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The Teaching Company Overview

Chantilly, VA
201 to 500 employees
1990
Company - Private
Colleges & Universities
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The Teaching Company is the nation's leading developer and marketer of premium-quality, university-level courses built especially for personal development and lifelong learning.The series (The Great Courses) differ from most online learning platforms in that ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to empower lifelong learning. We do this by curating the world's greatest professors, experts, and brands to create engaging, in-depth educational media that is readily available and easy to enjoy worldwide

We do this because ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Ready, Set, STREAM: The Great Courses Streaming Subscription Now Available on Amazon Video!

    New add-on video subscription 'The Great Courses Signature Collection' introduces premium lifelong learning to Amazon Prime members

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The Teaching Company – Why Work For Us?


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Designed to meet the powerful consumer demand for lifelong learning, The Teaching Company is a growing media company that produces The Great Courses; an intellectually robust series of video and audio courses led by the world's top professors and experts. With in-depth coverage of fascinating subjects ranging from philosophy, history, literature, and science, as well as more practical courses on business, health, and foreign languages, The Great Courses are truly the best way to learn anything. And by partnering with top educational brands such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Mayo Clinic, The Teaching Company has created courses on new subjects such as photography, cooking, and travel.

The Teaching Company pioneered the concept of direct-to-consumer delivery of comprehensive and engaging academic courses and maintains a catalog of more than 600 courses comprising of thousands of hours of content. Through its unique consumer-driven production model, The Teaching Company creates only the content that customers want, in formats that are readily available and convenient to use (such as DVD, audio CD, downloadable audio and video, and streaming formats). Since its establishment in 1990, The Teaching Company has sold more than 20 million courses to customers around the world. Prominent and loyal customers of The Teaching Company include Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, Charles Schwab, and Jim Collins, to name but a few.

Now, The Great Courses Plus—a subscription-based, video-on-demand service—provides thousands of in-depth videos for lifelong learners to access anytime, and anywhere. A wide range of apps on iOS, Android, and Windows 10, as well as services like Roku and Apple TV are supported on The Great Courses Plus. Furthermore, The Great Courses Signature Collection—available on Amazon.com—brings a curated selection of our most popular courses to the Amazon ecosystem.

For more than 25 years, The Teaching Company has brought to lifelong learners the unique experience of learning from the world’s greatest professors. The Company continues to pursue dynamic new distribution channels at home, along with continued international expansion into Canada, UK, Australia, and other markets.

The Great Courses are uniquely crafted for lifelong learners like you, with engaging, immersive learning experiences you can’t get in a lecture hall.

The secret ingredient is YOU. Our customers are involved at every step of the process, helping to choose course subjects and select professors from the thousands we screen each year.

The course creation process that follows involves so much more than just placing a camera in the back of a classroom. We surround the world’s greatest teachers with a team of experts who collaborate on crafting a customized and entertaining educational journey that’s both comprehensive and fascinating.

What you don’t get are the trappings of a university that you no longer need or want. There are no exams. No homework assignments. No prerequisites. You can choose the format that fits your life: video or audio, discs or digital. Watch on a TV, laptop, or tablet while taking notes in the free companion guidebook. Listen on your mobile device while going about your day.

From concept, to development, to custom content & visual design, each of The Great Courses is an unparalleled educational experience designed with people like you in mind.

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It all began with just a few videotapes—and a brilliant inspiration.

Tom Rollins, the founder of The Great Courses, was a law student at Harvard University and was facing an important exam on the U.S. Federal Rules of Evidence—an exam for which he wasn’t prepared.

Dreading the notoriously boring subject but knowing his success depended on understanding the material, Rollins obtained videotapes of 10 lectures by a noted authority on the subject, Professor Irving Younger. Rollins planted himself in front of his television late at night and put the first tape into his VCR. What he discovered changed his life.

The tapes were unlike anything Rollins had experienced in his Harvard lecture halls. Professor Younger’s lectures were outrageously insightful, impressively thorough, and engagingly witty. They made learning not a chore to be accomplished but an adventure to be experienced.

Rollins played all 10 hours of those lectures nearly nonstop. A few days later he passed his exam and went on to make an “A” in the course.

He never forgot the unique power of recorded lectures by a great teacher—the way that a bright mind could ignite a passion for lifelong learning. And years later, in 1990, Rollins founded The Great Courses to share that unforgettable experience with the rest of the world.

Rollins’s concept was simple:

  1. Find the top 1% of college professors in the world, selected entirely for their ability to teach.

  2. Use feedback from customers to help craft courses into formats uniquely designed for the lifelong learner.

After more than 25 years and 19 million courses taken, The Great Courses still adheres to the strict principles on which the company was founded, supporting every course with a 100% Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee. We invite you to learn more about Our Professors and Our Team who make it all possible; and Our Customers, a discerning community of lifelong learners who demand “the best of the best.”

