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Age of Learning Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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3.4
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Doug Dohring
112 Ratings
Pros
  • "Cake day every month to celebrate employee's(in 32 reviews)

  • "Great people to work with (for the most part)(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work. Good work environment"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Age of Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The AOFL Interactive department has a great culture. The people there are fun to work with, and the management knows how to let people get things done. The team is excited about games, and really know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Hour can seem long (9:30-6:30), sometimes inter-department issues get in the way of making games,

    Age of Learning2019-06-10
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Miss this place a whole lot! Their mission was as important to me as the work"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Age of Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place with great people. Hard working atmosphere!

    Cons

    Their only located in Glendale, sadly. The reason why I had to leave more or less.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to understand how long employees have to work past their call of duty. Try not to let them burn themselves out.

    Age of Learning2019-05-25
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Work hard, play hard"

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    Current Employee - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Age of Learning full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Age of Learning has a really great company culture unlike any I've experienced in my past roles. They really like to find a reason to celebrate the company and all the hard work their employees do, usually in a food-related way. Everyone who works here is very nice and welcoming, and I've yet to really find a person that I haven't enjoyed working with so far. They're always open to new ideas and testing out different...

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    Cons

    There can be too many cooks in the kitchen and priorities can become unclear.

    Age of Learning2019-05-22
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Thankful for all of the experiences I have gained here!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Age of Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I can say, without a doubt, the biggest pro about Age of Learning has to be my coworkers. I feel lucky to work with some of the best, brightest, and most talented folks in LA. My team is hardworking, solution oriented, and creative. They inspire me everyday and push me to do some of the best work I have ever done. On top of that, our products are remarkable. I am proud to have contributed to such an impactful cause...

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    Cons

    Honestly, the biggest con has to be long hours during production crunch time, which usually happens at the beginning or end of a sprint cycle. As we continue to expand, I feel like my ability to manage my work load and still effectively communicate cross functionally has definitely been challenged.

    Advice to Management

    Add resources where resources are needed - you can't expect people to juggle their job and then some but still have the quality of the work remain the same.

    Age of Learning2019-05-22
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Age of Learning Soured My Professional Outlook"

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

    I worked at Age of Learning

    Pros

    Good benefits Monthly cake day Good location

    Cons

    Age of Learning uses "at will" employment liberally with yearly "terminations" of around 80-100 people. The blame is shifted to you without any supporting documentation of your "poor performance" even when the only performance documentation you have is positive. On a personal level, I have never been treated so poorly by a company and the experience threw me into a spiral of depression. Age of Learning is a great company...

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    Advice to Management

    Using "at will" employment to let go of employees may be legal, but it's at the detrement of your companies reputation. Hire smart and do your research with new projects.

    Age of Learning2019-06-17
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Many employees are underpaid, underappreciated and unvalued"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Age of Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great location - Many talented developers and designers - Fun holiday events

    Cons

    The company has always struggled with poor upper management issues. From nepotism to promoting people who are unqualified. They started doing agile a few years back but was poorly implemented by senior management from product development. The essence of Scrum and Kanban were never practiced. Fundamentals and principles were constantly violated. People who wanted to do agile the right way were let go and developers...

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    Advice to Management

    - Hold senior management accountable - Appreciate good employees and compensate them fairly

    Age of Learning2019-05-21
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Cool company, but a big company - they hire hard and layoff hard"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Age of Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Good product * Dual bottom line company - they keep marketing separate, so you don't worry that much about revenue - unless you are in marketing! * Cake once a month * A lot of artists there, just gives it a creative vibe * In Glendale, pretty cool area

    Cons

    * It's a big company, and no matter how good you are, they might decide to go from 500 to 400 people, and you might be on the wrong floor - nothing personal, you are gone * Again, big company, and it has that big company awkwardness at times that is unavoidable with any company that size - awkward interactions with upper management, or you go to talk to someone and they were let go yesterday * At times you feel like...

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    Age of Learning2019-03-19
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic place...don’t be fooled by the mission"

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

    I have been working at Age of Learning

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues are genuinely here for the mission. They care about the kids...sadly that’s really all there is to this place. Most of my colleagues are job-hunting and trying to leave You have job security if you belong to the club...if you read some of the other reviews here you’ll know what I am referring to

    Cons

    Majority of execs do not know what’s important and the teams do not dare to question. Those that do are let go They clean house once a year and let go of talented folks

    Age of Learning2019-04-27
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Age of Learning"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Age of Learning

      Pros

      Good benefits and great people.

      Cons

      Communication with the higher ups was bad.

      Age of Learning2019-03-21
    • Helpful (14)

      "suffocating environment"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Age of Learning full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      good salary, beautiful office with great views, interesting work products, walking distance to many shops and restaurants

      Cons

      Employees are expected to perform one narrow job. Other skills--even when extremely relevant-- are ignored. Constant layoffs. I was lucky to leave on my own terms--nearly everyone I worked with was laid off during various "reorganizations." Management discourages collaboration and communication between employees. A culture of secrecy hinders creativity and makes a frustrating and counter-productive work environment....

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      Advice to Management

      You've hired talented people-- embrace their many skills and allow them to openly collaborate. Limiting collaboration and responsibilities makes skilled employees feel stuck, bored and unhappy. If layoffs are necessary, take the time to look into employee backgrounds-- they likely have many skills that would benefit other departments.

      Age of Learning2019-02-21
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