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Ascend Learning Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2019

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Ascend Learning CEO Greg Sebasky
Greg Sebasky
81 Ratings
  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Learning part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    i do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    none

    Ascend Learning2018-02-14
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Overall, a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Cog In the Machine in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, smart and funny people

    Cons

    Pay is not bad but I know I can fetch more. Pay ought to be a tick higher because Ascend competes for talent with some deep pockets, companies that offer things like stock options.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved, ask questions about how people's jobs could be improved, how they believe Ascend Learning could do better, etc. You have a highly educated workforce with a lot of ideas.

    Ascend Learning2018-01-30
  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ascend Learning full-time

    Pros

    Great mission - change lives

    Cons

    growth by acquisition - created internal chaos

    Advice to Management

    outsource all web development

    Ascend Learning2018-01-30
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Instructional Designer"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, dedicated employees, ability to work from home

    Cons

    "No-vacation policy" leads to work/life that is out of balance. Pressure to work weekends and vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Revise "no-vacation policy"

    Ascend Learning2018-01-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ascend Learning Review"

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    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.

    Ascend Learning2017-10-30
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Ascend"

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

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time for 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...

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    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.

    Ascend Learning2017-10-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "NHA"

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

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

    Pros

    Well paid, substantial vacation time

    Cons

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

    Ascend Learning2017-10-18
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Management skills are very lacking."

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    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.

    Ascend Learning2017-10-31
  9. Helpful (14)

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

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

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time for 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!

    Ascend Learning2017-10-23
  10. "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ascend Learning full-time for 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!

    Ascend Learning2017-09-20
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