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Vista Higher Learning Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  1. "Great atmosphere and co-workers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly office, healthy company"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time (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, despite industry struggles

    Just recently completed a company wide satisfaction survey, to uncover and address any issues

    As a small company, often allows individuals and relationships, rather than corporate policies to dictate
      - Accommodate requests to work from home (temporarily or long term)
      - Accommodate employee preferences (as possible) for workflow
      - Coworkers are generally friends after hours, and are encouraged to socialize across dept lines

    Ambitious coworkers; common for people to be pursuing higher ed degrees while working, side business projects or aspirations common

    I'm a relatively new hire finishing off about 6 months on the job. I'm very content in my position and haven't come across any major drawbacks.

    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

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic groups of people in challenging situations"

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

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time (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 are fun, and at times extravagant. There are renewed efforts to reward in office employees with perks like themed lunches, chair massages, and communicative meetings with management which will hopefully lead to some better morale.

    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 been a spectacular amount of turnover in middle management. That said, the soldiers on the ground are some of the best people I know, great workers, intelligent, kind, and a pleasure to work with.

    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 them be part of decisions to help build a stronger company. All the tools and solutions are here already. Use them.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    there are no good reasons to work here, glad i left when i did

    Cons

    a narrow minded and feeble executive team that bases decisions on whims and not on data or market analysis. No vision or leadership. President is out of touch and lacks strategic fortitude and his puppets are no better.

    Advice to Management

    none of them can be trusted


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Have a fall back plan."

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

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    Location in Boston is ideal with a comfortable, pleasant office setting. Great, if not best product on the market.

    Cons

    There are no leaders--just managers. Nearly impossible to affect change. There is a quantifiable absence of trust, lack of urgency and 'it's not my job' attitude that hinders progress. The owner.

    Advice to Management

    Be more pro-active rather than reactive 'as a manager. If you spent more time 'leading' than 'managing' you wouldn't have the constant turnover. You evidently have no problem dealing with that turnover on a regular basis, unless that is your goal?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome company to work for!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    The people, the work environment, the benefits, and much more. Love this place.

    Cons

    Owner could make more of an effort to get to know staff.

    Advice to Management

    More social company wide events


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic, Dysfunctional, Abusive"

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

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are highly-skilled, intelligent, professional, congenial, hard working, wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    Everything begins and ends with the ownership - see title of review.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to new leadership that has the professional (and social) competencies to retain some of the outstanding talent that the company loses on a regular basis. The place is like a revolving door and the leadership simply doesn't care.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Total disregard for employees"

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

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart talented coworkers passionate about language

    Cons

    The company's owner and upper management show complete and total disregard for employees. Letting people go with no notice is a common practice. They create a great product but it is not a humane place to work and your effort, talent, and time will be taken advantage of with little or no gratitude. There's been promises of change for years but nothing has changed.


  9. "Great company for hardworking, high-standards employees"

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

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    Great salaries and decent benefits. Management values staff opinions and projects are very collaborative. Good opportunities for advancement, especially for junior staff. Very high quality products. Leader in the vertical.

    Cons

    Complex processes and relatively light resources for size of company.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Managment and cuts corners"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I was initially hired, the team and Manager was fantastic. Worked well together. Then their were really good people let go.

    Cons

    New Manager was horrible. Did not and still does not know how to manage. He's lazy and is a "Yes Man". He is also a liar.

    Advice to Management

    Check their reference.


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