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Amplify Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "People are generally easy-going and there's a great work/life balance" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance, great mission, great management, very smart people" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "very poor vision from senior management, too much at once, horrible communication from upper management" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Senior Management has the leadership qualities of a gerbil; decisions seem to be made with a dart board in a vacuum" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people and innovative products

    Cons

    Could improve organization and communication


  2. "Sales Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amplify part-time

    Pros

    The programs and products the company sells are top notch and easy to believe in (because they work) and talk about with educators.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get in touch with and get help from the correct branch. It gets convoluted and things can move slowly as you often need permission and approval for small things.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    Allowed to work remotely; your voice is listened to and heard

    Cons

    Decisions are often made in isolation without consulting the groups that will be affected.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Implementation"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amplify full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO, remote work, snacks, great educational software

    Cons

    Growing pains, management being brought in from Big companies like Pearson & HMH that don’t seem to value the work of veterans or consult with them to create change, small staffs within various departments overwhelmed, people contracted then finally offered full time jobs it seems to suppress wages. Lack of people of color in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your experienced veterans and ask them to collaborate when making change so that people feel valued. Increase salaries so they match market. Have cultural diversity training & leadership training for management.


  5. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amplify full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amplify was chockfull of the smartest people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    The company bit off more than it could chew. Its portfolio of products was too diversified. It is great that they've refocused on curriculum and assessment.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ya never know"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a lot of great people. Enjoyed the work I was doing.

    Cons

    Laid off - not sure how great their retention of employees is. Seems people at the top change their minds and overhaul the company as needed.

    Advice to Management

    stick to a plan


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate people who want to do the right thing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people truly want to improve education for students and do good. People are generally easy-going and there's a great work/life balance. More processes are being put into place and resources directed at the right places to allow us to move faster and accelerate our growth.

    Cons

    Different divisions have different priorities and overall direction isn't always quite so clear so that people align in their goals; promises are made without consulting all of the stakeholders/people involved, which leads to downstream confusion and frustration. Compensation structure doesn't really reward people who go above-and-beyond, and there's a culture of complacency that stems from that.

    Advice to Management

    Put in proper incentives so that people are aligned in delivering on company-wide goals, not just their personal ones.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Security Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Security Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Security Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amplify full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of great people, friendly and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No room for growth and I was a part of downsizing/lay off.

    Advice to Management

    Manage expectations.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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

    I worked at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    They have some amazing products and are truly partners with their customers

    Cons

    The Good Ol' Boys Club will never be shaken down in this company. I personally reported a litany of problems to HR, and they brushed over it as if nothing ever reported. It's a battle over egos and so much talent has been lost over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring Pearson/HMH flunkies. Your charm is in being a smaller company and maintaining customer relationships. The big egos that come in from the large publishers have zero idea of what it takes to build and maintain trust with customers. Only reason in giving Larry "disapproval" is that he will never confront issues of the GOB culture to turn it around. The man, himself, is an absolute genius! But leadership leaves a lot to be desired.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Ambitious, but Confused Company"

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amplify full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I'm grateful for my time at Amplify. I got to work on a product our team and company believed in, and it really launched my career because I was able to work on a ton of different projects in a short time. The people were mostly nice and dedicated.

    Cons

    From the first, people had ideas about how to build a great product but no real idea whether there were enough customers to repay the investment. More or less constant company reorganizations didn't affect me much but created an atmosphere of low-level dread and confusion.


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