ECRI Institute

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ECRI Institute Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ECRI Institute

    Pros

    Great work/life balance; Peaceful setting

    Cons

    Not much space for personal growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work at if you're not in IT

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at ECRI Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sense of purpose.
    Casual working environment, work from home options (sometimes).
    Decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Working in IT is a very negative, punishing envirenment.
    Very black/white thinking. Good people are all forced out so they don't threaten others who are very insecure. It's happened to so many people. And they want to know why there's so much turnover in IT. Anyone could tell you if lthey werent so afraid. But there is a lot of fear because everyone has seen what happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You shold stop looking the other way.

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

    Respectable, patient-driven mission and job responsibilities. Fair management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ECRI Institute full-time

    Pros

    Feel like you are contributing to enhanced patient safety nationally by assisting member organizations with their patient safety projects. Laid-back yet supportive mid-level management. Extremely knowledgeable and dedicated staff. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    You have to be able to work in silence. It's like working in academia or a library. Very little presence from top leaders. Most are great speakers but we only hear from them once a year. No communication of strategic vision. Minimal interaction from top leadership with mid- and low-level staff. Minimal fun and team building. Very research oriented to a fault - e.g. no sense of humor. Science and research don't have to be dry and boring. Non-existent employee training. Extremely siloed but this seems typically for many organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more visible and interactive with staff. Have more frequent all-hands meetings. Establish cross-functional teams to breakdown business line silos. Lower cubicle walls or create more interactive work spaces. We truly work in individual silos as created by the facility layout and design. We're like cattle in chutes. Very demoralizing to senior and highly experienced staff. Please, please give us more natural light!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ECRI Institute as a contractor

    Pros

    Very Hard working, smart employees. The organization was a bit departmentalized due to the fact that some divisions were from federal contracts. The work could be monotonous at times, but there were opportunities for further development and growth. Decent cafeteria and free soda.

    Cons

    There really weren't many cons, but the location of the company is in an odd area.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at ECRI Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible starting hours and work-from-home options; casual to business-casual dress code; friendly teams (depends on team); supportive managers (depends on manager); quiet location; free coffee and soda in breakroom; local deli comes by each day to sell food since there's no other option, except to drive off-site

    Cons

    Stereotypically-low salaries; departments tend to keep to themselves; pervasive social awkwardness among employees-- the kind that's actually rudeness disguised as social discomfort. Individual IT employees are helpful but the department as a whole is byzantine, confusing, and refuses to look into better, safer alternatives than Internet Explorer. This is especially frustrating when IE's failures prevent employees from using the software and websites necessary to do their jobs at ECRI. When people are fired, they are effectively erased from existence. The only way one knows a coworker was fired is if he emailed the coworker and it bounced back. This creates an atmosphere of paranoia, insecurity, and wild gossip. It also seems like a security risk, if employees don't know that a particular coworker is no longer part of the company, but he shows up anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the past go and embrace good change. Find a company whose methods are the opposite of yours and copy them, as an experiment. Drop lingering suspicions about whether or not WFH employees are working. Odds are, they're more productive than the at-office employees and if they aren't, their work performance will out them under any circumstance. Add tuition reimbursement programs. Offer competitive salaries.

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

    Years of continuing professional growth and development due to a work environment and excellent library resources.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ECRI Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization focuses on improving medical care delivery and is consistent with the values of most of the staff.

    Cons

    Work schedule demands frequently impact on personal time and vacation scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management needs to be more visible to and interactive with the staff. At present, we hear their views only once a year at an annual meeting. They are frequently not present at departmental meetings. Emails do not substitute for personal interaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    An excellent company with plenty of postives.

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at ECRI Institute full-time

    Pros

    A independent non profit entity that is well respected in the healthcare community.

    Cons

    The training program leave much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager should manage and not be dictators.

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

    It's a relative relax working evnironment

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I worked at ECRI Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    one day working from home/week is nice

    Cons

    too much politics between business unit and IT

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people to work with, some work balance issues

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at ECRI Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company values employees
    Generous work from home policy
    Regular events to lighten mood/improve morale
    Utilizing up to date software, so job skills do not grow stale

    Cons

    Some managers deliberately engage in negative motivational techniques, which have the opposite of the intended effect
    There can be too much effort into utilizing a certain tool or technology, and not enough effort into evaluating whether it is the RIGHT tool or technology to accomplish the mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time and effort into the planning and documentation phase. 'punishing' employees for failing to pass a certification or meeting arbitrary deadlines degrades morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work but zero career mobility.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ECRI Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company that generally cares for its employees. Friendly co-workers. No micro-management.

    Cons

    No upward career mobility... positions rarely open up and when they do it's more politics that come into play than skill level to determine who receives the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more resources for career growth and development.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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