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Updated July 7, 2017
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  1. "Collaborative team in a fun work environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Learning.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture in the Portland office! Employees are willing to help across departments. Good pay and benefits for the industry. Flexible schedule and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Though the company is 17 years old, it's still trying to "find itself" in many ways. There have been many organizational and management changes in the past year, which has caused unrest among some employees.

    Advice to Management

    Make data-informed choices and then stay the course! Change is hard for some people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with awesome culture"

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Learning.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture is awesome! Office is fun and dynamic.
    Great benefits as well

    Cons

    Need more office space due to expanding

  3. Helpful (3)

    "No recommendation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent HR Management and work life balance.

    Cons

    Turnover very high. Terminations, resignations and turmoil within the company. Upper Management disconnected.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Learning.com"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Shores, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Shores, IN

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product/s. great growth opportunity innovative ideas in development

    Cons

    Need stronger directional focus on where they really want to go as a small company


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good mission, good people but a lot of challenges"

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    Former Employee - Development in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Development in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can work on products that help students, from a nice-ish office, with committed peers and genuinely good people.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover in development stemming from leadership that has no background in technology and seems to think of developers as a fungible commodity rather then the engine behind their products/revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your developers


  6. Helpful (5)

    "People with heart and commitment attempting to make the best of a murky situation."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Learning.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Smart people doing good work we can stand behind
    2. Good work/life balance, decent salaries for the market
    3. Gradually improving, coming "out of the woods" and seeing signs of positive market growth
    4. Great office location convenient to transit, food, etc.

    Cons

    1. Unclear vision for next year and beyond
    2. Leadership seems secretive
    3. Culture hurt by high turnover in past 2-3 years, trust amongst the staff diminishing
    4. Huge legacy technical debt that is eating up valuable developer time.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to be more open and inclusive with staff. Be more ambitious in upgrading the product lines that have served us well over the years.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Long in the tooth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Learning.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A genuine desire to improve the experience of education drives most new projects

    Cons

    Expectation of lots of extra hours from developers.
    Massive technical debt.
    Over-investment in the standardized test business, a dismal industry if ever there was one.
    Few projects go out with anything like a complete feature set.
    Business Development often overwhelms Development: partnerships are launched without the ability to support them and deliver value.
    Little or no development path for employees.
    Reliance on outside hires for even low-level management.
    Unresponsive HR department.
    Senior Management seems coated with teflon: a dozen failed initiatives are no barrier to promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Find where Learning.com can geniunely compete with larger competitors. This is probably not through partnering with every content provider on earth.
    Decide if you want to sell content or software.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging in the worst of ways due to personality driven leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues and customers were great. The location was great. Vision is interesting and worth pursuing. Physical work environment is creative and engaging.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the top, shifting strategies, poor communication, no performance-based pay, stock options, et al. Limited benefits. Need to focus on basic business functions and competent execution as the basis for achieving a grand vision - not an impediment. Need to listen to people at all levels. Need to understand that asking questions, raising issues, identifying concerns IS supporting the business if it's done in an effort to ensure success - it's not an automatic sign of disloyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Eat some humble pie and realize that you don't succeed without others in your corner. And they won't get in your corner simply because you tell them to.


  9. "One of the best places to work"

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    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources and Facilities in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources and Facilities in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making a difference in the life of a child.

    Cons

    No 1-3 Year Strategic Plan

    Advice to Management

    Develop 1-3 year Strategic Plan and communicate to employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but still room to improve"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The company has a casual environment and is great at supporting employee's work/life balance. The people are great and it's remarkably lacking office politics. The company is mission-oriented and unlike many companies serving the K-12 market, it really does want to build products and deliver services that make a difference. The company is responsive to market conditions, and provides strong support for the sales team. While the company has the usual problems of an aggressive schedule and competing demands, there is a constant effort to balance market demand/opportunity against available resources. There is also a strong commitment to staff development.

    Cons

    Mixed review of top management, shifting strategy - too opportunistic, sr management talks more than it listens. Company is becoming more professional in business practices but still has many areas where it needs to clarify who owns what.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, realize your staff knows more about their jobs then you do, stop tooting your own horn.


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