The Teaching Company Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Enlightening...what we do is amazing - we support lifelong learning initiatives!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Teaching Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is laid back yet highly productive, there are a lot of really intelligent people working here, everyone is very friendly, and the company shows appreciation for all of the people that help drive the business forward. They have frequent luncheons, friday meetings, wellness incentives, great health benefits, annual bonus, generous PTO, service awards, annual bonus, and the list goes on.

    Cons

    It's a growing organization so there are some very typical challenges associated with growth and change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Wonderful company (especially if you're a nerd)!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Teaching Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Offers a great service that customers love
    - Makes a difference in many people's lives
    - Lots of pride in the workplace
    - People work hard, but hours aren't too crazy
    - The changes since 2013 have been very positive. It seems like the biggest problems at the senior management level have been eliminated, and we're seeing the results of that.
    - Bonus eligibility at all levels
    - Generous vacation policy
    - You get to experience hundreds of the greatest college professors on the planet at practically no cost.

    Cons

    - You have to be comfortable with change because the company is evolving rapidly from a simple catalog seller of DVDs and CDs to a more complex multi-channel digital company with mobile apps, streaming services, and distribution through Netflix, Amazon, Comcast, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep over-explaining what's happening from a strategic perspective, and how the economics work in the new world of digital.
    - Keep promoting from within. There are a lot of smart, talented people here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great place to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at The Teaching Company full-time

    Pros

    The organization is full of opportunities. There are lots of projects going on and it is great for people who like variety and making a difference. The executives are true to their words. They changed a lot the culture and the company is on a great path. Everybody can speak up, we encourage collaboration, we receive honest feedback and you really feel that everybody is doing their best. People are happy to do their job, they are proud of their products, they care a lot about the customers, they challenge the management and themselves. A huge progress has been made the last 2 years and this is very palpable.

    Cons

    No organization is perfect but nothing is unresolvable here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Not A Place I Can Honestly Recommend

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Teaching Company

    Pros

    Concept or stated mission is worthwhile, a smattering of talent

    Cons

    People who have no idea about communicating with other when working toward a common cause. Fairly young, but unfortunately clueless crowd. No loyalty toward employees, monotonous work turns many into automatons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your head out of the sand, hire people with creative drive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Lots of smart people, but a few really bad seeds

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    Former Employee - 5th Floor Associate in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - 5th Floor Associate in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at The Teaching Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart employees. Long-time employees have tons of institutional knowledge and are happy to share. Product is amazing (most of the time, there can be a few duds here and there). Customer base is enthusiastic about the product (sometimes to a fault). Free fruit on Wednesdays.

    Cons

    Company does not believe in telecommuting. Contractors are treated like 2nd class citizens (worse in some departments than others). Poor leadership in two major areas of the company makes it difficult to do your job. Certain upper level managers visibly hate each other. Everyone wants credit for major initiatives, but nobody wants the responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know which people need to go. Getting rid of them will vastly improve performance and morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    good but it could be better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Teaching Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work balance was great for me. I was able to take time off when I needed it without feeling guilty I know some other department did have the same flexibility I had. The benefits are not as good as they used to be but they are still good.

    Cons

    One of the issue is that the company has not been able to keep up with technology and they are rushing to get new apps and a new Web Site done without testing everything and things don't really work causing a lot headaches to the customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Fantastic people to work with, but not for. Executive team at odds and competing with each other.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at The Teaching Company full-time

    Pros

    Smart, caring coworkers who are passionate about doing the job well. Liberal vacation policy (4 weeks, 1 week payback if you don't take it), decent benefits, great product.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get the time for that liberal vacation policy; lots of people forfeit time. Benefits are cut year over year. Production expectations and timelines are insane and get worse continually. Very very difficult to get promoted. The executive team backbites, competes, doesn't have a clue about how to work productively together. Old school marketing. Too much emphasis on high level of growth regardless of economic climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over with your "C" level team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    customer care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Teaching Company

    Pros

    high quality product
    company stands behind courses

    Cons

    excessive marketing and amaturish technology

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Terrible company with ineffective managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at The Teaching Company full-time

    Pros

    Free lunches for call center employees

    Cons

    Management team point fingers on critical business issues, e.g. high rank personnel in one division blamed mid level manager in other division in order to explain his division's disappointing performance, with the senior management approving that practice to cover up the issue on hand which is the company's declining business. Many employees are fired within a year of starting employment, an indication of ineffective hiring or management or employment practices. The company also often replace employees who have worked for a while with new employees with much less wage and experience levels who perform more or less the same work, resulting in business issues and unhappy employees. Company and management make false accusations and threats. Employees could end up having different hours, vacation allowance and work after starting versus what were marketed prior to joining, basically the company treat employees as easily dispensable minions, and they will do anything to get rid of people they don't want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need some management refresh and quality upgrade

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Crappy place to work

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    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Customer Relationship Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at The Teaching Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Little focus on work quality, so employees don't need to focus so much on work

    Cons

    Have to suck up to your bosses or coworkers as promotion and many other benefits are determined by how you gel with others rather than your talents or contribution. Company has so much trouble to deal with that work environment is not pleasant. Generally boring, though they tend to overwork you and treat employees like slaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revive employee morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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