Rosetta Stone Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Nice product, poor management, nothing new to offer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    You meet a variety of people, lot of whom are young, that can provide a good fresh ideas to help direct the company. Lot of people are motivated, the environment in the Arlington office is nice. They have a stocked fridge and and bagels every Friday. There are some talent, smart individuals who work here.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. Leadership buys companies and has no idea how to integrate them into the Rosetta Stone family. You have mid level managers who don't have a clue what they are doing and end up being missing most of the time. The environment has very low moral. Walking around you don't see the energy that was once there. Lot of the mid level managers are looking for quick fixes. They hold raises hostage for 6 months and then give the minimum pay possible. The marketing research team gives them proper direction and they ignore it. The IT team is full of people who are self obsessed and unproductive. It started out as a great place to work and turned into a nightmare. The people who are left behind are unhappy and the leadership and management is just trying their hardest to lie with numbers to appease the board of directors. The only thing I've seen them do is spam email accounts in hopes that people still buy a product that hasn't changed in years. I would avoid this company

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging projects you aren't needed and start showing up when you are needed. Listen to your employees, give proper compensation and raises. You are the reason this company is terrible.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Good people... that's about it

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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 (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Time off policy is very nice
    - Tuition reimbursement is fairly generous as well
    - People are generally smart, good at their jobs & friendly. Most people have good intentions.
    - Bagel Fridays are always a nice perk

    Cons

    - No work life balance & people will take advantage of you. If you give them a hand they'll take the whole arm, but won't help you when you need it.
    - No management training and no upward feedback. You could have a good boss, or you could have an awful one and there's nothing you can do about it.
    - There are opportunities to move around in the company, but you will not be offered fair pay. Recently someone was hired straight from college for a position that is lower than mine, and is making more than me- because of the team I started on, and the fact that I moved within the company.
    - There is no focus. Priorities are constantly shifting so there's a lot (a lot!) of time and energy wasted

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees:
    - Ask for their feedback and actually listen to it.
    - Pay people what they're worth, or they will leave
    - Stop taking advantage of your hardest workers. They will leave, and you'll have a hard time finding people who will work as hard as them.
    - Stop rewarding the people who do nothing. There is nothing more demotivating than when someone who is all talk is promoted, while his/her teammates who do their work and fix their mistakes are forgotten.

  3. Great tasks, lowest bidder

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone

    Pros

    Wonderful experience with software applied to language learning.

    Cons

    Lowest bidder gets the contract

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  5. Good part-time, work-from-home job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Studio Coach in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Studio Coach in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy and enjoyable meeting people from around the world.

    Cons

    Poor hours. Usually 3am-7am. They will not allow you to go over 30 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize your coaches with yearly pay increases.

  6. Great company overall.

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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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work on your own time. The pay was great for a remote position. Company parties and meet ups were nicely done. They emphasize employee satisfaction.

    Cons

    A little too "rah rah" for me. Supervisory positions given to those who are in certain cities as opposed to experience. I don't know why. The work was a little boring if you weren't teaching classes (they had another program reflex that I believe is going defunct). No opportunity for growth in this position.

  7. Overall Good Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited use of language software while at work
    Motivational incentives to sell product
    Company truly believes in product
    Employees encouraged to learn

    Cons

    As it is a sales job, a lot of pressure to sell the product
    On your feet a lot

    Advice to Management

    Consider that it is not always easy to sell a $600 product

  8. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, terrible B2B company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    There are still a few people there who truly care about the end user and continue to try incorporate some semblance of customer service. You do have fun, lots of funny smart and interesting people from around the world.
    Learning the language is awesome!

    Cons

    Endless circles for years and years regarding new product, but still have to sell the same old same old to all users. No one appears to have any power to change things, from the President to managers. Lot's of talk, no action or loyalty. New upper management discounts everything in order to sell which makes us look bad.
    Tons and tons and tons of internal politics- everyone is trying to kiss someone's behind-if you don't, life sucks for you. HR is a joke

    Advice to Management

    Merge or sell to a strong global learning B2B company.

  9. Studio Coach

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Studio Coach
    Former Employee - Studio Coach

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work from home. Talk to people from all over the world. Great product.

    Cons

    Compensations is pretty low. No benefits.

  10. Good company full of great people but feels stagnant and monotonous at times

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

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedules
    Intelligent and motivated colleagues

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for career growth
    No raises or benefits for long-term contract employees

  11. Helpful (2)

    Remote working online studio coach

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Remote Studio Coach
    Current Employee - Remote Studio Coach

    I have been working at Rosetta Stone part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The work is easy and stress free. The students you get to coach are interesting and good to work with.

    Cons

    Erratic workload and poor information from management. Eg I was told that a new teaching phase would start in Dec. January came and went, the months rolled by, still with no work, then finally in May I was asked to work very early mornings at weekends. No idea how it will all work out as I am being told that more work will come along soon. Beginning not to believe anything I'm told. When working remotely there is no opportunity to know what is going on within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your remote workers with the respect they deserve, they are the customer face of your product. Allowing us access to the company intranet would be a great start and allow us to know more of what was going on in the company.

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