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Khan Academy Reviews

Updated October 25, 2017
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  1. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controller in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Controller in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Khan Academy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong culture, love my work, love my team, free lunches and snacks.

    Cons

    KA has experienced high turnover the last two years.


  2. "Feel really luck to work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Khan Academy full-time

    Pros

    Really amazing people, collaborative culture, mission driven. We also have very ambitious goals as a company and everyone cares about building the best possible product for learning, The work is always challenging and interesting, and yet folks respect the space you might need for time off. Most inclusive culture I've ever worked in.

    Cons

    It's a smaller company so you can't just specialize in one niche, and there's a bias towards pragmatism.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Unsolicited: greatest company ever"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Khan Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible culture. I've seen nothing like it anywhere—fun, quirky, AND inclusive
    Hyper talented team, almost all members are super sharp (or beyond)
    Not like a normal non-profit, fast moving, fast paced, great pay and benefits
    Super supportive: I've moved and grown across 6 different roles in 3 years due to the team's openness to giving folks opportunities
    Perhaps the best mission you could find—educating the world for free

    Cons

    Team is growing, 100+ now, not as nimbler or as easy to navigate as it was
    It's a small team working on lots of things, so often lacking focus and stretch across too much
    No stock options so no big upside (you won't get Internet Rich)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive for more focus in product investments
    Continue to be at the forefront of inclusiveness efforts—don't let up on this


  4. "Best company I've ever worked for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Khan Academy is an wonderful company with an amazing mission! Everyone here is genuinely happy and here for one reason, to bring a free education to anyone, anywhere. Employees are valued and treated with the upmost respect. I'm proud to be a part of such an incredible organization!

    Cons

    So far I have encountered no cons. Maybe more wellness programs to counteract the abundance of food.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. I've seen nothing but improvements since I started here.


  5. "Great company, great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company, inclusive culture, and smart people.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Smart people and good mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The people are intelligent, funny, and nice
    - You regularly get feedback from learners saying how much they have appreciated KA - it's very motivating and inspiring
    - Flexible schedule for the most part
    - Good benefits and perks

    Cons

    - Lack of professional development in certain teams
    - Work/life balance can sometimes be tough, and it can be hard to determine whether you are doing 'well'
    - Sometimes leadership can make big decisions on a whim

    Advice to Management

    - Find a focus - education tech is a huge field and we shouldn't be spreading our resources too thin


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It's a privilege to be here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Khan Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + Inspiring mission
    + Incredible people who's talent and accomplishment is matched only by their kindness
    + High-performing but warm and welcoming culture

    Cons

    + Ongoing growing pains related to the growth and maturation of the organization

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire people to manage work/life balance

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Brilliant and kind people, with some organizational growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Khan Academy full-time

    Pros

    - Get to do work that's actually impactful without any moral qualms
    - Get to learn from and alongside kind, smart and talented people
    - Super healthy and positive company culture that feels fairly transparent and trustworthy

    Cons

    - A LOT of process and overhead for transparency's sake, which occasionally slows down progress
    - Ambitious mission means lack of focus because there are so many problems to be solved

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making a few products great, rather than spreading thin across multiple initiatives


  9. "Incredible Mission. Incredible Team."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Khan Academy full-time

    Pros

    - Being part of an incredible mission -- "to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere"

    - Being part of an incredible team. Behind the website is a group of unique individuals who are incredibly intelligent, talented, hard-working, kind, caring, and down-to-earth.

    Cons

    - Growing pains. The company is in the process of growing from a small-size company to a medium-size company (which is very exciting!), but is trying to navigate the transition process (and the challenges that come with it).

    Advice to Management

    - Provide more training opportunities for managers to continue to develop their management skills and abilities.

    - Provide more professional development opportunities for all team members (regardless of how junior or senior they currently are).


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, kind, compassion teammates, interesting problems to solve.

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic, always shifting strategy and focus

    Advice to Management

    Less is more: focus on doing only a few things at a time, and hit those out of the park.


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