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Updated June 5, 2017
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  1. "LSI"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Blairsville, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Blairsville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Learning Sciences International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Results oriented, Eats their own dog food, People people, Truly altruistically motivated and talented management & staff committed to the science and art of continuous improvement

    Cons

    Working as a remote employee one can miss the proverbial water cooler conversations and the meeting after the meeting

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps I made a mistake going elsewhere


  2. Helpful (8)

    "It's like the Hunger Games"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Colleagues are very intelligent. Staff Developers have a wealth of experience. If you happen to get a position working remotely, your chances are far greater at staying with this company longer. Independent Contract employees have far better working conditions because they have limited interaction with the CEO. Starting compensation is good (I think that is why they get good people); however, it is quickly replaced with a toxic work environment. Benefits are excellent (again, this is a way to get people in the door.)

    Cons

    Working in the West Palm Beach office was horrible. Every day you wonder if it is your day to get fired. No feedback is ever given, and your job changes daily based on the CEO's whims and the ideas he puts together in five minutes. There is absolutely no business plan whatsoever. There is no annual review process, and raises are almost nonexistent. There's a tremendous amount of stress given the horrendous working conditions so it resembles the Hunger Games Arena with everyone trying to prove themselves daily and stepping over other employees. It seems as though this is exactly how the CEO wants it. If you are well-liked in the company, you will have a mark on you because they seem to prefer conniving, lying, inept people over intelligent, capable ones. They will suck the life out of you, and when they are done with you and feel as though they got every you had, the will fire you. They expect you to work all hours of the day as well as through the weekend. You'll even get emails that you are expected to respond to on major holidays.

    Advice to Management

    CEO should step down and actually hire someone who can run a company and that has an actual business background. Then the CEO should actually listen to this person and let them do the job. The CEO should try actually teaching in a classroom so he better understands what he preaches. Stop having internal people go to Glassdoor and write a good review because it is misleading to people. Instead fix the issues or simply close your doors.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Communication > Speculation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Learning Sciences International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance. While the deductibles are much higher than in years past, we remain fortunate that our employer funds our insurance premiums (no payroll deductions!).

    Cons

    The communication remains inevitably horrendous. It's normal to have to work under the conditions of "it's better to ask for forgiveness than to beg for permission" because you never even know WHO to ask permission from. The lack of communication leads to far too much speculation in every department. Things are changing rapidly, and there are far too many things happening that are unexplained. People are in fear of being left behind/terminated without ever knowing what hit them or why it hit them. Again, causing far too much speculation.

    Advice to Management

    If you continue to hold Leadership Team Meetings, please empower your leaders to share the information covered. Tear down those silos! Reward your employees that go above and beyond every single day. Empower your leaders to recognize those employees. While you may not know what those employees are actually contributing, your leaders do.


  4. "Constantly evolving company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Learning Sciences International full-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling as long as you don't take advantage, great group of employees, constantly evolving company.

    Cons

    Lack of strong communication between departments but they are making steps towards improving.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Nightmare."

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    Former Employee - Developer
    Former Employee - Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Learning Sciences International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people you work WITH are smart.

    Cons

    The people you FOR with are corrupt, conniving, and heartless.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Learning Sciences International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fully paid healthcare, great company, awesome leadership, vision to help our education system

    Cons

    At LSI, changes happen fast. If you do not deal with change and moving forward in a fast paced job, this is not the place for you.


  7. "Say what they'll do... do what they say"

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    Current Employee - Director of District Partnerships
    Current Employee - Director of District Partnerships
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Learning Sciences International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful teammates
    Great Leadership
    Opportunity to truly do great things for students/teachers *and* be paid well.
    100% of health care paid on a good plan
    401K match at 4%

    Cons

    Products sometimes pushed to market before fully ready (true of many companies!)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Learning Sciences International full-time

    Pros

    Interesting company striving to improve K-12 education

    Cons

    Small company, driven by smart leader, but the leadership insight and expertise does not necessarily transfer to tasks outside of expertise.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Learning Sciences International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexable with schedule, highly collabarative work environment, excellent team morale.

    Cons

    Pay rate a little low but compensated by the team I worked with.

    Advice to Management

    10% increase in pay would do wonders as well as encourage the teamwork environment that exists now.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Very Risky!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Learning Sciences International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice offices in WPB and Blairsville. Possible good job for a recent college grad to gain experience and then quickly transfer to a more stable environs.

    Cons

    Because LSI is under capitalized for their ambition, their hiring strategy is turnstill, which means a new hire could be fired without cause at any moment. LSI is owned by two brothers who have no regard for their employees and is a very risky job choice with high rates of turnover and corresponding lawsuits.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate control to more professional management team.


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