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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great experience but you must play the politics!

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    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sinking Ship, get a life vest and JUMP!!! For those looking, stay on solid ground.....

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    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free parking, nice location within Alexandria, VA near Mark Center

    Cons

    The culture of this company is very toxic. Their is no room for growth and good job performance is only rewarded if you are part of the "in crowd" and that's usually within long term upper management. Benefits are being cut and no pay increases this past year and more likely the same for next year. Gossip is prevalent but also the only means of getting information because company-wide communication is lacking. Collaboration between units is impossible. Decisions are slow or never made and the company is on the verge of near bankruptcy (I'm giving it 2 -3 years). Want proof, go online and check their annual report (Under "About Us" section). Among all the flashiness of the report, you will uncover a negative trend over the past 4-5 years. Layoffs are going to happen continuously into the next year and this is for a company with less than 200 employees. All the signs of a troubled company trying to survive in an ever changing market lacking the skills necessary to keep in line with their competitors. If you are looking for a job here, think again. If you still work here, consider all the signs and leave with dignity.

    Advice to Management

    Morale is low, consider showing respect to your employees and show more transparency. Think about current trends and staying in line with competitors, the company is so behind in terms of lean processes, technology, innovation, and collaboration....contradictory to their core values.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Getting worse by the week

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not a place to build a career

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    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (2)

    Not a Place I Would Recommend

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    do not recommend

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.



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