Teacher Created Materials, Inc

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Teacher Created Materials, Inc Reviews

Updated June 19, 2014
Updated June 19, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Family owned company that actually feels that way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teacher Created Materials, Inc full-time

    Pros

    The products, the people, the pay

    Cons

    Very little, can be lots of hours but it is meaningful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make this a fun place to work that rewards its employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    DONT GET LURED TO WORK FOR THIS COMPANY

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teacher Created Materials, Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wide Product Gamut. Has Potential

    Cons

    Horrible Management, Horrible Hiring Process, Bad Interview Practice, not sure they know what they are truly measuring in the STAR interview process. Worst Compensation Plan in the industry (lowest paying). Dont leave your good job to join them, they will lie to you and lure you in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not the best in the industry. Know your competition and learn from it. There is a reason your sales are flat and struggling to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned how NOT to run a business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teacher Created Materials, Inc full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learn how to deal with stressful, fast-paced situations.

    Cons

    Not feeling valued, horrible pay, hypocritical leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop caring so much how you look to outside visitors, and more about the quality of life of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Avoid this company. The review before this is fake!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teacher Created Materials, Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company produces a variety of educational resources, so the learning opportunities there are endless, and almost everyone is willing to go the extra mile to help you learn and grow. Most everyone is a teacher, so asking questions is welcomed and encouraged, which makes learning the editorial process and protocols easy and natural. The design, marketing, and IT departments are generally well run and managed by competent, friendly people who have the needs of their employees in mind.

    Cons

    • Low standards: Teacher Created Materials is definitely a for-profit enterprise, and they make this very clear by the quality of product they produce. This company will print books that are essentially unedited and not ready for the market for the sake of meeting a deadline and making a sale. TCM makes lofty claims that they are a respectable company that values quality education for today’s students but ironically makes resources that would be more confusing than helpful in the classroom.

    Low motivation: The low standards Teacher Created Materials holds themselves to makes working there the least motivating experience of your life. This company does not care about the quality of their products, which makes working for them and creating books for them difficult to get excited about. Similarly, yearly reviews are meaningless and do not motivate employees to strive for excellence, especially when the company admits to not awarding hard-working, deserving employees with the unattainable “4” on this backwards review. Moreover, the company does not consider your review or your successful track record in determining raises or promotions.

     • Low pay: If you are an employee at Teacher Created Materials, you are underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated. Teacher Created Materials allows management to manipulate employee timecards to not reflect the hours actually worked so that they can save money by not paying their employees the overtime rate. Salaries are not adjusted for cost of living, and raises are minimal to none for most.

    • No voice: If you have any grievances to address, don’t follow the advice in the Employee Handbook because it is designed to set you up for failure. Management will pretend to listen to you. HR will outright ignore you.

     • No growth opportunities: Teacher Created Materials does not value proven industry experience and limits internal growth opportunities for its capable and qualified employees. This company will give you all of the responsibilities of the position above you but not entertain the idea of a title change or change in pay, despite the fact that you are already doing the job above yours and doing it well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the sake of future employees, please learn to do your job. Teacher Created Materials could function much more smoothly if you did just that: manage. Improve efficiency (emailing your team when they’re next to you is counterproductive) and don’t offer to help when you don’t ever intend to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Love stress?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teacher Created Materials, Inc full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They hire some talented people who produce some nice product.

    Cons

    They under-utilize and under-appreciate those talented people and don't trust them to do what they're hired to do. Impossible deadlines and poor planning doesn't allow these people to thrive and truly develop and produce the best product that can be. Production is behind before it begins a project. Employees have no say despite pleas for changes in order to increase efficiency, productivity, and quality. High turnover rate and low morale is common. 7 people quitting in a 2 week period says a lot. Many leaving over the year doesn't seem to phase management to change. Poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees have to say. Plan production and finances better. Open your eyes and ears.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Brace Yourself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teacher Created Materials, Inc full-time

    Pros

    The company produces some nice product. It employs some talented writers/editors and creative people that truly drive the success of their products. The potential to create extraordinary product is there. It's a good place to be if you want to be thrown into the deep end and are independent enough to keep yourself afloat. If you enjoy being busy and high pressure, this is the perfect place. If you like flying by the seat of your pants and seeing where you go, it's perfect.

    Cons

    Like others have said, they under utilize the talent of their employees. There is a lack of communication among upper management and middle management and as a result things do not filter down to their employees. There is such a disconnect with the communication of middle management that they practically render themselves obsolete in the structure of the company. The structure is not one based on merit or hard work but more of a political social hierarchy. All the employees work hard, some would say over-worked, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason why certain structural changes occur. There is a lack of planning when it comes to production, business, and finance. And decisions are hardly made as a proactive move but more as a reactive move. As a result, production is usually behind before they even start. High-stress, low morale, and unrealistic deadlines lead to high turnover, whether it be by the employee's choice or the company's choice. The chance of furthering your career is slim and most promotions are just lateral moves, or you're resigned to the fact that you will just continue to take on more responsibilities without the proper support. Many of the employees feel like the company isn't behind them or helping them to be successful. It's a fight to get things to happen and for change to occur in order to help employee efficiency and as a result, company morale. There seems to be an emphasis on image more than substance and this shows from the nice shiny building to the illusion of employee loyalty. Despite attempts of employees to voice concerns nothing seems to change to help the work environment, production efficiency, and their overall well-being. The employees have no voice, middle management has no power, and upper management is unaware of the problems looming over the company yet they reap the benefits of the successes of those who work so hard to write, edit, design, produce, and sell their product. The sale is all that counts here and the salespeople are the only ones appreciated for their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten communication among management and employees. Listen to what the employees are saying and requesting as they are the ones who give you something to produce and they are the ones making things happen. Plan more appropriately and learn the business aspect of the industry. Utilize your employees and their talents but don't take advantage of them. Appreciate them for what they do and work to make them feel wanted, encouraged, and secure. Learn from your mistakes and make attempts to improve efficiency and communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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