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TakeLessons Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • I can turn my profile off when I'm not accepting new students (in 5 reviews)

  • The company supports teachers by advertising, customer service, providing the online website/platform/scheduling and general assistance in any way (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • If you are just starting you have no way to get new students (in 8 reviews)

  • There are no benefits, and don't offer bonus's (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TakeLessons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Great downtown office.

    Cons

    Seems like decisions are sometimes made and then changed.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Start Up"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company had a fun culture and interesting field. It is a niche market that has the potential to grown and expand into other vectors.

    Cons

    It is a start up that with a fun culture that became very corporate very quickly. A lot is expected of the employees with little pay off in actual salary.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than just giving people work and tasks to do you should focus on developing their skill sets.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Piano Teacher"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to teach from anywhere, no driving time.

    Cons

    Two in particular. (1.) I did not receive a single student from TakeLessons after more than a year, despite following their profile guidelines to the letter. (2.) Disrespect and lack of protection for teachers. They have a large corporate mindset that is interested in making money, not music.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your teachers and allow contact between students/parents and teachers.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "All music teachers should be aware"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at TakeLessons part-time

    Pros

    They set up a website for students and teachers to connect each other, and also has facebbok page for teachers to discuss teaching issues.

    Cons

    1. Slow in finding students, you need to wait for quite amount of time
    2. Teachers and Students can only contact through takelessons system by messege. You can not share contact information with students, even is your own website. They also check every massage between you and students to see if you have tried to contact with them not via their system. Once they find, they cancel your account without asking you in advance. very UNRESPECTFULLY
    3. it is really unsafe for both students and teachers if they can not get each others contact informations, which means you can not even talk to each other before lessons. You will go to a stranger's home or a stranger will come to your place. Please be AWARE!
    4. you will only get 60% of tuition for first month. You need to teach until 4 months to get at last 90% tuition. After 4 months, you will still need to pay them 10% of your tuition.
    5.You are required to use their tuition payment system. no exception. Even you already have your own payment method.

    Advice to Management

    RESPECT and PROTECT your TEACHERS. They are the one who really TEACH.


  5. "Sold Job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Student Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TakeLessons (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and community. CEO is personable and seems like he truly cares.

    Cons

    Little room for job advancement


  6. "Great collaborative culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    TakeLessons has a very open culture. If you have good ideas, your voice will be heard and you have the power to push things forward. There are no jerks. Everyone is focused on helping the team succeed.

    Cons

    Things can change quickly. If that's not your cup of tea, probably not the right place for you.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Better than the competition"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I've worked for them for a few years and they have always been fair and the compensation is good. Always friendly when I call in for support. I also work for a competitor and they are worse in every imaginable way.

    Cons

    None that come to mind

  8. "Private Instructor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great communication. Working with them and students is very easy.

    Cons

    Students and parents are not great with scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Update student-teacher interaction through the website.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Startup Zombie"

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

    I worked at TakeLessons full-time

    Pros

    Mostly transparent. Good time off policy for tech.

    Cons

    Tech team is not diverse. No career development for most of the employees. Just waiting for the next round of investment. CEO has bought into the startup founder cult and the whole company goes overboard on the culture aspect appearing cultish at times to new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Credit your cofounders. Don't expect your workers to be completely transparent with their dissatisfaction.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Great pay; lousy service"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TakeLessons part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They charged $40 for a half hour. I made half.

    Cons

    They weren't great at giving me new students, even though I had great retention with the ones that I had. Calls to the company were futile and resulted in talking points and no real discussion. They kept a lot of secrets from the teachers. We're not trusted members of the company and yet are the backbone of it.


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