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Great vision, mission

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 10 years)

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

Pros

co-workers, campus, challenges, work-life balance

Cons

ability to execute on strategic plan (agreement at the highest levels)

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    Amazing colleagues, great mission, moving in the right direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA

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

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

    Pros

    - ACT is full of great employees - not only are they some of the smartest people you can find, but they are some of the most caring, driven, and supportive people you could wish to work with. I can't say enough positive things about the people I have worked with in many different areas of the company
    - Benefits are good - in addition to excellent healthcare and retirement match, employees have 3 weeks of vacation, 6 personal/floating holidays, 10 sick days, 1 volunteer day, and a large number of company holidays. Also several perks such as local discounts, on site fitness classes, etc are available
    - ACT has a current focus on learning and has many opportunities to take on new projects and learn both in the classroom and on the job
    - Beautiful campus, good quality facilities

    Cons

    - Career growth is slow or non-existent. Despite lots of opportunity to take on more responsibility and learn and become involved in new projects, there is little recognition for extra initiative and promotions are few and far between for most.
    - Pay is average or low compared to similar jobs elsewhere. This is probably partly due to being a non-profit. Raises for performance were 2% for most employees this year.
    - ACT is going through a lot of change right now and that can be challenging for those who are not flexible and who have trouble adjusting to things constantly changing around them. This will not be forever but right now makes ACT a great employer for some personalities and a difficult one for others.

    Advice to Management

    ACT's mission and work are rewarding, but financial rewards should not be overlooked. It doesn't matter how much I love contributing to education and workplace success, I still have to pay my bills and costs are rising much faster than wages. This is not a problem unique to ACT but ACT is willing to invest in so many initiatives that it is surprising the investment in pay/rewards is as little as it is.


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    Tenure tops talent, lot's of fat to be trimmed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    -People
    -Salary and benefits
    -Campus
    -Majority of the products

    Cons

    -For a small company, it makes changes at a snails pace.
    -A testing company that can't provide a computer based test.
    -Very top down/top heavy organization that doesn't have many thought/change leaders.
    -Pushes innovation but doesn't enforce it. Spinning wheels.
    -Unless at the AVP position or higher, your recommendations for improving the company fall on deaf ears (or worse, viewed as "trash talking" the company)
    -Regional "sales" staff are flying blindly and ruling the roost. Many tenured staff in the offices that refuse to change to the times.
    -Makes decisions without market research.
    -One particular area is a good ol' boys club. Hiring buddies and friends, then promoting them when it is unwarranted.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within when talent is there. Make decisions and organizational changes with input from the people who are affected by change. Reward employees for their work, not their time commitment at the company. Cut the fat, specifically the region staff.


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