Teachscape
2.9 of 5 13 reviews
www.teachscape.com San Francisco, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Apr 16, 2014

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Kathy Yates

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25% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company, great people, really enjoyed working there

    Consnone; it was a really great company to work with, in my opinion

    Advice to Senior Managementnone; it was a really great company to work with, in my opinion

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    Good industry and decent prospects, but expect many frustrations

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAn enthusiastic and diverse team of people interested in benefiting education. Good position in a growing industry. Reasonable prospects for eventual purchase by a company like Pearson. With proper management, could be capable of even more.

    ConsToo many commitments made to customers. Commitments are not properly managed or tracked. Expect regular surprises and emergencies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCalm down. Create real accountability for what you promise to customers. Let everyone in the company know what promises have been made. Celebrate when you keep your promises.

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    Horrible Management - Great Working Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe overall work environment is laid-back and almost quite chill. They just recently moved upstairs and expanded to two floors that are closer to each other.

    ConsManagement are generally clueless when it comes to managing. You have too many layers of non-essential people who have no idea what in the world they are telling the people what to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease have an idea of what your workers are putting in for you before you smack them down with your lack of knowledge to understand their jobs and "control" them. This only shows the "incompetence" of your ability to actually manage a project while trying to use fear to instill your authority. If they actually cared and took time to understand the perspective of what the people do for you, you should at least treat them more like humans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Had a great time because of the people and mission, but lack of focus and resources was frustrating.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat mission, nice people, little office politics, in the middle of San Francisco, willingness to be innovative, some very capable technical staff.

    ConsLack of focus, too few resources for the work that is taken on, upper management clueless about managing software projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire managers with a technical background.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice culture, very bad management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe culture is friendly and welcoming and they make an effort to do fun team events and company parties.

    ConsThe management is very poor. Immature, caught up in personal drama and not the success of the products or customers. In certain departments you are penalized for thinking out of the box and are put in your place. Effort is not valued. Favoritism dictates outcome. Hard working employees are treated poorly and lazy negative employees are rewarded. Also the products really need a lot of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want a professional environment hire people that have professional attitudes and are open to individual employee growth. The culture is good, but is dampened by bad leadership.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intense workload but good people and mission

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart, passionate colleagues that support and encourage you to succeed

    ConsUnfocused, understaffed, and sometimes misguided business strategy

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    Good company, good products, smart developers

    Senior Developer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood software team with some very sharp developers & engineers and interesting technologies.
    Good benefits and work/life balance.
    Employees treated very well.
    Worthy company goal.

    ConsIt is a mainly software company, yet at times it seems top management doesn't see it or even want it that way.
    Too many management layers with too much politics and high turnover sometimes detrimental overall.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are a software company with a very good software team, embrace it and let the software shine.

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    good people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosimpact on education, strong commitment

    ConsNeed more employees and too many competing priorities

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus on a few things

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Many duplicated roles in confused, top-heavy organization.

    (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsInteresting work with friendly people.
    Very difficult to be fired--good job security.
    They've got a lot of funding.

    ConsFar too many people performing duplicate functions in higher roles, which leads to disagreement and a fundamental inability to make decisions.
    Hardly anyone in upper management has the right experience working for a software company, so they're often confused about when and why deadlines are unreasonable and aren't met.
    Too many meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more engineers so you can get things done. Trim the fat in upper management and hire people with the right kinds of experience, not just impressive degrees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many meetings!

    (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe staff are some of the best and have extreme knowledge of the subject matter. Everyone is dedicated and works hard for the greater goal = more sales & more enrollments

    ConsToo many meetings hamper your ability to actually work. I can understand the need for meetings to put together processes and baselines but there are too many weekly one hour meetings that stretches into two hours.

    Too much MBA-speak which is all fine but really must everyone spout buzz words with every sentence and meeting? More of an annoyance when you can just speak plain English instead of showing off your newly minted MBA status. And yes, I have an MBA too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat product and great focus on enrollments for partner universities but need to focus on getting the job done versus meetings on top of meetings with reports on top of reports on top of the same pivot table!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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