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  1. Culture of change and innovation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The ISTE staff is the most passionate and entrepreneurial team I have worked with. The work is fulfilling and leadership encourages and supports employees to grow in their area of expertise. The compensation is fair and the PTO benefits are great! Performance evaluations focus on staff growth and coaching.

    Cons

    Change is constant here, which is challenging for some people. The organization is still working to remove silos between departments.

    Advice to Management

    With a growing remote staff, communication tools need to be improved. The work the leadership team is working on to improve communications, establish priorities, resource projects and support work-life balance is appreciated.

  2. Dynamic and progressive workplace with a meaningful mission

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    If you love impactful change, a progressive work environment and working with incredibly passionate and talented colleagues to help effect a transformation in learning, then ISTE is the place for you. The culture has made a 180 degree transformation in the last three years from one of a very traditional, factory mindset to one that is very progressive and modern, and includes opportunities for virtual and remote work, flexible work schedules, very generous PTO and benefits and competitive pay scales. Performance coaching has been re-engineered from traditional and laborious reviews, to more meaningful, ongoing employee coaching. Core values are key to the new folks that are brought on board to ensure a great fit. Employee compensation is more competitive than it has ever been, especially when combined with ISTE's very generous benefit package. Opportunities to excel at your chosen profession and make a meaningful difference in this world exist across the organization, for folks who bring the right talents, attitude and fit!

    Cons

    It's been a tough few years for the organization and many of it's former staff, as the ISTE crew has worked diligently under the ISTE board's directive to transform the organization into one that will remain relevant in today's rapidly changing association world. With a new CEO brought on board in 2012, the transformation began. After rigorous business analysis, and much input from key internal and external stakeholders, many internal functions were outsourced to improve services and flexibility with a renewed focus internally on ISTE's core competencies. The culture has transformed into one that is progressive, modern and much more in touch with today's workplace.

    Sadly, many of the negative reviews on this site come from employees who lost their jobs in this transformation or found it difficult to embrace a changing environment. New skills and talents have been brought on board to effect this amazing transformation and ISTE now has an incredible staff, very strong leadership and an amazing vision and mission. Change is difficult for many and requires hard work - ISTE will continue to evolve over time - if you are not one that embraces a changing, progressive work environment, with an incredible mission to support, then ISTE is likely not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work ISTE leadership! The real customers are the kids and all learners (and of course all the educators out there) - ISTE rocks.

  3. Major org change

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ISTE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    members are passionate about mission

    Cons

    poor management practices and communication

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  5. Started out great and is now on the great decline...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I worked at ISTE full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    I loved working with the former management, prior to the CFO leaving. It was a great group of passionate people that really cared about education.

    Cons

    This company has eliminated a LOT of positions over the last couple of years. Outsourcing is the new buzzword. I really can't figure out if there is a new vision and if so, what it is. They have eliminated several departments.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out where you are taking the organization and share it with the staff. Honest information is better than no information.

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    Going downhill and gaining momentum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I worked at ISTE full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules
    Great members and volunteers
    PD opportunities

    Cons

    Not much security. Long hours, little recognition. Senior managers who take credit for others' work. Major disconnect between management and labor, as well as Eugene and DC offices.
    Lots of layoffs since the new CEO arrived a year ago. Entire departments are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Just own up to what you're doing. Laying good people off, then hiring your cronies is pathetic.

  7. Good mission, gone bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

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

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

    Pros

    The mission is motivating and although pay is mediocre, hours are flexible and benefits decent (though deteriorating).

    Cons

    Extremely frustrating top-down only communication/management structure with a major disconnect between leadership and staff. Don't know or understand and/or care about the professional experiences and skills of the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting all your energies into remaking the organization simply to make it over and put the energy into making it actually work better. Give the cronies a rest and actually let the professionals who were doing work do their thing.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Lack of respect from leadership is astounding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I have been working at ISTE full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, flexible schedules, good mission

    Cons

    Leadership and especially CEO have no respect for middle managers and front line employees. No job security. CEO hires his friends with no job search. Huge divide between leadership and everyone else. No transparency in promotion process.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of CEO. Treat your employees with respect. Stop allowing CEO to hire his friends in high level positions. Don't kill the membership magazine that everyone loves.

  9. Doing work that really matters!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Strong work/life balance. Staff is passionate about the mission of the organization.

    Cons

    High turnover, not the best city to attract and keep talent. Smaller company so career opportunities are limited and compensation is low due to it being a non-profit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  10. Great, until 2012

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

    I worked at ISTE full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Mostly very dedicated employees.
    Loved it under the Deputy CEO
    It was a great conference
    Chiefs are very well paid

    Cons

    New management seems to be interested in themselves.
    Lack of support for employees.
    Lack of a shared vision for all.

    Advice to Management

    Value those before you, get rid of new clique culture.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Value

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I worked at ISTE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaborative and productive peers.
    Mission has meaning and impact.
    Products are useful. Customers love them.
    Always applying lessons learned.
    Great people, both staff and volunteers.
    Growth opportunity at junior/mid-levels.
    Employee individualism is respected.
    Culture of reciprocity and goodwill.

    Cons

    Cultural disconnect between Eugene and DC office, but they strive to work around it.
    Salaries are low, commensurate with Eugene OR market, but outcomes are world-class.
    There is always more work to accomplish than dedicated resources.
    Discrepancy (resources, work style) between departments, but that has improved.

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