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Our employees tell us they love coming to work every day. They appreciate a dynamic, rewarding environment filled with talented people who share their passion for learning.

People are the driving force behind our success, which is why we take care of our associates with some of the best benefits in the business, along with challenging opportunities that promote professional growth and development. 

Our workplace is focused on a great balance of work and fun. We work hard to make our associates feel valued and respected. 

The Teaching Company is growing fast. We need motivated and dynamic professionals to join our teams in Production, Technical Services, Marketing, Customer Care regularly.

Check out all our current opportunities and apply using our careers link below! 

https://recruiting.ultipro.com/TEA1007/JobBoard/4aca9f4f-904f-264c-a8b7-6bd9afbf7102

As an associate at The Great Courses, you can expect these benefits as standard:

  • Exceptional medical and dental coverage for our associates and their families

  • Generous paid-time-off entitlement

  • Bonus plans that reward you based on your individual performance and when the company does well

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for health care and dependent care

  • Immediate eligibility for 401K voluntary salary deferment program with company match

  • Short and long-term disability insurance

  • Employee and dependent life insurance

  • Award-winning wellness program

  • Employee referral bonus program

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)





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    Pros

    The Teaching Company is a wonderful company where employees take a great amount of pride in the product that they produce. That product -- The Great Courses -- changes lives, and those employees who work in the call center are privileged to hear every day from customers who just love the experience.

    I worked in several functional areas during my years at The Teaching Company. The experience of working here will vary dramatically depending on where you start.

    Customer Care: This is a huge department, occupying the ground floor of the building. This is a traditional call center job, with hourly employees taking calls in shifts that run all hours of the day. What makes this better than many call center jobs is that it's all inbound calls, mostly taking orders from smart people who already love the product. They only hire college grads, and while call center work isn't often a career job, it's worth noting that over 1/3 of all employees across The Teaching Company started in the call center. If you're reading reviews of the company, make note of whether it was from an hourly call center job, or from the salaried staff in the professional departments upstairs. They are very different types of work.

    Production: Another large percentage employees work on the production of the courses. This group is somewhat isolated from the other departments, occupying their own floor of the building that encompasses studios, control rooms, and pre- and post-production space, plus offices and cubes for writers, producers, editors, and content specialists. There is a lot of creativity and learning that goes on in these jobs, and it can be very fun for the intellectually curious. You are never working on the same thing for very long, but you must be able to enjoy a military-like adherence to schedules and deadlines. If you ever wanted to work for a Hollywood production studio, this is the closest thing you'll find in the DC area.

    Professional departments (Finance, Administration, Marketing, Execs, etc.): These departments represent a minority of employees, with the largest of those being marketing, and this is the part of the company that has undergone the most change in recent years. There's been turnover in management since 2013 as the company shifts from being purely a catalog direct marketer to being a multi-channel distributor of audio/video content through digital subscription services, mobile apps, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon, Audible, etc. This transition has put pressures on the team that will continue until the transition is complete, which will take many years. If that frightens you, then it might not be the right place for you. If that excites you, then TTC is a very stimulating place to be.

    Most functions are very process- and data-driven. It helps to be very analytical if you want to succeed here.

    Benefits and company outlook: The Teaching Company is a profitable company with good margins, and has been so for many years, but it has nonetheless had some rocky times as the company has had to pour every penny back into investments in its building its digital future. They went through this in years past as they transitioned from audio cassettes to VHS tapes to CDs and DVDs, and now are going through it again with mobile apps, Apple TV, and digital subscriptions. This means ups and downs as bonuses have only been paid twice in the last 4 years, and it means only the most critical things get funded. If it's not about making courses or marketing the company's relatively new (and successful) digital subscription service, then it's not likely to get a lot of resources.

    Benefits are good, nonetheless. Health insurance is paid 100% for individuals and nearly 100% for spouses, which is rare these days, everybody gets 4 weeks vacation regardless of tenure, and all professionals are bonus-eligible.

    The main reasons to work here remain the ongoing learning, the pride in the product, and the difference made in people's lives.

    Cons

    There's great stuff going on here, but it's a closely-held private company and budgets are tight, so the biggest frustration will be that there aren't enough resources to move as fast as you'd like or do everything you'd like to do.

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The Teaching Company Interviews

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    I submitted my application online. The interview was at the Chantilly main office. I met with an HR member and then several members of the call center. They notified me via a phone call that I had been accepted and completed the rest of the process via email.

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    No negotiation. The offer was spelled out in advance.

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