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College Board Reviews in Reston, VA

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
114 Reviews
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114 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is OK, but sometimes it seems you're on-call 24/7 (in 12 reviews)

  • stable (people stay at College Board for years - probably due to the great benefits) (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Inconsistent direction from senior management (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior leadership is arrogant, narcissistic and deaf to any constructive criticism or ideas (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highest Cognitive biases found in this organization

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Reston, VA

    I worked at College Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best benefits. Least work for people who is not interested. Continuity of job regardless of the performance. Good parking, Many co-curriular activities

    Cons

    This organization seems to have the biggest list of cognitive bias: Anchoring bias, Confirmation bias,Bandwagon effect on existing service vendors, Bias blind spots,Choice-supportive bias,Conservatism bias, Curse of knowledge, Duration neglect, Hyperbolic discounting, Negativity bias, Omission bias,Post-purchase rationalization, Salience, Selective perception, Stereotyping, Zero-risk bias. Silo-ed knowledge base. Complexity v/s people ratio is very less. But rework and mundane jobs are everywhere. Talent is rarely used optimally. Power display is more prominent than actual success or performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Laid back atmosphere, unproductive work environment

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    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at College Board as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is very laid back. There was rarely a day where there was a whole lot going on in my department.

    Cons

    It seemed like most of the employees I worked with were fairly incompetent. A lot of complaining about other employees and upper management. Way overstaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the company to improve efficiency. Start with the project managers -- it seemed like everything was falling behind schedule for one reason or another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Average Experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Reston, VA

    I worked at College Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Predictable schedule and work, good perks

    Cons

    Favoritism, slow pace of evolution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop slacking and start leading by example

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Good, Unambitious Corporate Job

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    Former Employee - Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Reston, VA

    I worked at College Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very stable, very family friendly, the pace was usually relaxed, people were very friendly and usually helpful. Benefits were towards the top of industry standard, generally professional attitudes, very few issues with ego or dysfunctional personalities.

    Cons

    Very slow moving and bureaucratic, leadership was overly cautious and out of date, strong internal resistance to using "modern" web technology. Pay was below industry average for developers, most projects were delivered late with cut back functionality, and the company was mostly wedded to outdated management practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring new managers and leaders with experience in faster moving, more modern technology is a must, as is making serious changes to function like a modern technology company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I worked at College Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very stable environment, a good place to either get started or close out your career. Lots of interesting different projects to work on. Pay and benefits are good, they used to have very good vacation and 401k contributions (not sure if those are still the same).

    Cons

    Not much hope of advancement since the senior people are well entrenched and there are plenty of cliques. They used to be very religious about Java and Oracle, not sure if that's still the case. Very process-heavy most of the projects are maintenance. Very few of the devs get to work on anything new and exciting, typically those in the inner-circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new blood, rotate people to keep from getting complacent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people, but struggles to keep up with the times

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    Current Employee - Data Architect in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Data Architect in Reston, VA

    I have been working at College Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, almost everyone is very smart and committed to the mission
    Pay is competitive
    Work/Life balance is OK, but sometimes it seems you're on-call 24/7

    Cons

    Uncertain career structure
    Managers are territorial and unlikely to collaborate
    Training is available but it's not clear where it will lead you
    Investments in newer technology are insufficient, leading to many inefficiencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new management team is attempting to understand the culture, but they are doing so while implementing many large projects, some of which may suffer because of the old culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, friendly environment, old company.

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    Former Employee - Tech Support in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Tech Support in Reston, VA

    I worked at College Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Time-off, flexibility, retirement contributions, friendly coworkers, education benefits.

     If you are looking for a role where you can feel relaxed, get paid exceptionally well for more comfortable output volumes and reap exceptional benefits then this may be the place for you.

    Cons

    This is all dependent on the division. Managers are seemingly placed in management positions because there are no alternative growth opportunities for them. Employees are rarely trusted to think for themselves.

    If you are looking for ambitious coworkers who are driven to do great work then be very careful about which areas of this company you choose to call home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read a few documents on what it means to be a great leader. If these make you uncomfortable please quit your job and make room for great leaders to step in and do the job well. Leadership isn't a right it's a privilege. If you aren't inspiring your team to do excellent work and empowering them then you are hindering their success and the success of the company. Draconian micromanagement isn't a viable strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Reston, VA

    I have been working at College Board full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good work culture, very good benefits, very good vacation plan

    Cons

    no official work from home policy. Work from home on period basis may be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mixed experience at the College Board

    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA

    I have been working at College Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits, work/life balance

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not understand the industry
    Implementation of too many high priority projects with not enough resources
    Senior leadership and management at all levels do not know how to motivate or engage employees
    Lack of professional development and opportunities for advancement
     Overall lack of professionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers on how to motivate employees and resource planning/management
    Better engage employees who understand the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Extremely Negative

    Former Employee - Data Architect in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Data Architect in Reston, VA

    I worked at College Board as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Initially, I thought that I was joining a good organization. But once there for a few weeks, I realized that wasn't the case. Maturity is lacking.

    Cons

    Extremely inexperienced and bad management, In my opinion, most are incompetent and very discriminating although it's hidden. Run like an Elementary School. More than half the organization has titles of Director, Senior Director or Executive Director. Contractors are treated selectively with discrimination.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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