Teacher Created Materials, Inc Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Wonderful work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Editorial Assistant in Huntington Beach, CA

    I have been working at Teacher Created Materials, Inc

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

    Pros

    Bosses actually care about lower-level employees and make the environment collaborative and creative.

    Cons

    Work can come in waves- absolutely swamped one day and looking for things to do the next.


  2. Helpful (4)

    High Stress Environment, Lack of Appreciation, Poor Management, No Growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Teacher Created Materials, Inc 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

    Some good people work here but they are not appreciated and most get burnt out and leave. You will learn how to deal with a high stress environment and learn how to bite your tongue.

    Cons

    Where to begin, the salaries are not fair for the amount of work and stress this company puts you through. You are encouraged to speak up, but then knocked for it when you do. There are a lot of questionable things that come out from behind closed doors at this company. Started as a family business but has gone completely downhill especially in the last year and a half. The review about it being a family company is probably written by one of the many "yes" men in management. If you do as your told by upper management and don't care about being encouraging or appreciating your teammates then you will get far. There is an EXTREME lack of moral at this company. They have lost a large amount of people and still do not get the hint. They have been told numerous times that they will continue to lose people if they do not change. If they continue to treat people the way they do this company will crumble. It will seem great at first until you really see how they run things there. You've been warned. Also, many people have left due to stress induced health issues that were non-existent previous to employment here. That's a blaring sign it is not a healthy place to work, mentally or physically. HR issues will arise, you can try telling someone to get support but nothing is ever done. People don't speak up because A. nothing will be done and B. they don't want to lose their jobs like previous employees who have been honest.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to the people, there are way too many people allowed to make decisions there. Stop asking people to be honest when you plan to push them out after doing so. People there are unhappy. It is the whisper behind closed doors and the talk between cubicles. You will continue to lose employees if you don't stop seeming so money hungry and value the work the people do there. It's very clear the sales team is praised and rewarded with gifts and benefits, but the people who work so hard to write, edit and design the product are not given the same amount of appreciation. This company is falling apart from the inside, please open your eyes!


  3. A good place to get your feet wet and learn about the corporate world: a smaller company but fast-paced environment.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Teacher Created Materials, Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Collaborate with others on projects Work on interesting and stimulating content Learn about working in the corporate structure Receive support in growing and expanding your skills

    Cons

    Working in a highly structured, hierarchical environment Not a great deal of room to move up in the company Strict with the time clock High-pressure, constant deadline environment


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    About the Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Teacher Created Materials, Inc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The product is teacher and student friendly along with being award-winning with good reason. They work with up and coming authors, are forward-thinking and usually ahead of the market on what teachers and classrooms need.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and politics made it tough to get important work done in a timely manner. Senior executives are very devoted to the great product but need to step up the business side of the company. They definitely bring in talented people especially many experienced in their careers, but underutilize what they can offer.

    Advice to Management

    With the great materials created by the company the next step to growth would be to work on the lack of business expertise. Really show people what they can do to be a value add to the company and how they can advance their own careers.



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