Waterford Institute

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Waterford Institute Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT

    I have been working at Waterford Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small company so you are seen.

    Cons

    No room for growth because of the size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of a long line of terminated employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT

    I worked at Waterford Institute

    Pros

    The paid time off is a pretty good benefit - most of the federal holidays, and an extended Christmas holiday. If you are inspired by education and software, this might be a good fit.

    Cons

    It was a challenge to work for the pay offered here. I believe I was better compensated than my co-workers. While the organization is relatively flat, management is very top heavy. As there are some exceptional individuals who work there, there are those in upper management who great vision and drive, but lack in human resource management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee performance management needs to be professionally handled. The way things are handled doesn't provide any confidence in management and provides for a lot of employee anxiety, leading to reduced efficiency, throughput and employee turnover.

    Is it just me, or does Waterford seem to have high turnover of skilled, professional employees? This can't be good for Waterford Institutes' mission. Promises made, promises not kept. Potential employees: Beware - especially if you look to work with the Product and Marketing group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The most dysfunctional management group I have had the entertainment pleasure to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waterford Institute full-time

    Pros

    The temporary illusion of helping children along with proximity to some great skiing. Great vibrant market connecting technology and education.

    Cons

    No appreciation for organizational culture or respect for the skills of the employees. No communication skills among leadership team. Uncanny ability to rationalize all kinds of unprofessional and sketchy behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees. Get a new outfit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable, but too many layoffs

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    Current Employee - AS3 Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - AS3 Developer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Waterford Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people were awesome
    I felt like I was making a difference
    Great work life balance
    Free cereal and juice every morning

    Cons

    Layoffs were completely unpredictable. They just didn't seem to have any rhyme or reason behind them.
    Management was super uninvolved. Sometimes nobody knew what I was doing.
    My pay was super low (granted I was entry level)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Regretful - it could have been so much better

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Programmer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Fun people and when you join you feel like you will be making a difference.

    Cons

    There is simply no direction from the management. There are so many VP members but only a handful of "worker bees". I often felt like management was trying to justify why they were going on so many trips when the company was trying to cut back to save money. The turnover within the company is also not helpful - once you are there it is difficult to feel "secure". You never knew when your head would be the next on the chopping block.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We needed a solid business plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Think twice before applying

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Support in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - User Support in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Waterford Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The cereal and juice each morning is a great perk and working with great employees. The benefits are also what lure an individual to work there.

    Cons

    There are so many layoffs at the company and very little vision. It often seemed as though we would start work on something only to be told that our priorities were changing. This happened frequently.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding small non-profit with a global footprint

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Waterford Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people with a mission anyone can be proud of, teaching children to read.

    Cons

    Sometimes financing can be shaky and senior leadership strategies can create periods of fluctuating head-count.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    All-around worth considering as a potential employer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Waterford Institute

    Pros

    This company cares about work/life balance and in general has managers that care about their employees. They offer competitive compensation for a non-profit, and build a product you can be proud of. They are very supportive of professional development.

    Cons

    The company is heavy on senior management, especially, considering its size. Along those lines the number of people in senior management seems to create a situation where there are too many cooks in the kitchen and affects the company's ability to set a clear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reducing the number of people in senior management.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Though shortlived, had a very good experience

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Faculty in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Waterford Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, interaction with kids helped in the research.

    Cons

    Could have continued with the Learning Center in the present situation too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was a bit biased...not much interaction with the mid-level and below employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Massive Layoffs Regularly!!! Avoid at all cost.

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    Former Employee - Video Editor
    Former Employee - Video Editor

    I worked at Waterford Institute part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Let me be clear... I was not laid off. I was one of the few that managed to avoid this, but it was because of the constant layoffs that I quickly looked for other work.

    Pros: Free juice and fruit. Nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Yearly layoffs. Management is so incompetent that it ends up in massive layoffs every year. Incredibly bad direction. Poor decision making. Owner hired incompetent son to be CEO (and we never saw him). More VP's than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider the lives of the employees that you constantly let go due to your own bad management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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