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Field staff work at ACT is challenging, competitive, intense, and often times rewarding.

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Former Employee - Consultant
Former Employee - Consultant

I worked at ACT (Iowa City) full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The assessments are research based and there is value and meaning in what the results of ACT testing says and can mean for students, parents, schools, districts, and states interested in better preparing students for college and careers.

Cons

People from outside of the current Iowa City leadership are limited to what they can contribute, how far they can advance, and what they can change/improve by way of leadership intimidation.

Advice to Management

There needs to be change in leadership at the highest level in Client Relations. Cronyism is a destructive force and it is limiting growth and stymieing the true potential of ACT's best and brightest staff and contributors.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    A great job turned into a nightmare.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ACT (Iowa City) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I would work there again if I was desperate and had a prescription to anti-depressants to fall back on. Nice campus... in the middle of nowhere.

    Cons

    Clueless management, no plan for the future, the floor littered with failed projects. Death by a thousand project managers. Completely incapable of seeing the value of long term employees. Outsourcing. All the core products are under threat by more capable companies. Culty-management garbage (appreciative inquiry).

    Advice to Management

    Think about the business and the employees and see if you can't find a way to succeed without leaving your employees cowering in terror of layoffs and outsourcing.


  2. A promising journey ended too soon by ignoring the voice of the internal customer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator

    I have been working at ACT (Iowa City) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Constant challenges, great colleagues, familial environment, opportunity to learn different areas of the business. The company's mission has value and meaning and the intent of the offering is good.

    Cons

    Your greatest contributions can be overlooked if you don't know the right people or fit a certain image, which is a surprise given how the company claims to value uniqueness but does not. Too much organizational change without benefit to the bottom line. People are added at the top and bottom, leaving the midstream barren.

    Advice to Management

    Move to a matrix structure and instead of promoting or hiring based on perceived merit, do so based on actual merit, and most of all, when a voice with a strong track record is screaming for help, listen to it.


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