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ISTE Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
12 Reviews

2.5
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Major org change

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

    Pros

    members are passionate about mission

    Cons

    poor management practices and communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good mission, gone bad

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Doing work that really matters!

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great, until 2012

    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ISTE offers employees long work hours with little life-work balance.

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

    Pros

    A good benefits package with significant vacation and sick time.
    A hardworking front line staff who believe in the company's mission and vision.

    Cons

    A poor pay structure with very infrequent raises.
    A laborious performance appraisal system.
    Senior and executive management are disconnected from the workloads of front line staff.
    No opportunities for career advancement or growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work a few days doing the jobs of the front line staff. Understand the hours and efforts they put in. Toss out the "salary review" and start being competitive with other organizations.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Executive  in  Chandigarh (India)
    Current Employee - Executive in Chandigarh (India)

    Pros

    Experience is good. Learnt a lot

    Cons

    Nothing bad as such. Its nice.

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