HotChalk Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2020

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2.6
38%
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8 Ratings
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  • "High turnover, misguided leadership, growth at all cost mentality, financial mismanagement, at least 5 rounds of layoffs, no path forward(in 6 reviews)

  • "This kind of logic is then exerted on the enrollment specialists(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enrollment Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love how supportive everybody is. Everyone openly tries to help everyone no matter whose team they are on. Upper management is always present, available, and more than visible....they actually interact with us on a daily basis! The company is very transparent, our leadership just flew in and spent a few days going over the direction of the company and took questions. It is an exciting time to be here! We also have meetings every Friday to go over the latest and greatest so we are always in the loops as to how the company is doing which is refreshing. We are a tight knit group, everyone knows you and that is something that is new to me. Compensation is great, and the life work balance is the best! We also have a lot of the latest and greatest when it comes to technology to make our work day that much better. Having 1 system to work on that does everything is amazing! I can go on and on. At the end of the day, I would recommend Hot Chalk as a great place to work!

    Cons

    None so far. I feel like the company has learned fast from it's previous mistakes that have caused the negative reviews. Which can't be said about a lot of other companies.

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    HotChalk Response

    January 13, 2020Vice President of Human Resources

    Thank you for your kind words and for providing those external individuals who are interested in joining our company a view into our company culture. We have come along way, and will continue to drive and push for innovation, and transparency in all we do! We can say we are many things, however, it is the weight of a positive insight to who we are that means the most! Again thank you!

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Unfortunately, more lows than highs"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HotChalk full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers who were great. After working with them for so long, they felt more like family. The flexibility of working from home was also nice. There were a lot of remote employees from all over.

    Cons

    Layoffs after layoffs. HotChalk has been hit with bad news after bad news. It was flat out exhausting and you were always kind of thinking, whats next?

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not much growth but flexible"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at HotChalk full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and wfh policy

    Cons

    not much room for growth, lots of lay offs

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Arrogant Leadership, Misguided Direction, Tainted Vision"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers, early vision, early culture.

    Cons

    High turnover, misguided leadership, growth at all cost mentality, financial mismanagement, at least 5 rounds of layoffs, no path forward.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Going Under Quick"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HotChalk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Immediate coworkers feel like family. Tons of talent that C level never recognized. Early vision had promise.

    Cons

    Poor financial management. C team does not value their employees and are not to be trusted. What used to be a student centered company is now a call center all about numbers, data, and money. Layoffs consistently happened year after year despite C team stating otherwise while bragging about improved transparency. C team is out for themselves. Buyer beware, as of 2020, Hotchalk has modified the role so do not look at former "benefits" as they most likely do not exist or have been highly modified (not in your favor) To anyone looking to join the company, you deserve better. If you want to help people, this is not the company for you. Highly encourage you to research the C team that you will be working for. Their history speaks for itself.

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Company Getting Worse"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HotChalk full-time

    Pros

    The people on ground level are great and try hard

    Cons

    Anyone in management or higher is increasingly micromanaging. All perks of the job are being taken away, their is zero autonomy. HR is so rude, you can’t go to them. They have a negative view of employees even though they said the opposite when they were hired. Staff is reminded often that employment is at will and so we are basically all expendable. All requirements of the jobs are being increased but pay and staff are not, even though upper management has hired friends and two members of their own family to work at the company. Nepotism at its best! Expect lay offs, expect to work around the clock, and expect be to be told to like it or leave.

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    HotChalk Response

    January 13, 2020Vice President of Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback and we take this to heart- We strive to be an open door/arms type of People Operations, albeit recognize innovation and growth requires change some may not be open to. Please come talk to us with your individual concerns, we welcome and will address all feedback! Fact Check: We have added the following and have removed no current benefit offerings * 401K Matching up to 6% at 100% * Working From Home Company Policy * Parental LOA benefits for Parents/Guardians *School Activities LOA- For Parents/Guardians to attend school activities/field trips and events * Volunteer Day- for giving back to the community *Personal Day- Religious Holiday Observation or Just a Mental Health Day/Birthday

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment and Team to work with and for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enrollment Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HotChalk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Aare the people, new office location, and fun culture. Much better now than in years past- we have come along way. Past posts are accurate, I've worked here for years, but it is not the best representation of what is going on now.

    Cons

    Not much to report, things are overall positive and good.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Some things do not change!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    HR seems to want to create a new culture and positive impact.

    Cons

    Phoenix executive team RP and SG negates the change by creating new roles for friends without interviewing or giving long time employees an opportunity.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people. Great benefits. Super motivated employees and Leadership. Wonderful mission

    Cons

    The company went through downsizing and a lot of turnover but seem to be stable now.

    HotChalk Response

    August 15, 2019Vice President of Human Resources

    Wow...we are blushing! Thank you for your feedback. HotChalk has evolved and we are proud of who we are today but know we have more work to further evolve to be the BEST. We appreciate your contribution and dedication to helping us build.

  10. Helpful (5)

    "So much wasted promise"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Campbell, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HotChalk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Many innovative ideas but no follow through. Early inventor or LMS, OPM, and once had biggest daily hit rate in Education across the Internet.

    Cons

    Squandered investment many times over

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