Education Pioneers

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Education Pioneers Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former fellow

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    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Education Pioneers as a contractor (less than an 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
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mission and Fellowship are great, organization is management challenged, turnover is constant and everyone is overworked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Pioneers full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual work environment with a mission you can get behind. Excellent results on the program side. The Fellowship experience is really valuable.

    Cons

    Under qualified management, constant turnover, three times as much work as is reasonable, low pay (although probably comparable to other non-profits).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the cycle of constant turnover: Current work load takes a 70+ hour work week plus travel; staff up where needed; don't increase goals/targets until something is working smoothly. Decrease internal meetings which literally take up a full 8 hours a day, and give more recognition of work that is being done by employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    10+ years but still very much a start up

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    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Collegial work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working, and friendly staff.

    Cons

    Small organization so there is not a clearly defined career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Fellow

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    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Boston, MA

    I worked at Education Pioneers as a contractor (less than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people doing great work but seems to be struggling a bit with scale.

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    National company
    Very young, driven employees
    Great cause, easy to get motivated
    The company is expanding very quickly so there is plenty of mobility

    Cons

    lack of solid structure in the company
    still relatively small groups in many of the offices.
    company is bigger than they know how to handle
    everyone in the company is needed to keep up with scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either hire more aggresively to keep up with the huge applicant pools, or consider downsizing the size of programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    excellent place for people who want a break from corporate culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Pioneers as an intern

    Pros

    high impact, relaxed atmosphere, brilliant minds

    Cons

    not completely structured yet, lack of accountability sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    become more data driven in the future

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing Pains...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Pioneers

    Pros

    Smart coworkers who are passionate about key issues
    Virtual work environment
    Impact of program is positive and impactful

    Cons

    Growing pains - employee/program rapid growth
    Not cultivating talent within - lack of promotion/professional development options
    No bonus structure
    Human Resource processes are poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate leaders from within. Acknowledge those who are doing a great job earlier on. Provide incentives and professional development opportunities. Top level leadership needs work on roles and responsibilities.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Pioneers

    Pros

    Exciting and innovative place to work that is always trying to improve and expand to further its mission and achieve its goals.

    Cons

    Many offices around the country, decentralized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more!

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growth opportunities, smart people, flexibility for families!

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Education Pioneers full-time

    Pros

    - Interaction with colleagues from across the country (virtually and in person)
    - Fast-paced with ambitious goals
    - Smart & passionate people
    - (travel) -- A pro or con depending on preferences and varies depending on role

    Cons

    - (travel) -- A pro or con depending on preferences and varies depending on role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue the renewed focus on internal human capital
    - Ensure that those "on the ground" are truly being engaged in major decision-making -- EDs are not really "on the ground" anymore

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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