Pros: cool office, great coworkers, meetings with beer
Cons: benefits are weak, not a lot of flexibility, no room for growth, unrealistic expectations
TakeLessons has gone through a cornucopia of changes in the past several years. We have grown the number of employees, and then we have chopped that number in half.
There is a lot a pressure to perform, but there is usually always celebration when you perform to your maximum potential.
Within the sales department, you are given goals, not quotas, – more... but it is made very clear that if you are not meeting your goal, you won't last very long in the company.
In the past 3 years, we've been given a raise once with no anticipation of when we will see another. Our commission structure has changed to now reward revenue collected rather than total number of sales, but upper management is still willing to bring down the axe on reps who are not bringing in a solid amount of sales, even when their total revenue collected is extremely high.
There isn't a lot of room for growth or advancement, which is something that is usually talked about. There's limited flexibility with scheduling and when you need to take time off for any particular reason, you are still responsible for meeting a monthly goal that assumes you will be working the entire month - this is very unrealistic.
However, the friends you will make here are ever-lasting. You will have the potential to work alongside one of San Diego's most successful CEO's and will learn a lot of valuable information around start-ups, business and technology.
This job is not for the light of heart and is for those with thick of skin. There is always a solid attempt to keep pushing the company to be the best that the company can be, but the internal stuff is usually the aspect of the business that is almost always over-looked. – less