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Online Trading Academy Reviews

Updated June 8, 2018
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Online Trading Academy Founder & President Eyal Shahar
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Pros
  • "In my role I get to travel and meet great people" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great work environment, which makes it fun to come to work" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "You do have to work weekends and some days pass 6pm" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Its a fast pace and some people may not enjoy such a fast moving environment" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "Great Company, Better People!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Support Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Student Support Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Online Trading Academy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Online Trading Academy the focus is all on the students. This is truly education that can change lives. From the staff to the instructors, it is a people focused environment that educates, encourages and supports students through their journey to learn to trade the financial markets. It is a corporate culture that fosters ideas and growth to a level that is unparalleled anywhere else. The people, their caring, focus and passion, really do make this a fantastic place to work.

    Cons

    As people make the environment, there is an issue with consistency across environments. OTA is a global presence and each campus has its own focus and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Standardization of tech across the network would increase the instructor's abilities to teach.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Online Trading Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great people and benefits here

    Cons

    The company can put the cart before the horse on some projects

  3. Helpful (4)

    "enrollment counselor"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Lombard, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    get to meet new people

    Cons

    knew that i was making people enroll in a product that did not work. I knew tat people were being fooled and i felt I was stealing people . I felt dishonest.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to customers and dont just sell to sell. people are getting loans that are later unable to pay and promises dont pay loans. there is noting better than being honest with people. The approcach of the company should change and the company with grow faster, without marketing by word of wouth not by promising people tey will make money right away to pay such large loans .... such as ei..$50,000!!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "PTO E.C."

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    Former Employee - E C PTO in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - E C PTO in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Online Trading Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No pressure involed in job

    Cons

    Either untruthful or unrealistic expectations regarding salary


  5. "Love what the company does for people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great educational services and very passionate people

    Cons

    It takes a lot of energy to do well in this high paced environment


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Don't work here if you have morals..."

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

    I worked at Online Trading Academy full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch - not much else

    Cons

    Literally everything. Takes advantage of the low resourced. Staff is very insincere and money hungry. Lots of backstabbing going on within centers. Truly an awful culture/environment.

    Advice to Management

    I pity you all.


  7. Helpful (22)

    "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Online Trading Academy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Compassion for our Clients.
    - Desire to the best in our Industry ant providing the best Content, Training and Support for our Students.
    - Willingness to strive to be better.

    Cons

    The organization continues to grow and get better, so I see no issues.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Focused on Student Success"

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

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

    Pros

    Highly focused on the mission to help students reach THEIR goals. Always looking forward. Committed to the cutting edge of the financial education industry. Culture and goals are admirable and executed fairly well - especially being a franchise structure. Provides legit training that is as real as the student makes it. The product is the best. You'll sleep well at night with the big picture and feel of OTA. Very positive environment. Just never forget that its a business.

    Cons

    Compensation changes seem to an annual occurrence, especially if working at corporate from what I've heard. The franchise locations have independent owners. The entire business model looks different from owner to owner. There are good ones and not so good owners. No surprise there. The company seems to make quick decisions that often slow down the business. Everyone is always talking about marketing challenges for some reason. Not my thing.

    Advice to Management

    Promises made should always be promises kept.


  9. Helpful (20)

    "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Old Bridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Instructor in Old Bridge, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Online Trading Academy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, very nice atmosphere, can do more or less work to fit your needs

    Cons

    No real cons, just have to do your work well


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Enriching the Lives of their Employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Education Program Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Education Program Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Online Trading Academy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    My managers have always been about doing what they can to enrich my own life. Teaching me what I need to learn to do my job better, and utilizing my strengths and what gives me joy for my tasks.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of communication down through the departments. Though this has been steadily improving.

    Sometimes the chain of command is a bit unclear.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify Chain of command so we know who to go to with what.
    Continue improving communication down through the ranks.


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