Education Development Center, Inc.

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  1. Associate Project Director

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Project Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaborative, excellent technical work, great environment and colleagues

    Cons

    disorganized management, overly bureaucratic at times

    Advice to Management

    need clearer career pathways

  2. Could be worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible schedule, occasional exposure to interesting ideas/projects, opportunity for travel, some interesting colleagues, good mission.

    Cons

    Condescending colleagues, culture of mediocrity, staid/older management, inefficient, poorly organized, overwhelmingly female, poor opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire overqualified people for administrative positions. Hire qualified people for specific tasks, not jacks of all trades. Improve non-project related support, i.e. communications, tech, programming, etc. Make sure people get on board with new tools - so much time is wasted looking up and repeating things that everyone should know already.

  3. Management

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    Former Employee - Management in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Management in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, but the overall work atmosphere is not worth it.

    Cons

    No job security, disgruntled staff, buried in paperwork for anything that needs to be done internally, CEO leaving company (and the turnaround in general is pretty shocking).

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff better and maybe they will stay

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  5. Would work there again

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant I
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I

    I have been working at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good cause, flexible work schedule and locations within the office to work from, respect from fellow colleagues, a lot of freedom in what you want to work on/learn about

    Cons

    Hard to move up the chain unless you're age 40+, unreliable work as most positions are for limited contracts

  6. Relaxed work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Development Center, Inc.

    Pros

    Office culture was relaxed and low-pressure.

    Cons

    Business development was the number one, and perhaps only, priority.

  7. Helpful (3)

    EDC, Inc

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Director in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    EDC was founded in the late 60's with a primary focus reforming science education, but has since developed a strong reputation for its work as a leading program developer, technical assistance provider and progressive agent of change in almost every area of human services both domestically and internationally. Holistic, constructivist and student centered Math and Science programs for students in grade K-12 continue to be a as well as out of school programs for populations that are traditionally under served and under represented in the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] domains.

    EDC is a relaxed and informal place to work. It is almost entirely project-based, giving educators considerable control over their own research agenda or area of professional work -- without the burden of teaching and publication associated with institutes of higher ed.

    Cons

    Projects are largely funded by competitive grants from federal and state government agencies, so it can be difficult to maintain continuity in any particular stream of work as priorities and political support vary at the federal and state level.

    As others have noted, management styles can vary widely and large jumps up the professional ladder are rare. Annual pay increases are modest, so even after many years at the company, salary is inordinately determined by the starting level. So negotiate high at the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify funding sources. More transparency in overall policy development

  8. Helpful (1)

    Solid organization, though it depends on your department and area of focus

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, benefits package

    Cons

    Funding may be scarce depending on your department and area of focus

    Advice to Management

    A proper training approach needs to be established to create good managers

  9. Helpful (2)

    Older Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time

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

    Pros

    Smart people, very flexible work schedule

    Cons

    No real direction for those starting out their career. Everyone higher up has a Ph.D and you can't do a whole lot if you don't have one. Office culture is very dull and nothing exciting ever happens. If you're looking to advance your skills and develop your career you should look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Develop training and learning opportunities.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great colleagues, organization in transition

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    Former Employee - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Training and Technical Assistance Specialist II in Newton, MA

    I worked at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Thoughtful, smart, professional colleagues. Interesting project work on important, timely topics. Opportunities for travel if working nationally or internationally.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. Culture of constantly chasing money (needed in today's climate, but frustrating to have it be so pervasive).

    Advice to Management

    Get to know people entering the organization and see what will keep them engaged. EDC used to have a reputation of compensating well and having a nice culture supporting work/life balance. Riding on that wave may be over - consider what the EDC of the future can and should be - especially for staff who are invested in the success of the organization.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Development Center, Inc. full-time

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, most people are friendly, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Some of the senior-level staff can be unapologetically condescending. Obviously if you have a higher stress job, you need to learn how to manage your stress without taking it out on junior-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Please avoid having high-horse moments, because they are not fun to be around.

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