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Scientific Learning Reviews

Updated November 16, 2016
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  1. "Awesome Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Scientific Learning full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful, helpful employess providing an educational solution for struggling students. I have seen tremedous academic and life changing events in so many students.

    Cons

    Advancement or recieve a pay raise is limited.

    Advice to Management

    All team members assist with renewals and expansion and should be recognized and rewarded.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great products, difficult market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scientific Learning (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The products really help students. The company is small enough for your work to be noticed. Remote workers are supported fairly well.

    Cons

    The products are not positioned really well for the current market landscape (uphill battle). The leadership at times has been abrupt or frantic.

    Advice to Management

    Look to be acquired by a larger, privately held company that has the capital to make additional products.

    Scientific Learning Response

    Sep 19, 2016 – Sr. Director of Human Resources

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We definitely value the comments of our current and former employees. As one of our core values is "continuous improvement" we are always looking for areas of ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Professional Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scientific Learning full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing products, strong mission of helping students, good benefits.

    Cons

    Previous CEO put the company in a precarious financial position, focused way too much on profit and growing the company at the risk of product efficacy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple, focus on employee retention and satisfaction and your customer base and retention will grow as well.


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  5. "Great Products, Great Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The products are very impactful to the lives of struggling readers. Proven science with proven results. Great flexible culture. Company is in a growth mode.

    Cons

    No real cons to mention.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Stay focused on the people and the products as you have been doing.

    Scientific Learning Response

    Jun 24, 2016 – Sr. Director of Human Resources

    Thank you so much for the feedback and kind words. We aim daily to create a great employee experience. Our people are great and through them we move closer to our vision of being "committed to a ... More


  6. "Great Product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scientific Learning (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The product has a specific student to work with. It does help all students.

    Cons

    Past CEO was awful to the company. In his 3 years the company lost 2/3rds of the revenue.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting effective software, stumbling management has stunted its growtg"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The founding science and the products themselves are amazing. Most employees are incredibly dedicated individuals.

    Cons

    Difficulty in getting product to market via cloud and iPad/tablet technology is very frustrating to those selling and training customers how to use such an innovative too.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the customers and push for compatability on a grander scale.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company has a great mission, but lacks the leadership and technical skill to grow and reach its potential."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice mission (teaching kids to read with technology). Nice people who are passionate about their work. Some good patents. Lots of smart people who know a lot about the educational software market. Adequate to above-average benefits.

    Cons

    Product is just not competitive in the marketplace - years and years behind where it should be. The pace of development at Scientific Learning is glacial. Senior leadership doesn't have an adequate plan for growing and becoming a relevant company. As a consequence, salaries aren't particularly competitive with the rest of the bay area. Check the stock price - it's not an accident.

    Advice to Management

    To be an educational software company, you need to understand both education (check) and software (big non-check).


  9. Helpful (1)

    "SciLearn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good program ,,, ,,,, ,., .,.,

    Cons

    tough times - ed funding


  10. "Great Company and People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and doing the right things to help change education. Great people and atmosphere.

    Cons

    Software was a bit ahead of its time which created challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the process and the people you hire. They are your ears on the ground. You have great people at all levels and one of the most impactful products in education...celebrate it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great technology, buggy software, uninformed (albeit well-meaning) management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to help kids learn and/or improve reading/literacy skills at innovative, research-based neuroscience software company.

    Cons

    Unstable, struggling, start-up culture. Not much opportunity for advancement.



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