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Renaissance Learning San Francisco, CA Reviews

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    "Field Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Field Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Renaissance Learning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products with wonderful people wanting to help schools and students. Renaissance has grown a lot and it gives sellers a robust product line to sell from. The autonomy over what you could do was also nice. I was never micro-managed and could really sell in the way that worked best for me.

    Cons

    There is a huge disparity between senior leadership and what's actually going on. Goals and comp plans change every year and aren't in favor of incentivizing sellers (in fact, it did the opposite). The culture is very corporate. A lot of startups were acquired most of which had fabulous, fun cultures, and Renaissance is not those things. I so badly wanted the culture to change, but it did not. The feel of a large sales org and feeling a disconnect in huge company meetings was disheartening. Sales leaders focus on the bottom line and dollar in a way that is so apparent, it really takes away from the mission. It takes forever to get things done or approved. Sometimes your regional VP has to go all the way to the top of leadership to get something approved they should have autonomy over. There is a huge lack of trust in the org. I also feel that things were so slow-moving and old school. Lots of Microsoft products, approval of small tasks, and just so much red tape made it exhausting and frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Open up communication between sellers, middle management and senior leaders. The culture is dying if not dead. Many sellers have left (especially the good ones) because of this and corporate politics. Hire people to do 360 reviews and give candid feedback to leaders. There are many things that can easily be fixed, if senior leadership decided to spend more time on it. Also, get rid of the ridiculous red tape in processes. It shouldn't take 5 days to get something approved while you make customers wait.

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    Scrum Master Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Renaissance Learning (San Francisco, CA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Initial phone screening by recruiter, followed by one hour phone screening by hiring manager who is in Wisconsin. The hiring manager seems to be someone who knows how to manage people. However, the entire interview process is very long. Be prepared to spend many weeks.

    After the second phone screening, there was in-person interview with product managers in San Francisco. The product managers do not seem to have lot of experience in Agile. They told me that after that interview there would be 3 more in-person interviews! Two interviews with two engineering teams and one with CTO. At that point, I bailed out.

    To summarize, the candidate needs to attend 2 phone screenings and 4 in-person interviews. I am glad that these guys are not asking candidates to attend one more round of interview with CEO, and one more with board, etc., What a waste of time.

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