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Curriculum Advantage Reviews

Updated October 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "What employees and customers have to say has value"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Curriculum and Instruction in Diamondhead, MS
    Current Employee - Vice President Curriculum and Instruction in Diamondhead, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Curriculum Advantage full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Transparent and open communications is an asset to working at CA (Classworks). What employees and customers have to say has value. This is meaningful because you know that what you are contributing affects the organization. The company expects workers to contribute ideas to making the product and our processes better. This promotes creativity. The entire company has adopted SCRUM and Agile methods. These brief daily exchanges allow us to share accomplishments, motivate each other, and encourage healthy competition to accomplish more as teams. These stand-ups create a sense of unity and the brevity of them keeps accomplishments not tasks as the expectation. This sense of unity can be tough to establish when many employees are in the field, others are working remotely, and some are in an office environment. Not for Curriculum Advantage because anyone from any department or team can join another department or teams stand-ups. There is acceptance and tolerance of differences in perspectives and working styles. Transparency at Classworks means there are clear expectations set and though these may challenge workers there is training and a focus on development of each employee, formally through training and informally through coaching. I am proud to represent this company and to be a part of such an outstanding team in a very competitive market.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share.

    Advice to Management

    Lindsey Cook takes seriously his responsibility to others and to do the right thing. He establishes order and leads with generosity, of his knowledge and time. His leadership directs and inspires us. It is a challenge to constantly foster creativity and innovation but one in which Cook will indeed succeed.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "It’s not real- read all reviews"

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    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are very few pros to working for this company other than it gives you paycheck.

    Cons

    Management is chaotic and lacks experience. People have been asked to make positive reviews. Please read them all. The President of the company bases your job performance on how much you hang out with her and if you run her errands. It is very dysfunctional. Behavior can border on completely inappropriate to legally indefensible. The number of people who have left is staggering. Anyone that has a better place to land leaves as soon as they figure out what is going on. The products are awful and they don’t care about students. Too many data mistakes made that they hide from districts. The renewal rates are unsustainably low for industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    The other owner that lives out of state should talk to employees. It’s amazing the amount of intimidation and favoritism. The company has had to settle with some former employees.

  3. "Collaborative, Rewarding, and Fun Place to Work!"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    The company culture has evolved to become very collaborative and teamwork-driven. Corporate, development, sales, and implementation share the common goal of making students and teachers happy customers. The company draws people who are passionate about helping customers and improving education through technology.

    Collaboration is huge. All voices and fresh ideas are welcome. It is not an environment of "we've always done it this way." Leadership is open to improving processes, trying new things (even if means sometimes failing), and pivoting away from inefficient processes.

    Hard work and valuable contributions earn recognition and promotion.

    Corporate employees have the ability to work 2 - 3 days a week from home. Everyone embraces open communication even when remote, using chat, web meetings, and other ways to communicate and feel connected with the team.

    Work-life balance is great. Taking vacation is not an issue and the company provides a paid holiday between Christmas and New Years.

    It's a small company so you have the ability to take on new projects that help you grow.

    Cons

    Some may find an open office challenging. However, there are plenty of conference rooms and a library if quiet work time is needed.

    Traffic in the area can be a challenge, but the flexible work schedule and remote days help a lot.

    As mentioned, it is a small company. There is no room for "this is my job" and "this is yours." To thrive at Classworks, you should be open and willing to contribute where needed and take on projects that are outside your specific role (with guidance and help from the team).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote the culture of collaboration, recognize hard workers and team players, and keep moving Classworks in this exciting direction.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    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!


  5. "Relatively small educational software co. with great benefits"

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    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for..."

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

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

    I have been working at Curriculum Advantage full-time

    Pros

    The Company offers flexible/remote work schedules (less time in the car!) competitive salary/benefit packages (show me the money!), and doesn't shy from promoting from within (earned recognition). Upper management rewards those for hard work and even throws a great year-end party!

    Cons

    Not necessarily a "con" but be ready to roll up your sleeves because many of us wear many hats. The Company isn't huge so it's too be expected. This can be stressful for some or weed out those who can't keep up, but see "pros" above. ;)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Change Takes Time"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Tenure"

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

    I worked at Curriculum Advantage full-time

    Pros

    Human Resources Director
    VP of Sales

    Cons

    Top executives determined to add features, when they needed to perfect and/or simplify ease of use for customers. Huge divide between sales executives and implementation team.

    Advice to Management

    You are only as successful as the people around.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Run Do Not Walk away from this group"

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    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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