Education Pioneers Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Good company with highly talented and knowledgeable people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Education Pioneers full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great network of employees and partners
    innovation
    eye for social equality
    flexibility in location

    Cons

    for summer and full-time fellows, placement process might be a tough phase

    Advice to Management

    I think placement (matching) process could be more transparent

  2. Great for fellows; growing pains for staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Placement Specialist
    Current Contractor - Placement Specialist

    I have been working at Education Pioneers as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    EP is an organization where regions create their own structures for how to approach growth strategy and development. Lots of young people work here.

    Cons

    While fellows might never experience it, it's pretty disorganized on the inside, with lots of systems and processes operating in silos or duplicating work and efforts. At least half of the staff never did the fellowship, and it shows in the way they go about work, project and talent management, and supporting employees for long-term growth. The national office staff has grown bloated in the past five years, while regions scrape by with a couple team members and high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in regions so that employees are committed, have a growth plan and trajectory, and find ways to ensure alumni are recruited and promoted for leadership positions. They are the best brand ambassadors for outward facing clients and rising fellows.

    Education Pioneers Response

    Apr 15, 2015Manager, External Relations

    We appreciate feedback from all of our staff, fellows and alumni, and we work to make improvements based on the feedback we receive. We are on a growth trajectory to place 10,000 diverse, talented ... More

  3. Top-Notch Graduate School Fellowship Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graduate School Fellow (Summer 2014) in New Orleans, LA
    Former Intern - Graduate School Fellow (Summer 2014) in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Education Pioneers as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The summer fellowship program was extremely well run. We had many interesting and informative workshops and Education Pioneers (EP) introduced us to all of the big names in education in the area. The caliber of fellows is very high. The application process was extremely well-run, including the group interview day and multiple phone calls from alumni throughout the process. Pay is pretty good for a summer fellowship program. I had very positive interactions with the highest EP leadership. The workload was very reasonable, allowing me to get the most out of the experience in a new city. EP is committed to their work and has a clear focus: to bring talented graduate students into education organizations to help kids and develop education leadership for the future.

    Cons

    No cons to share - this is an excellent program

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  5. Summer Fellowship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Fellow in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Consulting Fellow in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Education Pioneers (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent partner organizations with nice projects

    Cons

    Worst matching process. Overfill the vacancies and then reject with no match after sending the offer.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not overadvertise the vacancies and never overfill them.

  6. lots of work, mission driven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Pioneers

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

    Pros

    you're never bored, high commitment from staff

    Cons

    it's not possible to do all the work and do it well

    Advice to Management

    get it right before you scale

  7. Fellowship Process Needs Work

    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Washington, DC

    I worked at Education Pioneers

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

    Pros

    Great at getting a lot of smart, passionate people in a room together to exchange ideas.
    They partner with a lot of high-impact education organizations, so many fellows have the opportunity to do very substantial work at well known organizations.

    Cons

    No transparency in the placement process.
    Not respectful of ideological/thought diversity, which is disappointing since they place such a major emphasis on diversity in general.
    Low and mid-level staff that fellows interact with day-to-day are very hit or miss. Some were amazing, some could not have cared less.
    Data is collected from fellows via non-anonymous surveys, so if you have anything other than a 100% positive experience, staff will call you to talk one-on-one and try to convince you otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency in the placement process.
    Stop hiring mediocre staff just because they are alums.
    Embrace the diversity of ideas and experiences that fellows bring to the table instead of trying to squash them all into your narrow definition of what reform should look like.

    Education Pioneers Response

    Apr 14, 2015Manager, External Relations

    Thank you so much for participating in the Graduate School Fellowship. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our recruiting and placement process, as well as our focus on diversity and ... More

  8. Summer internship position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Amazing bi-weekly workshops where they strive to give you a holistic idea of the education field
    -Mentorship from both a department member at your placement and a member of the EP staff
    -Consistent Feedback and check-ins

    Cons

    -No transportation cost coverage or relocation payment
    -Sometimes they take a while to place an individual

  9. Analyst Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Analyst Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst Fellow in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Education Pioneers full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The EP staff is incredibly nice, thoughtful, and supportive. The Analyst fellowship will give you access to a strong network of peers, as well as an association with EP, who is known for delivering top-notch analytic and management talent into Education organizations.

    Cons

    The "placement matching" is not a yet a perfected process, and while EP is extremely successful at finding talented analysts--they have not yet figured out how to make sure that each placement organization is ready for an EP fellow. Potential analysts should take as much control of the placement process as possible (i.e., if you like a particular organization, see if they'll partner with EP to become a placement org. If you have misgivings about the team and/or the work at a potential placement organization--make it known and work it out with EP.)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making sure that the placement organizations are ready for an EP fellow (check their management skills, the data infrastructure) and/or find ways to help these placement organizations grow to become ready for an EP fellow. This will tremendously improve the accuracy of EP's placement process, and ensure that the maximum # of EP Analyst fellows will come out of the fellowship ecstatic, just as I did!

  10. See where the fellowship takes you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Education Pioneers is a truly unique opportunity for people to make a difference in schools. Teaching isn't for me, and with Ed Pioneers I'm in a position I enjoy that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. I'm amazed by the people around me, from top companies and schools, who want to change education.

    Cons

    The compensation is low, but it's only 10 weeks or months, and is higher than other positions in education.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing but make sure it's sustainable

  11. Pursuing Success in Education

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Education Puoneers is doing what its name says, paving the way for a new approach to education.

    Cons

    Communicate more for greater exposure.

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