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Ascend Learning Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can be a challenge (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management gives lip service to the company values but ignores/avoids uncomfortable discussions about things like layoffs (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "No Place Like Home"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked with NASM (Ascend BU) in Chandler, AZ for over 6 years. Though I LOVED my NASM team, I wanted to move back home to the Midwest. I decided I wouldn't do that unless it was for a job within the Ascend family. I was thrilled when I was offered a position at the Leawood, KS office. Not only was I able to go back home but I was provided the opportunity to stay with Ascend and enjoy its amazing culture and benefits. Plus I have my 4 season back!

    Cons

    We're super busy but to me that's not a con. If a company is growing, (which Ascend is), you have to roll up your sleeves and dive in.


  2. "Ascend Learning Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    Culture & Values
    Work-Life Balance
    Career Opportunities
    Meaningful Work
    Collaborative Atmosphere

    Cons

    Ascend Learning does have a great Work-Life Balance, however, they are rapidly growing company which can drive a lot of work at times.

  3. "NHA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leawood, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leawood, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paid, substantial vacation time

    Cons

    Lofty sales goals, communication from middle management needs improvement, team cohesiveness needs improvement


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Ascend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leawood, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leawood, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most coworkers are great, company offers flexible schedules, ok compensation

    Cons

    A headquarters half a country away, not always on the same page. Excruciatingly slow pace on every project. Stunning squandering of labor, where people sit around looking busy and watching the clock because they are blocked by an IT department that cannot deliver and consistently displays the middle finger to the rest of the company. Career-minded people will be frustrated here. Too many lengthy incident calls, same issues time after time, nothing learned. I'm not exactly an IT expert, but this is easily the worst IT department I have worked with. The department is a poison pill to the organization, yet frustratingly lauded in company-wide meetings. CEO seems to be a good guy but probably has no idea what happens in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Find your project managers, your developers, your QE people, your middle management and let them know they are free to tell you what is going on without fear of losing their jobs. They will tell a similar story. Maybe the CEO would like to embed himself with different groups to get a first-hand feel for the problems, and how they affect morale. If not for the flexibility with work hours, Ascend would lose a lot more people.


  5. "Management skills are very lacking."

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

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    The pros are the benefits of the company, such as unlimited vacation.

    Cons

    Individuals were promoted to positions that they are not qualified to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the individuals that are not qualified for their potions, specifically in management. Liston and follow up on employees concerns.


  6. "Never knew you could NOT hate going to work until I got here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing people, wonderful products, wonderful work life balance

    Cons

    Not any worth mentioning :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Keep looking. This place will kill your morale and future career."

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

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

    Pros

    I'm looking to get out.

    Cons

    Simply too much to put into a short paragraph. Here is what you should know: their corporate culture is not what they tout. It is a top heavy organization that thrives on leading by fear. They believe their current culture issues are just "perception" and that this can be fixed by instating a "no alcohol at company events" policy. No one wants to speak up due to fear of retaliation, which is a real fear.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your current and former employees. They are telling the truth. Individuals that have exited the organization did so because of current leadership. This is the good 'ol boys club and the men are protected. Females have a better chance of being treated unfairly than anyone is willing to admit. Leadership- do your due diligence!

  8. "Everything a Company Should be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Care Specialist in Leawood, KS
    Current Employee - Client Care Specialist in Leawood, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing management, relaxed dress code, huge internal opportunity, a nice salary, excellent training, out standing benefits.

    Cons

    I have to enter at least 5 words for Cons. Seriously though, I look forward to a long career with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep this up! I feel like I can go to any of my management with anything and they always have time for me.


  9. "Customer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This job was very good

    Cons

    No Advancement in this work


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They pay very well. Good benefits. Very flexible work hours/time off.

    Cons

    They lived to sell to Blackstone and now that is done. Who knows what is next but likely can't get too much worse. The main lie is that they are technology-enabled. They are a technology disaster. The systems are held together with bailing wire and chewing gum. This is a second rate company with a few very bright spots and a lot of mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Who cares?


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