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  1. An older company looking for a fresh attitude

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay. Autonomy. Collaboration. Put your neck on the line and it will pay off!

    Cons

    If you're looking for top down management, think again. Be independent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking to the future. You've got a lot of talent on staff. Use it!


  2. Helpful (3)

    Milking it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at CollegeNET full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice view from offices in downtown Portland. Close to food carts and Pioneer Square.

    Cons

    Uninspired management milking legacy systems, accruing technical debt and paying the costs. Their biggest recent success has been the enforcement of an older software patent to protect their market position but with no current innovations the future is not so bright.

    Advice to Management

    No comment.


  3. Helpful (5)

    No innovation, below market compensation, myopic management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at CollegeNET full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -It's a stable, established company with very little competition. -It's downtown. -Decent benefits. -Potential for upward mobility. -Bike parking in the basement.

    Cons

    -Scheduling software is based on outdated technology. -Very little innovation, likely because they have no competitors. -Punitive approach to time off, regardless of the reason. Working from home is never allowed, either. -No HR department. -Base compensation is way below market. They justify this by putting everyone in a monthly "bonus pool" based on that month's revenue, which is then split by however many people are in the department. This often means that you're taking home very little money. It also means that they run very lean in terms of staff-- who wants to hire more people when that means your pay will decrease? -Since they run so lean, nearly everyone is overworked. That's just an understood part of life at CN. -Payday comes only once per month. -Departments are very segregated and it's difficult to get to know anyone outside of one's department. -High turnover. -For a Portland tech company, there is almost no sense of culture.

    Advice to Management

    Let folks work from home when their job duties allow it! Enough with the dumb "bonus pool"-- the employees have no control over recurring revenue and don't deserve to have their pay affected by it so directly.


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  5. Good pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, routine

    Cons

    Can get boring and monotonous. Company culture can get awkward.


  6. Great colleagues, great location.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Portland, OR

    I worked at CollegeNET full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of chances to move within the organization. Most managers really know their business.

    Cons

    Family owned business protects their own. Legacy software systems slow progress.


  7. Small company struggling to grow in what may be overheated market.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Portland, OR

    I worked at CollegeNET full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and mostly friendly, competent mid-level managers , opportunities for advancement, nice location and amenities.

    Cons

    Business-as-family model made critique of how the company's culture was negatively impacting performance difficult for some to accept.

    Advice to Management

    Technical acumen does not equal management acumen. Business as family model impedes objective evaluation of performance.


  8. Casual company, casual pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, great location, friendly coworkers, "flat" management, some room for growth, good benefits (great health insurance, parking/Trimet pass, 401k matching, gym membership reimbursement, etc.)

    Cons

    Low end of pay scale, limited paid sick days, fairly entrenched business practices, nepotism


  9. good company with advancement opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Portland, OR

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    profit sharing and employee appreciation

    Cons

    company culture is a bit stiff


  10. Low-stress, relaxed atmosphere and friendly coworkers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at CollegeNET

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I think that the people here are very sweet and laid back for the most part. I think the pay is reasonable, there is a good work/life balance, they offer little perks here and there like paid health insurance, 401k matching, free parking downtown, Costco memberships, etc. Management makes solid attempts at reducing stressful situations (there may be more stress as your pay grade increases, who knows). The downtown location is great because there are a lot of happy hours after work, and an abundance of food carts to explore.

    Cons

    The work is at times a little monotonous, but there are chances for everyone to work on projects that interest them. I'd say it could be boring if you have very little motivation to make it interesting for yourself. Although I tend to be oblivious to such things, there is the typical air of malcontent here that I have seen at every other place that I have worked, and I think that is just because people like to complain about everything. There is very little review of work, which is frustrating to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a more organized system of performance reviews in place. It would also be nice to have a better understanding of the hierarchical structure of the company and a more streamlined process (or any systematic process at all) for promotions and raises.


  11. Think long and hard about working here.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at CollegeNET

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The only good thing would be you get health insurance... and you get a chair to sit in. They also will provide you with an all zone Trimet pass; so if you are a bus person they paid for you transportation for the month.

    Cons

    No reviews, no raises, no continuing education what so ever. The compensation offered is way way below market. Also they only pay once a month... your first full check will take ~2 months.

    Advice to Management

    The best advice I could offer is pay a fair market salary and invest in some education for employees. I would also tell them to think about posting jobs in other places besides Craigslist. A long time ago they actually invested in finding knowledgeable people, now it seems like they are only looking for a warm body that can answer a random logic question.



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