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Mindvalley Reviews

Updated October 7, 2018
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Mindvalley Founder & CEO Vishen Lakhiani
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Pros
  • "Amazing team of passionate people from literally around the world" (in 7 reviews)

  • "If you are a personal growth geek this place is for you" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "company culture is not for everyone" (in 6 reviews)

  • "You will never know what your career path is going" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good experience"

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

    Pros

    Good culture, values and leadership

    Cons

    A little unfocused at times

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing


  2. Helpful (68)

    "Good for young adventurers, bad for senior level expats looking for a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mindvalley full-time

    Pros

    - Lots of room to grow within the company & lead completely new projects from the ground up

    - High quality tech team, designers, writers, and customer support team

    - Great local coworkers to work with and learn from.

    - Opportunity to shape your team & interact with anyone in the company.

    - Pretty good pay for Kuala Lumpur

    Cons

    - Entrepreneurship is not encouraged in practice. Vishen is extremely controlling of employees lives outside of the company and takes credit for passion projects employees do in their spare time to push Mindvalley Foundation

    - Massive growth in recent years had led to lower quality people being hired. The developers are great but often overwhelmed and called on weekends, vacations, etc.

    - There is little substance behind many of the projects you see listed on mindvalley.com -- (not necessarily a con)

    - Marketers and management are inexperienced, throw others under the bus when things go wrong.

    - Many former employees are alienated and badmouthed by Vishen. Talk with any former employee for the full rundown.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the fear tactics and brainwashing. Stop pushing your employees to write 5 star reviews on Glassdoor to balance out the barrage of bad ones early on. This forum is a place for people to voice their opinions. Opinions.

    Mindvalley Response

    Apr 15, 2015 – Publicist & Branding Manager

    Thanks for your feedback!

    1. Like any good company we prioritize employees who are dedicated to our projects and mission. While we do believe in entrepreneurship education, we don't encourage side... More

  3. Helpful (47)

    "Great place to work, but it is not for everybody!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mindvalley full-time

    Pros

    - You will meet some of the most amazing and smart people in the world
    - If you are a marketer, love marketing or just want to learn about marketing this will be better than Disneyland for you, we can say it is Harvard for marketing
    - Work/life balance can be achieved if you are strict with your hours and work, the opportunity is there, it is your choice if you make it or not.
    - The culture is pretty amazing, great balance of work, fun and learning
    - The space is simply beautiful!
    - When it comes to marketing you will not have too much freedom as the CEO controls in a very detailed way what happens in this area, so your creative train may be halted very quickly or it may take a while before you are allowed to try and experiment (not judging this as good or bad thing, marketing is the core of the business, plus it is what he loves, so I understand why he is so invested in it), in any other area you could have a lot of freedom to innovate and push your ideas forward (if they are good and you know how to present them)
    - If you are into personal development this is a freaking perfect place for you to work (and also if you are not).
    - Despite the fact that this is a 10 year old company there are so many things to do an improve, so there is a space for everyone.

    Cons

    - If you are not into marketing your chances of growing and learning are not THAT amazing (probably with the exception of tech)
    - Salary is horrible, specially for a company that earns in US dollars, that is growing so much and that has so many expats. I believe this is also why so many people decide to leave after 1 or 2 years... you learn you gotta learn and then you go ahead and try on your own or move to places where you can actually make money!
    - There is not a structured career path, you come in and have to figure out everything by yourself in a way, a couple of people might help you understand how things work in the company but do not expect an organised, straight forward structure and path, this can be good or bad, depends on you and you like or dislike.
    - Be prepared to endure endless hours of propaganda by the CEO and senior management about how MV is the best place in the world and how our products service are the best and how they will change the world and blah, blah, blah... Motivation and inspiration are important but here they take it to an unrealistic and tiresome level.
    - Methodologies and processes change a lot! and very often, they never stick to ANYTHING for more than a month, this is quite frustrating ( i know that management will not own to this and they will try to justify it somehow) but in a company of this size and with the amount of people you need more than 4 weeks to try a new process of doing ANYTHING.

    Advice to Management

    There is always 2 sides to every story, so stop assuming that your side is the only one that exists... and silence is a powerful way of talking...


  4. "Customer Success Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Amazing culture
    *Brilliant and helpful colleagues
    *Beautiful work spaces
    *Competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    *Makes you want to take your stuff from home and live in the office!

    Advice to Management

    kudos! love working here!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Nice on the outside but chaos in the inside"

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

    I worked at Mindvalley full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful office: KL HQ in Menara UOA Bangsar is nice. Satellite office in Kl Sentral is small but ok. Never been to Kota Kinabalu office, but looks basic.
    Diversity of people: 40++ nations (as stated on the company’s website)

    The company is adventurous in exploring new ventures, innovations and technologies.

    You can choose to be a great leader once you left Mindvalley. The learning curve is high and politics are high too, so you can build strong characters that’s good for humanity.

