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Illuminate Education Product Manager Reviews

Updated 21 Jun 2019

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Illuminate Education CEO Christine Willig (no image)
Christine Willig
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work, in a growing phase"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We're building software that matters, I know all software companies say that. I like to think building software to help educators and students matter more than creating software that delivers food to your desk. We're on a mission and it feels that way. I wrote a review for this company a few years ago, it was just at the end of being a startup. While the company has changed, grown, a lot I still feel the same about... our mission and that's the most important part.

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    Cons

    99% of the people who work here are amazing talented driven people. We historically have had a very relaxed work environment, and still do but because of that, some can't handle when any sort of order or process gets put in place. Things that work with less than 100 employees, won't work with almost 300, being smart about growing is necessary to our success. I guess the con is some people fight hard against change... that in my opinion is positive.

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    Advice to Management

    Explain why decisions are made and why processes are introduced. Make sure it's known that what we're doing is the best for everyone. Discussion of the bigger picture in an honest way will help people understand why change is good.

    Illuminate Education2018-06-08
  2. Helpful (25)

    "CEO is Sinking the Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office is centrally located, the people are really nice to work with, the heart of the company is focused on changing education.

    Cons

    There was a 5 way merger with Illuminate and the new CEO that was hired to run the business is a joke. She doesn't understand how to run a software company and has a dictatorial management style. She questions if you speak up and thinks having a good culture is not important. She continues to hire her friends in senior executive positions because she wanted to give them a "chance" at that role. Sales are down yet... she continues to hire executives with bloated salaries to make more bad decisions. The HR department is full of hot air as they are focused on talking more than supporting the employees. There is no where for the employee to share grievances as the HR department shares the same sentiment of the CEO. The company is full of who can pat who's back at the executive level. They don't care about the employees that do the work and the really smart ones who knew the business were either fired, laid off or quit. The board would find their ROI would increase if they replaced the CEO.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire a new CEO who knows how to run a business.

    Illuminate Education2019-06-21
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