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Turning Technologies Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Free parking, modern office, decent pay (in 8 reviews)

  • I started at entry-level and am now middle management making a great living for the Mahoning Valley (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor leadership in executives, upper management and HR (in 11 reviews)

  • Base compensation is low for sales people, but the unlimited commissions are great for anyone wanting to work for it (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great working environment"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Support Specialist in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Information Technology Support Specialist in Youngstown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Turning Technologies part-time

    Pros

    This was a temporary position as a I.T. student support employee. Great people and work environment. They are helpful and work well with their employees. Provide good training.

    Cons

    Can get busy during the season because it's a call center.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Could have been better pay."

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Youngstown, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Staff was very easy to get along with.
    - Paid for most of school.
    - Paid holidays and PTO was very reasonable.

    Cons

    - Unless you were in with someone, it was just about impossible to move up.
    - Lack of respect from C levels towards the hardworking staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Dr TR, she's holding you back.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Get out why you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can make it into the popular crowd your drinks at the bars are on the company credit card.

    If you work in sales and management likes you, you can get your bonus even if you don't make your sales goal.

    Company pays for parking.... that's about it.

    Cons

    Company will be sold off soon so get out why you can.

    Poor leadership in executives, upper management and HR.

    HR department is completely unprofessional. Nothing is confidential.

    Company sets unrealistic goals for sales staff which means they never reach the revenue goal, but lets sales spend money on non-necessities.

    Poor pay rates unless you are an executive/management or have some kind of in with them. It is one big popularity contest. It doesn't matter how hard you work, how long you have been with the company, what your education is... promotions are not based on merit, but who you go out drinking with.

    Management will give you more and more work, well beyond any one single persons capacity, expect you to do it with no questions asked and without a raise or a promotion.

    It is a tech company with no QA department???

    IT department is under staffed and lacking experience. They use IT interns for everything and it takes at least 3 tries to get any computer issue fixed.

    Management caters to sales and R&D. The administration staff gets all the work dumped on them and they get paid the least.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.

    Hire/Promote staff based on merit and experience.

    Pay a decent wage.

    Create a proper on-boarding process for new hires.

    Stop paying for school for employees who just up and leave when they graduate. Invest in training/education for employees who actually stick around and would add value to your company (never did see a return on investment for all those R&D conferences every year).

    Stop letting your staff go to bars in downtown Youngstown or on business trips and get drunk on your dime.

    TREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES WITH RESPECT


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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Pumped up kicks and inflated bangs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Turning Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Pros: if you want a job sitting in air conditioning, a decent building and surfing the internet for 8 hours and getting paid- this is the ticket! If you're lucky you'll get invited into the clique and asked to join for smoke breaks and drinks after 430 on a Friday. 5 if you're dedicated.

    Another pro: If you're not qualified, don't worry. It's all about who you know to get there. Don't have a degree in marketing?Or HR? Or software development? That's ok. You'll fit in. Just have a pack a cigarettes handy and taste for Miller Lite/Chopin/Captain Morgan. Be sure to attend all Christmas parties, and all company outings. Layoffs happening because budgets are tight? that's ok, we're still going to eat as a team. Be a team player.

    And if you're worried about the software crashing and your customers getting upset, that's ok, they take care of it. How, you ask? By laying off Quality Assurance. If you're a manager, you may even get to lay people off your very first week! It's part of the initiation.

    It's really all in a days work, and it's Youngstown, will you be able to find anything better? Ttech doubts that. This is the HR motto- we're best you can get around here. Well, slightly above Walmart. Maybe a close second in terms of job security.

    Cons

    Results in working at Ttech include and are not limited to:
    1-Weight Loss from traveling: the per diem ensures you'll be able to order at least 2 bottle waters and if you're lucky the plane ride will offer some nuts. Otherwise it's crackers via the per diem.
    2-lung issues from smoke breaks required to stay in the know
    3-hangovers from unofficial/official company outings
    4-stress induced issues due to lack of quality assurance team as they've all been sacked from the last release
    5-Growth of nose/increase of guilt from constant exaggeration in forecasting/preselling and new product outcomes
    6-Hearing loss due to calls by bookstores attempting to return massive order they were talked into in order to meet sales goals and now have overage in stock, and management stating they are not to return.
    7-Having to sneak to cars frequently while interviewing for next position. They let you park close so you're going to have lay on the floor of your back seat while you tell the next job you're just "look to increase your resume and experience."

