Qwizdom
2.1 of 5 7 reviews
www.qwizdom.com Puyallup, WA 16 to 50 Employees

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Updated May 28, 2014

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    Great product, nice people, but they had trouble transitioning from a hardware focus to a curriculum/software focus.

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    East Windsor, NJ

    ProsThe fact that you are helping teachers do their job better is great. Basic hardware and OS was really flexible and worked very well.

    ConsThe magic bullet for many school districts would be system that supplies curriculum and offers reporting features that allows not only teachers, but administrators, to view student progress vis-a-vis state standards and then make informed data-driven decisions.

    Page 8 of the main Qwizdom K-12 brochure talks about Comprehensive Reporting: "Teachers and administrators can view district, school, class, and student reports by score, performance comparison across schools, activities,demographics, standards mastery, and skills. All these reports provide instant student performance data, enabling teachers to quickly identify specific needs and follow up with modified instruction". Unfortunately the school wide and district wide features were never actually ready for the market-- they simply did not exist in a form that was usable. When I left in June of 2012 this was the product that they were trying to sort out.

    In March of 2012 a new C.O.O. was brought in to turn sales around and I was caught in that change. My boss, the V.P. of Sales and Marketing and 16 staff members, the whole Cleveland Sales Office, was let go in April of 2012. I cannot fault what was done-- sales were in the toilet-- but how it was done, especially since so many of the people who were let go with no notice were such loyal, hard working employees.

    My new boss had a hard job ahead of him, and things changed for us remaining "account directors". Before we were consultants/ trainers/ salespeople and afterwards were strictly sales. The theory was that the training and support functions would be covered by new hires, but that left us sales people with no support in the meantime.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't offer a product or talk about a product until you have it actually available. Try to hold on to people who are the "memory" of your company, even if they are a pain in the ass. Stick to what your vision of the company is and don't let anyone distract you from making that happen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsQwizdom is trying to succeed through the sacrifice of its employees, who make things happen despite management that is rarely on top of things. Business model is sound and so is client portfolio. While there are some serious management flaws, the company does respect holiday times and does not routinely expect you to be available at all times.

    ConsIf Qwizdom can shake its dogmatic management philosophies and target-driven practices that keep it from just managing well its workforce, it will become the leader it pretends to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop managing by philosophies from MBAs and false HR-led 'work environment improvement plans'. Your employees are serious and seasoned professionals that don't need nannies to do a good job. Trust them!

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

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    Working in a good friendly environment selling educational hardware, software and annotation software.

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    ProsGreat people to work with, very friendly atmosphere and environment. Loyal staff members that try very hard to keep everything functioning with no incentives

    ConsBad management, no structure in employment. Disjointed communication and very bias towards the American side of the company. Reviews on pay and progress would help improve how staff operate. Many staff members have been let go or left in the past 6 months meaning existing staff are stretched thin and completing multiple tasks with no reward.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA better employment structure, lack of communication between American office would provide better morale to staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fragmented. Plans are scattered, teams disorganized and undisciplined

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPay rate was adequate - approximately in line with market, if a little low.

    ConsUltra-cheap upper management does not inspire any confidence. The cheapest office, cheapest benefits plan, no possibility of any benefit for good performance.

    Due to failure to adapt to changing market, and fundamentally flawed attitudes at the top, it looks like this company is in serious decline.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. Invite them to take some ownership and be part of the process. Delegate more tasks to those who can do a better job than management, rather than having to control everything.

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

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    Small player that could be relevant- but won't do things necessary to become that.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe education field is challenging, rewarding and interesting. Great hardware product, potential to have great software.

    ConsLots of promises that do not deliver.

    The company is privately held, which they boast about when it is favorable to them; yet, this same history is the main thing holding them back. They will not/do not invest in the company, its' people nor its' future. It is a corporate structure that is founded upon nepotism, and still operated BY nepotism. Employees cannot give legitimate feedback or suggestions out of fear.

    On Page 8 of the Qwizdom K-12 brochure, it discusses Comprehensive Reporting: "Teachers and administrators can view district, school, class, and student reports by score, performance comparison across schools, activities,demographics, standards mastery, and skills. All these reports provide instant student performance data, enabling teachers to quickly identify specific needs and follow up with modified instruction". The school wide and district wide features are ready for the market.

    The primary software is antiquated in its' appearance and it simply created from Powerpoint and repackaged as something "unique". The graphics are badly outdated and look like clipart from the early 1990's. (Another example of being cheap and not re-investing).

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring family members to run the company. Reinvest and redesign your software.

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

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    It is just OK.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you like working in education technology, this job is for you.

    ConsThe cons to this job is that you may not get a raise even after two years at the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHaving a official employee review process would be great. Also a raise system would also be beneficial.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Extremely disappointing and unfulfilling.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany's core product line is/was great and performs very well when compared to other similar offerings in this space. Products are shipped in a timely manner and customer issues are taken seriously and resolved quickly.

    ConsCompany does not have a defined goal or plan of action, if they do; senior management does a horrible job of relaying that message to their employees. Senior mgmnt has no focus and is constantly changing directives and initiatives. Implementation and integration of new product offerings are haphazard in their design. They seem to throw things randomly against the wall with the hopes that something will stick. They constantly bounce around from one thing to the next looking for that next 'homerun' product. Because of this they have lost focus on what got them where they 'were' which was their initial product line. The quality of their Student Response Systems and the software that supports it has taken a noticeable step back.

    Senior Mgmnt (from a Sales Management perspective) is extremely unprofessional, abusive to it's subordinates, and almost impossible to work with. Sales Manager never leaves the office, never goes out into the field to work with sales reps in their territories, and thinks that the proper way of managing a national sales force is via email. Senior Management never recognizes the hard work of its loyal employees, they act as if a job well done is just expected and doesn't need to be appreciated. This is by all means their right to operate their business this way; however it does lead to the mass frustrations and discouragement that currently exist among current employees. This company does not compensate its inside or outside staff monetarily anywhere close to other similar companies in this industry. Senior Mgmnt does not listen to the needs or concerns of it's employees at all. They act as if their employees are beneath them and their opinions do not matter.

    Because of the reasons listed above, as well as several others; Qwizdom has literally seen it's staff (both inside and outside) shrink by over half in 2011. They have had over half of their sales force, including most of their top producing sales people leave due to the undesirable working conditions. Sales have dropped drastically nationwide and because of this several inside positions have been eliminated as well. Of the inside staff that is left, most are looking for other opportunities. It is terrible to see a company with such a great product and history be mis-managed this badly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your employees, get back to the basics that made you who you were. Open up communication and create an envrionment of trust and confidence again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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