Starfish and Naviance Support Intern (Former Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – February 7, 2018
Hobsons was a great place to work at. The management cared about the success of those underneath them and it was a very collaborative environment. I learned a great deal of information regarding high school and college blackboard systems and everything that goes into making them successful. I was also able to learn how to best deal with clients on minor issues and major issues. Overall it was a great place to work and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this line of work.
Marketing (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – January 19, 2018
Nice culture, but goes through many re-structuring and downsizing. There have many "reorganizing" attempts and bringing in outside consultants, resulting in premature (in my opinion) elimination of departments. So many good employees that were key contributors to the company's success were let go and others started to jump ship because of the instability.
Account Executive (Current Employee) – Arlington, VA – October 16, 2017
The company has undergone many changes and layoffs in the last year. It used to be a fun place to work, but now the morale is very low. The office location is great. However, there is very little room for career development and advancement.
Director Global Events (Former Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – October 11, 2017
Hobsons was once a great place to work but is currently going through a lot of change. Ownership company, DMGT, is dictating most of the changes and not allowing management much room to make their own adjustments. Overtime it will return to its glory but it is currently in the middle of transition.
Great young professional atmosphere. Loved working there. Downside that my position was on contract so if the contract is not resigned...it's a wrap. Great benefits and culture. Leadership hard to come by. Definitely would go back if I had the chance.
Lead Network/Systems Engineer (Current Employee) – Arlington, VA – May 19, 2017
Only thing constant at Hobsons is Change. Management tries too many thing and fails every time. Different parts of the business are in different places. There are a few product lines still experiencing tremendous growth. There is one product line that is declining and that has led to some cuts. I've seen a lot of good people moved to new roles for the growing business lines when possible, but we have lost some good people. That's tough, but it's not an indicator for the overall business. I think a lot of these reviews are folks that were recently let go and there are some fair points in some of the reviews, but a lot of them are coming from disgruntled people with a skewed perspective. I've worked for a lot of companies and all have challenges. Hobsons is far less-troubled than many other companies.
Client Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – May 17, 2017
The work overall at Hobsons is not hard. It's much easier when people are willing to help (depends on who is asking), as the software can be hard to navigate.
Training is slightly less than adequate, but again, if you can get help after, it will be much easier.
It can be petty and cliquey most days. Unfortunately if you are not part of the clique then management will simply get rid of you. Your job performance really does not matter.
I actually had one woman in my department who decided that she hated me so much she would pretend to be deaf to avoid helping me with questions, and the only time she ever said good morning was the day after everyone was informed I would be leaving. She said good morning with such gusto to let me know she was very happy about that.
Plenty of companies provide the same if not better vacation, healthcare etc, so unless it was across the street from my apartment, I would not recommend them to anyone.
Professional Services (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – January 18, 2017
This company and it's benefits are quite good on paper - telecommuting, 401k matching, commuter benefits, gym discounts, tuition reimbursement. The issues lie in the constantly shifting goals of the company. There are a lot of departmental shakeups, and it's hard to think of a future here when upper management are constantly changing it's focus.
Manager (Current Employee) – Sharonville, OH – January 1, 2017
Great place to work. Worked with some great people over the years. As the company has changed I felt like I have progressed with the company. I wish it many more years of positive growth and prosperity.
Instructional Designer/Trainer (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – October 31, 2016
Hobson was a great place to work. My career blossomed at Hobson because I believed in my gifts and talents and made sure I took advantage of opportunities. Professional development was the employee's responsibility at Hobson. My job titles were always deceiving because I found myself always doing more than one job which is why I progressed but that was not good enough when it came time to save my job. All of the speciality work, long hours, multiple projects was not good enough. I was told simply my job was redundant. This is not exactly the case since the job I was doing for Hobson which was Managing, Creating, Editing and Publishing all help content for external clients and internal employees. I was the only person in the company handling this functionality. So much so I was not actually able to dive as much as I wanted to into my real job responsibility during normal work hours but spent a lot of time working after hours. However, with all that, I loved the work I did at Hobsons and had extreme gratification in the level of work I produced.
Support Staff (Current Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – October 26, 2016
This company is a joke! What used to be a family oriented culture is now a BIG corporation who only cares about their bottom dollar. Every year they reorganize and people are hired and fired. They never seem to know what they are doing structurally. Employees are always on edge about their job security. Hard work is not appreciated whatsoever. Employee retention means nothing to this company even for those who have given 15+ years of their lives to them. Management is extremely fake.....they tell you what you want to hear and then stab you in the back at any given time. This company is very cliqueish and has alot of gossipers and folks who spend more time on social media and stirring the pot than they do on their jobs. You cannot trust anyone. If you arent willing to kiss butt and work 12-15 hour days.....DO NOT even think about applying.
Benefits are good but not worth what is expected.
Cannot trust anyone, managers are fake, no concern for employees, too many restructures, no job security, etc.
Receptionist (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – September 15, 2016
Great place to work. Modern decor. Perfectly geared towards a youthful environment. I enjoyed the creative activities, the annual awards ceremony, and the innovate ways of working. Management was very receptive to change. The hardest part was managing time. The most enjoyable part was interaction with co-workers.
I started out at Hobsons as a temp that filled in during absenses (very short term stuff) but it was such a good fit that I ended up getting a full time position.
The culture here is great - you really get to feel connected to your coworkers and there are a lot of fun events like cook-offs thoughout the year and a beer cart on Fridays (the proceeds from these events goes towards our philanthropy).
I directly assist the executive team and a handful of VPs and they have been great to work with. Our leadership team really cares about education and helping students succeed.
The benefits are great - including a large number of PTO from the very beginning. We also have a casual dress code - you can wear jeans! It makes me feel a lot more comfortable during the day, it's a little thing but it makes me not count down the hours until I can go home and change.
I just can't say enough good things about this company. I love working here!
Philanthropic, leadership really cares about education, free lunches, fun events, comfortable environment, great people
Front-End Support Analyst - Temporary (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – October 11, 2014
In a typical work day, I would assign myself Project Tasks from the Front-End Development Services queue in Salesforce. I learned to handle large tasks and manage my time effectively. My coworkers and I would share our experiences and the good practices that we learned. The job proved to be most challenging in the peak period of July through August. The most enjoyable part of the job was the personal and professional satisfaction of having completed a task or case with the highest level of quality and client satisfaction possible. It was easily the most productive, supportive, and efficient work environment I have experienced.
free team-building lunches, supportive environment cultivated by management
being a temporary contract position, there were (understandably) no health benefits