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Updated Apr 26, 2020

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Pros
  • "Enthusiastic staff, constantly seeking feedback in order to improve, excellent work/life balance(in 36 reviews)

  • "Lots of smart people who sincerely care about education(in 19 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "and resources are squandered by and for upper management, with no regard for what is needed by support those in the field(in 15 reviews)

  • "very poor vision from senior management, too much at once, horrible communication from upper management(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Went well

      Apr 26, 2020 - Designer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      lots of smart people who work very hard for teachers and students

      Cons

      major contraction resulted in lots of layoffs in 2015

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      2 people found this review helpful

      Amplify Response

      Communications Coordinator

      Thank you for taking the time to write this feedback!

    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work

      Mar 13, 2019 - Staff Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I'm doing something of value to humanity instead of making the rich richer. Lots of smart people who sincerely care about education. Nice office. Unlimited PTO. Good work/life balance.

      Cons

      Lots of tech debt, although the company has made significant progress in cleaning it up in the past couple of years. Some work is rushed.

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      Communications Coordinator

      Thank you for your review and for your commitment to Amplify. We’re looking forward to lots of impactful work ahead!

    3. 4.0
      Former Contractor

      High-quality product and talented teams

      Jan 31, 2019 - Anonymous Contractor in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people who had a solid vision

      Cons

      Somewhat uneven management quality that wasn't always sure how to execute on good ideas.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Amazing Initiative that is well funded and attracts innovative top talent

      Nov 14, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are some very smart people working there and they set the bar pretty high for their technology hires. Their technology set is cutting edge, utilizing cutting edge open source tools and agile methodology. The "Tablet" Manhattan division (Amplify Access) is way kool and they are an amazing group that have maintained an agile start-up culture. The VP of Engineering is about as good as a resource/leader as you can get to be orchestrating this amazing product.

      Cons

      I think the challenge when you have a strongly supported initiative that is growing fast, you experience growing pains. I think it's important for HR management to have a high vision rather than a limited micro-management "compliance" approach. This is crucial in establishing the right programs and foundation for continued growth of the organization as a whole. Without a bird's eye view, this is impossible. Also HR is responsible for creating and supporting a modern, friendly and fun culture for the entire organization.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      All the makings of a great organization!!

      Apr 7, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart People Great Mission Good Products Work/Life Balance Strengthening Culture

      Cons

      Organizational Focus/Strategy We are focusing on too many things at one time instead of focusing on one organizational objective at time. There is something to be said for being really great at something together vs. being a master at none - leaving some folks circling and unfocused. Comp We need to be better at getting closer to market salaries for many of our roles. We have gotten better in some areas but we have a ways to go. In many areas work/life balances off set comp. Talent Development/Learning We need to offer more opportunities for people to refine skills and grow in their roles.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Amplify

      May 26, 2015 -  in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Brooklyn office is in a great building in an historic location. Lots of light and outdoor decks. Great and liberal snacks are provided daily. There's an inspiring atmosphere of teamwork. You're surrounded by lots of quality, smart people all in one place.

      Cons

      Not a lot of transportation options.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee

      It's time to jump ship!

      Mar 12, 2014 - Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You can ride your bicycle to work. Conveniently located in DUMBO. Work alongside fairly smart people, especially if you're a software engineer. Enjoy job security in your role due to high turnover rate.

      Cons

      Wasteful spending in Amplify's Learning division. Plus, the Amplify Learning Division is nowhere near ready to roll out their digital curriculum and that's after tens of millions of dollars spent on R&D and 2.5 years of work...they still have A LONG ROAD AHEAD. High turnover throughout the company over the past year. Also, the company typically pays lower salaries.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Falling apart

      May 17, 2014 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Used to be a great place to work. Smart people, important industry, meaningful work.

      Cons

      It seems to be a classic case of small company gets a large investment and doesn't know what to do next. There is virtually not accountability. Teams can go on for years without completing what should be a simple product, and the response from management seems to be just to give them more money. The result should be fairly predictable. The "Learning" organization is a perfect example of this. Over two years into the project, they still didn't have a completed product or even concrete vision so more and more resources got thrown at them. Rampant cronyism results in incompetent "managers" who throw around terms like "MVP", "agile", or "start-up culture", while clearly having no idea what they mean. And while you might think the lack of accountability would mean people play nice with each other (no need to fear getting fired), its probably one of the more vicious organizations in terms of backstabbing and such I have ever seen. Also if you are not in the NY office, you are very limited in what opportunities are available to you, despite their claims to commitment to the other locations.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Customer Support Analyst

      Jun 11, 2015 - Customer Support Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good cause Smart people Great atmosphere Snacks and beverages Good work life balance Awesome management

      Cons

      Limited growth opportunity Starting off as a temporary contractor and not knowing when it ends

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Lead Game Design Researcher and Product Specialist

      Jan 1, 2017 - Lead Game Design Research and Product Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work life balance, great mission, great management, very smart people.

      Cons

      Not the most friendly culture, low on the pay balance scale (compensated with great work life balance)

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