Rosetta Stone

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Rosetta Stone Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
165 Reviews
3.2
165 Reviews
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Rosetta Stone President & CEO Stephen Swad
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68 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Learn a language at work-you have access to all 31 languages at work and at home (in 9 reviews)

  • Great product and co-workers committed to language learning (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • communication from upper management not always the most clear (in 28 reviews)

  • Communication from Upper Management, Work/Life balance (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Constant Changes, but Great Ride

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Great product and co-workers committed to language learning.
    * The individuals take pride in their performance and ownership of their areas.
    * Good benefits and over time has begun iniating employee friendly policies as far as flexible work schedules and time off.

    Cons

    * Upper management has been through multiple changes in a relatively short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been a lot of changes in the past couple of years. Brand and direction needs more definition going forward.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company, they take care of you and push work/life/balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time

    Pros

    Really an amazing place to work. I really believe that the company is a good place. It has great benefits which include educational. They work with you to ensure you are not overly stressed but efficient in your job.

    Cons

    I don't know that I've seen many cons other than training. It is difficult to get training approved for IT certifications unless it is videos or books.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the core values of the company back to what they were in 2013 and don't touch them, they are the foundation of the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Really like to work for Rosetta Stone

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

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team, Chance to learn new technologies and freedom to express your opinions, flexibility in work schedule, exciting challenges to solve

    Cons

    Lack of Communication between different teams who have to work together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Will like to have more communication from the upper management on what direction we are going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Demands positivity to stay afloat, but ultimately rewarding

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    Current Employee - Employee In Product
    Current Employee - Employee In Product

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Recent management changes in Product are for the better
    -Communication with HR has begun to improve in the last year, with faster response and turnaround in hiring
    -Management listens more to employees than in previous years, and are very approachable
    -There is far less isolation of Product from the rest of the business, meaning there is a clearer tie-in between consumer demand and what Product builds to those in Product
    -Good place to work for those that are self-motivated, generally positive, and flexible

    Cons

    -Compensation from location to location has historically ranged broadly, though it seems this is beginning to change
    -The shift from private to public company left many employees that saw the company as a family in the lurch
    -Fast growth led to a similarly fast dismissal of staff, which left a bad taste in many remaining employees' mouths and has bred many retention problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play it straight with those that are here. Be real and honest when there are problems, and listen to the solutions that those who work here provide. Also, please make sure that employees get perks. They work long hours to keep this company going and deserve some solid consideration, more than they've gotten in the past.

    Advice to employees:
    If you don't like working here and are convinced that it will never change no matter what you do, just leave. There's no reason to poison the well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The best and worst place i ever worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone

    Pros

    moves fast. great room for personal career and skill growth.

    Cons

    immature emotional management team. Tons of under qualified ex-AOLers working there.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Curriculum  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director of Curriculum in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I love the people and the autonomy and authority I have to get stuff done. Our products are constantly evolving to make a better experience for learners. My colleagues and I are working together to make the production process better, easier, more efficient.

    Cons

    There's still some disconnect between the "old guard" and the "newbies" -- we're working on it with improved communication and process. It's hard for a company to absorb so many new people so quickly, and it'll take time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us the resources we need and we'll get the job done! Don't be penny wise and pound foolish.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Fun Family with Terrible Parents

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    Former Employee - Software Testing Analyst  in  Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Software Testing Analyst in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy-going, fun-loving co-workers who are committed to getting the job done. A yearly company picnic and miscellaneous company events went a long way to keeping morale up.

    Cons

    Project managers were constantly handing down impossible deadlines and were inflexible to change when roadblocks were impacted. Waiting far too long to let go of old ideas and products to develop new ones and an unwillingness to truly innovate for new products. A failure to increase pay over multiple years for anyone working in the trenches to develop the product beyond a basic cost of living increase, and a few star employees getting little more than that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your developers to come up with realistic deadlines. Keep up the company-wide events. Hold on to the ideas that made Rosetta Stone great but let go of the older products that are holding you back. Find some new advertising tactics beyond the constant 20% off deals. Pay people competitively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Some pros but way too many cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's exciting to be part of a brand that is a household name that people recognize when you tell them you work there.

    Cons

    The company has a revolving door with employees being hired and fired daily. it's hard to feel a team spirit when you don't know how long someone is going to be working with you. Also, the product has saturated the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good one

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone

    Pros

    Convenience of Working from home

    Cons

    More on site training is needed

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Product, terrible employer

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teaching people about language. Discounted and Free software for employees

    Cons

    Treated employees terribly. Low pay, did not adhere to labor laws.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train regional managers better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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