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Ascend Learning Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2019

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Ascend Learning CEO Greg Sebasky
Greg Sebasky
83 Ratings
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  • "There is not group of authority to force these business units to play by the rules(in 15 reviews)

  • "Upper management is out of touch to the point of being damaging -(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Superb Company"

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

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Innovation, leadership, and clear vision of purpose are the driving forces at Ascend.

    Cons

    Must be flexible and willing to adapt to new innovations, ideas and process. However, this is what keeps this role fun.

    Advice to Management

    Don't stop! Keep driving toward our goal.

    Ascend Learning2019-06-08
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Leadership is a mess"

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    Former Employee - Product Development in Leawood, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work at Ascend is purposeful - creating assessments and education technology solutions that help students change their lives. There are loads of really smart and caring people working at Ascend. I made some good friends while working there. There is significant flexibility in time off, working at home, and the like.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is constantly engaging in political infighting and jockeying, to the detriment of clients. Poor management behavior tolerated (lying to subordinates, micromanaging, controlling, discrimination, etc.) . HR is complicit in these poor behaviors. If you raise concerns you will be viewed as a troublemaker, no matter how tactfully you raise them, because of politics and leaders more concerned about being...

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    Advice to Management

    Fire bad managers. This includes nice people who are so weak they are ineffective.

    Ascend Learning2019-08-16
  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun culture, flexibility, promising future, and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    New initiatives/projects can get bogged down and delayed due to management indecisions/management changes.

    Ascend Learning2019-06-04
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great company unless you're a new parent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leawood, KS
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    Overall, I like working with my team and the office culture is pretty good. I enjoy my work.

    Cons

    Ascend makes it hard to return to work after having a child. Mothers can take FMLA leave for 12 weeks, but I wouldn't call it a quality maternity leave. 4 weeks are fully paid, 4 weeks are paid at 2/3 of your salary (with short term disability pay), and 4 weeks are unpaid. It's more than some companies offer, but isn't competitive and has me looking at other companies with better leave policies for the future. Now...

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    Advice to Management

    If you want to stop losing new mothers, up your game on the maternity leave pay (and/or duration) and provide a nicer pumping room that's above the bare minimum that's legally required.

    Ascend Learning2019-06-11

    Ascend Learning Response

    June 12, 2019Recruiter

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I've notified the right people and we are in the process of making changes to the rooms.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Leawood, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work from home on Saturdays for overtime

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of .

    Ascend Learning2019-04-22
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Perks"

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations 

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    Extremely working working environment. Great sense of Community

    Cons

    Not great Work life balance to many hours

    Ascend Learning2019-04-16
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great company with big problems"

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

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are pretty good. Management really seems to value employee feedback. Training can be available.

    Cons

    There is a group of super sensitive feminists that get good employees fired. They don't pay for overtime and expect you to work a lot of it. Management keeps purchasing new companies at a fast rate and most of these companies don't have compatible technology. Each Business Unit goes by their own rules and don't want to conform to the main vision. There is not group of authority to force these business units to play...

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    Advice to Management

    Quit letting people that don't do any work get productive members of the team fired for stupid reasons.

    Ascend Learning2019-04-12
  8. "Toxic, political climate"

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    Former Employee - Credit Analyst in Leawood, KS
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ascend Learning for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours They have a nice little gym that I never used

    Cons

    It may have just been the department I was in, but the politics were dense and the waters difficult to navigate. There were many whispers conversations about what "she was up to" and what that person's nefarious motivations were. It was a tense, back-stabby atmosphere; very stressful in a relatively small department. Despite glowing reviews, of which I was subjected to several, and no criticism I was laid off after just...

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    Advice to Management

    Issue warnings! I might still be there and making a contribution had I been told what the problem was.

    Ascend Learning2019-04-17
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Make Your Move (Away)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best thing about working for Ascend is the unlimited vacation policy. While in some departments folks seem to feel guilty about taking time off, in general this company values work-life balance.

    Cons

    One of the corporate initiatives is “make your move,” which unfortunately means that in order to advance you need to transfer to another business unit or leave the company. This is especially true in certain departments, which impacts morale greatly. Adding to that is the lack of pay equity for the same job. There are so many great people working at Ascend who are sincerely dedicated to making the world better, but I...

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    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the flat organizational structure and reward employees fairly for the good work that they do.

    Ascend Learning2019-03-11
  10. Helpful (8)

    "All talk and no action makes everyone fed up"

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

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most positions allow you to be flexible about working from home but it really depends on your manager. Benefits are ok. There are some really kind and really intelligent people there, who are probably really frustrated with how things are going.

    Cons

    My colleagues are fun, intelligent, and kind but once you get director level and above, it becomes a completely different work culture. Everyone in the place is universally hamstrung by the 'T&O' group. Accomplishments working with that team are far and few between. It's all completely under resourced and under staffed with no time or allowance given to proper R&D. That means everyone else has to wait and make...

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    Ascend Learning2019-03-21
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