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Updated January 8, 2017
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  1. "Great technology with products to be improved."

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knewton is an Industry leader in adaptive learning. It has Strong brand awareness and credibility with partners in a number of regional markets. Teams are willing to support one another. The company has comparable benefits to other EdTech companies.

    Cons

    The company is not very fast to adjust to new markets by developing products that address different local market needs.


  2. "Need to get organized!"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everybody who works at Knewton is amazing!!!

    Cons

    The workload seems to be improperly balanced and those who do little work, are rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the work each individual is pushing out and cut the dead weight. We don't have time to "dilly-dally" No more is there a reason to work at Knewton over other leading tech companies.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great vision, uneven execution"

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

    I have been working at Knewton full-time

    Pros

    - Kindest, friendliest, humblest people I've ever worked with
    - Really interesting data
    - Genuine desire to help people

    Cons

    - Over-engineered solutions
    - Management changes its mind every other week
    - High turn-over (which is expected at a start-up)
    - More focused on what sounds cool than on what works for teachers and students
    - Hard to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Hire more technical and product people with teaching experience!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, unfocused management"

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    Former Employee - Implementation Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Implementation Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super smart people
    Great mission
    Funky work space

    Cons

    Management and product teams are not focused on a clear vision
    Algorithms and development teams control many of the product decisions
    Work-life balance is tough

    Advice to Management

    Hire a great head of product


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Political and Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Knewton full-time

    Pros

    Some great employees, nice perks like dinner and metro cards. There are tampons in the women's bathroom. Lots of free t-shirts

    Cons

    - Teams didn't work together, instead it was a battle to take each other out
    - There's absolutely no consistent vision to what is being built and no validation from consumers that they want it
    - It's unclear that the leadership actually cares at all about the students. Policy advocates on the side of privacy have every reason to be concerned.
    - No clear values - the first time I saw the values was 5 months in. I had a fit of laughter over how much Knewton lives up to none of the values.
    - The misogyny, Knewton is okay with workplace relationships so expect to be hit on, drunkenly asked out and belittled by coworkers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A place that values its people and a mission that changes the world"

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

    I have been working at Knewton full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and great people. Challenging problems and inspiring mission. Happy hours. Pet friendly. Free lunch, dinner, and metro card. All the start up perks + doing important work.

    Cons

    The company is growing quickly so global offices can feel disconnected. No matching 401K, but that seems like it is coming soon.

    Advice to Management

    Stay more connected with your employees. Give employees the opportunity to work closely with the students/partners we serve.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Knewton is great, especially for software engineers!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Knewton has a spectacular community of nice people who are genuinely interested in education. In addition to this, Knewton has a cutting-edge technology platform that is leaps and bounds ahead of any other adaptive education system. I believe that it is rare to find such a combination.

    Cons

    I think that most software engineers at least could make more money at other companies in New York.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the consistency of your internal messaging.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great coworkers. Leaderahip, eh."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Knewton (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really nice coworkers in general. Interesting and smart people - the best thing about the company. Nice perks - free monthly metrocard and lunches/dinners.

    Cons

    Territorial fights on the business side impeded progress and a lot of duplication of effort. Limited guidance from management and scattered pursuit of viable products. Hopefully the new head of product has provided some focus as I still think the idea and goals are laudable.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on launching (!) products that are commercially viable. Clearer selineation of responsibilities of the business groups.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great late stage startup"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Knewton full-time

    Pros

    Existing business partners so more focus can be spent on solving problems and products that people are really actively using at the moment. Probably some of the more exciting/ challenging problems you can come by as a data scientist. Great culture and atmosphere. We like to pride ourselves not just on smart people but really nice and collaborative people as well.

    Cons

    The leadership can be a little bit lagging instead of leading in terms of next steps of the company. While some enjoy the decentralized type of work flow, I think that there could be a little more top down guidance for the company goals

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Office Services Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knewton full-time

    Pros

    Young staff, everyone is pretty nice and motivated. really good benefits. Meals paid for and transportation subsidized (free unlimited metrocards for commuters)

    Cons

    no growth or opportunity for non-tech staff. not a long-term position if not involved in tech or it. not a big problem though.



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