Renaissance Learning Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Agent in Wisc Rapids, WI
    Former Employee - Technical Support Agent in Wisc Rapids, WI

    I worked at Renaissance Learning part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They are upcoming and growing, FAST. I belive in the product and how it helps learning. Lots of room for promotion.

    Cons

    Pay and raises are small. Office gossip is tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of the drama.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Leaves a lot to be desired...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Agent in Wisc Rapids, WI
    Current Employee - Technical Support Agent in Wisc Rapids, WI

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Loyal customer base, Benefits offered, Fixed work schedule, no weekends

    Cons

    It is going from feeling like an individual making a difference in a home-grown company where promoting internally was status quo to feeling like a completely replaceable cog in the machine. Communication is very complicated. Nobody takes responsibility, it's always "so and so takes care of that so it's not my..." Changed hands twice in the last 5 years and heading the way of most corporate-owned business... away from people and migrating solely toward profit. Accrued PTO is extremely aggravating to plan vacations--especially since you're required to use PTO to cover sick time. Adopted new "Lean and Agile" approach with no communication to our customers. This means a CAR/TECH rep gets the brunt of the bugs and errors that are occurring when customers are used to the smooth use of our products. We are told not to talk about the new approach.

    Advice to Management

    PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT! HIRE INTERNALLY (we already know the company!) Remove archaic PTO accrual system Your people are the only way you'll be able to support the products that are bringing in the money... without them you have nothing--please remember this. You're losing the vision that made this company great and instead it's being given a makeover to extract what profit can be and then it will be flipped again.


  3. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Challenging: you have to work hard to keep up - Talented colleagues: the people here are smart and truly care about the products they're building - Open: easy access to and frequent face time with senior leadership - Great cause: helping kids accelerate learning

    Cons

    - Communication with satellite offices isn't always great

    Advice to Management

    - More frequent performance feedback


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  5. Helpful (4)

    sinking ship

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

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work towards a good mission of helping students accelerate their learning. The company provides a number of paid holidays. There is some good brand recognition in the education market about our company.

    Cons

    The company has been bought out twice within the past five years. A number of people have left in 2014 and 2015. Management is currently hiring new people to replace people that were forced into retirement or who had their position eliminated. Communication is poor. Pay is not very competitive. There is also a lot of dysfunction of middle management. A number of managers have been there for nearly 20 years, while there are also a lot of newcomers. A lot of managers can't work cross departmentally with other managers well, leaving stress on direct reports. No career growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and compensate them competitively.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Too big for their own good....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Editor in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Content Editor in Madison, WI

    I worked at Renaissance Learning full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, good benefits, seemingly positive business outlook....

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, veteran employees have tenure-like status, struggling to shrug off outdated and ineffective business systems and practices.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize better systems and/or programs to organize teams and product content.


  7. Great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very smart and talented here. Making progress with them and working together with them is a amazing experience. Everyone is busy everyday, but they teach you stuff that you don't know about without losing patience. WFH is pretty often since most of the employees are scattered around the world. The office is great and you get to request items you need.

    Cons

    Lots of meeting. Sometimes I spend most of my day in the meeting and have to multitasking or I will have to bring work home, which is the least thing I would like to do.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the meeting efficient. Sometimes the meeting is just too long and people losing their focus during it. Maybe hire experienced scrum master would help.


  8. Limited time with the company but very rewarding.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company values, industry leading products and services.

    Cons

    Numerous product updates to keep up with.

    Advice to Management

    More product training.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Promotions from within

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Renaissance provided a stable and friendly work atmosphere. They were fair to their employees and have a good benefits package.

    Cons

    Renaissance did not make it a practice to promote from within. If a position came open they generally hired outside the company. I saw many people leave because they wanted to further their career; not because they disliked the company.

    Advice to Management

    It would help if you promoted from within. Let your good, solid employees grow in the company. The better employees will eventually leave if they lack growth opportunity.


  10. Helpful (3)

    End of 2014 Status

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

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The mission of the company is sound and they do attempt to live up to it.

    Cons

    The work life balance has swung in the wrong direction and shows no signs of changing.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Company dedicated to continued child-education development, but makes some missteps along the way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance

    I worked at Renaissance Learning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    + R&D had a more laid back atmosphere + Transition to smaller development teams allowed for better communication/interpersonal relationships + Good benefits and 401k matching + QA is a paid hourly and there are opportunities to receive overtime pay

    Cons

    - Company is too finance-focused, and looks more at the bottom line than employee satisfaction - Quality Assurance is lumped in with Engineering and, as such, gets the same treatment MINUS the actual engineering-level pay - And on that note: even Engineering doesn't feel like it is paid properly either - Never felt like I could really improve/go beyond my abilities - Promotion opportunities were NOT prevalent while being there for 3 years - Absolute struggle in the attempts at going to Agile--some teams were more effective than others, causing more issues than improvements overall to the software

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the people who work there, NOT the bottom line Provide more opportunities to employees to develop new or improve existing skills--I think the small cost of improvement would greatly increase the caliber of workers



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