Education Pioneers Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Analyst Fellow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people in the fellowships program - Useful network of people

    Cons

    - The programmatic side of the fellowship needs some work - The pay is low compared to others working within the education space - Finding a placement can be difficult


  2. Dive in and Learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Education Pioneers full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn a lot Amazing coworkers Compelling Mission Build a vast network quickly

    Cons

    Constant change is the name of the game Unrealistic goals strain staff Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic about goals and do what it takes to reduce turnover.


  3. Analyst Fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Education Pioneers full-time

    Pros

    Great group of fellows to interact with

    Cons

    Finding the perfect organization to work for is challenging

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and let Fellows do recruiting on their own if possible


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Summer Fellowship

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    Former Employee - Consulting Fellow in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Consulting Fellow in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Pioneers (Less than a year)

    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.

    Education Pioneers Response

    May 6, 2015 – Chief Administrative Officer

    Hello – thank you very much for your input on the matching process. We work very hard to balance the needs of our offer candidates and our partners. We are constantly working to improve our placement ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good company with highly talented and knowledgeable people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  7. lots of work, mission driven

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fellowship Process Needs Work

    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Washington, DC
    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, 2015 – Manager, 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


  9. Summer internship position

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  10. Analyst Fellow

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    Current Employee - Analyst Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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!


  11. See where the fellowship takes you

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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



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