ETR Associates

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  1.  

    Contract Position outside of ETR

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ETR Associates

    Pros

    Seemed like good people at ETR

    Cons

    Never got much face time with the folks at HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

  2.  

    A Great Research Outfit

    Former Employee - Survey Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Survey Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at ETR Associates as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Organized, socially conscious goals. A great organization.

    Cons

    Capacity and budget are limited

  3.  

    Meaningful mission but many uncertainties

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time

    Pros

    Mission-based organization.
    Great expertise among the staff, who are almost all truly good-hearted, nice people.
    There is still a sense of commitment and belief in the agency despite many recent upheavals. Work being done is high quality for the most part and really makes a difference in the world.
    Comfortable work environment--dress and atmosphere are casual.
    Not a lot of micro-management--employees are trusted to use their time wisely,
    Current management has expressed a well-intentioned if somewhat hazy value for transparency and employee engagement.
    Changes have brought some new collaborations into being within the agency.

    Cons

    Many, many changes happening, including layoffs of long-time, highly skilled staff, and the ending of long-time projects, which has left remaining employees greatly overworked and without many of the resources/expertise the agency used to possess.
    Lack of clarity about the future, at least on the day-to-day staff level.
    Culture shift--used to feel very much like a professional family, where everyone was heard and could contribute. Now people are much more afraid for their own jobs and many feel uncomfortable speaking up.
    Current leaders often seem to have only a vague idea of their employees' skills and actual job functions. This is partly due to much reorganization and the elimination of certain departments. Many employees are struggling to define their place in the company, particularly because the message isn't clear and so many things are morphing.
    Despite intention of transparency, many things are being thought out at the CEO and Board level--staff is being informed rather than being made an active part of those changes.
    Low morale and emotional impact of all the hard-hitting recent changes isn't really being addressed. General atmosphere often seems to be that change has brought unhappiness rather than opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is so much talent and willingness here that is being overlooked or untapped. Opportunities for staff to participate in the change process have been appreciated but don't go far enough. The 30,000-foot view doesn't really address the day-to-day struggles of staff to get by with diminished resources, yet staff don't feel true permission to take the initiative. There is a sense that the other shoe is going to drop and if you speak up you will put your livelihood in danger. That power differential has to be understood--just telling staff it's on them to make it work when they don't have the authority for those decisions creates frustration rather than a sense of shared purpose.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Innovative and Entergetic

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

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    With the transition to a new CEO a little over a year ago, there have been some necessarily disruptive changes to the organization, which are starting to show good results. The culture has changed from one of blinkered silos to one of a more horizonal, high-paced, incubator for innovation where motivated individuals can make a big impact. Management seems committed to transparent dialog with staff.

    Another big pro is the people; ETR is packed with people passionate about making a difference at all levels of health and education (individual, community, policy).

    As other's have mentioned, the benefits are very good and there are offices in Scotts Valley CA, Oakland CA and Washington DC and many staff work remotely from home offices.

    Cons

    About two-thirds of the agency is grant driven, so depending on whether you work on the grants side, and which grants you work on, your job security varies - however most grants are multi-year (some up to five years) and ETR has a great track record for winning recompetes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Struggling with low morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The folks who work here are for the most part very committed to public health research and advancements.

    Cons

    The economy is making everything more difficult - securing grants, selling services. A new CEO having a hard time making real connections and earning trust. Business decisions have not helped the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some diversity!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Organization in Transition

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

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, interesting grant and project work, vast resource of under-utilized research, conscientious execution of committments by talented staff.

    Cons

    Processes and attitudes getting a much needed shake up but so far to little effect. Layoffs, benefit cut to 401K, long term project defunding with further employee losses, all contributing to that sinking ship feeling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If intention to right the ship falls short it's time to inform the remaining staff of next steps and a timeline.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Caring company with good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great people, casual dress code, great feeling doing good work that helps people. Kind of an exciting time right now as company works to find new models for generating income and leveraging employee talents.

    Company contributes 12% to 401(k) - no match required.

    Cons

    Company is going through transition right now. Most projects are individually grant-funded so work is only guaranteed for the life of the grant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate faster - set some very concrete goals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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