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Overall, still very happy after more than 10 years

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Research in Princeton, NJ
Current Employee - Research in Princeton, NJ

I have been working at Educational Testing Service full-time (More than 10 years)

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

Pros

- work with some leaders in the field
- colleagues are devoted to doing good work, are great mentors, and are friendly
- very strong research centers
- good total compensation package: employees can be rewarded in various ways
- focused on employee development
- strong community outreach
- focused on mission and integrity

Cons

- as company grows, business infrastructure seems to grow more and more complex
- too top heavy
- some managers appear to enjoy a punitive management style (fortunately, not all managers!)
- it definitely helps to know the right people, although that is probably true of most companies
- management doesn't always seem to take the opinions of stakeholders (and those more knowledgeable than them about process or structure) into account, making unilateral decisions

Advice to Management

There has been a lot of talk about innovation, but sometimes we spread out too quickly into too many areas without building up the infrastructures necessary to fully support them. Sometimes the best people to talk to are the ones who do the job, even if they don't have a prestigious title and haven't had the benefit of being formally recognized for their successes. On the whole, though, I think that the senior leadership has done a good job of growing and maintaining a company that has gone through a lot of change over the years.

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    Current Employee - Rater in Ewing, NJ
    Current Employee - Rater in Ewing, NJ

    I have been working at Educational Testing Service part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work from home (online); most scoring leaders (not content scoring leaders) are competent and pleasant to work with; can get fair amount of hours for a part-time job

    Cons

    content scoring leaders and administration are incompetent and rude-- more concerned with ego than accuracy/fairness; constant buck-passing by content scoring leaders and administration; "don't bother me" management style; little monitoring of supervisors, so you need to either suck it up and focus on the few pros of the position, or look elsewhere for part-time positions (there are other companies-- Pearson, McGraw Hill, etc.-- who are finally in competition with ETS); ETS makes enormous earnings and their "not-for-profit" status has been ridiculed by more than one analyzing organization

    Advice to Management

    most empires fall eventually; thankfully ETS is finally getting some competition

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits, Lower Compensation Compared to For-Profit Institutions

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

    I worked at Educational Testing Service full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great benefits,
    - Casual and friendly environment,
    - Opportunities for advancement,
    - Yearly performance based salary increases

    Cons

    - Compensation is relatively low compared to Princeton pharma and finance companies,
    - Maximum compensation increase at one time is limited to a certain percent of the current salary so compensation tends to lag quite a bit behind title promotions for those who are advancing quckly

    Advice to Management

    See above

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