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Vista Higher Learning Reviews

Updated December 8, 2016
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  1. "Good place for folks passionate about language learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bright colleagues
    Chance to grow with business - broaden from narrow publishing background
    Successful business

    Cons

    Narrow market segment in publishing

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Owner has little regard for employees and dismisses people in spite of their superior performance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Staff is very competent and mission-driven. The office is in a nice neighborhood.

    Cons

    The owner infantilizes and disrespects his employees, pitting senior managers against each other and creating an atmosphere of fear. Senior leaders with quantifiable, consistent business results, who are respected by their teams, are let go for no apparent reason. What is expected in a normal business environment - that a leader makes rational business decisions regarding growth plans, goals and resource management, that employees apply creativity and initiative, that rules are applied consistently to all employees -- are all absent here. Many have compared it to a dictatorship, because punishment can come swiftly and unexpectedly, while colleagues are expected to continue on as if nothing happened.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Vista Hire Turnover"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Pros

    One star for nice office and most people. If you have an interview, note the red flags from who is interviewing you as they will be easy to spot. As much as they like to believe, most of management is actually not smart at all. This provides for great interview practice, especially when you ask about Glassdoor. If you get hired, you will learn a lot about Colombia.

    Cons

    First, please look at the high number of other scathing reviews, each person has had their own experiences. No one legitimate makes good reviews, the company has to make fake reviews instead of actually improving the situation.

    Now, the company loses four stars for many reasons. There are no career opportunities, proper guidance, or any advancement; there is survival. Also, prepare to use your skills to the minimum. The compensation and benefits are alright next to other publishers, but can be better. There is no work/life balance, people have been asked to come in during snowstorms, required to miss lunch, and had to fight for certain benefits that affects their families. A list of values is supposed to be maintained, but most will experience the bitter opposite.

    Most of senior management is an absolute joke. Everyone from directors to interns are mistreated. As the company culture is based on fear, a person leaves weekly one way or another. The tremendous turnover causes most employees to want to leave shortly after they were hired.

    Advice to Management

    Management, do your job and manage. HR, do not write up Glassdoor reviews hinting at a false positive environment, but handle the rampant mismanagement instead.

    Everyone, respect and treat your colleagues well - what goes around, comes around.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not Stable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning full-time

    Pros

    nothing really. they pay well, I guess

    Cons

    product: recycles product, so there is really nothing "new"
    revolving door of employees


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Very dissapointing"

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

    I worked at Vista Higher Learning (More than a year)

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    Management needs training on how to be a proper Manager. HR. will not back you up!!!i if you don't suck up to Mgmt., you will be a former employee very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Take advantage of the tremendous talent you have in place.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Don't recommend unless you have no other option"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Beautiful office, convenient location, interesting industry

    Cons

    Really strange place and office culture lunch meetings are scheduled without regard for whether or not you eat


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Talented people in the wrong place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with talented people who care about what they do. Smaller sizes allows for the potential to work with many areas of the company.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy hobbles what should be a more nimble company. Management not doing all they can to provide an innovative workplace for employees.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good place for young people entering into publishing."

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

    Pros

    Energetic environment. Employees really care about what they do and why they are doing it. Employees do many different tasks so it's a great place to start out and gain lots of experience.

    Cons

    Management is not in touch with employees and the day to day needs of the company. Employees are not treated with equality. Personal integrations play a large part in how you well or not well you do at this company. Experience is not always a good trait as they sometimes want to mold employees in their own way and not build on experience.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Take advantage of the tremendous talent you have in place. Allow middle managers to shine and do what they do well - you have some exceptional people and you should use that talent to improve the product and the environment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "High Performing Publishing Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vista Higher Learning full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate team of employees
    Best in class products
    Small company work environment
    Smart colleagues
    Commitment to leading technology

    Cons

    Growing pains associated with a maturing organization

    Advice to Management

    Talk more about organizational vision
    Flow more communication down through organization


  11. Helpful (18)

    "A company you survive."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    VHL is a profitable company that has industry leading products driving its growth.

    Cons

    It would be impossible to cover all of VHL's faults in a single review but I will attempt to cover the more critical ones. First and foremost VHL is a company that instills fear in employees by creating an environment where everyone is in constant fear of losing their job or losing favor of senior management (namely the CEO). All employees are seen as expendable, and not an asset that brings value to the company.

    Second, VHL operates on a predatory business model that attempts to exploit people through low wages, long hours and the use of temporary employment agencies for any and all positions it can.

    Third, as expressed by other reviewers, the CEO works to undermine the efforts of his employees by constantly second guessing them and leaving them in a state of self doubt. Time and time again he will commit to a strategy and than abandon it on a whim. This leads his senior management to do anything they can to win his favor in order to remain secure in their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Every day that you become a "better" manager a VHL you become a worse manager at any other company.



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