Enrollment Coordinator (Former Employee) – Novato, CA – August 5, 2018
I was invited to coke back to sell again. Their training process is good and they provide you with all the materials you'll need to be successful. Apparently their brochures can be a little misleading for some potential customers because people would call and then be surprised when there was a price for the program.
Summer Reading Teacher (Current Employee) – Baton Rouge, LA – June 29, 2018
I consider this my regular summer job. Teaching reading classes over the summer to little kids is the perfect break from teaching high school science. In a typical day, I will commute 15 minutes to 2.5 hours to the teaching site, teach 2-4 lessons to children in Kindergarten through high school, and return home to enter classroom data, update inventory, and pack the car for the next day. Because the Institute puts together engaging lessons for every class, I am able to enjoy my summer vacation when I'm not actively teaching classes - and the classes themselves are generally lively and entertaining.
fair compensation for all expenses associated with job, opportunity to travel, work with families who value reading
short breaks between classes, tons of boxes around the house all summer
While being in the classroom with the kids was fun and productive, the required training and lessons are overly planned and 'processed' with little room for individualization or true engagement with the materials. There is no room for students or teachers to really dive into materials, if you plan on staying on track with IRD's strict lesson plans. Compensation was not as much as promised, and issues with tax forms caused quite an issue for me in the long run. Most problematic was the high-ups' general cult-like attitude to individuals and their concerns. Though my direct supervisor was nice, I would not recommend the company.
Enrollment Coordinator (Former Employee) – Honolulu, HI – June 11, 2018
I enjoyed working here. You just need to stick to the script and your life will be much easier. Listen to your managers when they critic you because it will only make you better. I did pretty well in the beginning and it kinda sloped down from there. Not really sure what happened. But overall good experience fair pay and you can actually sleep at night knowing you've helped a family better their kids about their reading development.
calls get dropped, sometimes they can't hear you(super annoying)
Sales (Former Employee) – Dana Point, CA – May 22, 2018
Positives: Good, extensive training that prepared you well for the job. Nice trainers that were qualified to handle all questions for the most part and prepared you quite well for the job requirements. Not too stressful of a sale as you were working with parents mostly who wanted to help their kids improve their reading skills. Pretty fun script that made it easy to talk with people and handle objections.
Negatives: They quickly wanted me to change over to a different sales position that required more training after only a few weeks of getting familiar with my first position. If I didn't take the position, I could't work there anymore.
Enrollment Coordinator (Former Employee) – Home Based – May 21, 2018
Went through training 6 days which could have been 2-3, follow a script that is actually pretty good, get captures, get sales, you are rated poorly for things not in your control, phones getting disconnected, teachers calling for info, language barriers, people calling in with wrong number, etc...management does not care about these things. You can do everything correct and be let go for circumstances out of your control. You are merely a temporary number, not a person. Like working for the Stepford Wives-Robots. I started there 24 days ago and still have not received my paycheck and interviewed 46 days ago, so if you can wait that long for a check or longer, who knows- what to expect on the paycheck?, they tell me it was sent out in the mail 10 days ago.
You are merely a number, low pay, very poor evaluation approach
Customer Service & Sales (Former Employee) – Remote – May 20, 2018
Very nice staff working over early spring into summer for a reading enrichment program. Easy sales excellent pay and incentives. The customers and the staff are very pleasant to work with and all training is provided via webex
Enjoyed working there multiple years in a row. Good part-time or seasonal option.
Enrollment Coordinator Sales Division (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – December 19, 2017
Enjoyed working there multiple years in a row. Good part-time or seasonal option.Very good training, yet fast-paced. It is highly recommended you preview the material prior to training each day and practice it on your own to be more successful and comfortable in the job.
flexible work schedules, you choose your hours and days, you are often times invited back each new sales season
nothing out of the ordinary for the nature of the job being that it is seasonal and temporary, no benefits or paid time off, for example
Enrollment Coordinator (Former Employee) – Novato, CA – November 30, 2017
A very easy place to work with a flexible schedule. Excellent training available. Can be very tiring taking call after call Creating a need for children who are behind in school is an easy sell for this product.
Enrollment Coordinator (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – October 5, 2017
This was an hourly position selling reading programs to inbound calling parents/guardians. It's a good job. The real problem with it is its seasonality - only Feb to July. So it's hard to make a living at it.
Reading Teacher (Former Employee) – Institute of Reading Development – September 1, 2017
Great working environment, supportive management with excellent training. Workplace culture is warm and welcoming. A typical day at work includes classes that are one to two and a half hours teaching reading skills to all ages from Pre K to Adult.
You keep all the free literature and books they send you during training
Lifting the heavy boxes of books and taking them from location to location.
Senior Bookkeeping Coordinator (Current Employee) – Novato, CA – February 3, 2017
A typical day at work is running reports, paying bills and answering bill inquiries. My supervisor is very nice to work with and it makes my job less stressful. The hardest part of the job is staying on top of the bills and inquiries that come on a day to day basis but overall I am able to keep up with everything that comes my way. The most enjoyable part of the job is to see the bills and reports processed in a timely manner and sipping on tea or coffee at my desk.