ETR Associates
3.5 of 5 6 reviews
www.etr.org Scotts Valley, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Feb 23, 2014

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Dan McCormick

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A Great Research Outfit

Survey Administrator (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at ETR Associates as a contractor for less than a year

ProsOrganized, socially conscious goals. A great organization.

ConsCapacity and budget are limited

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Meaningful mission but many uncertainties

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ETR Associates full-time

ProsMission-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.

ConsMany, 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

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

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Innovative and Entergetic

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsWith 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.

ConsAbout 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 Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

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

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Struggling with low morale

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Scotts Valley, CA

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

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementGet some diversity!

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

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Organization in Transition

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at ETR Associates full-time

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Caring company with good benefits

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Scotts Valley, CA

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

ProsGreat 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.

ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementInnovate faster - set some very concrete goals.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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