Education Development Center, Inc.

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Updated April 25, 2015
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    EDC, Inc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Great company to work for!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

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

    Pros

    EDC is an awesome environment to work in. For the most part, it is laid back and most of the people are nice and friendly. Awesome benefits and great atmosphere and stepping stone for me.

    Cons

    I work in the Accounting department, so I am considered overhead whereas the other centers are not. It is a non-profit, so that's how it works. However, it is sort of a slap in the face when you see other departments being able to take advantage of their leftover budget (having luncheons, buying merchandise, etc.) while you can't because you are seen as an expense to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Work with the staff. Don't micromanage and act as if you are better than someone because you are higher on the totem pole than they are.



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