Education Pioneers Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Top-Notch Graduate School Fellowship Program

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good company with highly talented and knowledgeable people

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    I think placement (matching) process could be more transparent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Analyst Fellow

    • Culture & Values
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Summer internship position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. See where the fellowship takes you

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

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing but make sure it's sustainable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Pursuing Success in Education

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Communicate more for greater exposure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Graduate Fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Graduate School Fellowship in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Graduate School Fellowship in Boston, MA

    I worked at Education Pioneers as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great partners to work with, and networking abilities. The cohort model is conducive to learning from one another in a diverse environment

    Cons

    The cohort topics can be a little generic. Requires a lot of effort on the part of the alumnae to stay involved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 10+ years but still very much a start up

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Pioneers

    Pros

    Great people. Very collaborative: if you need help or ideas, just ask for it

    Rewarding to introduce people from a business background to lesser known opportunities in K-12 education. Teachers know EP as a path into non-classroom positions in education.

    EP is very well known in the education sector. Pride with being affiliated with them!

    Cons

    Very successful first decade. Figuring out EP's place in the K-12 education sector moving forward is creating a lot of uncertainty.

    Staff turnover at the lower and mid-levels is concerning and creates a lot of work for everyone.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former fellow

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Education Pioneers as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Connections. Great group of other fellows to connect with.

    Cons

    Narrowly focused mission, way too caught up in education reform without being thoughtful or deliberate in their actions.

    Everyone seems so apt to appease fellows without actually listening to their concerns or admitting that their concerns can't be addressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden your approach to programming and training days, as well as the content. You do not have to be beholden to your donors.

    Make the placement process transparent. You spend so much time finding fellows, but it seems you put no thought into the placement process and just put people where you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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