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Curriculum Associates Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is generally pretty good and the management genuinely cares about your well-being and personal success (in 7 reviews)

  • Lots of room to grow and work your way up in the company since it is growing so quickly (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • On the flip side, the rapid growth brings a lot of challenges (in 5 reviews)

  • CEO wears jeans and tries to do the "i'm a cool boss" thing, but everyone knows it's a total act (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Professional Development Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Development in North Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Professional Development in North Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Product
    Values Based
    Great Co-workers
    Great CEO
    Growing Company
    Flexible, adapt to educator needs

    Cons

    Depending on your outlook some of the following could be considered cons:
    Fast-paced work environment (fast growth = fast change)
    Travel

    Advice to Management

    Stick with your well-established values and try to maintain a "small company" feel as you continue to grow


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Curriculum Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great Company Culture, The CEO has a great style of management and talks to everyone before they get hired. Most everyone is approachable in some fashion and the employee benefits are stellar.

    Cons

    As the growth process kicks in siloing of departments is occurring. Some people get very territorial when another department talks to the customer, even when they are helping with logistics of the products.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping the same hiring process. It is a good one. Make sure the managers are not overstepping expectations with actual job functions.

  3. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very progressive culture is a huge draw (CEO holds quarterly company meetings and is very transparent about successes and failures, $15/hour minimum wage, serious commitment to helping schools and students). Company also hires the smartest, most qualified people in the industry. Work/life balance is generally pretty good and the management genuinely cares about your well-being and personal success. Best company I have ever worked, mostly due to the fact that the people and the company culture are world-class

    Cons

    There can be some micromanaging on teams, and some inter-departmental distrust and competition that occasionally limits the company's ability to evolve and change its product offerings. Pay is good but not amazing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and try to find a way to keep departments from being so siloed. Have people from different departments meet and communicate more often.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "They hire People, not positions"

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Development Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Curriculum Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Curriculum Associates is a great, small, private company that cares most about their people. This can be said by any company, but they actually care. If they like you as a person, they'll find a position for you. The CEO, Rob Waldron even interviews EVERY single candidate! I've never heard of this with any national company.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to management


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Overall a great company with amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Curriculum Associates (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great growing product,CEO that listens and is actively involved,team members that care and come together to complete the needed projects.

    Cons

    Hiring too fast without enough training put in place or choosing the correct supervisor skills needed to run a team. Expected with growth, though supervisor management skills shortcomings should not be passed on to team members when answers to results are handled. being part of a growing team and failing to support the team properly from new management brought in should not result in a 1st strike, termination when work backlogs after after a raise was given and blame is looking to be brought upon.

    Advice to Management

    train supervisors to manage work load better or to monitor there teams instead of waiting months for people to fall behind and then try and correct. If you get the right managers and teams that care to support when faltering then you are fine. Train your supervisors and new staff better instead of just the likable attitude and people pleasing types


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in North Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in North Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People here are very willing to help with each other. It is a great joy to work with the people in the company.

    Cons

    The work load may be a little bit heavy. However, the company is hiring now.

    Advice to Management

    The managers usually make decisions very slow.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, changing education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazingly smart,creative, kind, down to earth group of colleagues that really want to help kids and change education. Consistent track record of delivering some of the top products in the industry.

    Cons

    Company is constantly innovating and growing fast which is great but workload can be intense at times

    Advice to Management

    more junior staff to take load off of mid level/senior people

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Educational Sales Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educational Sales Consultant in York, PA
    Current Employee - Educational Sales Consultant in York, PA

    I have been working at Curriculum Associates part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent products to represent to the K-12 community. Great marketing materials that help you sell!

    Cons

    I have not found anything negative to say about this organization,


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Excellent career move"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Curriculum Associates is the right sized company for me - not too small and not too "corporate"; big enough to make a difference nationally and yet small enough to put people first (students, teachers, employees). Great balance between the team environment and self-direction. To me, the company culture is something very special that many other companies have lost or never had.

    CA is growing and expanding, with impressive year over year growth. This means lots of room for advancement and promotion from within is a reality. There is so much energy here- I love it!

    Cons

    The company is in a transition period as far as business systems go (internal processes and software choices are still somewhat behind the times or challenged by the rapid scaling-up to match the company's very rapid growth). In the meantime, there is a rather odd mix of some things being very 21st century and other things still feeling cumbersome or "old school".

    Advice to Management

    Stay nimble. Continued success in this industry requires being responsive and constantly adapting (while maintaining our values & culture).


  10. Helpful (7)

    "The company that makes you realize your last company wasn't as good as you thought!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The recruiting/interview/onboarding process is amazing. They make you feel welcome and wanted even before they know if they want you. The culture, benefits, and work/life balance are all top notch. The building has gone through some amazing renovations and there is a great openness to the work environments. There is open communication from senior management regarding growth and future plans. The CEO holds regular informal lunch meetings with employees to discuss their concerns about the company. Easily the best company that I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    Location isnt the greatest as it is near the Rt 3/ 495 intersection, so traffic is almost always horrible. That being said, there are ways to avoid that traffic from any direction and its certainly better then driving into Boston!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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