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Khan Academy Reviews

Updated February 25, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "International Translator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Khan Academy part-time

    Pros

    -Make your own schedule
    -Well-organized translator platform
    -Rewarding to help with the expansion of the platform

    Cons

    -Cannot think of any cons, I enjoy spending some of my free time working on this project


  2. "Awesome people and mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Friendly and accomplished team
    - Inspiring mission
    - Decent work/life balance

    Cons

    Like a lot of start-ups, priorities / strategy / company structure tended to change fairly frequently.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Content Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Khan Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great team, good benefits and compensation, inspiring leadership, good social life around office, fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    Unrealistic vision, lack of communication between teams, lack of accountability among managers, overall unfamiliarity with the reality of the experiences of teachers and learners among middle management

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team, hire and seek to learn more from those with experience in the classroom, who have actually worked with and among your target audience. The focus on perfection in content creation misses the forest for the trees; know who your audience is and strive to meet their needs, rather than your own desires for perfection.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "A very special place!"

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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

    + inclusive, collaborative culture... no egos
    + highly talented people... acceptance rate into Khan is very low
    + still start-up size... can move fast and have big impact
    + get to wake up in the morning and know you're touching millions of lives every day (it's an awesome, free product)

    Cons

    - generous salaries for a company this size, but obviously can't compare to the googles and facebooks of the world

    - new leaders are bringing in positive changes, but with change comes some employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    Keep Khan Academy's amazing culture


  5. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Kind people and great perks

    Cons

    Some mismatch between employees and positions.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting work with great people"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Mountain View, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Almost everyone at Khan Academy believes in the mission very strongly. The people are really amazing and make me enjoy coming in every day. The work that we do has a huge impact.

    Cons

    Still trying to figure out the right company organization and going through growing pains, every year tends to bring big changes which can be frustrating. Sometimes we get time crunched and people have to work more than usual without much recognition.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "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


  10. Helpful (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.