    Advice to Management

    Have you ever seen Frozen? Let it goo, let them goooo! Can't take it anymore... Seriously. Let. it. go. Should of sold this baby when she was worth something to a book publisher. Now, there are no publishers (not selling printed books my friends) and there is zero use for clickers. Even AFV has moved on. It's time.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "re: Dying tool"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Turning Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees still around believe in the product
    Classroom engagement still exists
    CEO is involved....but mainly to keep an income.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Outdated product
    Poor sales model
    Poor pay for sales people
    Country thinking --not open to new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Sale the product to a big publisher that can invest in the product and distribute it properly. Charging for a clicker these days is outdated....product needs to be tied to content in a learning management system. I give Turning maybe another year to survive.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong in America Higher Edu, professional, stable, reliable and user friendly software when user use MS PowerPoint. It doesn't take much time to know how to use the solution

    Cons

    There is not too many new products or solutions. There are many competitors for mobile audience response system in K-12 market, some are free, no Apps installation is required.

    Advice to Management

    Need more new products solution development to create new markets, and getting more strategic partners to bundle the solution together


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevens, PA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Turning Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong company with excellent vision for its time.

    Cons

    Very challenging product development strategies.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Turning...To Garbage"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    "The best reason to work at Turning Technologies is" ...SAID NO ONE EVER

    Cons

    Want to feel worthless? Get paid an insulting salary? Be disposed of at any time? Well then Turning is the place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on being self-absorbed and more on the value of your employees


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting group of people and positive out look.

    Cons

    Not sure if clickers are the future of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Imagine a company with good pay, solid upper management and fairness. Now imagine the complete opposite: that's Turning."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Youngstown, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Turning Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's not as bad as being stabbed with a broken bottle, which is entirely possible in the surrounding area. It also makes all other jobs seem much better than they may be.

    Cons

    Pay, management, location, open floor plan, management, management, management, management. Also, management.

    You'll be hard-pressed to find a more toxic environment. Contributions aren't recognized. Blame is always shifted. Somehow the same management team remains and the same mistakes are made. Somehow, none of it sticks to the C-level monkeys running the show.

    Management is not only clueless, but they're arrogant. They never realized they were lucky to get into a niche market at the perfect time. They ignored their monumental flaws, rather than address them. When a surfer grabs an amazing wave, he rides it and then paddles to the next one. Management at TT rode that wave, took credit for the wave itself and when they made it back to shallow water, they had no clue where to paddle next. It's never dawned on them that they just happened to be in the right place at the right time and paddled. To look at it this way, the leader of the flea circus started seeing the fleas.

    The idea of TurningPoint and clickers was copied from other companies. The idea was someone else's brain child, but Turning had a better logo and a sexier coat of paint on theirs. TT has never done anything original or innovative. Ever. It's both sad and amazing that a company had such a peak based on smoke and mirrors. Since then, it's been a myriad of bad products, both poorly thought through and broken.

    If I haven't made it clear, you should NOT work here unless you're desperate. You should still take the 30-40% higher salaries in Pittsburgh and drive an hour, desperate or not. Everyone who's left has made the same comments: weight lifted off their chest, no more daily dread, feel free, making a lot more money, etc.

    Last thing, look at the reviews. A lot of 1's that just happen to be offset by a lot of 5's. Sort them by date and notice a trend. A couple of bad reviews and within a couple of weeks, a couple of excellent reviews come in to balance them out. This trend occurs several times and a few of the excellent reviews talk about how great the communication is and they need to weed out the "few" negative people. Please, when you're going to post BS reviews, try to be less obvious. Then again, what else would I expect from that management team besides poor execution of an even poorer plan.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe it's time to quit your day job and get back to running hell.


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