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Curriculum Advantage Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  1. "Relatively small educational software co. with great benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

    I worked at Curriculum Advantage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Small, maintainable teams that collaborate on a weekly turnaround projects
    - Dynamic and fast paced environment to work, talented people to work with.
    - Feels good to know that the software product used by our clients makes a difference in their classrooms everyday
    - Monetary incentive to encourage everyone to take a certification course in their field
    - Great work/life balance with at least 2 days a week of your choice to work from home
    - Paid Holiday Week - Company is closed for a full week between Christmas and New Years
    - Great rates on health/vision/dental insurance with telemedicine and health related rewards discount programs
    - Freebie tickets to the company suite at GA dome for Falcons games and/or concerts
    - Healthy snacks, Keurig coffee and a variety of teas is always stocked up in break room
    - Great office location, lots of restaurant options, healthy food stores and shops to kill boredom during lunch break

    Cons

    - Traffic can be chaotic to get to/from the office, but at least we don't deal with it everyday


  2. "Change Takes Time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Curriculum Advantage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Historically, there has been some issues with this company, as you can see from previous reviews. Management is working hard to change the culture and perception, but it takes time and there is still work to do.

    Most corporate employees have flex schedules, which allow them to work from home 2 days a week. Receiving time off is rarely and issue. With the rising costs of health care premiums, the company has absorbed most of the costs, and the cost of a family (including spouse) isn't astronomical.

    The dress code is casual. But the expectations of "casual" differ per department.

    Because it is a small company you are given opportunities to tackle various projects and really learn professionally.

    HR is amazing, they will listen to you and give you great advice to solve problems.

    There is a good work life balance and the company gives you a week off at Christmas and 2 days for Thanksgiving.

    Cons

    The corporate office is a very open office design. This has led to some various obvious, high school "cliques".

    Although you are giving many opportunities to expand your skill set, this not reflected in your salary. Salary increases and/ or promotions are seldom.

    "Managers" vs "Leaders" is really a thing here. People are viewed as do-ers instead of achievers. You really have to fight to be respected as a professional.

    Advice to Management

    Require anyone who manages others to take some leadership courses. Continue to work to make all different departments feel valued- sales, corporate, and implementation all need to be successful, one isn't more valuable than the others.

    Treating people positively will go a long way.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Run Do Not Walk away from this group"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Curriculum Advantage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is talent minus the President and CEO
      The talent, professionalism and educational experience far exceeds that of the President. The CEO has lowered his professional standards beyond repair.

    Cons

    The President has cost this company good talent, a competitive product and revenue
     The CEO obviously condones the lack of Leadership and the primary owner must have closed eyes and ears. Some staff demean themselves by participating in immature and unprofessional behavior with the President.
    The appearance of the Ptesident, an adult, trying to play grown up in a business world is disturbing. There has been no learning from past mistakes and bad behavior.
    If you value your professional reputation, RUN to your next position in a company based on professionalism, honesty , integrity and developed leadership.

    Advice to Management

    To the President and CEO, sell your share and leave.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Managed Services leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Implementation Manager in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Implementation Manager in Lawrenceville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is good pay and opportunity for advancement for those who remain with the company.
    Mentoring from senior employees helps transition new workers into their role.
    The company has a great product, and they listen to their customers to constantly improve it. They genuinely care about the customers they serve, and working with this company gives you an opportunity to make a difference in education.

    Cons

    The remote nature of the work may be not appeal to those who enjoy working in person more frequently with their team. However, weekly meetings via web and whole corporate team meetings at least several times a year help to foster a sense of belonging to the company.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that the IC's are valued in the company. You cannot thank them enough for the great work they do. These employees were wonderful to work with.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Few bright spots on a bad apple"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Curriculum Advantage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great HR, Excellent talent in Development and QA.

    Cons

    Severe underpayment for work load and skills, Unprofessional higher ups, nepotism, Gossip heavy, Spy heavy, high expectation for quick turn out of product with low pay and low assistance/set requirements.

    Advice to Management

    While valuing sales staff is important, valuing your non money making (direct money making) employees is vital. They are the ones that create the product you envision. Treatment of employees should be generally the same all around. Try to show appreciation to everyone not just those that fit in your clique. Don't make your employees feel like they are in a prison, always having to watch their back for double standards and nazi like behavior from the favored pet. Take more time to plan out the product instead of depending solely on your very underpaid staff to read your mind and get it done well under the actual man hours it will take to make it.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Lots of work for little pay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits, ability to telecommute/ work from home. Flexibility in creating your own schedule. People are fun to work with.

    Cons

    The company is really detached from what's going on "in the field." Implementation managers are pushed to "make renewals" (a sales function) with constant pressure from senior management. I have been given around 70 schools to constantly monitor, handle tech support, and secure renewals. The travel is sometimes pointless, but the company is big on "face time" so the customer will be more eager to renew. Product is lacking behind that of several competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Visit some schools to see how it really works on a day-to-day basis. Learn about school funding situations before demanding renewals. Separate sales from a full implementation.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Don't expect a raise and be prepared for tons of gossip"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very good benefits package
    Easy to get a day off
    Nice, new office with good amenities
    Women and minority friendly

    Cons

    Senior staff often unprofessional, uncommunicative and promote gossip
    Poor retention/high turnover
    Little enforcement of managerial duties such as annual reviews
    Vacant positions remain vacant for inexplicable periods of time while those duties get piled on already overloaded and underpaid employees

    Advice to Management

    Take some leadership courses and learn what it means to be a real professional. Stop biting people's heads off fine silly reasons. Learn that people are fallible, yourselves included. Promote from within to more qualified candidates, not those that go to the gym with you. Be an industry leader in innovations and use INDUSTRY STANDARD software, not freeware that you found on the web because you are too cheap to update Microsoft products. Stop making employees double and triple document everything, which slows everyone down - which will prevent you from asking why other tasks aren't done/take so long.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Growth is slow and pay lacks."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small Company
    Friendly Environment
    Work schedule
    Employee recognition for good work is okay
    Communication is good between co-workers
    Casual atmosphere

    Cons

    Lack of Growth
    Pay is low
    Reviews are scarce
    Assignment details are unclear and vary from day to day
    Repetitive work load
    Pay schedule is weak

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize good work and give reviews more often. Compensate employees for their benefit to the companies progress. Assignment details should be more concise as well.ws more frequently.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Curriculum Advantage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with Curriculum Advantage has been a great opportunity for me. I have grown a great deal through the opportunities that I have been given. The company is small which allows everyone to work together for common goals in a very effecient and effective manner. The ability to work remotely, with a great deal of technology provided, allows the teamwork to thrive. I have found that everyone is willing to do whatever necessary to provide multiple levels of success.
    Goals have been set that are achievable and the support structure to help make sure they are met are in place.
    Great place to work!

    Cons

    Continue to find ways to expand our company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to those in the field as well as the constituents that you serve and we will continue to be a thriving company!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Curriculum Advantage full-time

    Pros

    After working at Curriculum Advantage for 4 years, I can honestly say that it is a very good company to work for. All areas of company (sales, implementation, management) have been streamlined over the last few years, and now work very well together. Management is responsive and supportive and Classworks itself is evolving in exciting ways. There is a great work-life balance to be found when working at Classworks; as almost all positions allow some sort of work-from-home time each week.

    Cons

    There are always trade-offs when working for a smaller company vs. a larger company.


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