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NWEA Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
26 Reviews

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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great organization with an exceptional mission.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR

    Pros

    NWEA encourages strong staff participation in the business process, at all levels. No one is excluded from being an active participant in helping reach annual operating goals as well as contribute to the evolution of the assessment products that are core to its success.

    Cons

    Some people may feel intimidated by the highly participative environment, but this also encourages the best collective outcomes. Lots of org changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do the broad communication that has been a hallmark of its history. All-staff quarterly meetings are highly insightful and valuable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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

    Pros

    Unbelievable benefits, good compensation, interesting work, flexible schedule, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    maybe the opportunity for growth. The company has grown tremendously over the past few years. This came with a lot of changes in the organization, departments, managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good product, smart people, unethical management

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

    Pros

    Great benefits that have their roots in the education/school year. The company offers between 4 and 6 weeks of PTO per year, highest around.

    Interesting and challenging work environment Technology is not necessarily cutting edge but offers growth for engineers.

    Cons

    Facts are not always checked by upper management. The loudest are allowed to steer the company.

    The list of core values hangs in the conference rooms but are more lip service than internalized from the top down. The message is definitely do what helps your career and standing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the rogue managers back into alignment.

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

    So top heavy, it's a wonder anything ever gets done!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, close to market value pay.
    Promote alternative transportation (But the parking lot is alway maxed out)
    Mostly open source dev, when it gets done

    Cons

    Incredibly top heavy
    Little to no upward movement for most people.
    Promotions are based less on talent and experience and more on whose friends with whom (I would do better to quit and be rehired)
    More Managers than employees in many departments
    Will not recognize that is IS a software company and do due diligence.
    Talk about Agile and SCRUM, but all they do is talk.
    No formal review process, one raise in 3 years, not meeting cost of living.
    Pet projects not ones the partners need

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people to Senior Managers, Directors, etc.
    Get a real vision and stick to it.
    Let ALL employees telecommute, not just certain ones.
    Take a look at the culture that IS, not the culture you wish were here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Top heavy management but good mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Location, work life balance, mission

    Cons

    Too many managers, poor communication, conflicting priorities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I get respect, great benefits, and a chance to make a difference

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    We are contributing to something great. We have GREAT benefits. We can work remotely.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are too many voices for a process to be done efficiently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of churn and lack of communications processing in Engineering team.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Great benefits, and people committed to the cause.

    Cons

    Multiple promotions that should have never happened. People not technical enough to be qualified senior developer or architects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive management is poor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The work environment is friendly and convenient.

    Cons

    There are little opportunities because the company does not know where it is going. Executive are very slow to make decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Image is great. Reality is much less rosy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineering  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Product Engineering in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Management allows you to focus on engineering - not meetings.
    Open source is used heavily in many areas of the organization.
    Good ideas are listened to by other engineers.
    Great LEED certified building.
    Benefits are great. Not as good since the recent vacation change. Still really excellent though.
    The non-product engineering leaders seem to be qualified.

    Cons

    Middle management is disengaged with vision of upper management.
    Employees work on pet projects - not necessarily business goals.
    Some managers spends 90+% time in management meetings.
    Word of mouth is the only way information moves.
    Decisions made by people who are not necessarily qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get consistency between senior management vision, management direction, and work backlog for employees.
    Find nice ways to engage quiet people. You will probably be surprised that they are smarter than your leadership councils.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    One of the best companies I have ever worked for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Specialist
    Current Employee - Content Specialist

    Pros

    I work at home with full benefits.
    The people (managers and co-workers) are supportive.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of chances to move up in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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