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Good to supplement income short-term with flexible schedule

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Former Employee - Temporary Scorer
Former Employee - Temporary Scorer

I worked at NCS Pearson

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

I was a temporary employee scoring standardized student exams. The benefits of doing such a position are:
* Freedom to work as much as you want, as long as you meet the minimum commitment for the project and within
* For some projects available work hours are extensive, e.g. 5 am - 11 pm ET
* You can do this type of work all day long as if it were a regular job, or in bits and spurts throughout the day
* Reading student responses, especially for writing projects, can be very interesting
* Support staff are friendly and helpful and available during most of the scheduled project hours
* More advanced projects pay better and provide bonuses for high performance

Cons

* The pay is not that great. Above minimum wage but with no benefits and limited work available, it's hard to get the dollars to add up.
* Feedback on performance varies by project. On one project I received constant quantitative feedback on how fast I was scoring, and how accurate I was. On another this information was not available in the system, whether due to intent or a technical glitch I don't know.
* You might apply in the fall and not get picked for a project until spring of the next year or even the year after. So it's great to be able to do the work when you get it but it isn't something you can count on.
* Communication was sometimes lacking. On one project the pay ended up being below the projected rate because the average scoring rate was much slower than planners anticipated. By the time this was addressed the project was nearly over.

Advice to Management

Seek detailed feedback from scorers during and after project completion to find out what's working well and where there are opportunities for improvement. Establish a system to respond more quickly when scoring for an item is not proceeding as expected.

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  1. Boring but no pressure

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    casual office environment .
    using newest technology ( trying new things all the time ) so that it's easy to find another job
    college town

    Cons

    the software itself is not complicated, and most of the time you just fix the bugs or add a small new function, not much innovation

    Advice to Management

    real good management .. if do not hire so much interns who are not familiar with the development it would be better

  2. Assessment Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    Good benefits
    Company working to improve

    Cons

    Experience very dependent on management and project --- can range from very good to bad in terms of teams and effectiveness. Salaries not always competitive.

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