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The Gottman Institute Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company full of warm caring people. TGI is on a trajectory for solid growth and expansion into new markets"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Gottman Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent research based skills and tool for couples. It really feels good to be part of an organization that is trying to do good in the world.

    Friendly office culture full of young, smart, and hard working people.

    Enormous opportunity for growth both personally and professionally

    Cons

    While the culture is rapidly transitioning in the direction of a young and fun office environment, there are still a few older people at the offices who are impeding this transition by layering bureaucracy and negativity into the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technology, rebuild your website because right now it is super slow and get someone who knows what they are doing to manage and upkeep it


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Relationship Company that doesn't practice Healthy Relationships"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Gottman Institute part-time

    Pros

    The research is solid but not current.

    Cons

    Does not value employees nor their families. No personal boundaries. Run by 2 old married couples (mid 60's - late 70's) without business experience. Trying to make a relationship company into a tech company. Challenging work environment with nepotism.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful and worthy cause, but the business is about 25 years behind the times. Frustrating place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The best thing about the Gottman Institute is the philosophy/method (based on the research of Dr. John Gottman and the clinical expertise of Dr. Julie Gottman) on which the Institute was established.

    Cons

    Fear is the dominating factor on the business end of TGI - huge fear of technology, fear of progress, fear of success. Although the company is built on a very strong concept based on the work of amazing people, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the business end of things is a disaster, with extremely weak leadership, next to no technical knowledge (or curiosity), and no forward movement. Put simply: nothing gets done, even though people are constantly scrambling and frantic.

    The people (the "workers") are great and hugely knowledgeable -- if only management and "leadership" would step aside and let the workers be the leaders, as they are the ones who really understand technology, business, and what it will take to be successful in 2011. Management has a very top-down, condescending attitude towards workers, so this is unlikely to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an outside CEO (not yet another family member) who really understands the current business, technology, marketing, and social media environment. Trust this person, step aside, and let him/her lead and grow the business. You were heading in a good direction when you hired outside consultants. Invite them back and listen to them this time.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very worthy cause, challenging employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    the products and services we provide are outstanding in quality and effectiveness, life changing for customers and clients

    Cons

    very small, family operated company. lack of business experience in executive branch makes sustainable growth a challenge. lack of skill in supervising, mentoring, managing staff limits job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    play to the strengths of each person on staff, have realistic expectations regarding workloads and timeframes for tasks/projects. set people up to succeed and provide the tools needed to get the job done well.


  6. "Data Analyst"

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

    Pros

    The Institute has a very friendly atmosphere, the accounting department is very efficient and prompt. Dr. Gottman is great to work for, very enthusiastic and in love with his work.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons, working from home, flexible hours.


  7. "Asst director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Gottman Institute part-time

    Pros

    camraderie, care about people. Gottmans' research changes people's lives for the better

    Cons

    Family run business that doesn't always make decisions based on information presented


  8. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Gottman Institute part-time

    Pros

    Flexible small company that does great work to help couples

    Cons

    Small family run company, transitions