Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development

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Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development Reviews

Updated April 23, 2014
Updated April 23, 2014
5 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but you must play the politics!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people work at ASCD. Benefits are great. If you have the right supervisor you can really grow horizontally but not vertically.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to advance and trying to prove that you deserve a promotion is extremely difficult. Upper management doesn't get along very well. It appears that they care more about the building than the employees in it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting worse by the week

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Telework option
    Free parking or shuttle from Metro
    Friendly lower-level staff

    Cons

    Lots of turnover
    Low salaries, even for a nonprofit
    Nonexistent merit raises
    Too many at upper management who have no interest in cultivating junior staff
    Management exhorts staff to "change" and "revolutionize" with no indication of the direction they want to go
    Claims low budget, but hires directors like crazy
    Rumor city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with plans, directions, and goals
    Raise salaries, even a little
    Show some interest in junior staff, something that makes them feel like work is valued

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place to build a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Paid Parking
    Good work and life balance
    Competitive salaries
    Seem to be willing to invest in employee (if they are liked)

    Cons

    Lack of clear business focus from senior management
    No advancement potential
    Shady firing practices
    Little innovation
    Rumor-mill environment
    Terrible office environment with 90% cubicles
    Management top heavy for a small not profit
    Highly political environment for such a small not for profit organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create advance opportunities when defining positions
    Be more goal-oriented and set-up clear objectives
    Communicate better--don't just pay lip service

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a Place I Would Recommend

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development

    Pros

    Good location - shuttle service provided to/from Metro
    Excellent work/life balance & benefits package
    Highly respected organization

    Cons

    Change-averse & elderly senior management
    Over-reliance on institutionalized practices ("We do it that way b/c that's the way we've done it.")
    No opportunity for advancement
    Low salaries (typical for nonprofit industry, however)
    "Too lily-white" (by one senior manager's own admission)
    Talks diversity but seldom practices it (most of staff is white female)
    Passive-aggressive management styles
    Mostly populated by career educators with little to no actual business experience
    Progressive political outlook practically a requirement for employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers in senior positions are entrenched "lifers" who are basically clock-punching before heading to Florida. Organization desperately needs to start walking the diversity talk it so regularly heralds in its publications. The flagship magazine has been elderly white female for well over a decade if not more; and the organization only hired its first minority editor a few years ago. Opportunities for advancement should be created to encourage younger staffers to remain with the organization vs. leaving to find work elsewhere after 2-3 years.; and the progressive political mindset needs to be re-examined since, unless you are an elderly woman with a Democratic leaning, there is not much of a place for you at this association.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    do not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development

    Pros

    Free parking and a teleworking option

    Cons

    Too many upper managers with little to no business sense; not enough people who actually do the work. Basically, it's a for-profit business masquerading as a non-profit. They are so focused on the bottom line and increasing revenue that the company is losing focus on helping teachers. Why? Because teachers have no money to spend. I find it to be a really negative place to work. I can't wait to be in a position to quit and do something else.

    Doesn't Recommend

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