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Hobsons Overview

Cincinnati, OH
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
A leader in education technology, Hobsons helps more than 15 million students to identify their strengths, explore careers, match to best-fit educational opportunities, create academic plans, and reach their education and life goals. More than 13,000 K-12 and higher education ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to connect learning to life by matching students to opportunity across a lifetime of education decisions.

Company Updates

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    Hobsons' Student Success Platform Recognized as a Leader in Guided Pathways ARLINGTON, VA, October 26 - Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, today announced that its student success platform has been awarded two Technology Trailblazer Awards as part of the 2018 Technology Seal of Approval by Complete College America.

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Hobsons – Why Work For Us?

Who We Are

Hobsons connects learning to life by matching students to opportunity across a lifetime of education decisions. Nearly 60% of first-year college students find they aren't prepared for college, despite being technically eligible for it. Employers are also finding that students are not being properly prepared for the workforce in key areas. We aim to change that by helping students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and finish what they start. Through our solutions, Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students.

Founded in 1974, Hobsons is part of DMG Information, a global portfolio of high-growth business-to-business companies, and a subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust, a publicly listed company quoted on the London Stock Exchange. 

Our Products


A comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving students outcomes and connecting learning to life


A matching platform offering a comprehensive set of colleges and university to strategically reach best-fit students, those most likely to both apply and succeed at your institution, and reach institutional enrollment goals


Student success solutions and related services to harness the power of the campus community to engage, motivate and graduate more students-securing valuable tuition revenue through greater student persistence


  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Arlington, VA
  • Remote Opportunities

Our Purpose

Connect learning to life by matching students to opportunities across a lifetime of education decisions

Our Beliefs

  • Helping students explore their strengths, interests, and opportunities puts them on a path to find their ideal post-secondary and career options
  • Connecting students with best-fit institutions not only helps institutions admit qualified applicants, but also helps every student succeed
  • Engaging post-secondary students with a connected, informed campus community increases their changes of reaching their academic and life goals

Our Core Equities

  • Partnerships: Our customers are our partners, their goals are our goals; their success is our success!
  • Innovation: We are continuously looking for ways to make our clients more successful by evolving our solutions and inventing new ones
  • Experts: We are focused on education technology and are thought leaders in the industry
  • Passionate: We are passionate about education and believe our technology solutions lead to better education outcomes
  • Responsive: When our customers ask, we deliver - our customer is on a different level


At Hobsons, we want our employees to feel welcome and engaged with the work they do. Our team works hard, celebrates our successes and enjoys each-others company. We host regular company-wide events, recognize our employees during our annual awards event and quarterly town halls, promote employee health, and actively work toward bettering our community by giving back to educators and students. We're proud of our people and continue to seek great individuals to take Hobsons to the next-level. 

Community Involvement

Hobsons employees are proud to give back to the communities we serve. Our internal employee organization, Hobsons United Giving to Students (HUGS), sponsors several projects on, allowing Hobsons to support a classroom and build a future for students and teachers in need.

In addition to HUGS, we host quarterly town hall service projects. For the past decade we have participated in Adopt-A-Class, an organization that connects us to a local classroom. We hold various activities throughout the year with the class and provide mentorship and friendship to the students. Throughout all service projects Hobsons participates in, our goal remains the same: to have a positive impact on students and improve education. 

Celebrating Success

Recognizing the hard work and success of our employees is important to us at Hobsons. Each year, we host an annual awards ceremony to show our appreciation to our employees. The Hobsons Achievement Awards is a fun celebration where we recognize our employees for their hard work and dedication to upholding the mission and vision to bring learning to life. 


What is unique to Hobsons:

  • Work-Life Balance
    • Flexible working hours and PTO
  • Holiday Break
    • Christmas Eve - New Year's Day
  • Philanthropic Initiatives
    • HUGS,, Team Volunteering
  • Development Assistance
    • Education/Professional Development Reimbursement
  • Pet Insurance

Additional Benefits:

  • Competitive Medical Coverage
  • Multiple Dental Plans
  • Multiple Vision Plans
  • 401(k) with Company Matching

"Passion is the one word that comes to mind when I think of Hobsons. I quickly realized that it doesn't matter what role somebody has here at Hobsons, the one thing we all have in common is a passion for education and a passion for helping our educators get the most out of their students and help set their students up for success in life." - Mark Dewar, Account Executive, Naviance

"I love that our goal is to ensure that 100% of students attain their educational goals. We are also committed to closing equity and attainment gaps - which is very important to me." - Ellyn Artis, Strategic Consulting Practice Director, Starfish

"I was first attracted to the energy here at Hobsons. Working in education is something that we are all passionate about and I could really sense that passion. What keeps me here is the same thing. So essentially what has kept me for so long is what attracted me in the first place. Knowing that this place is fun, energizing - we have a passion for what we do - and I feel that it shows with working here." - Brooke Achertamnn, Scrum Master, Intersect

"I have absolutely such a great time working here because I can be my true self and that allows me to be the most successful version of myself." - Latha Pillai, Account Executive, Naviance

Hobsons Reviews

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    "A Great Place to Work!"

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    Great company to work for. They are dedicated to creating a platform that can support students needs. The departments are well managed and supported (as long as you speak up). They provide a positive work life balance!


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    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to your clients to develop your products and your employees to encourage positive change.

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Hobsons Photos

Hobsons photo of: Our team enjoying themselves at a conference
Hobsons photo of: Our Cincinnati HR Team @ the Hobsons Achievement Awards
Hobsons photo of: We loved creating these special gifts for the Ronald McDonald House!
Hobsons photo of: Hobsons Leadership Team
Hobsons photo of: Our Starfish GM, Howard, announcing one of our Achievement Award winners.
Hobsons photo of: Making stuffed animals and superhero capes for the Ronald McDonald House!
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Hobsons Interviews



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    Talent Acquisition Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Hobsons (Cincinnati, OH) in April 2018.


    The interview consisted of a few steps, a phone interview with the recruiter followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager. After the phone interviews, there was an on-site interview that lasted about two hours, including 1:1 and panel interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think you've been successful in your previous positions?   1 Answer
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Hobsons Awards & Accolades

  • Best College and Career Readiness Solution, SIIA CODiE Awards, 2018
  • Best College and Career Readiness Solution, SIIA CODiE Awards, 2017
  • Highest Student Success/Retention, Campus Technology 2017 Readers' Choice Awards, 2017
  • Guided Pathways to Success Seal of Approval, Complete College America, 2017
  • Highest Student Success/Retention, Campus Technology 2016 Readers' Choice Awards, 2016
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