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Updated February 4, 2018
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Pros
  • The company philosophy allows for great flexibility and work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Great work life balance, great mission, great management, very smart people (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • No transparency 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)

    "A mission driven company on the way to awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amplify full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ever since it returned to being a private company, Amplify has been excellent. Strong team, compelling mission, serious about educational impact and on an upswing of success. An exciting place to be right now. I have worked in a few places, and there is no other company who takes product design and development as seriously and supports its schools with such dedication

    Cons

    You have to have a longterm view toward economic return. Salaries are good, but the company is not a quick flip. Is building for longterm value.

    Advice to Management

    keep it up.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace"

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    Current Employee - Copy Editor, Content Producer in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Copy Editor, Content Producer in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company atmosphere, great compensation for work, plenty of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Perhaps too much contract/freelance work results in a slight lack of organization.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Support, Quality of product

    Cons

    None really to speak of


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring, interesting work"

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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

    The company and the people in it are dedicated to the mission; people are happy to come to work every day. A flexible work environment that accommodates off-hour schedules and remote work. Collaborative, encouraging atmosphere. We build neat stuff. On some teams, everyone is invested and can contribute to the whole product.

    Cons

    Feels like "strategy" is sometimes an accident rather than a real plan. On some other teams, product comes up with a list of TODOs and everyone else has to follow along.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "System engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    Good culture and smart engineer,

    Cons

    Bad management and kind of waste resource.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fascinating colleagues with lots of ideas about how to improve the status quo in education.

    Cons

    Lack of R & D resources/ infrastructure, particularly the "R."


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Amplify full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, friendly staff, salary, benefits

    Cons

    downsized, inconsistency, unknown tasks/descriptions,


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