Scientific Learning Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
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  1. SciLearn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scientific Learning

    Pros

    good program ,,, ,,,, ,., .,.,

    Cons

    tough times - ed funding

  2. Helpful (1)

    Exciting effective software, stumbling management has stunted its growtg

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scientific Learning

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

    Pros

    The founding science and the products themselves are amazing. Most employees are incredibly dedicated individuals.

    Cons

    Difficulty in getting product to market via cloud and iPad/tablet technology is very frustrating to those selling and training customers how to use such an innovative too.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the customers and push for compatability on a grander scale.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Company has a great mission, but lacks the leadership and technical skill to grow and reach its potential.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scientific Learning full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice mission (teaching kids to read with technology). Nice people who are passionate about their work. Some good patents. Lots of smart people who know a lot about the educational software market. Adequate to above-average benefits.

    Cons

    Product is just not competitive in the marketplace - years and years behind where it should be. The pace of development at Scientific Learning is glacial. Senior leadership doesn't have an adequate plan for growing and becoming a relevant company. As a consequence, salaries aren't particularly competitive with the rest of the bay area. Check the stock price - it's not an accident.

    Advice to Management

    To be an educational software company, you need to understand both education (check) and software (big non-check).

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  5. Great Company and People

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Scientific Learning full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and doing the right things to help change education. Great people and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Software was a bit ahead of its time which created challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the process and the people you hire. They are your ears on the ground. You have great people at all levels and one of the most impactful products in education...celebrate it.

  6. Great technology, buggy software, uninformed (albeit well-meaning) management.

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Scientific Learning full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to help kids learn and/or improve reading/literacy skills at innovative, research-based neuroscience software company.

    Cons

    Unstable, struggling, start-up culture. Not much opportunity for advancement.

  7. Great product and dedicated people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scientific Learning (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great for a single person. Being a field based employee gives you the opportunity to excel professionally while maintaining a personal life across a large geographic area.

    The offices in Oakland and Tucson offer the ability to work closely with great people who truly stand by the product, and more importantly, the children who benefit from it.

    Current leadership team has experience turning things around

    Cons

    Long weeks away from home.

    Fewer employees covering more responsibilities and larger territories due to recent reductions in 2012

    Advice to Management

    Do what you were doing before you left, before things got out of hand. Keep the customers and employees happy at all costs and the stockholders will see results.

  8. Lots of Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Support in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Support in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Scientific Learning full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and always work to be done. The product the company offers truly works and provides results to the students that use it. Company moving away from software and to browser based so product is more accessible.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs throughout the company tend to make employees wonder if they are next. Upward movement in the company can be difficult unless you have a close relationships with management. Amount of work can be overwhelming at certain times of year.

    Advice to Management

    Put effort into evening the workload so employees don't get buried in work. Value your workers who have extensive product knowledge and know how to solve problems.

  9. Wonderful Comany, provided guidance in my career

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Scientific Learning

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great product, vision and quality!

    Cons

    open more offices in the east coast

    Advice to Management

    Nope, they are doing a good job...

  10. Progress Monitor

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    Current Employee - Progress Monitor in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Progress Monitor in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Scientific Learning

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product and company mission

    Cons

    Communication flow needs work to ibetter climate

    Advice to Management

    NA

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Scientific Learning

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They make great products that really make a difference in children's lives and the upper management looks past just profitability; they look at quality.

    Cons

    The pay was not that great and not as much room for growth as I would have hoped.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at why you have turnover and do exit-interviews to get honest feedback on why people leave.

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