Glean (formerly Sonocent)

Award-winning software that makes it easy to capture, organise and communicate information and thoughts, as speech, text and images.
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Glean is the antidote to information overload for improved learning and productivity. Our inclusive learning technology empowers students of all abilities to take meaningful audio notes with a proven note taking process. We support 100,000s of learners at over 500 universities and colleges, including the world’s most prestigious institutions.

Supporting learners with audio note-taking technology since 2007. The Leeds-based company was co-founded by Dr Roger Tucker and CEO Dave Tucker, and its assistive technology  enables people – from students to business leaders – to accurately capture information as delivered and revisit it as often as needed.

Considering that education is the bedrock of civilisation, taking good notes is one of the most fundamental of study and life skills. Doing so via audio means these are not subject to variable interpretation and no one falls behind because of, perhaps, not quite hearing something or immediately grasping its significance during live lectures or meetings.

Accessible note-taking also has economic implications in that empowering information can be cascaded to all who need it. And assistive technology is a boon for people with conditions such as dyslexia, ADHD, cognitive impairments, autism and more – offering  a way of working suited to all circumstances and skillsets.

New entrant to our list Glean has helped hundreds of thousands of students at 600-plus higher education institutions worldwide. Its award-winning Glean Audio Notetaker software captures audio, text and slides in a single note-taking workspace.

In 2020, the company launched the Google Chrome browser-based app Glean that combines audio recordings with multimedia notes like never before.

Four values underpin Glean: trust is foundational; growth is a mindset; people and their emotions matter; and the desire to enjoy the journey. The new tool has already swiftly doubled its customer base and Glean has ambitious goals of supporting 1m students with their learning.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Team

93% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

New in-house Slack channels during lockdown have included “Donut”, which randomly pairs people in the group outside of team silos on a weekly basis to boost social interaction. Other virtual channels include recipes, cats and dogs, reading and WFH hacks.

Wellbeing

82% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Staff safety and wellbeing is a top priority at Glean, which trained up mental health first aiders and sent pick-me-up care packages out for Christmas. It also gave everyone three festive season paid days off in recognition of their hard work – and for missing out on seeing family and friends, and holiday travelling.

Giving Something Back

93% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Employees recognised with one of the company's quarterly award schemes not only win a voucher of their choice but are given the opportunity to donate £1,000 to a charity of their choice. This allows Glean to support multiple good causes throughout the year.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2007
Total number of employees
2
Number of UK locations
32
Employee average age
65% : 35%
Male : Female employee ratio
60%
Employees earning £35k+
11%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Maternity

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Quote from the top...

“On behalf of the whole Glean team, I’d like to express how delighted we are to have earned a 2 star accreditation from Best Companies and to hear that we have an outstanding level of engagement across the organisation. It is our mission to enable every person to have both the confidence and ability to build useful knowledge in an age of information overload. This is an incredible challenge, and therefore it is so important to us to ensure our fantastic employees are able to enjoy the journey, where trust and a focus on our collective and individual growth are integral. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people within the company who work tirelessly to make Glean a great place to work. Every team across the organisation has played a significant role in making us who we are today. Their endless commitment and enthusiasm to deliver is matched by continuous support, humour and a collaborative spirit. Every colleague deserves to be recognised for this fantastic achievement. Whilst we are very proud of our 2 star accreditation, we don’t plan to stop here - we will strive to continuously improve the experience we provide to each of our employees. We are committed to becoming an exceptional, people-focussed organisation, that truly lives by our values, based on our belief that it is only through teamwork and collaboration that we can make a significant, positive change in the world.”

Dave Tucker, CEO - Glean

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