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18 October 2019

What is health insurance like at Hobsons?

Pros

The health insurance offers decent coverage and is relatively affordable.

Cons

Management is out of touch with what is happening in the Edu market. They have so much hubris for a technology that is outdated and overpriced compared to competition. Sales goals are unrealistic and we consistently lose to competition with newer, more effective and lower cost solutions. Territories are completely imbalanced, so some reps consistently get layups while the rest of the AEs are left to feel like SDRs with incomprehensible activity goals. Management definitely has favorites and often will pass deals and leads to those favorites without regard to territories. Product is sub-par compared to competition and the roadmap isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Advice to Management

Stop with the favoritism. Be fair and realistic with territories and goals. Actually coach and praise quality work versus leading with fear. Stop being shady and firing quality employees because they dare to speak up. Quit treating AEs like SDRs. The whole team is either scared or fed-up, and everyone is looking for other jobs. Lastly, stop being so cheap with everything from product development, to travel budgets, to the crappy technology and tools we have.

The health insurance offers decent coverage and is relatively affordable.

18 October 2019

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13 May 2019

Does Hobsons offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

- Unlimited PTO - Flexibility to work from home in some areas - There are still some great people who genuinely care about education and the impact the products can make - Convenient office location

Cons

At one time, this was a great place to be. The majority of the team cared about education and students, there was passion, and industry experience. As time went on, the wrong people continued to be hired while the best people were laid off or left on their own. Money is all that matters now, even though the salaries are laughable for the DC area. A lot of judgement, gossip, and passive aggressive attitudes - making it a toxic work environment. Lack of recognition or compensation for high-performers along with little chance of growth - it's a no brainer why the best people leave. There may be flexibility with working from home and unlimited PTO, but it doesn't stop people from not respecting vacation time or asking you to do projects at all hours - even though it's their fault that they waited until the last minute.. they'll still put it on you. + Keep in mind that the HR/Talent team asks people to write positive reviews. Literally emails people individually to ask them to say nice things.

Advice to Management

Pay attention to the people who care about the products and this industry. They have the best intentions of anybody. Treat your people fairly and do your research before hiring. Stop inflating your reviews/ratings and actually take note of what criticism is coming in so you can make a change.

There may be flexibility with working from home and unlimited PTO, but it doesn't stop people from not respecting vacation time or asking you to do projects at all hours - even though it's their fault that they waited until the last minute.. they'll still put it on you.

13 May 2019

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23 August 2019

What is the retirement plan like at Hobsons?

Pros

Decent atmosphere, flexible PTO, yearly bonus, decent 401k match (50% up to 6%), good health/dental/vision, closed Dec 24-Jan1

Cons

A few years ago this would be a solid 4-star review. However recently there is a clear downward trend. Little to no growth in company size, in fact it's been shrinking for the last several years. The HQ in Cincinnati, OH recently moved to a much smaller office. Inconsistent and unclear employee review process. Upper management tends to value the bottom line far more than taking care of employees. Very high turnover as a result.

Decent atmosphere, flexible PTO, yearly bonus, decent 401k match (50% up to 6%), good health/dental/vision, closed Dec 24-Jan1

23 August 2019

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16 July 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Hobsons?

Pros

Unmatched work-life balance; friendly, knowledgeable and collaborative co-workers; supportive management; clear career path if you are willing to ask for guidance

Cons

Slow to promote; you have to be a self-starter to get traction

Advice to Management

Keep up the great work!

Unmatched work-life balance; friendly, knowledgeable and collaborative co-workers; supportive management; clear career path if you are willing to ask for guidance

16 July 2019

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12 September 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Hobsons?

Pros

The products are truly something I have been proud to be a part of.

Cons

Management changes that really are just about going back to the same old thing. That and the good ole boys club that seems to drive this place. It seems that we just can't get away from this vicious cycle. Diversity? Lip service. Managers (male and female) seem to really value input -- from the guys. Opportunities for advancement mysteriously seem to be made known after the selection of a male colleague has already been made. The benefits used to be one of the big selling points but the "new" corporate is doing away with that and benefits have quickly been going down hill. *Beware* they look a whole lot better than they actually are! There are plenty of tech companies out there with great culture like Hobsons used to have with much better leadership that still values and respects their employees. Look elsewhere!

Opportunities for advancement mysteriously seem to be made known after the selection of a male colleague has already been made.

12 September 2019

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