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Updated Jul 10, 2019

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2.8
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47%
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51%
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Karine Allouche Salanon
30 Ratings
Pros
  • "work life balance especially for remote staff(in 7 reviews)

  • "you can work from home and negotiate modifications in your schedule - you will get support(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "While the new leadership is smart and capable, it seems that something's been lost(in 4 reviews)

  • "If the senior management don't like you , then you are screwed(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Mission driven and great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting projects, good management, great culture

    Cons

    Communication and collaboration with offices in other countries

    GlobalEnglish2019-07-08
  2. "Run away! The faux germans are coming from learnship"

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few nice people

    Cons

    No marketing support, no office support, no manager support

    Advice to Management

    Sont let managers (player coaches) cherry pick accunts)

    GlobalEnglish2019-07-10
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking..."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good and helpful base employees still care about long term company. Collaborative.

    Cons

    The C-Level and leadership is a mess. Nobody cares about anything anymore. No investments in product, and very real possibility of bankruptcy. Rumors of improper conduct and legal issues by exec team. Nobody trusts exec team anymore. Top People have left.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people.

    GlobalEnglish2019-03-20
  4. Helpful (5)

    "A once great company destroyed by poor management"

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    Former Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time

    Pros

    GlobalEnglish was founded twenty years ago. At one point, it was one of the world's leading education technology companies. Sales grew rapidly to almost $50 million attracting widespread recognition. Pearson, the largest education company in the world, purchased GE for $90 million. It was an incredible time. Unfortunately, several executives left in the coming years, some cashing out and others frustrated with Pearson's...

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    Cons

    Things started falling apart a year or two later, at roughly the time the new/current CEO came in. Sales fell. New products went nowhere. Rewards for salespeople failed to be competitive. Key salespeople began leaving, taking accounts to competitors, partly because of a lack of faith in the new leadership, which seemed more interested in its our survival/image than what's best for the company. I have no idea why...

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    Advice to Management

    Amazingly, current management remains as the company nears its end. While it sounds like it is too late to save the current business, I would encourage management to take a hard look at what went wrong. In the future, I would suggest you listen to your salespeople; they know the customer best. Treat your employees like human beings and they will be loyal. You can't force loyalty or simply get rid of everyone who doesn't...

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    GlobalEnglish2019-02-14
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Worried about future"

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    Current Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few pros I’m sad to say

    Cons

    Shrinking business and gloomy outlook. Best people are continuing to leave. Some more key people just quit to go to competition because of lack of confidence in CEO and leadership. I’m not sure why the CEO thinks she’s doing a good job after losing key partnerships, customers and continuing loss of confidence by the team. We are hopeful we’ll be rescued by someone that can help save the business. Just hope it’s not...

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    Advice to Management

    Allow new leadership to come in and help before its too late. We are worried about our future and our jobs.

    GlobalEnglish2019-03-05
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    "Uncertain about leadership"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Global company and some great people remaining. Good team spirit working with customers. Has good pedigree and reputation in industry.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at C level. No trust. Not transparent. Afraid of the direction company is taking. Top management do not listen and have their own agenda. Stock options were promised now nothing.

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE listen to people who know the business! Act collaboratively and be open to feedback. Too many good people have already gone.

    GlobalEnglish2018-02-19
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Being a start -up again!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With new direction comes new career opportunities or new learning on the job. Started to do more social selling for instance. Our latest product and content innovation is being very well received by my customers. Some have even renewed for 3 years as they believe in our vision and our ability to execute. It seems the most difficult in behind us. Being able to do work that has positive impact on the world! We just...

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    Cons

    If you are looking for a 9 to 5 jobs, this is not it. This is a global team with collaboration at various time of the day. Still some niche of disgruntled employees.

    Advice to Management

    Deliver on our product vision. Only keep employees fired up to go through this next phase together - otherwise they are a distraction.

    GlobalEnglish2017-12-19
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Product"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Only product/customer teams work well with team

    Cons

    No belief in management team, not honest, were promised shares in company when management buy out in 2016 Nov and nothing since, have stopped discussing it after few months later. No need to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing clear, lost hope, lot talk no action. Mess of work balance with life.

    GlobalEnglish2017-12-18

    GlobalEnglish Response

    December 19, 2017CEO

    It is very important for our team to hear feedback. We monitor it very closely. Our employee stock plan for the US is being worked out and we are designing an international employees a bonus plans for all of us to share the wealth.

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It was a great place to work for a long time with good people. The buyout was Ok for a bit.

    Cons

    Times change - people leave. New people have new ideas and you don't always work in a new environment. They are currently being sold off again - I hope it works out for them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen - there are still a lot of good people that have good ideas. It's going to be uphill from here.

    GlobalEnglish2016-08-09
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time

    Pros

    Passionate and talented team of people trying to build a solid foundation.

    Cons

    Past year has shown some turnover, as the right fit is critical to the success of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Heading the right direction. Keep putting the people as a top priority and the success will follow.

    GlobalEnglish2015-08-24
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