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Updated Aug 24, 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
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work!

      Aug 24, 2020 - Professional Learning Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Enthusiastic staff, constantly seeking feedback in order to improve, excellent work/life balance

      Cons

      Due to the nature of the "seasons" in education, work sometimes ebbs and flows

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      1 person found this review helpful

      Amplify Response

      Communications Coordinator

      Thank you for taking the time to write this feedback. As an organization, we are working thoughtfully and intentionally to do what is best for our employees and company. We are thankful for your dedication to Amplify!

    2. 3.0
      Former Contractor

      Company Experiencing Growing Pains

      Jan 2, 2020 - Order Management Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Work/Life Balance, growing company

      Cons

      Management should treat their employees better, trying to act like a big corporation

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    3. 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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      Amplify Response

      Communications Coordinator

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

    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Intern

      Mar 20, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The work environment is very collaborative, Everyone is passionate about their job; great work-life balance; projects are exciting and have significant impacts.

      Cons

      not really a con. if you have a passion for education technology, it's a great place to work and challenge yourself to make significant impacts.

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      Amplify Response

      Communications Coordinator

      Thanks for the wonderful review!

    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company, fairly solid engineering

      Jun 17, 2014 - Software Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The engineering staff is solid as a whole, good people, enjoyable work days. It obviously varies somewhat by team, but all are pretty strong. They restructured the career paths/titles/job descriptions in mid-2014 and now it feels like there is a growth path. The group I was in aggressively pushed people they identified as having potential into new roles as available. This company also has a very good work-life balance and really wants to help fix education.

      Cons

      The perks are lacking, as in there had been effectively none. It was just starting to change when I left (mid-2014). Salary is the same, hasn't been up to market, but they're making a slow effort to raise pay. As Amplify is now owned by News Corp, there is a feeling of levels of management above the average engineer reaching into the sky and just not providing any value. There is a very lenient work from home policy that I think hurts team cohesion at times. It was not unusual for me to be the only one in the office for one of my teams. While the engineering is solid, it's about 1/5th of the company in terms of people and sometimes I think the company forgets that this is a technology company and engineering is not always front-and-center.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Leadership is MIA

      Aug 17, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of great people. Meaningful work with a noble mission. Great work/life balance. Plenty of opportunity to grow and learn. The culture has improved significantly over the past two years. This would be the coolest place in the world to work if management would simply show up to the party.

      Cons

      Absolutely zero leadership. I have been in the industry for a very long time and have never witnessed such a complete void of any sort of leadership. It's not even fair to say "poor" leadership because there is literally no sign of it. Anywhere. Whatsoever. Joel pops his head in once or twice a year. Great guy with a meaningful vision but nowhere to be found. CTO Josh has been missing in action for months (does he still work here?) "One Amplify" was "announced" months ago and there has been no tangible follow through. Now it seems that we are on the auction block and still no sign of a leader as far as the eye can see. Are they all out on interviews?

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      11 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Brooklyn tech company with a mission to improve education

      Jun 13, 2014 - Engineering Manager in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Great people : solid developers, drive to improve quality of work, smart and fun to work with * Location : I live in Brooklyn so Dumbo is an easy bike commute. Actually a large % of people bikes/walks/jogs to work. * Making a difference in education, however small. Very different feeling than working for a financial company for example. There is a lot of focus on education on day to day too, everyone has opportunity to learn through series of brown bags about current trends and struggles in education, common core, etc.. * Lots of different technologies we get to play with on daily basis, not just across teams but within various teams too * movement towards vertical self sufficient teams * great work life balance. Flexible hours, ability to WFH when necessary. Much lower stress level than in a lot of other companies. say in managing your own workload

      Cons

      * the company is different now from where Wireless Generation was years ago in some good and bad ways. Feels like there is more focus on profitability and less on mission. Yet our product set and horizons are expanding rapidly due to access to additional funding * There is a lot of inertia within the company and resistance to change, hence improvements are slow and incremental

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      If you care about the mission, a great place to show it

      Jun 20, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You're generally part of a small team with a lot of autonomy. The mission of the company helps attract people who care. The company philosophy allows for great flexibility and work/life balance. If you care about education, there are a lot of interesting projects to work on and problems to solve. There's a great culture for personal improvement and professional development.

      Cons

      Experiences can vary: While mine has been fantastic, others may have reason to complain. There appear to be several different management styles throughout the company (lots of autonomy is given to the various managers). Despite real attempts to solve the problem, it's still difficult for an individual to learn about what's going on with the rest of the company and to have cross team pollination.

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great vision, lack of structure

      Aug 26, 2015 - Education Consultant in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You have the opportunity to be a part of positive change in education and work with intelligent people who share a passion for education. Excellent benefits package. Great work life balance. The company encouraged employee team building so I grew to truly appreciate and love my coworkers.

      Cons

      Since it's inception the company has lacked a sustainable structure and continues to undergo changes which result in a lack of job security and the inevitable employee flight.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Passionate people who want to do the right thing

      Mar 18, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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.

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      2 people found this review helpful

      Amplify Response

      Communications Coordinator

      Thank you for taking the time to write this feedback. As an organization, we are working thoughtfully and intentionally to do what is best for our employees and company.

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