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Overall, still very happy after more than 10 years

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Research  in  Princeton, NJ
Current Employee - Research in Princeton, NJ

I have been working at Educational Testing Service full-time for more than 10 years

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 ManagementAdvice

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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need to Treat Readers/Raters Better

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    Former Employee - Test Reader  in  Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Test Reader in Concord, CA

    I worked at Educational Testing Service part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, can work from home

    Cons

    They try to call your salary "honoraria" in a seeming ploy to avoid tax/employment laws; they do that in spite of offering a 403B program to test readers/raters, they seem to violate some of the overtime laws (missing breaks on overtime assignments, not paying double time when warranted).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the readers/raters better. Offer some benefits if we are working on programs where we work 40 hours plus many if not most weeks of the year (some holiday or vacation pay, some health benefits).

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    rater

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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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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