Rosetta Stone

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Rosetta Stone Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
182 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great product and co-workers committed to language learning (in 14 reviews)

  • Easy and enjoyable meeting people from around the world (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has been through multiple changes in a relatively short period of time (in 30 reviews)

  • No work life balance & people will take advantage of you (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

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

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is ok, benefits are standard and co-workers were great.

    Cons

    There was a "cover your behind" mentality in my team which was very disheartening. My Manager was new and under-qualified for the job, she made up for this by spreading rumors, chastising people in public for real or perceived wrongs and having a clique around her. Not even in high school did I see anything like this. Since Management only listened to her, you were "doomed" if you were not in her good graces and she was not afraid to lie. Most team members suck up to this woman and then whisper behind her back.

    There were constant lay offs and rehiring for the same positions. It is expensive and makes no sense.

    The company is not really good with professional development, in my team, it was used to compensate the "in crowd".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees and when people voice their concerns don't penalize them for it. Feedback from the people on the front lines is very important

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

    Company is having a hard time staying relevant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    feel good mission, smart caring co-workers, good work-life-balance with lots of opportunities to work from home. Lately there is focus on employee morale and retention.

    Cons

    Developing new products that push boundaries and are truly innovative is nearly impossible with the current structure. Communication across departments is very poor and leads to misunderstandings and slow progress. Not enough collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experts to make product/feature decisions in their areas of expertise. Embrace innovation and collaboration and seek it out in all parts of the company - not just senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hope things are getting better now

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    Former Employee - Language Consultant
    Former Employee - Language Consultant

    I worked at Rosetta Stone part-time

    Pros

    My time at RS was good overall. I worked as a sales associate alongside some awesome people and my managers were always friendly and helpful. I also loved being able to use the program on the job and meeting so many new people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, my position no longer exists. The retail program has been disbanded and they are now focusing primarily on their online business instead of retail. Towards the end, communication with upper management was sparse and poor and sales goals were increasingly unreasonable, making the previously awesome commission almost unreachable.

    At the time, there was definitely little room for advancement. Better pay depended on commissions. That wasn't a problem for me since I only worked there part-time while attending college college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm sure managing a global retail store program was extremely challenging. Hopefully those resources can be put toward continuing to improve the product performance. I remember that Version 4 was bloated and hard to run on many computers so hopefully it will be easier to make updates to the product now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    So-so experience; pros and cons for sure

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    Former Employee - Studio Coach in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Studio Coach in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you love learning languages, the discounts on products as well as free classes in the language you want are great. Some of the coworkers were really great people.

    Cons

    I had a pretty poor manager who didn't communicate well with me and prevented me from getting a promotion without my knowledge for a couple of years (!). Had she talked to me about her concerns, I could have cleared up a miscommunication and prevented all of this from happenings. I found it a bit petty and unprofessional. Her team believed her 100% and I never had a chance to address the issue; I wasted a couple years applying for promotions within the company and feel that it held me back in my career trajectory. I only found out by accident in casual discussion that this is what had happened. I was pretty upset and glad to leave the company.

    I asked for a raise after 2.5 years, after consistently great teaching reviews. I was told I was getting paid more than new people brought on in my position, so no. I didn't see what that had to with a raise after 2.5 years and found it pretty cheap--I wasn't being paid particularly well to start.

    The first year I was invited to the company Christmas party with the rest of my team. After that we were no longer invited because it was too expensive. I found that pretty repulsive to exclude employees from attending a Christmas party. We got nothing after that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lesson Authoring

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexibility (job is remote), experience gain while working another job, available feedback from project managers, lots of resources, opportunity for pay increase--as more lessons are authored, payment per lesson increases as you author more lessons.

    Cons

    Payment is per lesson rather than hourly. Training is provided, but since there is a learning curve to start, you spend quite a bit of time getting used to the authoring style. Since payment is per lesson, the rate is not very competitive to start for hours committed. This should balance out as you get better at authoring and are paid more per lesson.

  7.  

    Weirdest Job Ever

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    Former Employee - Corporate Sales
    Former Employee - Corporate Sales

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cool product, great people, incredible name recognition.

    Cons

    Competition between retail sales and corporate sales caused real issues with how to market and sell a great product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin off corporate from retail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Spanish Tutor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Spanish Tutor in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people. Great tools. Opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Knowledge of the language and be friendly and helpful in life sessions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work....

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, office, some senior leadership, possibilities for future success. Pay is on par with market and there is a great open door policy for the executive team.

    Cons

    Future is uncertain with product enhancements and moving away from CDs to mobile, web and kids products. Hopefully we can deliver against our goals and profit from the success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate, communicate, communicate....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was an ESL coach there for about 7 months.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The students are awesome and love learning......
    Might be great if you are entry level.

    Cons

    Management changed too much and they didn't pay very well. Lots of work and running around with little incentive to be fully present. Why? because your not treated like a professional you are treated like a entry level employee that knows nothing. ...I had a master degree and had to dumb down constantly which caused me to become very bored, very quickly ...no health care, got yelled at for working over 30 hours. I was accused of "insubordination" for no reason. i suspect I was threat of some sort. My students loved my class but my hands where tied to give them more learning opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over your selves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing company

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at Rosetta Stone part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love everything about education and it's business model. I think the managers there are noteworthy.

    Cons

    Not enough salaried positions, too much temp and contract work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give very basic stick options to new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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