College Board
2.8 of 5 100 reviews
www.collegeboard.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

College Board Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
College Board – New York – “Outside College Board headquarter offices located…”

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2.8 100 reviews

                             

24% Approve of the CEO

College Board President David Coleman

David Coleman

(37 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Inconsistent direction from senior management"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Little or no career advancement"
    in 5 reviews
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    1 person found this helpful  

    Stable

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsVery 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).

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementNeed new blood, rotate people to keep from getting complacent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Good, Unambitious Corporate Job

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsVery slow moving and bureaucratic, leadership was overly cautious and out of date, strong internal resistance to using "modern" web technology.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 Senior ManagementHiring 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So much potential, when will it be realized?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat overall benefits for health and retirement as well as tuition reimbursement.
    Field employees receive laptops, wireless cards and crackberries for communication.
    Vacation, sick days and PTO package is lovely.

    ConsThis has to be one of THE worst eye and dental plans available.
    Annual raises are practically offensive. My last review was stellar, and I received JUST enough of a raise to put me in a higher tax bracket and take home less. Thanks.
    There is a chasm where internal communication should be. Divisions and departments are very insular, and often, field staff and regional staff find out about changes and external campaigns days, weeks or even months after they've launched.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your ears to the ground.
    Hire from within.
    Implement the suggestions you hear from your internal constituents.
    Reach out to parents and students, not just school administration and personnel. Just directing people to our website doesn't cut it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average corporate environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood salary, opportunity to work on education issues with people who are actually interested in helping young people.

    ConsSlow to innovate. Rather boring. Lots of internal politics and favoritism. Leadership is kind of separate and not truly connected to what most of the staff is dealing with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome out of your offices, stop conferring with each other and start hearing from the staff. Consider how recent changes and shake-ups internally have left people unsure what to work on, unsure what their roles are.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    "A+" place for "B-" players. Lots of rhetoric, little results. Lost opportunities...

    Senior Director (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits are superb!
    = College tuition for your children (yes you read that right!)
    = Very significant company donation to retirement plan
    = Good health care

    Also a fantastic mission on paper - conceptually a great opportunity to do some great things.

    Most of the staff (especially in New York and the field) are very nice, well intentioned and passionate about the work (Reston is nice but leader seems to be going in reverse / "full speed backwards!")

    Great long term potential for a company making lots of money.

    ConsThe new leadership seems to be all about rhetoric - in other words "lots of sizzle, little steak!". The in-fighting and politics are mind numbing - new leadership appears to be flailing. COO seems good but might be too steep of a hill to climb to make the organization functional w/o changing senior leadership. Good intentions and great messaging but seemingly going backwards - severe micro-management, no real commitment to doing what is best for students (too much focus on leadership agendas vs. real action). Leadership makes bold but ill informed statements without listening to the implications from the staff = not being able to deliver on unrealistic commitments. Not enough focus on real results and improving the organization.

    Simply not a modern organization - from dated HR practices, to lack of organizational alignment on results, to poor technology leadership, to lots of politics and favortism, to lack of results driven culture. Seem more interested in creating a "salute to leadership" culture than driving any real improvements. Needs real leadership change but recent changes seem to have included some very poor ones. Smart does not equal effective...

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime for a severe self assessment - please stop blaming, start leading and course correct. Lots of change in the last 2 years but much of it includes some poor decisions and real bad apples at highest level. Time to stop the unhealthy CYA in-fighting and change out some of the newer leadership. Get real technology and business leaders. Hire people to help improve the organization and empower them. Search out internal talent and development them. There is a reason that top performers are leaving (and they are). Not currently a place for "A" players...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Complete lack of processes; lots of un ironic self-impotance

    Senior Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe benefits--IF you can make it past 6 mos

    ConsOld-fashioned technology; incompetent upper mgt that avoids answering questions so as not to be found out as incompetent; uber-corporate environment but one from 1989; android-like, super inflated ego types; database hacks; unfriendly. This place was a shocker--it is retro but in a very negative way. They use Dells and Blackberries! Are averse to change, and are always "too busy" to do any real work. Very low morale, a humorless, joyless place. And I think it is restricted...HR is a caricature of itself...

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and get your priorities straight! It's not about putting on a show with a power point clicker (!!) Stop praising yourselves and posturing and look around! And get a sense of humor!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, but struggles to keep up with the times

    Data Architect (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsGreat 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

    ConsUncertain 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 Senior ManagementThe 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Comfortable working environment

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExcellent retirement plan but other benefits are somewhat lacking. Good corporate mission even if the execution is sometimes spotty. Dedicated employees.

    ConsPay structure is lacking; managers don't manage well and favoritism is rampant. Little or no career advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to motivate your employees!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Totally disappointed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRetirement benefits
    Vacation Days
    Non Profit/Feel Good Mission

    ConsI was so excited to be offered a position at The College Board and I could not be more shocked by the disengagement of employees, the antiquated approach to work, technology, and life balance, and the amount of rude managers that are on staff. My ED will literally roll her eyes at you if she disagrees with someone point. WHAT!
    They are very focused on the hours you put in and the face time you make which is ridiculous in a world that has opportunities for flex time, telecommuting, web based applications, and other resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits, friendly environment, old company.

    Tech Support (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsTime-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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementRead 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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