NCS Pearson Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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David W. Smith
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Pros
  • Decent company, good work-life balance, (in 5 reviews)

  • HR is very supportive and benefits are good (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • They do tell you the scoring schedule window is an estimate (in 9 reviews)

  • Training criteria changes throughout a project, making it confusing for scorers to score accurately (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 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.

  2. Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    This is the best place to work in IC area

    Cons

    No FT positions for people seeking to convert from Contractor position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Worst company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I worked at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Be a contractor so you can get the job done

    Cons

    Too much flexibility - so there is no accountability
    Stupidity of following any new technical things that comes up - so nothing to deliver
    Horrible open offices
    worst projects are DAALT - be careful about this team or another stupid research team - they produce nothing and led by horrible inefficient managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting idiots to chief architects.
    Promote accountability in projects and ensure right candidates gets promoted not just someone who speaks a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Associate SQE

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility for work from home

    Cons

    No work, no proper guidance regarding what we are working on, lots of inhouse complex tools, lots of politics going around,
    No good compensation

  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and plenty of opportunities to grow including overseas.

    Cons

    Big company.
    Great benefits.
    Many opportunities within the company in state and abroad

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Best Benefits, PTO, Medical, Great People

    Cons

    Managers are less talented
    No internal opening

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great for seasonal work

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    Current Employee - Supervisor/Scorer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Supervisor/Scorer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at NCS Pearson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can make great money if fast and acurate

    Cons

    Only seasonal and dependent on Dept of Ed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good as a seasonal source of income for those with 4-year college degrees.

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    Former Contractor - Professional Scorer
    Former Contractor - Professional Scorer

    I worked at NCS Pearson as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's nice to see some familiar faces each scoring season. The site staff does whatever they can (on a very limited budget) to make working there fun and interesting. Compensation is adequate and raises come at each 1000-hour milestone reached.

    Cons

    Length of projects is variable and sometimes unpredictable. Since our location is now designated a temporary site, fewer projects are coming our way. The work is very intense and you have to be able to work in close proximity to others, in total silence, for hours at a time. Training is provided for each individual project and you must qualify to score and maintain your reliability metrics to continue scoring the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to hear something from management about what a fantastic job is done by those of us in the trenches each year for the children and parents of this country. It's definitely not an easy job, but it doesn't have to be a thankless one!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Not a lot of crosstraining

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and work from home options; good vacation policy

    Cons

    Constant reorganization and management changes and declining market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within and offer more.generous salaries and bonuses to those not in sales

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Scorer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NCS Pearson

    Pros

    Talk to the staff with any questions. Very competitive wages especially for scoring projects on a temporary basis.

    Cons

    Some of the rubrics don't match up to the anchor papers that you were given for training. Sometimes the scoring habits can change depending on what the project is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more to your staff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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