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Ascend Learning Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Upper management gives lip service to the company values but ignores/avoids uncomfortable discussions about things like layoffs (in 11 reviews)

  • With this change came a few layoffs as the various business units fine tuned their needs and restructured their organizations (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "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. "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!

  3. "Everything a Company Should be"

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    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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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?


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Ok company if you are in the core part of the company, otherwise you are treated like a red-headed step child."

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is adequate for many positions.
    Good health insurance.
    Unlimited pto plan.
    Growth opportunities if you don't mind moving to Kansas.

    Cons

    Stated corporate culture and actual corporate culture are way different.

    Attitude of "We know everything , you know nothing and you should just be thankful you have a job. "

    Pay for sales teams is underwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Your stated corporate culture and mission are very good but in practice it isn't working.

    Listen to your employees more. They know far more than you give them credit for. As a result, with the "We know better than you" attitude of management, your employees will simply let you fail and learn the lessons the hard way.


  7. "Great Group!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certificate Specialist in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Certificate Specialist in Lenexa, KS

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

    Pros

    - Gives us the creative space to do our jobs and do it well using each of our own individual talent sets.
    - Appreciation is shown regularly by sponsored events, competitions, lunches/dinners, etc
    - Company with high acclaim across the nation and a highly considered product.

    Cons

    Light on training - not a lot of guidance. Peer to peer mentorship is key to success

  8. "Welcoming people, great company and cool technologies! Isn't it a deadly combination?"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO! Real work life balance! Great talented professionals full with high energy and team spirit.

    Cons

    Lags in processes, documentation and intra-BU communication; but improving upon them. Lags formal training for new hires. Less funding on training and technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Very fortunate to have the awesome immediate Manager. However, observed that some managers expect new hire to be productive from day one. So give new hires some time and train them with proper on boarding systems.


  9. "Excellent Company to Grow With!"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Leawood, KS
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in Leawood, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working for Ascend for less than a year, however they truly show you the path to success. I'm in sales so the fact that I knew my monthly, quarterly, and annual quota was a breath of fresh air. They do a fantastic job of on-boarding and illustrating the other Business Units that you can work for. They truly want you to spend your career with them, and I am really looking forward to the future with Ascend!!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  10. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very good guys, keep it up

    Cons

    no issues at, not applicable


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