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Shmoop Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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  • The amount of work can be unpredictable (in 4 reviews)

  • The pay-per-project model felt exploitative at times, as wages often dipped below (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great for Beginners"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shmoop full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility. Growth Opportunity. Momentum.

    Cons

    Few boundaries. High expectations with little support. Poor management and follow through on products.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    remote, from home
    fun to write in the Shmoop style
    directions were clear and editor always answered my questions

    Cons

    work was spotty; sometimes nothing for a month or so

  3. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Shmoop (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Great place to work at


  4. Helpful (2)

    "it could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    remote-work friendly. The enviroment could be fun. it's a good starting point for someone looking to learn the ropes.

    Cons

    terrible pay, lack of planning and coordination between dept. every project seems rushed. no benefits. It seems that HR retention is not important.

    Advice to Management

    invest in People and the money will follow. Happy employees = happy business


  5. Helpful (1)

    "You can do better! Run, don't walk away."

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

    I worked at Shmoop full-time

    Pros

    They are good to interns.

    Cons

    Depressing work environment. The PMs cycle out constantly. The content team is miserable, but stay out of lack of job opportunities. The engineering team is laughably run by an inexperienced CTO. The founders enable toxic bullying behavior from one of their execs. Employees are taken advantaged of. There are so many HR violations that I'm surprised there haven't been lawsuits.


  6. "Awesome fun company"

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    Former Employee - Remote Data Entry Consultant
    Former Employee - Remote Data Entry Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shmoop part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was a remote data entry consultant...so pretty much the best job ever, getting to log in and work from home. Flexible schedule, great sense of humor and communication.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work load: some months there would be no projects and and other months cramming to finish projects by a given deadline.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the awesome fun vibe!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Penury"

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    Former Employee - Curriculum Writer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Curriculum Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people who seem genuinely interested in education.

    Cons

    Fast food pay-scale for people with graduate-level knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't have any. If they can make this business model work, then good for them, I guess. Why anyone would do highly skilled labor for $8 - $10 dollars an hour is beyond me. Low self-esteem?

  8. "Fun Atmosphere + Meaningful Work"

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

    Pros

    - fair, prompt pay
    - access to an entire team of coworkers who are happy to help with anything or answer any questions
    - everyone has a sense of humor... it's a requirement of the job :)

    Cons

    - Depending on what department you're in, you won't get much training (especially if you're working remotely)


  9. "A nice little group to work for!"

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

    Pros

    The department heads are nice, helpful, and hardworking. A steady stream of work. Nice place to build experience/portfolio.

    Cons

    Pay rate can work against you, if your main focus is this. Deadline is always fluid and sometimes unpredictable.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Shmoop: Decent on education, horrible for employees"

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

    I have been working at Shmoop full-time

    Pros

    The concept of Shmoop, a nudge in the right direction, is a great idea.

    Cons

    The management's lack of vision and even less strategy prevents them from being a success. Knee-jerk reactionary style is more like it. If you like to be thrown under the bus, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Saying you're a small company doesn't make you one. Acting like a small company just makes working for you a disappointment. Get some health insurance.


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