Waterford Institute Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work on projects that matter.

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    Former Employee - Artist
    Former Employee - Artist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Waterford Institute full-time

    Pros

    The Waterford Institute is a great place to work. I was never expected to work outside of normal work hours. The projects were exciting and designed to help children read. This company really is set out to make a difference and it was great to be a part of that.

    Cons

    As a research company the art department has had varying degrees of oversight. There is little direction or ability to grow outside of working on things yourself. Due to the lack of demand members of the team were able to get away with doing nothing for large amounts of time. Frustrating as someone who wanted to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Make artists more transparent about projects they are working on throughout the week.


  2. Product Owner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food and fun people

    Cons

    Mismanaged, no direction and a product that is out dated.

    Advice to Management

    Get people who know how to do their job and manage the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Waterford Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Materials are effective in helping kids learn.

    Cons

    The management team is horrible. There is no honesty and working with them is like working with a pit of snakes.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage!!! Just because you inherit power does not mean you know how to utilize it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Respect your employees. Get a new outfit.


  7. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waterford Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company so you are seen.

    Cons

    No room for growth because of the size.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyable, but too many layoffs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AS3 Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - AS3 Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Waterford Institute full-time (Less than a 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)


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    We needed a solid business plan


  10. Think twice before applying

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Support in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - User Support in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Waterford Institute full-time (More than a 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Rewarding small non-profit with a global footprint

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.



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