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Virtual College Reviews

Updated 31 Jul 2019

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Virtual College CEO Rod Knox
Rod Knox
46 Ratings
Pros
  • "It must be said that the people is what makes Virtual College so special(in 27 reviews)

  • "it's the people that stand out in making Virtual College a great place to work(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "A move towards flexible working would be very welcome(in 5 reviews)

  • "I give credit where credit is due, but Virtual College has definitely been through some rough patches in its time(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Collaborative, Positive and Grown Up"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Sales in Ilkley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Our people and our reason for being. The working environment is unlike other places I have worked for the right reasons. There is an authentic and genuine desire for collective success.

    Cons

    Parking can be challenging for those that commute to work by car.

    Virtual College2019-07-25
  2. "Great place in the heart Ilkley town."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Ilkley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and accommodating work culture. I love the weekly fruit baskets ! :)

    Cons

    Nothing to mention at the moment.

    Virtual College2019-06-28

    Virtual College Response

    July 25, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Virtual College. We are pleased to hear that you feel Virtual College has a friendly and accommodating work culture. As part of our wellbeing initiative, we provide weekly fruit baskets for all staff and we regularly hear ...

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  3. "A great company to work for, who put their people at the heart of all they do"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Technology Consultant in Stroud, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have found Virtual College to be a very inclusive, friendly and supportive place to work. There are many forward thinking initiatives encouraging staff right across the business to be involved in shaping the future of VC, and their commitment to their employees is very transparent. As a remote worker, they go above and beyond to make me feel part of the team and include me in all rewards and initiatives. They...

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    Cons

    Holiday allocation could be better

    Virtual College2019-06-28

    Virtual College Response

    July 25, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Virtual College. We are pleased to hear that you feel Virtual College is a very inclusive friendly and supportive place to work. It is true that there are many initiatives that encourage our people across the business to ...

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  4. "Really happy that I took this role"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Ilkley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic, friendly people. Forward looking and embracing change Great location Respect for knowledge and experience, trust to get on with the job, the right sort of interest in what I'm doing and appreciation for my efforts.

    Cons

    Nit picking but initial holiday entitlement could be higher

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do.

    Virtual College2019-06-28

    Virtual College Response

    July 25, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Virtual College. We are pleased to hear that you feel Virtual College has fantastic and friendly people – we agree! It is great that you can recognise that we are forward thinking and embrace change. We agree that the town ...

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  5. "People with less capabilities are set as leaders."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Virtual College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment, less stress .

    Cons

    Although the company boast of 3.5 million learners there isn't any vision for growth.Thats a funny situation where the company has high targets but no relistic means to achieve that.The core Technology severely lacks leadership of good skills.They don't have any technical skills are just leading the department.The product is very poor in terms of functionality and features.3.5 million learners is a big lie .The company...

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    Advice to Management

    Have same rules and policies for all.

    Virtual College2019-07-31
  6. "Positive progress is underway"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Ilkley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Ambitious organisation which embraces change - Provides staff with opportunities to develop within role - There is scope to voice suggestions for improvement and ways of working across all levels - There is a greater move towards listening to staff and engaging with them to understand feedback for improvement - Fun motivators, e.g. pancake day hampers, international waffle day, company away day - Committed to looking...

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    Cons

    - Poor holiday allowance - Salaries are disproportionate across people with similar responsibilities. The pay rises aren’t really meaningful enough, there is capacity to earn more elsewhere for the same job - is it really market-led? - Invest in training, show that you’re committed to our professional development - Although the people are great it can be cliquey at times which ultimately challenges professionalism...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to staff. Invest in your people - show that you're committed.

    Virtual College2019-07-01

    Virtual College Response

    July 25, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Virtual College. We are pleased to hear that you feel Virtual College is an ambitious organisation which embraces change. It is also encouraging to hear that you recognise the opportunities we give our people to develop within ...

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  7. "Great Place, Great People!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Technology Adviser in Ilkley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have worked at VC for such a short time so it can be hard to really voice anything. What i can say is that the company do care about you, the line managers and above listen and take into consideration what you say. I have had nothing but support since joining the company and i don't see it easing off. Another thing to state is that every person in the company is genuinely a nice person, and that is hard to find...

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    Cons

    a couple of the processes could do with being ironed out but as changes have been happening to the company (growing) there will always be teething issues.

    Advice to Management

    Always listen to the staff members, this is a company full with extremely talented people, keep encouraging them to voice their opinion!

    Virtual College2019-06-28

    Virtual College Response

    July 25, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Virtual College. We are pleased to hear that you feel Virtual College has supported you from your first day. As a company, we try to make our onboarding process as helpful and informative as possible. It is true that Virtual ...

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  8. "A company that has bounced back from dark times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have been working at Virtual College for nearly 6 years now and throughout that time I have witnessed countless people come and go and have been through umpteen restructures. We have a fairly relaxed culture here where most people come to work in a "smart-casual" dress code. We are updated on the company's activity and business ventures on a weekly basis and have regular team meetings. In addition to that, we have a...

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    Cons

    I give credit where credit is due, but Virtual College has definitely been through some rough patches in its time. Communication wasn't always up to scratch and departments were very disconnected from one another. Further training wasn't always provided for staff; it took me 18 months to be fully trained for my job role despite asking time and time again for further training which is quite ironic considering that we're...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to us, keep believing in us and keep your sleeves rolled up!

    Virtual College2019-04-30

    Virtual College Response

    May 13, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences as you reflect on your last six years at Virtual College. We agree it has been a journey following a restructure of the business however this has enabled an alignment of our strategic vision and growth plans. We are pleased ...

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  9. "Good work culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Virtual College full-time

    Pros

    They were very set on everyone understanding the company values and targets which was great. They were happy to take time out for social events such as charity fundraising

    Cons

    Duties weren't set out very clearly and found myself wondering what to do next.

    Virtual College2019-04-12

    Virtual College Response

    May 1, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Virtual College. We are pleased to hear you found our social events rewarding and beneficial. Our staff feedback indicates that employees really appreciate and enjoy the social and charitable activities we organise such ...

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  10. "So far, so good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virtual College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    After 8 weeks in role, I'm really enjoying the VC culture and the on-boarding process has been the right mix of information and orientation. Friendly, passionate people, interesting ambitious challenges - exciting times ahead!

    Cons

    Non so far. It's clear that there are lots of exciting transformation projects happening here, so anything that might feel like a 'con' is already being addressed. Looking forward to seeing how the office space and ways of working change as some of these projects take effect. Knowing that flexible working is being piloted is a plus - this will be a real benefit to me as a working parent.

    Advice to Management

    An exciting vision is emerging here and I am looking forward to playing a part in realising it.

    Virtual College2019-02-21

    Virtual College Response

    May 1, 2019HR Assistant

    Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Virtual College. We are pleased to read that you have enjoyed your first two months at Virtual College and have found our onboarding process helpful and informative. Virtual College prides itself on our people and therefore ...

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