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Element K Reviews

Updated November 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people working on some world class e-learning"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Developer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Content Developer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart people working here. Definitely some of the best instructional design and e-learning that I've seen in the industry. Great use of media - video, graphics, 3D, and instructional games. Cool new outputs. Company seems to have won a number of new customers and working on some great new projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are long hours. Some irrational customer demands will drive you crazy. Some managers place unrealistic timelines on projects.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you aren't part of the 'in crowd" you should start looking for a new job."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I started at Element K, it had a wonderful, family-like atmosphere. I loved going to work every day and really thought it was the best job I had ever had. The team I worked with was extremely supportive, and they organization had many traditions that contributed to the wonderful feeling.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what it takes to make the product they sell, and they figure as long as it has Element K's name on it, it's good enough. There is no connection with the end users of the product.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your customers, and listen to the people that actually make your product.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "If you want your career to die, Element K is for you."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are not bad, but getting worse.
    The people are generally nice to work with.
    It is a casual, yet professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    If you want your career to die, Element K is for you.
    You can expect more work, for less pay, year after year.
    If parent company NIIT has their way, your job may be transitioned over to India. (Though lots of people are in disbelief.)
    No opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Be more truthful about the situation. Do not tell everyone things are ok, when things are not ok. Adjust your expectations to match the size of the work force instead of fostering failure after failure.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Laid back place but not for advancement"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worked In CDS in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Worked In CDS in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back
    Decent people
    Able to balance personal and work life
    Convenient to shopping areas and many of eateries
    Causal

    Cons

    Low pay
    Managers played to favorites
    No real set career path for most positions within the company.
    No real accountability for errors

    Advice to Management

    Please follow some local successful companies in the Rochester area and observe how they treat ALL of their employees.

    Update technology and training oppt's.


  5. "Relaxed environment, but little incentive and iffy management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code - shorts in the summer.
    Flexible hours - management is very understanding about family and health time off and making up time on another day.
    Intelligent, friendly people and very little politics.
    They pay a large percentage of health insurance premiums and offer a very nice plan.

    Cons

    Little incentive provided in any way - no bonuses, only token recognition at poorly attended staff meetings, few regular raises.
    Poor middle and upper management. Many inexperienced managers and many managers working outside of their specialty.

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to appropriately qualify accounts while maintaining reasonable customer expectations. A US based workforce can not compete with overseas based companies on price, you need to compete on quality and service. When you over-promise and under-deliver, while managers who are working beyond their training and expertise are simultaneously not listening to the workers 'in the trenches', you end up with poor customer retention, non-existent margins, and a downward spiral for a business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A day at the beach meets Dilbert"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Rochester, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work at EK. They have some of the most intelligent engineers as well as some very creative people. They have a few really great people in middle to upper management. The pay is decent and the benefits are fairly decent. EK has a lot of upside potential.

    Cons

    Some departments have terrible managers. Don't even bother trying to negotiate compensation package. Old technology, overworked staff in certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    What is our vision? How are our actions aligned with our vision, mission, and goals?


  7. "Beware of layoffs!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your position, they allow a lot of freedom, such as working from home. they don't watch you over your shoulder all day as long as you're getting your work done.

    Cons

    They just laid off 30% of the workforce. A lot of work gets sent to India. Inconsistent cash flow into the organization. Definitely a company getting punded by the economy.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on quality and get back to basics. Stop worrying so much about landing the big contract and put more energy into the small businesses that cannot afford a training dept of their own.

  8. "A company that was once great, and still has a lot of potential despite some retention challenges."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Rochester, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, relaxed environment & dress code, appreciation for family and work/life balance. The people that work at Element K are friendly, very smart, and demonstrate a great deal of respect for diversity. There was (at least was when I worked there) a corporate shut down every 4th of July week, which gave everyone a chance to relax over the summer. There are internal systems in place for employees to network with each other, form discussion groups, and connect beyond work related tasks.

    Cons

    Limited career paths, heavy focus on overseas outsourcing, much more attention paid to offshore workers career needs rather than a balanced approach for total company. Depending on the department you work in, you could make a better than average salary or a lower than average salary. No 401k matching (was taken away when I was there, along with gym memberships and incentive plans, but some or all may be back now. Unsure.)

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward accomplishments consistently, across all departments.


  9. "Element K moves into a new phase and has the opportunity to become a huge player in this space."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Cincinnati, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Element K has extremaly flexible solutions to offer.

    Cons

    Finding their voice in a quickly changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Align the teams, have consistent message and focus!


  10. "Element K is a fun place to gain some experience out of school, but no place to have a serious career."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer II in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Developer II in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employess are good people, which makes for a fun work environment. Hours are pretty flexible, too.

    Cons

    Poor pay, and the technologies we use are years behind what's current in the industry. Your career will die here. Also, we lose money on a lot of the deals we agree to with clients (and many are way too smalltime). We'll actually lose big money just to add a client to our portfolio. Also, everything we do is rushed, with no planning.

    Advice to Management

    Enable us to get up to date with the tools we use, pay us the going rate.


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