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Play-Well TEKnologies Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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Tim Bowen
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Pros
  • "You get to work with kids and play with LEGO for money" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Also, as a college student it was important for me to be able to work part-time and on my schedule and Play-Well worked with me perfectly" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are also few full time positions available, making advancement in the company difficult" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Summer's are usually close to full time but during the school year it's more of a 10-15 hour a week part time job" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Best job I ever had"

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

    I have been working at Play-Well TEKnologies part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. Compensation for time and travel is more than fair. Supportive co-workers and managers. Everything they do walks that very fine line between professional and fun.

    Cons

    Only downside is that I can't do this full time during the school year.

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Aug 17, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thanks for the great review! It's so glad to hear confirmation that we continue to find that balance between professional and fun - that has been a priority from the very beginning when Tim started... More


  2. "instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Play-Well TEKnologies part-time

    Pros

    Nice people And a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Not enough hours. Kids can be really annoying.

  3. "Great Company!"

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

    I have been working at Play-Well TEKnologies full-time

    Pros

    Management team is amazing and very supportive. Fun to be able to work with an array of people with different skills and personalities. We get to teach kids engineering concepts daily and have a blast doing so. What could be better?

    Cons

    Love working for Play-Well, so no cons.

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Aug 17, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for the great review! We agree: one of the most wonderful aspects of our Play-Well people is the diversity of backgrounds, skills, experience they bring to the job. Definite common... More


  4. "Amazing company"

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    Former Employee - Lead Instructor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Instructor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Play-Well TEKnologies part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is so understanding and respectful, they worked around my class schedule and made sure that I had time off for finals. Co workers are really cool, and the company aligns with me morally, pro LGBT and pro girls in STEM. The work itself can be fun (but teaching a room of kids is exausting too) and when you have ideas the company wants to encourage you and see what can happen, they care about your opinions.

    Cons

    The hours are part time during the school year

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your experience being an Instructor with us! We joke about the illusive "Play-Well X-factor" but it's true - we really do seek to foster the wonderful diversity of talented... More


  5. "Fun and rewarding place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Play-Well TEKnologies part-time

    Pros

    You get to have a positive impact on the lives of children, and you get to do it playing with Legos. The company offers competitive pay and treats it's employees with a lot of respect.

    Cons

    Work hours can be very inconsistent. You might be teaching 5 classes a week one month and have no classes the next; which can be a financial strain. There are also few full time positions available, making advancement in the company difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Finding a way to have more predictable and consistent work hours and advancement opportunities would go a long way to reducing Instructor turnover.

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Aug 17, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    We really appreciate your feedback, and know that our business model does mean variation in work schedules throughout the year for our instructional staff. This issue has been a priority for our... More


  6. "My Time With Play-Well"

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

    I worked at Play-Well TEKnologies full-time

    Pros

    Fun, exciting, and creative company. Unique opportunity. You get to meet a lot of people, help people create their visions for events.

    Cons

    Very little communication, nobody seems to be on the same page. The expectation of work vs. the amount of time is completely unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make more clearly defined roles. Someone in management and with prior management experience likely doesn’t want to have to teach. In emergency situations it’s one thing, but when you’re criticized for falling short as a manger when you spend 20 hours a week teaching/commuting that’s difficult. Additionally, the pay is little to nothing for the work that’s expected. There shouldn’t be instructors making almost what the manager makes. Also, the cost of health insurance for a manger is almost a 10th of their income.

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    We are always interested in hearing feedback on what works and what wasn't a fit for people in our organization. Play-Well continues to be proud to provide a creative, dynamic work environment for... More


  7. "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Play-Well TEKnologies full-time

    Pros

    Agency, room for growth, creative minds collaborating.

    Cons

    Feeling isolated, not many connections, doing every single position.

    Advice to Management

    More empathy

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing your review of your time working with Play-Well! We do realize that our staffing model is somewhat unique what with much of the training happening virtually and sending Instructors... More

  8. "Assistant Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Anselmo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Anselmo, CA

    I have been working at Play-Well TEKnologies part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to see kids grow and be creative

    Cons

    Besides having a spacious schedule, working for this company is awesome!

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Jun 21, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thanks for posting your review! We love hearing how much our awesome employees enjoy the work of engaging kids in challenging, creative ways.


  9. "Fun for The Summer"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Engineering Instructor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineering Instructor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Play-Well TEKnologies part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good co-workers
    -Looks good on a resume
    -Reasonable Salary

    Cons

    -Lots of driving
    -Sometimes a lack of communication from higher-ups
    -Uncertainty of location week to week

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Apr 16, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for sharing your experience as a summer assistant with Play-Well! One of the pieces of feedback we hear a lot is how much driving and variety there is working our camps from week to week... More


  10. "Work is easy/Pay is mediocre"

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

    I worked at Play-Well TEKnologies full-time

    Pros

    Easy and fun to work with kids

    Cons

    Told my manager where I would not travel but they sent me there anyways

    Play-Well TEKnologies Response

    Jan 22, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for sharing your perspective. It is interesting because it is unlike what we usually hear from current, departing and former employees - most everyone finds working with the kids very fun... More


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