Renaissance Learning

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Renaissance Learning Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    The corporate culture is difficult to match!

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    Current Employee - Solutions Expert in Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Current Employee - Solutions Expert in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is superb. We work hard and occasionally that can involve extra hours for weeks or months at a time until a deadline is reached. But before, during, and after that period we look out for each other including supervisors and senior management. Renaissance has very driven employees who are talented and cross functionally disciplined. They treat you like a person; not just a name and number. I heard a while back that the average length of tenure was nearly 10 years of employment. That's a long stretch in this era.

    Cons

    Working with talented people means you are expected to keep up. Expectations are high but we tend to embrace that and the synergy created with bright minds working hard is a pretty cool thing to see in action. The end result is delivering solutions that truly make a difference to millions of end users on a global basis. Over 60 countries using our products. Entirely cloud-based, digital solutions. And pretty nice to see that even Google Capital has invested in us!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember we are people with families first and loyal employees a very close second. Big thumbs up there! Benefits are excellent for those based in WI or outside of WI.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mission driven organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Renaissance Learning full-time

    Pros

    Historically a very mission-oriented company though under recent private ownership after the founders left, the company has become more "commercial" though still less so than most companies, comparatively.

    Cons

    Not as much opportunity for advancement as I would have liked; they didn't promote quickly or across departments and made key or strategic hires from the outside, leaving those of us inside overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the mission and don't be overly focused solely on financial results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A well established company with quality software products and great employees.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Renaissance Learning

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is the people. They created an enriching workplace experience.

    Cons

    The biggest challenges are the unknowns. There is a lot of miscommunication right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My best advice is to treat all employees with respect and be very open and willing to accept feedback.

  6.  

    Good Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Renaissance Learning

    Pros

    Good people with a very important product line that helps students do better in school. Very fair compensation program with achievable goals.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, very conservative Midwest company, not much flash. Product is showing its age and needs an update.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little less conservative, let your hair down a bit!

  7.  

    Excellent co-workers, excellent company mission and values

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vocabulary Specialist in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Vocabulary Specialist in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They stand by their mission and values. Great place to work, all employees are recognized for their full potential and given great opportunities to excel.

    Cons

    Too many temp jobs, not enough full time positions made available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO is an amazing person, he and his staff take personal interest in individual employees as well as the children they seek to help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with great products

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quiz Writer in Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Current Employee - Quiz Writer in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and have the ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Departments tends to be cliquey.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great group of people passionate about education

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Editor in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Software Editor in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Meaningful company mission
    Variety in work day

    Cons

    Limited potential for career growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Madison, WI

    I worked at Renaissance Learning full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great market, great products for K-12 market.

    Cons

    Could be a little more forward-thinking on mobile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    RLRN

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    Current Employee - Director in Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    Current Employee - Director in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning

    Pros

    Good education Products
    Passionate line workers

    Cons

    Parochial attitude
    Poor benefits and compensation package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and utilize experience
    Dont make decisions in a vacuum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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