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.  

    Extremely rewarding for me / Management needs to not loose site of the prize

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to participate in motivating other's growth. Language is amazing, and watching it transform lives is incomparable to anything else in the world.

    Cons

    The message internally that what we do is never enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agree, get along, keep your disagreements with each other off the floor. Recognize and reward passion.

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

    Terrible place to work in every aspect.

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Employee handbook offers a ton of benefits, perks; but will NEVER be able to take advantage of any

    Cons

    Everything....
    Employee handbook perks included automatic 3 wks/year vacation renewed at 1st of year. If exiting company, this now becomes prorated.
    401K contribution not eligible until after 3 months on job.
    Dont believe cash out of comp time will never happen.
    Management will arbitrarily create goals which can NEVER be met and a very short (less than 1 week) timeline to be successful
    Can easily be blindsided by fabricated comments contrary to direct feedback from day-to-day interaction.
    Management is disingenuous and untrustworthy both strategically and tactically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack the current product and program management leadership and find some people who actually know how to turn a company around in the new cloud economy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company! Great Benefits!

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great product, always looking at the bigger picture, a company that cares about their employees, fair compensation based on location

    Cons

    Communication from Upper Management, Work/Life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to grow and learn

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Uniquely driven by both market AND mission, Rosetta Stone has enabled me to grow as a business person while preserving the passion for global education that brought me here in the first place. Especially with the company's 2013 acquisition spree, opportunities to develop new skills are currently expanding faster than we've seen in a long time.

    Cons

    We have employee discounts, but they are limited to only a few per year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to practice what you preach - we love hearing about our leaders' personal stories of language learning success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Like working in the middle of a sorority party. Without the fun.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone full-time

    Pros

    The office is the near the metro. Walk in the other direction.

    Cons

    Business is very clearly going downhill. The environment is the most unprofessionaI have ever witnessed -- extremely noisy, catty, no one seems to know what is going on. Work grinds to a halt because it is not funneled properly. Employees frequently (about 80% of the time -- no joke) act like they are at a college party -- screaming, singing, dancing, laughing, joking. It amazes me anyone gets any work done here. The work is highly repetitive and the brand voice is dull, unimaginative and outdated. There is a lot of backstabbing and trying to get honest feedback here is a battle you won't win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your employees under control. Hire sufficient people to do the task properly and stop buying loser companies with no future. Try to get a grasp on how to generate revenue in a realistic way rather than by aggravating your customers with more and more fees. You are making yourselves look desperate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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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

    Pros

    I work for the company for almost 4 years. It feels so fulfilling to work for the company which has a product you really believe in! And I am just glad that Rosetta (with my little help) can unite so many people throughout the world by language learning. Great benefits, a lot of paid vacation time.

    Cons

    not enough communication between departments of RS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great communication with direct management, but almost no communication with senior management.

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

    Awesome company gone bad fast

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    Former Employee - Content Editor  in  Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Content Editor in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on the position, most of the people you work with are awesome - smart, very creative, and fun.

    Cons

    - The board and executives have no idea what they want the company to develop. The program has not been improved or changed since 2007 and have only been reused in different apps/products.

    - The company lost its values and have changed from being focused on providing amazing language learning solutions to making as much money as possible with the old, 'flawed' product by reusing it in different forms.

    - My team has worked on several awesome projects only to be rejected and put on backlogs by the senior management. So valuable time and effort is not valued.

    - The average employees are not valued and are replaced by contractors or other people in other locations. The management doesn't listen to suggestions and does not communicate with the average employees. There's definitely a favoritism involved, depending on which office you're located in and what position you hold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please, please listen to and respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunities and friendly people, but there's more below the surface than you may think.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA

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

    Pros

    People are very helpful and understanding. Expectations are laid out. Growth possibilities within the company are endless. You have the opportunity to choose a language you'd like to learn and pursue it.

    Cons

    People tend to appear friendly and personable but oftentimes are fake or not genuine. While expectations are laid out, they change quickly and sometimes its difficult to keep up. Growth possibilities may be endless, but its very hard to get an interview in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate. Make sure your supervisors are trusted enough to know what's going on so that those working under the supervisors feel like they know what they're doing. If upper management doesn't spell out what's expected from below, then things below will not work smoothly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great, until we got laid off!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Easy going job, flexible for students like myself, able to access all languages.

    Cons

    Very unstable, constant changes, no communication from upper management, laid off with a 5 day notification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to make this work, its a great product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    RS cannot get out of its own way.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rosetta Stone full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The camaraderie and support of peers is excellent, its collaborative and energetic.

    Cons

    Upper management silos all departments and this results in changes that are never communicated. Client-facing staff are not informed of policy and product changes that directly impact the customers- some of which are 100K+ enterprise clients. Client needs are ignored and development leads the product suite, rather than market needs. Decisions are ego driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out 50% of the middle managers. Allow employee voices to be heard. Create a legitimate product that can be assessed on third party standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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