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  1.  

    Learned a lot but too many internal politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Lots of engineers with the right attitude and a real chance to improve online education. Product managers are committed and talented.

    Cons

    Often spent time dealing with drama from political foes. Design of software was very top down. Company kept pinning hope on new employees who either weren't enough to get the company to change its inertia by themselves or sweet talked their way into high level positions and then ran amok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out for bad actors among the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be a great place to work...now they're part of Blackboard Corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Lots of technology development
    Leader in Educational Technology space
    Great clients to work with
    No two days are ever the same.

    Cons

    In the last five years theyve had two acquisitions, a merger, and was recently purchased by Blackboard, along with their direct competitor. Who knows what will happen to everyone since now they have triple of each position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of those involved in the sale of Wimba to Blackboard were former WebCT employees who had been through this show once before with Blackboard. To grow, leadership needs to keep the quality employees who work hard, not the ones in it for the bonus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wimba has potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Wimba has weak senior management, which creates opportunity for entrepreneurial junior staff members to gain valuable hands-on experience. Wimba focuses on the low-pressure education market, so the company and it's customers are forgiving of mistakes. Wimba has many top-quality employees.

    Cons

    Wimba has weak senior manangement, which creates frustration among junior staff members. Wimba's focus on the education market allows it to get away with mistakes and inefficiencies which would be fatal to companies in other markets. Wimba does not adequately value it's mid- and junior-level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wimba not going to make it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    The craziness at Wimba is certainly entertaining. You can't believe that management thinks the decisions they are making are actually good, and it's fun to watch them try to execute ridiculous plans. Many of the people who work here are really nice, but morale is down because they keep laying people off. It's really too bad - the focus on teaching and learning is worthwhile to be involved in, and it's a popular company within the industry. Wimba has great relationships with other partners in the space. The office location is great - Bryant Park for lunch every day in the summer!

    Cons

    You don't get credit for good ideas or good work. Often, it takes management 6 months to come to the same conclusion you just did, but by then it's their idea, even though you could have saved them tons of money if they had listened in the first place.
    They have laid off about 30% of the company in the space of 3 months and cut salaries by ten percent. When advice is given to management that people aren't going to like that and that all of the really good people are going to find other jobs, the response has been 'where are they going to go?' like we can't get better jobs. We can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring managers who were fired from their last job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to spend your work hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Relaxed but fast-faced atmosphere where everyone works as a team and there's open communication. Top executives have "open door" for even staff level employees. Dedicated group of employees who know how to balance work and fun.

    Cons

    Hours can be long, espcially if you're working on a project with deadlines ... however the work-life balance is emphasized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Happy Employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Flexibility, Work-Life Balance, Opportunity for Creativity & Innovation, Hands-On Experience, Teamwork

    Cons

    Small Company Growing Pains, Resource Struggles, Building Process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Decisive in Communicating Vision & Strategy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    New Management, new style

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's easy to fall in love with what Wimba does. The technology is great, and you can leave work every day both feeling great because the products are cool, and you know they're helping people learn. While, like any business, there's some customers who are satisfied and others who aren't, even if you find a day when you're mostly dealing with problems, you'll usually talk to a few people whose lifes are being helped by Wimba's products.

    Cons

    It's been a shaky boat for a couple of years now. Probably not unlike lots of other companies "after Lehman", but there's been lots of layoffs, new management came in and is moving the HQ to Boston, and the New York office is eerily lonely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be forthright with employees; don't keep secrets, and don't surprise us. Earn our trust. If we're constantly spending our energy wondering what you're going to do next, we're not working towards our common goals.

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