "strategic" goals for the company every single month. You don't really know where all of this is heading.This company boasts to have a great culture and flexibility but it has now eroded quite badly. Time is littered with useless meetings, which are only wasting time. Job doesn't get done.

    2. Illusion of freedom. Sure, flexi-time might sound hip and cool, but what it results in is that people live in the illusion of freedom and feel they need to give something back to the company. That results in massive overtime which usually goes unpaid. (Before, Vishen encouraged people to become entrepreneurs, but that is no more... he is under the impression that he owns you and if you do any work remotely similar... even if it's volunteer work... he will claim it is Mindvalley's property). At one meeting, he even said that there is no chance for anyone to gain success on their own and that Mindvalley is their only shot of success...except for extreme cases of two former employees.)

    3. Forced positive reviews: This happens all the time for apps and anything with Mindvalley's name on it. I witnessed bribery to review apps on iTunes and to complete surveys for awards like WorldBlu. This may also be the case for Glassdoor. I guarantee many of these positive reviews were requested by management. Hence they are all made around the same time... when the request was made!

    3. Vishen Lakhiani - current boss of the company has probably been the reason of 90% of resignations in the last 3 years. He is disrespectful of people who are not "all over him", he is a micromanager, who disrupts everybody's workflow, by not following any plans and making a ton of changes "ad hoc".
    Finally, as some people mentioned, he will bad-mouth you behind your back once you leave or if you are still there!! I've seen this happen all the time!! He spread so many lies about people who quit (and are still there), it's unbelievable. If you don't have to work directly under Vishen, and working for the tech or customer service teams, then you may just have a better experience there if you ignore when Vishen says demotivating things during his rants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vishen, it would be great if you could be a nicer person and engage with your employees naturally besides just throwing parties (which is cool but you tend to act awkward then too). There have been so many times where you just walk past employees without saying hi or even a smile to acknowledge their existence. When you are on stage you try to act like you are this cool person, but you don't realize that you inauthenticity is clear when you say certain things. You do need to change your style and stop bad-mouthing people behind your back and sometimes to their face! You have no idea what your current employees say about you in private and share with your network. If you don't have respect for other people, then people will have no respect for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Crappy Management and CEO

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Email Marketing
    Former Employee - Email Marketing

    I worked at Mindvalley part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Just the environment but i guess if i hired a interior designer , they would have done a similar job.

    Cons

    CEO is micromanaging everyone's which is definitely not cool and it disrupts the work flow. CEO brags about all the great stuff but basically without the staff working under him, he wouldn't have got anywhere.I really hope he starts looking at himself and also appreciate the staffs around him rather than being so bossy.
    What you really hear him say definitely its on the cover but once you start working then you will feel how bad it was.

    The office cutler is great because people joining mind valley is awesome.

    Nothing much of a training is offered as we have to look out under our own expense.

    There is no such thing as compensating for the expenditure you make for the office.The pay is already very low, what else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please sit down with vishen and advice to stop screwing around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    An objective review is solemn and balanced in both pros and cons, take note :)

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

    I have been working at Mindvalley

    Pros

    Super flexible dress culture (no suit and tie), colorful office with highly interactive amenities, party culture within reach (the majority of employees are international, young, and just plain attractive) accommodation is arranged by the company and is 5 minutes walking from work (a genuine treasure in KL), flexible time (genuinely, it only works for entry level positions), out-of-office work (previous limitation too) ease of internal re-locations within other teams, easy-to-shuffle holiday dates (you can work a Saturday if you want to and have it added as a holiday). The company uses many useful tools and cool techie instruments (internal programs and apps) that will turn you into a swiss knife of resources once you move on, this is actually pretty cool. Truly an amazing place if hardcore cutting-edge online marketing and/or design knowledge is pursued. Living in Malaysia makes travelling to all of southeast Asia very easy and cheap, which comes as a blissful treat for travelling.

    Cons

    For non-entry level positions, the apparent flexible time becomes a seamless back-to-back working experience with no regulative boundaries in work-life balance that frequently tilts towards the working-extra side as opposed to I-can-work-whenever-I-want. As other reviews mention, there is a lack of structure that permeates the culture; work wise, such a lack of optimized processes often causes redundant meetings or unnecessary conflicts between teams that progressively create tension, but when it comes to employee procedures it becomes a bureaucratic uphill struggle to solve issues or to enjoy QUITE a few perks. Most moderately important decisions are still fully under the scrutiny of one individual, so expect to have your decisions revoked even if they are completely within your scope of empowerment: a barrage of mumbo jumbo will be unleashed upon you to dumbfound you and sort of make you think that it's actually not too bad, moving on with the natural flow of life, as you quiet down your rebellious and misbehaved over-questioning mind with the soothing thoughts of your trip to Bali next month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A perspective of hacking can only take you so far before it turns into a fragile patchy culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work! Very fun, young and international team!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Mindvalley full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    MindValley has a great company culture, international team, lots of responsibilities, you learn a ton. It is very young and collaborative place. Your colleagues become very soon your friends.

    Cons

    Mindvalley is missing some company structure. Sometimes you are missing clear expectations from the management on your role or key deliverables.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One advice would be to hire more local people to avoid to much turnover and ensure proper knowledge transfer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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