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  1. "Transformation takes time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlobalEnglish (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Finally we have processes and accountability! The new leadership team may have taken longer than expected to fully grasp the niche market we operate in and understand our business but we are there. I'm excited about the opportunity ahead and the investments our parent company is making in refreshing products and introducing new offerings to further grow the business. I have confidence that our CEO will make the right decisions and listens to feedback from employees at all levels and across all teams.

    Cons

    Change is tough. It is frustrating that we lost some people but we are part of a large publicly traded organization and we needed to change. Transformation is hard. Culture has taken a hit but we will change that.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of the bigger prize. We are well into transforming the organization into a high performance culture where accountability will take us to a new level. Even though it was painful, much of what we have been through was necessary.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time (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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great company for long term"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Build and Release Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Build and Release Engineer in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity, Flexibility to choose tools, Flexible Hours, Work from home

    Cons

    You must be a self starter

    Advice to Management

    Great team, keep it up!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Still time to turn this around"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Global Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GlobalEnglish full-time

    Pros

    work life balance especially for remote staff! most of the remote staff I know are spending 1/2 time networking for their next job.

    Cons

    current leadership has gutted the organization of the most talented and experienced people. culture lacks inspiration and has become too focus on process and losing fanatical focus on the client

    Advice to Management

    refocus on the client, empower the most experienced staff, those who know the business inside and out, to help shape the direction of our future


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It once was a great company to work for, pre-acquisition and management change. The only positive now is the ability to work at home so you don't have to see the empty office or deal with the office politics.

    Cons

    New management, even if they try, is in over their heads. They spend more time trying to spin a story to the parent company then they do actually focusing on what needs to be done. Focus has been lost, and the company is completely dysfunctional.

    Advice to Management

    You should take the time to really practice what you preach. Lots of promises are made about engagement and investment and listening to the employees, yet reality is it never actually happens. Look around - people are miserable.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great potential. leadership lacks ability/talent to execute"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Work life balance
    * Many dedicated and passionate people who believe in the product and its ability to change peoples lives in the world
    * Great international community of employees across all of Pearson
    * Important charter to help people learn English and better their lives

    Cons

    * Lack of investment has created a product that reads as a bit stale
    * Difficult to operate in the context of a major Pearson re-organization - creates too much internal focus and not enough external market focus
    * New leadership recently put in place lacks the experience, talent and ability to operationalize the business and succeed in rudimentary business processes.

    Advice to Management

    * Grow up and understand your gaps in experience so that you can rely on those who might be able to help you lead more successfully.
    * Create an environment that is more inclusive so that more ideas and insight can be shared
    * Have real discussions with subject matter experts, really listen and exchange ideas instead of talking at people


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Empty Promises"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -flexible work schedule
    - good coworkers

    Cons

    - empty promises on promotions and lies on direction
    - unprofessional and lots of gossip
    - spineless management


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful company to work for, unfortunately the culture and processes got significantly eroded after the Pearson acquisition."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing group of people, inspired (and inspiring) leadership, fantastic products, fun kickoff.

    Cons

    Often strapped for cash, which prevents the company from really spreading is wings. This was overcome by the Pearson acquisition, but at an excessive cost.

    Advice to Management

    Don't get caught up in the big company obsession with process.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "An interesting international experience with some amazing people."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Account Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Account Manager in Brisbane, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlobalEnglish full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team selling environment: Some of the account managers are very talented and provide great support to sales people in both selling and developing/maintaining relationships.
    Very international co-workers and client base. Good team building and fun at annual sales kick off.

    Cons

    Not much training provided in some cases. Some holes in management, particularly middle manager level.
    Working with time zones all over the world can be stressful and make it hard to get a good night's sleep.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with relevant management and sales experience when possible (not necessarily the best sales person who is available to manage)


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Sorry Mismanagement & Unprofessionalism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work on new things and expand your experience.

    Cons

    Low level of professionalism and industry experience of colleagues. Unseasoned management, no industry experience of most contributors, bullying attitude of decision makers.


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