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Teaching Strategies Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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  1. "Great Place with Great Folks--Work Here If You Can!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If making a difference is important to you, this is the place for you. The company is transparent and encourages creativity.

    Cons

    The location leaves a little to be desired if you don't take the metro.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. As long as the focus remains on bettering the early education, you will continue to shine.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Think twice before taking a job at Teaching Strategies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - New and modern office with gym and rooftop
    - Bonuses when company does well
    - Lots of company-wide events (happy hours, etc.)
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    Cons

    - Senior leadership team including CEO unfit for their positions
    - Severe lack of transparency (I've never seen it this bad in all of my career)
    - Favoritism, nepotism, promotions only for those that are in the inner circle
    - Products released prematurely before sufficient testing has been done
    - Management not open to new ideas or questioning strategy
    - Poor work/life balance
    - No professional development options despite promises during hiring negotiations

    Advice to Management

    The curriculum product is good (in theory) it's CRITICAL that you take the time to make sure that it's ready for launch. Learn from your mistakes and launch products when they are ready. The lack of transparency makes for a toxic work environment and the favoritism is a known fact among all. People can see beyond the smoke and mirrors. A bright, shiny office with pretty things is only so important at the end of the day.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching Strategies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teaching Strategies (More than a year)

    Pros

    wonderful work culture
    very relaxed and welcoming environment
    dedicated and focused leadership

    Cons

    I did feel like HR could have been more involved


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  5. "Tech side is awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of innovation, opportunities to learn new things all the time, right hardware and software tools are provided (no old PCs or Macs, all new stuff), embracing of modern software architectures, doing away with legacy systems in iterations, doing more IT work in house, positive team spirit, cool COO, genius CTO, highly driven managers that watch your back, products that get out the door, people see your work every two weeks, customers and Teaching Strategies staff really appreciate what is done, and parties a plenty. 🎉🎈

    Cons

    Office location is a pain to commute to (although new building as of December 2015 is quite nice), CEO is hardly ever visible, contractors have made unilateral decisions in the past thus creating problems in the present, learning curve for system as a whole is steep, need more developers and definitely more 🍕.

    Advice to Management

    Let IT run the show. It will rock. I promise.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product! Quality mission and core values. Collaborative environment. Leadership making intentional changes to create a better working environment for employees across the organization to enhance company culture. Brand new open office space with great technology - sit/stand desks, a garden, rooftop deck, fun employee gatherings, and lots of space for interdepartmental collaboration.

    Cons

    As the organization is growing, there are more tenured staff that don't like change.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for listening to some of our suggestions, continue to solicit our feedback as it is visibly making the difference.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Should be voted Worst Place to work in the DMV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - some of the newer leaders in the company are trying to turn the ship
    - convenient location in downtown Bethesda

    Cons

    - nasty, negative work culture
    - lack of key work resources (software and tools)
    - no strategic thinking
    - most employees are not qualified for the work they are doing
    - low salaries for people who actually do the work
    - an attitude of blaming and shaming from most of the more senior staff members
    - poor work/ life balance with no support from the company to change

    Advice to Management

    fire 3/4 of the workforce and start over


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Not what it seems"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mission
    Dedicated, talented co-workers
    Nice kitchen space, often filled with baked goods

    Cons

    Day to day operations and all key decisions are made by small inner circle who value profit more than doing the right thing. There have been waves of lay offs and lack of transparency about who really finances and runs the company. Sad, sad case of a company losing its way.

    Advice to Management

    Insist on real, respectful collaboration. Encourage open dialogue. Stay true to the mission.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Good People, Bad Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    The best part about working at Teaching Strategies was the people. They were kind, smart, and willing to work hard for a mission they believed in. It was a very friendly environment and there were frequent happy hours and just a general collegiality.

    Cons

    At the time of working there, the management was poor. Promotions were given to staff that were not competent and quite a bit of office politics. The average worker wasn't given many opportunities to excel or advance within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Management has changed since then, but the advice is always the same: Believe in the staff you hired, when you give them the ability to do the work, they will reward you with hard work. Also, make them feel valued.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Can you say, "Nepotism?""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation package. The compensation I was offered was competitive enough that negotiation wasn't necessary. In all fairness, it was an employee market.

    Cons

    The unjustified arrogance and superiority of leadership was both inappropriate and peculiar. I found them to be just plain odd: sophomoric, defensive, particularly passive-aggressive, condescending, noticeably shifty, antagonistic and, by far, the most dysfunctional environment I’ve ever been subjected too. Decisions were centralized to people who were ill equipped to make said decisions but because they were like ‘daughters’ to the owner, they were given free reign. Reign they would never have been granted in a moderately high functioning organization with real accountability and expectations. Owner was completely disconnected from the “cliquish” environment created rendering her useless as a resource. My skin still crawls when I think about my tenure there. Speculation regarding employment lawsuits from employees forced to quit were plentiful. Managers routinely threatened and tossed the weakest under the bus at every opportunity with no checks and balances. If you have reasonably high standards, work for this company at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    No advice you haven’t already heard and ignored. To my face, at that. Godspeed.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Overworked, quality product going downhill."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teaching Strategies full-time

    Pros

    -Great chance to offer still quality product to make a positive difference in education.
    -Still some small company values and bonuses.
    -Great benefits.
    -Dedicated people.
    -Great coworkers.

    Cons

    -Fast growing company with insane work loads.
    -New products not receiving the same quality standards.
    -Small company attitudes turning into large corp callousness.
    -Management can be a mix of hard to talk to and great to talk to. The hard to talk to outweigh those who are great.

    Advice to Management

    -Increase staff. Work loads are not manageable as is.
    -Don't let sales run your research and development. Move slower, and put the same care you put into your previous products.


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