College Board Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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College Board President David Coleman
David Coleman
53 Ratings

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. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Board full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Training, Friendly Atmosphere, Tuition Reimbursement

    Cons

    Travel, Travel, Travel, Travel, Travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  2. 4 people found this helpful

    They made changes, and not in the best interest of students, teachers, or parents.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at College Board

    Pros

    Work/life balance, great 403(b) plan

    Cons

    Senior leadership is a disaster - that is the main issue.

    They give you a lot of time off (4 weeks) but you can't take off any time for your first 6 MONTHS. They don't tell you that until after you start. It's an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better management. Vote out David Coleman.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful

    Not helping the pedagogy they supposedly embrace

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

    I worked at College Board full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Retirement matching
    Great people excluding management

    Cons

    Benefits and great people keep poor performers there way past their expire date
    Deadwood in staff proliferate every aspect of the business
    Bureaucratic behemoth that stifles creativity
    Does not recognize or reward innovation, rewards the status quo over thought leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and join the 21st century. Tired old ways of doing business are destroying the culture of this once great organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    A great organization hijacked by an oligarchy!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College Board

    Pros

    - Great history and mission.
    - Great benefits and competitive salaries.
    - Exceptional financial and human resources.
    - Smart and caring colleagues.

    Cons

    - Institutionalized cronyism at the highest ranks of the organization.
    - Grossly unqualified leadership in key position with clear power agendas and unchecked egos.
    - Detached decision making from internal and external realities.
    - Normalized mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salvage your legacy by immediately evaluating your top leaders; and regardless of past relations, terminate those who have made dangerous power plays that have inflicted pain, caused damage, and produced waist. Cease strategic planning and understand that on the day-to-day stuff the organization is highly dysfunctional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Beaureaucratic

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and retirement matching.

    Cons

    IT policies were overbearing, They tended to to hire internal teams instead of outsourcing. Budget development often times created enormous busy work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategic direction and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    The future of College Board

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College Board

    Pros

    Captive market. Opportunity to Grow

    Cons

    Wasted opportunity. Naive and arrogant leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what's going on, seriously. It's a train wreck. Right vision, poor execution. Cronyism needs to stop, particularly in IT. Enough - survey says it all! Course correct before you destroy an institution and a lot of opportunity and careers. CB Assessment Redesign is a winner for the ACT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Upper Management Lacking Skills & Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College Board

    Pros

    - there are nice people that are taken for granted within the company

    Cons

    - At least half your day is spent in meetings (most of them in which you are not needed).
    - Seems that everyone has a title of director. Too many managers.
    - No leadership from upper management. 3 managers could be on your team but not one of them can make a decision.
    - Seems that you'll get ahead if you are buddy, buddy with certain managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Really look at what is being produced and the quality.
    - There are strong employees out there that are overworked. Take notice of them and make sure they are awarded in some way. Take off some of their workload and look at the managers who seem to just lay back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Not an experience I would recommend

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive and benefits are good. There are some good, smart people in various roles across the organization.

    Cons

    CEO & COO & their cabal of friends has taken over this organization without having the knowledge or experience to implement an effective strategy. Board of Trustees needs to step in -- and soon!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave soon please!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Should be the best and brightest, but is not

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    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

    Benefits, location (Reston Town Center)

    Cons

    Given the not for profit mission, strong revenue from the SAT and AP exams and benefits, College Board should have the best and brightest. It does not. There are solid people, but starting at the Executive Director level it goes down hill the higher you go up. It is all about protecting your peers, no measurement of results, failure is dismissed/covered up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coleman had the opportunity to clean house and really build a strong organization, instead he just brought in a group of "friends" who were ineffective (7 VPs./SVPs he brought "found new opportunities/spend more time with their family" within a year of their hiring). and laid them on top of the already weak ED, VP structure that existed.
    If he wants to not be the President that destroys the College Board, he needs to reboot completely (but I don't think his ego will let him).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Board

    Pros

    Great working environment. Good people.

    Cons

    Layered buracreacy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of layers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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