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Updated September 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Challenges and Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Edmodo has always had a fantastic culture from the very beginning thanks to its friendly atmosphere and the efforts of many of it's employees, Edtech has a way of attracting naturally pleasant individuals. There's no ego and everyone is willing to help, answer questions and pitch in when challenges arise. The company does well to keep lines of communication open, questions and comments are encouraged at all-hands. You will work with some of the nicest people in tech.

    From an engineering point of view there's tons of opportunity to work with different technologies, work on different teams and solve challenges. Since the core product is communication-centric feedback loops with real users using your product are fast and it's easy to interact directly with users. Managers will listen and do their best (within team constraints) to put you in positions you can be successful and generate value for the company based on your personal preferences and goals.

    Education and technology is evolving and no one has quite figured out the perfect formula - so why is this statement a pro? Like every other Edtech company Edmodo is learning as it goes, this means there's a need for creative thinkers and innovators to power significant, meaningful change that impacts future generations of learners. Edmodo has built a platform that provides this unusually important opportunity for those up to the task.

    Cons

    Edtech is a tough nut to crack, like most companies Edmodo has had its share of product missteps over the years. The timing of resource allocations for product initiatives can be puzzling at times. There's a delicate dance of building new, shiny products and fixing problems with the core product that Edmodo doesn't always get 100% right.

    On the engineering side there's development experience challenges that need addressing and action.

    Advice to Management

    Vision and conviction. There will always be a natural information imbalance however it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the fact what may be clear to you is not as clear to others. Edmodo has strong values, however there needs to be a stronger "This is who we are, this is where we're going." message that aligns with our mission statement, resonates with the company, and can be rallied around.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be great, getting worse due to toxic management team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Edmodo full-time

    Pros

    Great engineers, very collaborative and communicative to push features out and debug problems.

    Great culture, employees are very friendly. A lot of efforts have been put into team-building events.

    Best/most supportive IT department I've ever worked with. The head of IT focuses on user-facing rather than doing procedural/ticketing-based setup, so any request/issue you have they will follow up and resolve as fast as they can.

    Cons

    All the great engineers have been steadily leaving due to terrible management and exec decisions.

    A lot of "inner-circle" protection going on with people in management. One in particular has had multiple severe HR complaints and violations, including harassment and very strong sexist bias of the female employees, and yet is still around due to protection from the execs.

    For some reason the IT department is also responsible for setting up all team-building and convention events. While IT has done an amazing job with it, it feels as if management either has some vendetta against IT, or is too cheap to hire an actual event planning team, but instead just add it onto IT's list of responsibilities. I'm actually surprised how IT has been handling all of this so gracefully while still efficiently respond to all the employees' issues.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want the company to succeed, stop protecting all the toxic managers and listen to the complaints of the employees.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "No Direction Home"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Passionate and smart coworkers, great office space, good communication between teams, great location in San Mateo (easy parking and food nearby).

    Culture was generally pleasant, food and snacks were good if you're into that sort of thing. Gym membership included for Crunch Gym next door. Natural light in the entire office.

    Cons

    Executive level managers seemed generally clueless and without direction toward a goal. Seemed like they hoped a larger company (a Microsoft/Facebook/Google) would buy them out and figure the rest out for them.

    High turnover rate led to an empty feel to the office sometimes. Others noted feelings of resentment from management when they were leaving the company (didn't happen to me, they just pretended I no longer existed).

    Advice to Management

    Clear communication to employees is important. Less time drinking wine is important. The goal and mission is critical and one worth fighting for, make it seem like you care even a little about it.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing mission that many people truly believe in helping education. Great culture full of fun activities and team building. Beautiful sunny office with catered lunches EVERYDAY!! Most people are team players and there is a lot of cross help from teams to teams.

    Cons

    Struggling in finding the best revenue model to follow, with a lack of management organization. Commute from the city is hard with Bay Area traffic.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great company culture. Management transparency, cool office and perks (including gym membership and catered lunch)
    - Strong engineering team that values good practices and getting things done.
    - Mission driven company with close ties to its users. Many former educators work at Edmodo. Passionate teachers write in with ideas and share how they're using the product. It's inspiring to see how Edmodo is used around the globe to improve learning outcomes.

    Cons

    Communication across the organization is not always as clear as it could be. Clearer priorities would help teams perform better.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly communicate the company-wide priorities and goals.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edmodo full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven company with lots of impressive and dedicated people out to change education for the better. K12 education can be challenging, and CEO is completely transparent about everything including the most sensitive information. For the amibitious and opportunistic, this environment is a great one to learn and grow. People are given the flexibility to try innovative things and learn from both their successes and failures. The large passionate customer base also providers an endless source of motivation.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability on certain projects and there has been a lot of recent churn.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more hardlined and hold people accountable throughout the org.


  7. "a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    kind people from many walks of life. great feedback and attention from supervisors. engaging assignments.

    Cons

    working part time is always tricky

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great Mission, Passionate Team, Lack of Strategy and Revenue Model"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edmodo full-time

    Pros

    During my time here, I learned alot about the education space, the teachers who use the product, and myself. The company has cemented it's place as a top LMS / PD tool for educators and therefore the benefits of hearing your work pay off from the teachers and students is priceless.

    Cons

    The company has lacked finding revenue model that works and is stable for years, its tried everything from selling admin tools to providing marketplace for content, but after trying all of these things seem to not scale to the point of getting anywhere near close to profitable. Another big con during my time was the lack of management or direction for the company. Leaders tried too many things and as a result of scrambling to execute, quality and stability came apart.

    Advice to Management

    Find strong direction and stick to it, otherwise quality, stability, and moral will lack.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Lacks Direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Edmodo full-time

    Pros

    There are many great co-workers who are talented and care about the company mission. The company culture and office space are nice. You frequently get feedback from teachers regarding how they use Edmodo, which is always uplifting.

    Cons

    The company lacks direction and cannot find a path to monetization. They are in a tough market to sell to, but the leadership is rudderless and ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time and come up with a strategy and comprehensive plan for execution. Stop being reactive and come up with thoughtful solutions.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great Mission, Passionate People, Unclear Revenue Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Edmodo full-time

    Pros

    - Great mission and [most] employees really care about education
    - Management team is very open and treat employees with respect, even when things are tough
    - End users (teachers) love the product and that's the biggest goal
    - Great office space and delicious catered lunch every day
    - Lots of emphasis on culture / team events (Field Day, Ping Pong Tournies, Hackathons, etc.)

    Cons

    - Have not figured out a revenue model that works -- k-12 is a tough space so this isn't a ding against the company but it doesn't seem to be a top priority
    - Sometimes a lack of clear vision on the part of the management team to help keep the ship moving forward

    Advice to Management

    Be clear about the company direction in order to help us focus on what's most important to do. Continue to be open, that is one thing that certainly sets Edmodo apart!


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