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College Board Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
120 Reviews
2.5
120 Reviews
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College Board President David Coleman
David Coleman
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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.  

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keep your head down and your mouth shut

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

    I have been working at College Board full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Don't have to work too hard
    Mission orientated -- have opportunity to do lotsof good (if the rest of the org would get out of the way ...)

    Cons

    Lots of politics
    Weak top management
    Very risk and change averse

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Board

    Pros

    friendly environment, mutual respect from supervisors

    Cons

    assignments could be dull at times

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Example of how bad leadership can work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People and culture . Mission and working for a good cause. Benefits

    Cons

    Many. especially the top leadership who do not know how to run a company.
    Incompetent people holding major posts and wasting talents. Making changes not beneficial for the whole but for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work with long term goal in mind and for good to education sector. Not for personal gain

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You have the chance to reach teachers and students worldwide.

    Cons

    The leadership is completely out of touch with what is really happening in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Retire But Not If You Are Young And Hungry

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    Former Employee - Search Marketing Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Search Marketing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good pay. Pantry with snacks for super cheap and some free items.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of room to rise up. Hard to get ahead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    terrible place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College Board

    Pros

    some nice, smart people work here

    Cons

    top down, only what a small group think matters
    very political
    if you want to advance your career, don't come here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    A place where nothing gets done

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

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

    Pros

    Competetive salary, easy life style and great benefits

    Cons

    the college board functions by having 1-3 people in a department working very hard managing the day-to-day operations and then having the rest of team work on "special" intitatives, projects and campaigns that really do not accomplish much. This is a place where you walk into the departments and instantly can tell real work is not being done. Its very common not to hear a phone ring or even hear typing for an hour on an entire floor - all you hear is mouse clicks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire very qualified people and then give them work that is a 10-15 professional step backwards. Try giving employees work that matches their job description. Serious people who are hungry and qualified can see the place for what it is and leave at the 2-3 year mark. The people that remain are the ones who want to coast or can't go anywhere professionally.

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

    Great Work, Great Benefits, Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Board (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    College Board is engaging in some of the most important work, and continue to be leaders as far as education advocacy and innovation goes. Compensation for non-profit is one of the highest I've seen. Excellent time-off policies, and one of the best benefits package available.

    Cons

    Very poor in fostering sense of community amongst employees, and dangerously top-heavy. Weak leadership in some departments, and focus in too much "big picture" rather than staff development. Lack of visibility across the board, and very hierarchical.

    No opinion of CEO

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