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  1.  

    A great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SchoolNet

    Pros

    A talented team of former educators and software developers with a vision and a passion for education

    Cons

    Small company in a slow-moving industry that favors bigger players

  2.  

    Started out great, things changed drastically after the merger

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with and learn from, location in Midtown is fairly easy to get to , equipment is new and well maintained. Technology is up to date, more or less.

    Cons

    Lots of turmoil resulting from the merger, a little too much office politics. lots of small company niceness was lost

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    while growing into a world class education technology company, try not to forget the employees who got you there.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible, stifling environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SchoolNet full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was a job. I was able to perform some testing to test the software on potential users.

    Cons

    It seemed a bit too political there for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people you hire; they have insights as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A good organization, but suffers from excessive politics and fear of change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SchoolNet

    Pros

    the hours are very reasonable, and you can work from home. The technology is a bit dated, but is better than other places I have worked. You get to work around a lot of other developers and very smart people. There is a strong commitment to developing things locally, with off shoring only in certain limited areas.

    Cons

    The culture is very meetings heavy, easily eating 2 - 4 hours out of every day. this is can be extremely frustrating. its also really odd for an organization that calls itself "agile". There is a lot of fear of change and a belief that more meetings will reduce risk. lastly, priorities shift and change sometimes too quickly, which result is wasteful interruption. Between the excessive meetings and constant priority changes, I sometimes wonder how any work gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your underlings to take good decisions, Allow policy and practice to be formed within teams, from the bottom up, rather than force change from the top down. Be truly agile by eliminating all but the most necessary meetings, procedures and documentation.

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  6.  

    Company is in competitive space with a decent offering but suffers from poor leadership and poor execution.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at SchoolNet

    Pros

    If you know someone at the top, you will do fine.

    Cons

    Environment is full of distrust, silo'd departments, imbalances in power based on personalities.
    Some folks do not have technology backgrounds but are in leadership positions (in a technology company). This leads to subpar decisions regarding investments and solutions.
    Business model is heavy on the services side, light on the solution side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, work collaboratively to solve challenges, keep an open mind. Accept some diversity and some opinions that differ from yours - you may learn something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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