D2L Reviews

Updated Sep 4, 2020

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3.9
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D2L President & Chief Executive Officer John Baker
John Baker
216 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work-life balance is a key focus in the organization, and mental health is actually taken seriously(in 41 reviews)

  • "Great people, passionate about the company's mission(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "No pay transparency, high turnover, long decision making processes, disorganized leadership(in 12 reviews)

  • "Some senior leadership unable to recognize their impact on turnover and the well being of their staff(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D2L full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I left a job with 20 years tenure to work for D2L and a year later I am so happy I made the move. What I love so much about D2L is that I am trusted as an employee to approach my clients in the way I feel is best for them but I also have the luxury to fall back on my management team if I run into challenges. My colleagues and my manager are always so supportive and helpful. It makes my work so enjoyable! What's not to love!

    Cons

    Being a remote employee I don't get to participate in Cake Day! I'll survive but it does hurt.

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    D2L Response

    Senior Corporate Recruiter

    Thanks for the awesome feedback! I could not agree more! Sounds like you found an amazing career home here at D2L. Yes it is a bummer about missing cake days and I think we should include some sort of bakery coupons for remote employees. :) Really appreciate you taking the time to review.

  2. "Culture and Pride of Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D2L full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very collaborative work environment with little egos. Level of work has huge impact on our customers/learners and how we digitally change how education is consumed. Leadership is solid and takes time to educate and mentor teams/employees.

    Cons

    A bit of travel and always too much work to do and not enough time.

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    D2L Response

    Senior Corporate Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to review. So awesome to hear you feel fulfilled with the impact you are making on our customers/learners! We have an amazing learning culture here with strong leadership. Really appreciate your feedback and can definitely understand your concern on travel. Something we can work on for future as we pride ourselves on work/life balance.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "CRO"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Revenue Officer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D2L full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I just completed 1 year at D2L and have enjoyed it immensely. What brought me to D2L was 1) a very large market opportunity with the ability to influence lifelong learning and a 2) a corporate culture that rewards collaboration and promotes self growth. What keeps me here are the same 2 points as I have had the opportunity to learn a new market, influence and bring in new ideas and collaborate with extremely smart people on a daily basis. Oh yes, and the teabot!!

    Cons

    The biggest con that I feel is that being a remote worker (based in Bay Area when corporate headquarters is in the Kitchener/Waterloo area) limits the effectiveness as so much is done over phone/video. While we use the latest collaboration tools being distributed has its operational and cultural limitations.

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    D2L Response

    Senior Corporate Recruiter

    Thanks so much for the awesome feedback! I agree with you on the Teabot! I know working remote has its challenges but it also brings some advantages, along with flexibility. We're so glad that you are here :)

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Best Company I’ve Ever Worked At"

    5.0
     

    I have been working at D2L

    Pros

    I’ve worked at a number of tech companies and D2L has exceeded my expectations. The Management (yes I said Management) is exceptional - They acknowledge and encourage every employee, the ideas we have, and the work we do. I’ve never felt so appreciated in a sales role. With other companies I’ve worked at, sales reps were constantly stressed and worried about meeting numbers (quota, number of calls/emails, pipeline, etc). I used to have nightmares about this stuff. But at D2L, everyone wants to help you be successful and they want to help customers be successful. The company takes a lot of pride in their product (Brightspace) and they want to continue to make it the best, as well as continue to help their customers have the best experience and results.

    Cons

    I really don’t have any cons

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    D2L Response

    Senior Corporate Recruiter

    Thanks for taking the time to review! We've hired some amazing leaders over the last couple of years and glad to hear it's making an awesome impact. We're really proud of our culture and the mission we've created. We appreciate the feedback and so happy to have you here! :)

  5. Helpful (13)

    "WORST experience ever"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at D2L full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I was at D2L for three years and met some great people. The office environment is open and friendly.

    Cons

    If you enjoy leaders who lead by fear and their own insecurity then this place is for you. If you want real leadership do not even apply for a job here. In 2018, all the competent top leadership left the company. - No consistent strategy for winning - A lot of turnover - They promote people who are not ready or capable because they can't hire good people anymore

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    "Operations"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at D2L full-time

    Pros

    Decent work life balance

    Cons

    Company has no direction on who they want to be

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    D2L Response

    Founder, President & CEO

    D2L is laser focused on building the best learning platform we can to truly impact the lives of millions. It's been our priority since the company was founded. We support schools, colleges, universities, and companies all over the world -- folks that care about improving outcomes, retention, engagement, satisfaction, and productivity -- find D2L as the right partner to deliver results.

  7. Helpful (25)

    "Run. Quickly."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at D2L full-time

    Pros

    I struggle to think of any.

    Cons

    Don't believe any of the promises they make during the hiring process. They lie. Just like employees, they'll promise anything to get clients in the door. Nearly all regret it very quickly. Questionable business ethics. The CEOs friends and family work in nearly every department... and not because they're incredibly skilled. Makes it impossible to get good work done. The CEO is a narcissistic man-baby who has no business still running this company. They refer to themselves as a "start-up" but they've been in business for almost 20 years. In the tech world that's a dinosaur... and that's a better description for the company. They're based in Kitchener, ON, which is awesome... If you like homeless shelters and seedy hotels. The company is bleeding talent on a daily basis. Anyone with talent doesn't stay long. Don't be the next victim of their false promises. Oh, and it should be obvious they reward employees for leaving good reviews. Don't believe the "Great Place to Work!" posts. More lies.

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  8. Helpful (10)

    "Business Development"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at D2L full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the most enjoyable colleagues I have worked with who are fantastic at what they do. Solutions engineers are outstanding.

    Cons

    Very traditional hierarchy, with little to zero working relationship with direct managers. Unstable environment heavily impacted by disconnected board. Mediocre product, biggest differentiator are services, but not being leveraged well.

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  9. Helpful (11)

    "Needs better coaching"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Learning Consultant in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at D2L full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun team members and a great product. It is a busy place with lots of opportunity to interact and stay energized.

    Cons

    My team was awesome but when some issues started to arise, as they always do when people interact with other people, they provided no coaching or feedback to help fix issues. Many people just get removed from projects with no feedback or mentoring to help progress and grow. As long as you never have any negative interactions with team mates or customers, it is great. If you make even simple mistakes, you get benched and there is no feedback to help you grow.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at D2L full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work matters and we see our impact on learners across the world everyday. We focus on our mission to transform learning worldwide.

    Cons

    We work hard and there is no tolerance for slackers. Low performers are coached to succeed or they are exited.

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