Udemy Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Feb 14, 2020

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Eng Team in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Udemy is a truly unique company to work for. Incredibly smart people who are working on complex, interesting problems. The company prides itself on its culture, and that is certainly a tone set from the top down. Tech bar is quite high and the Eng team is working on some super cool initiatives throughout the next year. Lots of cool, challenging problems to solve. Culture is one of transparency, being open to giving/receiving feedback, great work/life balance, strong leadership, and room for upward mobility.

    Cons

    Nothing that jumps out as of yet

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  2. "Great company that's going places"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People, Awesome mission, C-level is great

    Cons

    Work/Life balance Continual professional development Some questionable hires

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Incredible Culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very welcoming and nice coworkers (95% of the company) - Good work/life balance - Constant fun company events (trivia nights, pie making, Wellness day where you can take bar tending classes or cooking classes) - Free lunch Mon - Thu! - Very encouraging of learning (Udemy classes are all free, and many in-person classes are offered each quarter to better management style, achieve goals, etc) - Free medical! - Encouragement to take on extra projects that you're interested in

    Cons

    -During crunch times there will be a lot of hard work and you will have to stay within the main parameters of your job in order to get everything done, but when it slows down again you can pick back up on the extra projects you were taking hold of.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Udemy is great, I feel like I've learned so much here. They really foster an environment in which you can develop and grow. It's a flexible company with great work/life balance.

    Cons

    As with any startups there are some growing pains, some processes need to be more flushed out.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Hands-down my best employer"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    • Employees are smart and driven. The passion is palpable! I've been at many mission-driven education companies, but the people here are laser-focused on building the right business so we can keep improving lives through learning. • We have to solve some huge challenges in ed tech, but the collaborative environment makes it fun to work through the messy stuff together. • I feel supported to bring my authentic self to work. Our differences in background, experience, personality, etc are celebrated as our greatest strength. • We live our values. They aren't empty words that a bunch of execs created and hope we follow; they were generated by real employees and capture the existing spirit of our organization. • I have the tools and resources needed to succeed. We have some amazing managers and coaches here with their employees' best interest at heart, and our internal L&D team is stellar. • Excellent work/life balance. Because we are thoughtful about only scheduling meetings when we really need them, I have time during the day to actually get my work done and not drag it home every night. • Perks: great food, solid benefits, fun social events. These will never make up for a dysfunctional organization, but when the organization is awesome to begin with, they are icing on the (delicious) cake.

    Cons

    Naturally, the organization has evolved over time. Some of the processes we developed years ago are now outdated and inefficient. As we grow even more, we need to revisit and invest in internal changes that will allow splintered parts of the organization to work better together.

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  6. "Best College Gig Ever"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Product Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Udemy for less than a year

    Pros

    Work remotely and flexible hours.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines and poor work/ life balance due to remote work.

  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great Mission, But In Need of Better Senior Leadership"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Company & employees committed to “Improving Lives Thru Learning” mission - Great work-life balance - Friendly, inclusive, and transparent culture - UFB business consistently beating goals

    Cons

    - Consumer business focus steals spotlight from B2B business - A lot of executive turnover during the 12+ months I have been here and change management has been far worse than previous tech companies I have worked at - Majority of executives are mainly in seat due to tenure versus required ability - Below average pay makes it difficult for us managers to retain good talent - Company lacks systems and processes you would expect from a company of its scale - New CEO lacks charisma and clearly has never run a tech company before

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great product and mission"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and mission of the company. Lots of success stories on student and instructor side make the work even more meaningful. The company offers numerous perks and benefits that make the work environment pleasant. There are frequent employee trainings, events and field trips. Good work life balance and “nice” company culture.

    Cons

    The company is definitely experiencing growing pains and the way they are being handled is sometimes questionable. Some critical decisions are being made without involving stakeholders. CEO is not very present. Udemy for Business seems to be operating separately from the rest of the company. Lack of communication and coordination between departments can be sometimes frustrating.

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  9. Helpful (15)

    "Product has potential but company lacks ability to execute and innovate at speed"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Udemy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The people are generally nice and helpful. - The product has a great value proposition & is growing rapidly in international markets. Udemy for Business in particular has huge growth potential. - The company is headed for an exit in the next few years, and it's well funded. That means you get some of the excitement of being a "start-up" with very little of the risk. - Good work-life balance. - Unlimited vacation days (depends on the team if you can take them).

    Cons

    - Salaries are not competitive. - Because the culture is so "nice", people don't critique openly but instead torpedo projects silently. - Little appetite for risk - there is a preference to stick to tried and tested methods instead of trying new things. - The company is very political. There is a network of old-timers who have to be brought on board for new projects to take hold, no matter the merit of the idea. - Some members of (senior) management are in their position because of tenure, not because of skill; classic example of Peter Principle. This makes it difficult to hire for, and retain people in, positions that report directly to senior management since hires at times are more skilled than their managers. - Team culture varies greatly between teams; Udemy for Business (B2B) seems to have a better culture than Udemy (B2C). - Udemy's mission "Improve lives through learning" is not what the company ultimately focuses on. It is a market place model that measures success by number of courses on the platform and revenue, not by number of hours learnt or courses completed. - In general, processes are slow and driven less by outcome and more by consensus.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Udemy & EdTech = Inspiring Mission"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A progressive and open culture with an amazing mission. Democratizing Education! I love how our company is always on the side of social good with every step we make. Very transparent, collaborative, and fast-paced. Work-life balance!

    Cons

    401k match program is ok, but has room for improvement.

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