Teaching Strategies Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2020

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Pros
  • "excellent benefits and work-life balance(in 6 reviews)

  • "The product and Creative Curriculum brand is recognized and well respected among early childhood professionals(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Until the new leadership is up and running, there's a lot of work to be done and work / life balance could be better(in 6 reviews)

  • "The company will need to continue to evolve to maintain its success and that evolution may produce some growing pains along the way(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great mission, market leader, growth potential"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Product 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have been at Teaching Strategies for less than a year, but have been impressed with the passion of the employees as we serve one of the most important segments of our society - early education. The brand is well respected in the market, the product portfolio is diverse and the customer base is large. The team is focused on meeting the needs of our teachers and looking for additional ways to support them.

    Cons

    Education technology can be a difficult market and with past success comes current and future challenges. The company will need to continue to evolve to maintain its success and that evolution may produce some growing pains along the way.

  2. Helpful (6)

    "A joke of a company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Long Christmas vacation break and nothing else.

    Cons

    No one knows what they are doing. There is NO communication. There is NO training for any department. Department managers just do what they want without communicating with other departments or considering all outcomes which causes more work for everyone. If you do not agree with something, it's better to not address, they don't take helpful feedback well at all! Everything is so DIY and make up as you go along, it's insulting to ones time and efforts.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Bright future"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission driven, market leading growth company with talented staff, supportive culture, great benefits, and an exciting future.

    Cons

    Growing pains that are normal for a company this size. Certain departments are under resourced but that is being addressed. There have been some challenging transitions lately but overall things are moving in the right direction and the future is bright.

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Not perfect, but..."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I’ve worked for this company for almost ten years (over a 30 year career span) and while I cannot give it a five star rating, it has been a positive experience overall. The problems I’ve seen at this company have been typical of those at most of the companies I’ve worked for. They give us alot of time off, pay us well, and try to do little things to make it a fun place to work. They are constantly trying to improve benefits, give us opportunities for professional development and offer staff an open forum to be heard. The office space is beautiful, the Bethesda location is alot of fun, and most of the people in the company are really lovely to work with.

    Cons

    • The work pace can be aggressive. • Some teams are understaffed.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    "A lot of potential"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    • Talented, friendly people. There is a real "team" spirit, and everyone is willing to jump in and help out whenever it's needed. • Great mission. We're helping children all over the US get a better education and it's something you can feel good about when you go home at night. • Nice environment. The office is beautiful. (Looks more like a tech startup than an educational company) and located in the heart of Bethesda, close to shops and restaurants • Excellent benefits package. There's a small gym downstairs, some reimbursement for parking or commuting, nice health plan with dental and vision add-ons, and depending on your role there are teleworking opportunities. (The whole office is closed between Christmas and New Year's as well.) • Children first mentality. If you have a family issue, sick ones at home, etc. They're really understanding. They also make a big deal about "Take your child to work" day with lots of activities, etc. • New leadership. We have a lot of new people at the leadership level bringing a new vision and energy to the company.

    Cons

    • Disruption. The new leadership and constant changes have caused a lot of disruption. It will probably work itself out soon, but the leadership transition has affected morale. • Workload. The company is growing and sometimes expectations aren't realistic. Until the new leadership is up and running, there's a lot of work to be done and work / life balance could be better. • Understaffed. There's a focus on hiring the sales team but a lot of other support teams are understaffed, making the workload tougher on those teams. • Moving too fast. We sometimes focus more on getting a product out to our customers that we lose sight of the time needed to develop the product the right way.

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  6. Helpful (8)

    "Better Options Elsewhere"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teaching Strategies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Paid Holiday Break, cereal in the main area, MacBook computers provided, cell phone stipend.

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals! The main product they sell (Teaching Strategies Gold) stopped working in 2017 and as a result it caused the company to lose millions of dollars in potential sales. Customers lost all confidence in the product and made selling difficult. The sales team missed the yearly quota and as a result they had to fire nearly a quarter of the staff (not just sales). They expect you to make 60 customer interactions per day and they micro manage you if you do not hit the goal. The sales team has some great people on it, but half of the leadership team struggles to assist their employees. The market for selling curriculum is saturated, and nobody seems to have a good grasp on selling to the kindergarten market.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Strong mission and great colleagues"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -- Smart, friendly and collaborative colleagues. -- Great mission - I really feel like I'm making a difference. --I've been able to grow in a short period of time (but that's not the case for everyone.) --Flexibility - Ability to work from home or have a flexible schedule, when needed. --Professional Development - I've been given opportunities to take courses or attend conferences to expand professional knowledge. --Good time off - office is closed the week between Christmas and New Years, and we're often provided extra holidays though out the year.

    Cons

    --Moving too fast - We're so excited and anxious to get new resources to educators, that we sometimes don't take the time to properly vet products before release. --No cross-functional project management -Teams collaborate really well internally, but there's little project management across departments. --A lot to be done - most teams are understaffed for the amount of work there is, which often leads to overtime.

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "Great potential but sinking fast"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teaching Strategies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice office and paid holiday break

    Cons

    SLT team sucks! They do not have a clue on what they're doing. No growth potential at all. If you are liked by the CEO and other SLT members, you can go from a low level associate to director in a year without a drop of experience ! Moral sucks and there is no solution in sight expect to get rid of the entire SLT team. Do not work here!!!

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  9. Helpful (13)

    "A company that doesn't appreciate its workers"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits package is decent, the office is closed between Christmas and New Years Day, and the office is in a decent location if you can get to Bethesda.

    Cons

    This company is has a morale crisis on its hands that it seems to be blind too. The technology team is bleeding developers, people haven't been given raises or bonuses in years, and there was a mass firing several months ago. This company doesn't seem to understand how to make people feel good about working here. I think we are all tired of hearing the mission "it's for the children/teacher" touted over and over again. There has to be more motivation beyond that.

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  10. Helpful (12)

    "Downhill fast"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teaching Strategies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very Diverse. The company is made up of mainly minorities.

    Cons

    Management posts fake reviews to boost glass door ratings. No bonus or raises Promotions are based on who you know

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