    Cons

    Office environment: be prepared to shift physically because the company goes thru restructuring every 6 months and a high chance the restructuring can involve termination of employment.
    Please know that the Malaysian Labour Law applies to all foreign workers that are currently working in Malaysia. You have the same rights as like any Malaysian employees. Don't let anyone in Mindvalley strong arm you into resignation especially if you know you have work hard and truly believe in their mission and objectives.
    I have sen many senior employees (with more than 10 years working experience) being pushed out into "voluntary" resignations within 45 days noticed.
    The company has been in operation for more than 10 years, but with a startup mindset. If you are a senior and trying to make changes, you'd have to have 2 or 3 company department heads backing you up.
    You see great reviews on social media but MV overly use the social media to sell their grandness and greatness, of course Mindvalley is good as this, it's business marketing.
    A metaphor for consideration: You walk into a really nice bedroom, with 360 degrees floor to ceiling clothing cabinet. Solid oak wood with superfine, smooth shinny finishing. They look marvelous... but once you open the cabinets.. you'd see the "skeletons" in there. Good Luck for trying to organize "A SINGLE"drawer!

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Vishen (CEO): I think you're a nice guy, but not a great leader with business acumen. You sometimes lack the humanity values you preach so much during the weekly report in Hall of Awesomeness. You have some bad people working for you as deemed to be your "valuable indispensable" side kicks. They've been with you for more than 5 years and have played you well for you to fully trust their judgments and decision making.
    Hence you've been in business for more than 10 years but with a startup mindset., because you lack the correct resources to execute and implement.

    Mindvalley have lost many great leaders recently this year, they can be great revolutionaries to propel MV to greather highest, fastest.

    Please look into some of your department heads.
    Also please get your contract documents sorted out. They are lousy in English language terms and plenty of avoidable errors.
    Your HR re-uses sample letters from other employees to put on your MV letterheads for you to sign btw. Please don’t allow such matters to happen again. Templatize.

    Mindvalley Response

    Oct 16, 2018 – Leadership Team

    1. Constant Shifts and Changes

    What you call Constant Shifts we call Rapid Innovation Cycles. It’s how we’ve been able to maintain our lead in the industry. But yes - if you’re not used to fast... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company overall, a little chaotic at times"

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

    I have been working at Mindvalley full-time

    Pros

    - steep learning curve from day 1
    - great colleagues and environment for work
    - full access to Mindvalley courses
    - full access to training that would help make your job easier
    - amazing offices
    - events and an active social life
    - flexible time - work from anywhere in the world
    - great work-life balance

    Cons

    - a lot of direction changes still; there are periods of stability followed by a bit of chaos. Can be demotivated at times, but also exciting, depending where you are
    - there are a few people that are in high level position but nobody knows what they’re doing or what value they create for the company. Very demotivating if you have the misfortune to work with them, as they tend to not have a clue about anything
    - despite the transparency and candor in the values, there are no true core values that represent Mindvalley. Or if they are, they’re not the ones we evaluate yearly

    Advice to Management

    Be more choosy in attaching people to high level jobs, they are making a mess (some have a track record of failures only).
    Define the real values of Mindvalley, that represent the current culture, not made up ones.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring workplace and colleagues, awesome growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mindvalley full-time

    Pros

    - Inspired vision of the company future
    - Spending your working hours and putting your talents to the service of humanity.
    - Great possibility of growth, personally and professionally, if one steps up and takes the challenge
    - Great atmosphere and inclusive culture
    - Flexitime!
    - Employees constantly encouraged to grow, step up, create, come up with ideas
    - Crystal clarity as to what this company is all about, right from the beginning (even to newbies who are usually the last to be told anything in most companies), and a no-nonsense attitude to BS

    Cons

    Not exactly cons for many people, but definitely flags to be taken into account if thinking of applying for a job here:

    - One needs to be very independent and confident in this company. Coddling and hand-holding is not a thing here so if you need that in your work, better not pack all your possessions and move across the world.
    - It was made very clear to us from the beginning that this is not a "job for life" and that we come here to fulfill a role as long as that role is needed. That is fine by me, I like reinvention, but if you're looking for stability and security, again, this is not where you will find it.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Investment in the growth of employees, occasional parties, awesome office

    Cons

    Politics involved. Also, responsible people have little ownership over processes they own.


  9. "Very grateful as a new person"

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

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

    Pros

    As a newbie who has joined Mindvalley recently, I feel truly blessed to be a part of it - the way Mindvalley welcomes and educates new people, how it has designed the induction program is something that not many companies are doing. I feel a part of the mission, and I'm in the right place.

    Cons

    Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the amount of learning and activities I'm going through. But at the end of the day it's a good thing!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow and experience awesome office culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Launch Manager
    Former Employee - Launch Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome colleagues
    Lots of growth opportunities
    Flexible hours and vacation
    Tons of workshops and mini-trainings

    Cons

    You have to negotiate for a good salary (I heard the salaries are now competitive)

    Advice to Management

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