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Vista Higher Learning Reviews

Updated Nov 5, 2018

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Jon Aram
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Brilliant, passionate people, still figuring out how to become a technology company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Genuinely unique, high quality products. Lots of exciting technology and opportunities you'd normally have to go to an enormous company to get. * Diverse workplace. Racial and cultural diversity company-wide is high, tech team actually has lots of women on it. Not a standard techie culture -- way more pleasant. * People are passionate and invested in their work. The company is actually pretty small, but takes on a...

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    Cons

    * Privately owned company that will always be somewhat beholden to the whims of the owner. * Struggling to integrate old-school publishing culture with modern tech needs.

    Advice to Management

    * Catch up to recruiting and quality of life standards in the tech industry. Flexible WFH policy, competitive salaries, improve workplace physical infrastructure. * Invest in young people in tech and editorial who have the vision to bridge the gap between the two sides of the company. * Address understaffing issues in engineering, accounting & product. * Take a serious look at the role marketing dept plays and...

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    Vista Higher Learning2018-09-25
  2. Helpful (2)

    "A decent company in a good position to become a great company."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Small company where you have the potential to make a difference. - Profitable - Well-defined niche (language learning) - Smart & talented co-workers - Yearly bonus (dependent on sales) - A nice, accessible location in Copley Square in Boston

    Cons

    - As with many print-publishing companies with a tech component, change comes slowly sometimes. - Has trouble holding onto good people in some areas. - Coordination between departments could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    - Be more proactive about ergonomics. - Telecommunications setups in meeting rooms need better consistency and reliability. - The content pipeline needs work. - Recruit like we WANT to hire people! - Pursue fewer projects, with more depth. - Invest more in product design.

    Vista Higher Learning2018-11-05
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Requires growth"

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

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    - Does textbook publishing well. Has kept ahead of much larger competitors through innovative instruction and design of printed materials. - Has niche in market cornered. Has seen growth year over year for many, many years. - Some leaders are real rockstar quality. Some leaders show a real focused attitude towards problem solving and person-to-person management.

    Cons

    - Across the organization people are adverse to change and are not flexible. New ideas are met with skepticism and shock. - Owner has not kept up with wider world of technological advancement or management. While company has been successful in its small niche, it is one technological disruption away from folding. - Recruitment strategy is non-existant. Teams grow in departments that are already large while...

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    Advice to Management

    VHL needs to reassess its strategic vision from the top down. It's incredibly unclear what the priorities are year to year and how decisions and projects made by or delegated by leaders fit within any plan. The silos that are present department to department are a result of members of the Senior Leadership Team fighting it out for the attention and adoration of the founder, Jose. A strategy that guides the company...

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    Vista Higher Learning2018-10-10
  4. Helpful (3)

    "It's Alright"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, diverse, small enough to produce real change, good people.

    Cons

    The wrong people are running the place. There are always too many people involved in all aspects of every decision which makes progress very s l o w.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees.

    Vista Higher Learning2018-07-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with a bright future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven company full of passionate and talented people. Deep commitment to product quality, innovation and customer needs. Actively investing in the future. Numerous opportunities for impact, growth and development

    Cons

    High expectations. Must be willing to stretch into new challenges.

    Vista Higher Learning2018-07-13
  6. "Not so friendly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning for less than a year

    Pros

    Getting to learn a new language and be with people who speak it natively

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Not much of a team player everyone is out do each other

    Advice to Management

    More team involvement to bring the different departments together it seems like high school very cliquey

    Vista Higher Learning2018-03-28
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most of the employees are nice.

    Cons

    The management cannot be trusted and will pull the rug out from under employees. Creates a hostile and suspicious culture and lowers morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoritism and be a little transparent. If employees can trust management, they're more loyal and it will slow the high turnover there.

    Vista Higher Learning2017-12-12
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great atmosphere and co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, annual merit-based raises, bonuses, and company-sponsored perks. Beautiful workspace and a good group of colleagues.

    Cons

    Communication from higher ups (regarding terminations, big company changes) has been weak in the past, but they've taken in the feedback and they are making an effort to turn this around.

    Advice to Management

    Keep asking for feedback from workforce and continue efforts to open up communication. It's working.

    Vista Higher Learning2017-10-15
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Friendly office, healthy company"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Comfortable office, centrally located Nice perks (office lunches, massages, exercises classes) Very good health insurance Good-natured, interesting coworkers (often hear discussions of upcoming travel plans, recent trips to theater, book clubs, office fantasy sports competitions, etc.) Diverse work environment (several bilingual and/or international workers) Very successful and stable sales as a company,...

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    Cons

    In-house CEO so management decisions are made quickly - Can have very abrupt change in personnel - Sudden reverses of policies or norms In particular, poor communication surrounding dismissed employees. Communications with upper management and/or between departments can sometimes be rather opaque Like most companies, occasional clash of strong personalities

    Vista Higher Learning2017-09-11
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Fantastic groups of people in challenging situations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Vista is a historically very successful company filled with passionate, fun interesting, eccentric, kind people. 90% of the people here are delightful. The product itself is fantastic and well received by almost all prospective customers. Within individual departments, the "small company" team like structure has built some very special, close knit, family type relationships. The office is beautiful, meetings and outings...

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    Cons

    The Leadership team has trouble connecting with, listening to, and respecting the massive amount of talent they have at their disposal. There seems to be a wall between the people in charge and the people on the ground, that is at times insurmountable. This can be very frustrating when decisions are made at the top that affect everyone, without consideration of consequences for their employees. As a result, there has...

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    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the negativity that's out there, and recognize the potential you have in your greatest resource: your employees! Go beyond free lunch and beautiful parties and make people feel valued by listening, respecting and responding to their concerns and ideas. Just listening is not enough, sometimes you actually need to follow through. Trust the vast well of experience you have in your lower level employees and let...

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    Vista Higher Learning2017-08-18
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