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Ascend Learning Reviews

Updated June 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Manageable workload, and good work/life balance" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Great people with leadership driven by goals of financial success & nurturing a successful work culture while achieving financial goals" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance can be a challenge" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Lots of turnover in upper management and changes in the last two years" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Organization on the right track"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, independent culture, ideal for people who enjoy feeling ownership over their work, actually committed to the corporate values, opportunities for professional development and continuing education. Dedication to hiring the right people. Commitment to constant, if incremental, improvements.

    Cons

    Fast growth can lead to a fast-paced environment, things are changing a lot as we grow and develop which could make it not the right fit for some people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the dedication to those core values! It definitely shows that leadership is committed to them now.


  2. "Boring Company in a Boring Industry"

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

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy, work life balance, no unreasonable expectations.

    Cons

    Dizzying changes in leadership. Execs always talk about value to shareholders and THEY'RE the shareholders, not the workers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good teetering on great"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, products and clients that are easy to care about, and really exceptional coworkers

    Cons

    Executive management is improving, but still has a way to go -- especially in some areas of the technology organization. Individual companies within Ascend Learning often do better, but their gains are largely in spite of the parent company.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure everyone really understands Agile development and DevOps engineering. Focus on aligning structure and processes with those concepts.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place To Be"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, I love the culture here folks are easy to approach. Ascend Values are very important, Passionate, Selfless, Courageous, Great Listener, Embrace and Accountable. These values help you to grow as a person. There are internal moves are available. Unless something changes I plan on being here until I retire.

    Cons

    Sometimes the lack of communication but I think that is a lot of businesses issue.
    Learning how to communicate with one another.

    Advice to Management

    To continue to grow and to communicate.


  5. "Culture & Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    Ascend had a great culture with great people. Very flexible and a lot of autonomy. It's a growing business so things move very quickly.

    Cons

    Not all of the systems and groups talk to each other making it very difficult to get things done. .

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to listen to their front-line employees


  6. "Marketing Communications Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Leawood, KS
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Leawood, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing. Great perks, easygoing atmosphere and genuinely good, good people who care about doing great work.

    Cons

    None that I have encountered in my three years. Truly a wonderful place to work.

    Advice to Management

    One of the things I respect most about Ascend are the opportunities for promotion from within the organization and business unit. I would encourage management to NEVER lose sight of this.


  7. "If you are a developer DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning (More than a year)

    Pros

    Honestly having a hard time finding one.

    Cons

    They don't give you the tools you need and it's an archaic business model it astounds me that they are successful given they are an online product. Be prepared to work under people that have no clue the first thing about technology.

    Advice to Management

    Literally clear house from top down.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the following may only apply to my team (shared services, Leawood):
    - Manageable workload, and good work/life balance.
    - Great coworkers.
    - Great benefits (nice gym at work, very flexible hours, great health benefits, 401k).
    - Fast growing company, so there's a lot of scope to develop and execute my own ideas.
    - Like the structure, and my team's manager is on top of things.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to know my co-workers (outside of my team, which is quite small)

    Advice to Management

    Organize more activities so that I can get to know my co-workers, and my team better.


  9. "Seriously happy!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm allowed to execute. I spend my day getting things done! Technical, complex, multifaceted things that are never ordinary greet me every day. I get to travel, work from home, and spend my time with some of the smartest most talented people I've ever met. Yes, I work long hours, but it's really enjoyable and meaningful to me.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic inefficiencies exist that could be fixed. However, it's not a show stopper and can generally be resolved by flipping over someones desk. That always fixes things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. This next five years is going to be the best five years of our lives!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Editor"

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

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic people and stimulating environment.

    Cons

    Salary does not even come close to compensating workload or skill sets. The majority of middle management has been there for some time, and tends to pull the weight of upper management/ senior leadership team.


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