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Working with Nursing Program Faculty
Nurse Educator Integration Specialist (Former Employee), Leawood, KansasJuly 15, 2014
Pros: progressive technology and cutting edge education principles
Cons: travel daily around the united states
Ascend Learning housed ATI Nursing Education, which created e-learning based state board of Nursing high stakes test preparation and review studies. I would work with Faculty on Curriculum Integration of these Nursing Education Programs. The most difficult problems I encountered in this position occurred when Faculty were unmotivated to learn new skills. – more... I have achieved success in converting even the toughest Faculty, given that the students excel when the faculty believe in these products and services. – less
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Fun place to work, with a good work/life balance
Student Success Coordinator (Current Employee), Leawood, KSJune 5, 2014
Ascend Learning can be a great place to work if you are in a successful business unit.
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Good place to work bad management.
Database Administrator/Intern, (July-August) (Former Employee), Leawood, KSFebruary 7, 2014
Pros: very fun and coworkers promote team effort they involve everyone.
Cons: no room for hiccups or understanding
I had lost my job due to my own mental health issues that were neglected as a child. I loved the job, but was never given a chance to take care of the issues then return. My boss was not easy to communicate with.
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Multi layered, faced paced environment with individual growth potential
Client Account Manager (Former Employee), Kansas City, KSJune 21, 2013
Pros: great benefits and bonus potential for meeting quotas
Cons: short staffed with a high rate of growth creating high stress
The daily routine consisted of reviewing and responding to approximately 30 to 50 emails from Education Institution Faculty and Internal Sales Education Specialists. Emails included but were not limited to: fulfillment of educational materials and testing for shipment, testing issues and website issues needing resolve, website navigation requests, analyzing – more... spreadsheet data in regards to class counts and sales numbers. Daily meetings with management and or Educational Sales Specialists. – less
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Fast paced environement striving for operational maturity
Techology & Operations Director (Current Employee), Leawood, KSJune 18, 2013
Pros: the industry focus and the people.
Cons: maturity of processes and procedures. constant change.
Ascend Learning capitalizes on three booming industries; health care, education, and technology. As a start up company, maturity in processes and procedures are limited but improving. Ascend has a challenging environment, many highly skilled individuals, and great potential.
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Poor executive leadership, poor (if any) bonuses, long hours
IT (Former Employee), Leawood, KSApril 15, 2013
Pros: good products (when they work)
Cons: long hours, no bonuses
Assessment Technologies had a great reputation with strong retention and great bonuses. New executive were hired and ATI was rename Ascend Learning. Frequent hiring followed by layoffs, out of control spending, and rumors of kickbacks to top execs. Very high turnover. Went through 3 programming teams in less than 2 years. Most of the talent has left – more... the company. – less
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Horrible Company
Manager (Current Employee), Leawood, KSMarch 7, 2013
Company values sound good on paper but the company's goals are unrealistic and unattainable. The leadership team are completely disconnected from the daily challenges faced by the employees. Internal employee resources (HR team/payroll) are inexperienced and unhelpful.
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No job security
Customer service (Former Employee), Leawood, KSFebruary 8, 2013
Pros: great healthcare benefits
Cons: no job security
Worst company I ever worked for. No formal training. Turn around of employees is high, no job security. Don't waste your time.
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Great place of employment but no job security
Executive Assistant (Former Employee), Leawood, KSJanuary 14, 2013
Pros: great office space and lunchroom.
Cons: no job security.
Provided complete staff support to 2 Executives: Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer along with each of their Managers.

Maintained both Executive’s calendar; schedule conference room reservations for strategy sessions. Review, reconcile and submit expense reports. Coordinate travel arrangements (airfares, rental cars, hotels). Serve – more... as liaison between executives, team members, contractors, departments and offices.

• Promoted in May, 2012 from Executive Assistant for the Research & Development Department to Executive Assistant of the Technology & Operations Department. While Supporting the Vice President of Research & Development, also supported 1 Executive Director, 20 Developers, 11 Nurses (Content Experts), 7 Psychometricians and 8 Researchers.

• Maintained Vice President of Research & Development’s calendar, scheduled meetings, reserved conference rooms, scheduled travel, catered various meetings and events.

• Planned, coordinated and managed budget details of yearly Research & Development Summit (team meeting that included 90+ team members nationwide).

• Managed details of Item Writing Workshops involving 100+ nurses and doctors to travel to Kansas City to offer their services as content experts for Ascend’s medical educational materials.

• Coordinated recurring bi-monthly Bias Reviews for nursing educational testing materials.

• Scheduled Item Writing and Item Review meetings (approximately 6 meetings per week) to include 2 nurses (content experts), 1 Psychometrician and 1 Developer for each meeting.

• Processed contractual content expert invoices for Item Writing and Item Review meetings.

• Initiated and tracked all Subject Matter Expert letters (content expert contractors) for 6 of the 9 business units (NHA-National HealthCareer Association, ATI-Assessment Technology Institute, ExamFX, NASM-National Academy of Sports Medicine and ClickSafety).

• Managed the processing and filing of content expert security agreements, W-9s and New Vendor Request forms for all contractors. – less
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This company thrives on personal responsibility
Media Developer (Former Employee), Leawood, KSJanuary 7, 2013
Pros: no vacation policy.
Ascend is a value driven company. Employees are respected and treat others with respect. Ideas are valued and courage is important.
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Management completely out of touch with reality
Editor (Former Employee), Burlington, MANovember 6, 2012
Pros: acceptable compensation, excellent benefits, good location
Cons: unrealistic deadlines, disorganized management, high stress, poor morale, dysfunctional corporate culture
Ascend Learning acquired Jones & Bartlett, and some of the changes were good: better pay, liberal sick leave and vacation policy, vastly improved location. But overall, the company is a mess, and most of the problems stem from management. My coworkers and immediate supervisor were fantastic: personally dedicated (even when receiving no recognition or – more... reward from the company) and extremely knowledgeable.

However, the amount of new products the company plans each year is completely out of touch with staffing levels and how much an editor can do in a day. Management consistently underestimates how long a product will take to develop, despite previous experience with projects of the same size. Editors have no additional resources to turn to; you either get the job done yourself, or you get called on the carpet. Several personally and professionally dysfunctional publishers are entrenched and are considered "untouchable". Communication between editorial, production, marketing, and acquisition departments is poor, and continues to deteriorate. Editors know that reporting delays or problems only results in micromanagement and doubts about that editor's abilities, so weekly status report meetings are tense, long, and unproductive. New procedures are constantly being introduced, but never fully implemented. Employees have learned to just ignore a new procedure until it fails and goes away.

Training is inadequate, because your manager, who is expected to train you, also has a full load of projects to develop and cannot devote the time. Coworkers would be happy to help, but they're so overloaded that everyone has their head down from 8 to 6 every day, and they take work home besides, so you go a whole day and realize you haven't said good morning or good bye to a single person.

I learned a lot about various industries and about educational publishing in general at Ascend Learning, but, overall, that knowledge came with an unacceptable amount of stress and sleepless nights. Ascend Learning is one of those proudly self-described "fast-paced, high-growth companies" that fuels its profits by burning out its hardest-working employees. – less

About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning is a world-leading education technology company serving healthcare and other high-growth career industries. We – Read more