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  1. "Company is gaining momentum"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Improved culture with good mix of veteran and new, high-caliber talent. Plenty of room for growth. Great environment for self-starters and innovative thinkers. Flexible work schedules and ability to work from home is a plus. Onsite exercise equipment and indoor basketball and multi-purpose room is a good bonus. Serving the educational market is satisfying. Many former teachers on staff. Good plan in place to promote growth.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling the past few years, however, performance is trending up. Turnover of leadership team in past year has generated a lot of change, however, change was long overdue from what I hear.

    Advice to Management

    Continue developing and supporting the veterans while cultivating new talent. Keep increasing communication throughout the organization and keep working the plan.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Declining Fortunes"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the company, which is captured in its tagline ("Hands-on learning for growing minds"), is admirable. Most employees at hand2mind care deeply about helping teachers teach more effectively and helping children love to learn. And the proprietary hands-on materials that they sell genuinely increase engagement, save classroom time, and increase student mastery of challenging topics.

    Cons

    The company continues to shrink its workforce and shed quality employees at all levels. After years of neglect, the now-impatient owner wants an immediate change in the company's fortunes -- without training current employees in new ways of thinking or working. Opportunistic approach (low-return customization and near-constant development of one-off products/kits) continues to drag down the workforce. Many fewer people are expected to absorb the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead and merge hand2mind with its sister companies so that the owner can take full control of every aspect of work, and make hand2mind one of the many brands. Adopt an internet and inside-only sales approach. Stop wasting time and money trying to revive outdated intellectual property -- go ahead and retire the products that have been on life support and consuming your precious, dwindling resources.


  3. Helpful (3)

    ""Spiraling out of control""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ETA hand2mind (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is to learn "How not to run a business"

    Cons

    Weak arrogant bosses that have been promoted to a level of incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare the company to be sold and let somebody who knows how to run a business take over to sell the product. The concept of the product is worthy.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poor top level management and lacking sales."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really great staff and pay/benefits were average.

    Cons

    Lack of sales and growth. Semi-yearly layoffs and low employee retention rate create a sense of insecurity and panic among the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the staff. Get rid of the current President as for he is the founder of the negative environment within your company.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Management Crises Constantly"

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    Former Employee - Ex-Enployee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Ex-Enployee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, very dedicated. Benefits are great. The company had a great management 3 years ago. Well balanced work - life atmosphere.

    Cons

    In the last three years the company has declined due to a decline in management. The turnover of employees is unbelievable. Fear is the driving factor and that only leads to fast decline.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize you company by realizing exactly what your company does and how it does it. Listen to your employees as they are the meat and brains of your company. You are operating under false definitions of what you actually do.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Nice people ... challenging company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, for the most part. The atmosphere is casual and friendly most of the time. Good work/family life balance. Good benefits, flexible hours. Frequent training opportunities.

    Cons

    A lot of reorganizing without any clear direction or goals. Very reactive in operations. Frequent sudden changes to add and eliminate positions. High turnover rate with a small sector of folks who have been there for more than a few years. No room for advancement. Job descriptions and titles change frequently. Lack of clearly defined processes or procedures. Lack of communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on clearly defining what you offer and how you will successfully achieve providing it. Spend more time on being proactive and doing things right the first time. Clearly define the operational processes and procedures and document it.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good learning experience, ample opportunity to contribute and grow professionally."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong contributors are rewarded, and are given the opportunity train and participate across departments. Work life balance, and benefits are good.

    Cons

    In the medium/long term, management teams turn over regularly. This poses a challenge in maintaining cultural consistency. Long term growth is limited by this cycle. Less security for management as tenure increases, but more secure outside of the management team.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover controls cost, but weakens the culture.


  9. "Rewarding, challenging work that provides students and educators with products and services to learn."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Room for growth, company is focused on talent development and growth.
    Culture has changed to be more teaming and less silos.
    Willing to take calculated risks in order to succeed.

    Cons

    Some areas are still lacking appropriate resources.
    Need to upgrade infrastructure for technology.
    Accountability needs to be established across all departments consistently.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, you are leading a major change that just takes time.
    Look at your resources, make yourselves available to staff, actions speak louder than words.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Demanding but Rewarding, would recommend it for someone who is willing to be a leader!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ETA hand2mind full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great leadership team, great brand and product, great work culture. Very hands on, very demanding, and a wide variety of work. Teaches you to deal with stress and prioritize. Love working with my co-workers and have a great boss. Work hours are very flexible and am able to work from home if needed. Offer some in-office education classes.

    Cons

    The economy is a little rough right now so we haven't gotten any raises in the past 2 years, and have had several riffs. Sometimes we have to work long hours to meet deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Value efficiency/productivity in employees. Develop your employees. I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Career Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ETA hand2mind full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company is innovative and growing. Strong sense of "family" with a staff that cooperates and works together. People oriented and dedicated to the education of children and providing quality and timely product into the education market. This is an organization that you feel proud to be affiliated.

    Cons

    Very tough economic environment in the education industry with federal, state and local budget cuts. Company is up to the challenge and continues to add to staff and grow sales.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Continue to innovate product and curriculum. Continue to recruit the most talented individuals to the company. Jude Rake is a leader with a vision. Company is strong and continues to grow.


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