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Teachscape Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
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  1.  

    Interesting market but a lot of chaos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teachscape full-time

    Pros

    As an engineer you get to work with modern technologies. The education market is interesting. They've got a great location in downtown SF

    Cons

    The education technology market is tough, political and doesn't have a huge upside. The company is dominated by a services mentality that they see as "customer focussed" but is really detrimental to the long-term viability of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building a sustainable business and quit being so reactive to customer whims.

    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrific company with disastrous pseudo-management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Teachscape full-time

    Pros

    There's really nothing positive to say anymore about this company. There used to be a good group of people at the company - an environment where people collaborated. Unfortunately, these people have either left or are about to leave.

    Cons

    Everything you could imagine and worse. No morale, mostly contractor-based offshore engineering, bad business, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice you give is dismissed. So why bother?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Teachscape needs some help

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Teachscape as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Teachscape's work is intended to ultimately help children get better teachers.
    Teachscape's product is intended to support best practices in teaching.

    Cons

    Teachscape does not know how to exploit it's workforce's skill sets.
    Teachscape is a more button-down hierarchical organization than most other software companies.
    Teachscape has too much management bloat.
    Teachscape does not provide best-in-class customer support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been big changes and big cuts that have impacted customer support. If you want Teachscape to succeed, the entire customer support strategy needs to be rethought. There are too many chiefs and not enough indians. There are too many information silos. The company culture is toxic and employees are constantly in fear of losing their jobs. This translates directly to customer knowledge, valuable skill sets and genuinely awesome people walking out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, questionable management decisions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Teachscape full-time

    Pros

    Friendly group of like-minded individuals in the office. Company looked good financially and with an expanding product line in 2013.

    Cons

    As the year continued into 2014 many long time employees in upper management cycled out. It was concerning that the leadership was leaving or changing position. Many products were just accepted as how things worked instead of being fixed. Customer concerns seemed to fall on deaf ears. A number of fires needed to be put out which drastically lowered the perceived stability of the web based product. During this year the video capture device development was discontinued. They had a newly developed video capture device but that was killed as it was being tested and demonstrated. Products were over promised and under delivered. In the end the loss of product confidence and squandering funds on failed future development has caused revenue loss. These events lead to layoffs and the end to 401k matching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making a product just to show it can be done does not mean it should be made. Focus on making existing "money making" products to work without issues. Data loss is a killer. The idea of storing information locally should have been considered a long time ago. Deleting user's locally stored information without user confirmation is unbelievable. In a perfect world where everything works right the product would be flawless. Unfortunately, management does not see the reality of the real world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good mission statement. SUPER bad senior management. The one positive review here is super fake. Gotta be by management!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Teachscape (more than a year)

    Pros

    I love my co-workers and I love what the company is working towards. The pay is ok as well. The company is going through some major changes after the big lay off. Hopefully for the better!

    Cons

    Micro-management at its best. No bonus, 401k has halted. How do you sustain employment if you can't provide the basics to keep employment. It seems like we hire great people but we can't keep them. Quit driving people out! Also the product we have works, but doesn't work well all the time. At least engineering NOW, Is being proactive in getting the product fixed. Morale at an all time low. I'm at the IDGAF/thuglife stage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging! You don't realize it, but it will drive people away. Old school management doesn't work anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost it's vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teachscape (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some smart and talented people to work with. No one really keeps or requires long hours other than in crisis mode.

    Cons

    No bonus, discontinued 401K matching, compensation below market average. Lack of Senior Management Leadership. Teachscape used to have a mission driven culture which led people to rise above politics and work as a team. That vision is gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    This was a great place to work at one time.

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Teachscape part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with some great people at Teachscape. Talented, dedicated, and smart people working on an important mission to improve the quality of education in this country.

    Cons

    Teachscape started as a content company and they were really good at it. Now they trying to be a software company and they don't have a clue how to do that nor do they have the right employees or leadership to do it. It is a sinking ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who know how to run and work at a software company or go back to what you know how to do - develop content.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Advice to Districts - Hire a Tech Person and use a Proper Analytics Tool.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Teachscape

    Pros

    Somehow, this company manages to hire some awesome people. They don't retain any of them, but they hire them. If you're new to the area, independently wealthy and don't have any friends...this would be the place for you.

    Cons

    I was drawn in by a passion for learning and a specific interest in education technology. Given that this company does not nurture or develop its own employees, I believe claiming the ability to affect positive change in teacher development is gross hypocrisy. The management is ineffective. The culture of backstabbing and information hoarding that they have developed leads to a total deficit of cross-functional collaboration. Many of them have little to no background in technology. Further, given that their only value proposition is a software tool, their commitment to manual repetitive inefficient processes is unequaled by the rest of mankind. Also, to the previous reviewer who claimed good job stability...I've been there for less than a year and there have already been 2 major layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn. Reflect. You have high quality people in-house who you underutilize or don't utilize at all. While you are stabbing each other in the backs, all of your customers are getting pissed off and running away. Also, computers were invented for process automation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, strong team, but needs focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    The work is customer driven and responsive. There were employee parties and celebrations about successes. Many dedicated people worked hard and with no politics.

    Cons

    Outside of the tech team there was little understanding of how a software company needed to function. The product was too big.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell 2 things (not 10) and work on them until they are perfect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people, really enjoyed working there

    Cons

    none; it was a really great company to work with, in my opinion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none; it was a really great company to work with, in my opinion

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