Sapling Learning

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Sapling Learning Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
6 Reviews
2.3
6 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company. Great Opportunity and Experience.

    Current Employee - Factual Reviewer Author
    Current Employee - Factual Reviewer Author

    I have been working at Sapling Learning as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work on your own schedule, from your own home. Great people to work with. Quick to respond and answer any questions you have.

    Cons

    All great things to say about working with Sapling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Frustrated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech TA in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tech TA in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sapling Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As mentioned, Sapling has flexible hours and a nice casual atmosphere. The company benefits/insurance plans are very good. Sapling also has a 401k and health spending accounts

    Cons

    If you have a Ph.D and work at Sapling you will make about 20k less than the going rate for a Ph.D. at most other non-academic jobs. The Ph.D. level pay seems to be on par with an NSF level postdoc starting ~ 50K but the position at Sapling lacks the prestige one would normally be able to add to their CV. The MA/MS pay schedule and the Ph.D pay schedule are identical as in, you receive no additional compensation at Sapling for having a Ph.D. The company has told the staff that the Tech TA’s are the most important part of Sapling but the pay would say otherwise. If you are looking for a job because you lost your postdoc funding, didn’t get tenure, or need to leave grad school then Sapling is the place for you. Wait out the job market, collect your paycheck, and then move on when Ph.D. level pay comes your way. This seems to be what most of the staff is doing anyway.

    The job itself is not very challenging and becomes extremely monotonous. There are few, poorly defined pathways up in the company and most of the people who have been “promoted” have switched groups and are no longer working as Tech TA’s. Raises so far at Sapling have only been 2% which is not even enough to cover cost of living expenses in the Austin area. It is getting to a point where I can no longer live in Austin and will need to find housing in San Marcos or Buda. Of course, any savings in rent will undoubtedly go to gas and time spent commuting to/from downtown Austin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sapling, you need to do something quick otherwise you will lose your Ph.D. level staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horribly Disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sapling Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing anymore. Sapling Learning was a great company before Macmillan took over.

    Cons

    Ever since Macmillan took over, Sapling Learning has become a horrible place including high-turnaround, no communication between sales, poor customer service, and very little if any training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invent a time machine and keep a good company out of the hands of Macmillan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review of Sapling Learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech TA in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tech TA in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sapling Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits and flexible hours are decent. Insurance plan is very nice and there is very wide coverage for doctors, dentists, and specialists that are in-network.

    Cons

    Sapling Learning pays their Ph.D. level staff about $20K below their typical rate. There's no opportunity for people who have been with the company for multiple years and annual raises are between 1-2%. These raises aren't even enough to cover the increasing costs of my rent in Austin. There's a bonus that is split with the staff but there are no merit raises so if you exceed your goals for the year you get nothing in return. There are very few promotions and there's no training for other positions.

    The couple of people I have seen be promoted didn't have the qualifications necessary for the job title. The work isn't challenging and most people are just waiting out the job market and taking a paycheck while they look for better paying jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff what they're worth and give them opportunities to advance. If not, then don't act surprised when people leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Company was acquired and went corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sapling Learning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The product itself is top notch. nice to sell something that works as advertised and genuinely helps people. Nothing else comes to mind.

    Cons

    Company was acquired by Macmillan who made big changes. Everything that made Sapling a great company to work for was thrown out in January. It's corporate now. I anticipate the changes will eventually have a negative impact on the company and it will become just another publisher's online homework system with the same problems as everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the product and culture alone. You are ruining what made Sapling a great company to work for. A 30% price increase is not a way to win over customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Tremendous growth, working for a company with a mission I can believe in.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Chief Executive Officer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Startup atmosphere. Huge growth. Constantly rolling out new products. Customers love the company. Good atmosphere. Central location.

    Cons

    Startup: if you identify a problem, you had better suggest a solution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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