NWEA
3.2 of 5 21 reviews
www.nwea.org Portland, OR 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Apr 2, 2014

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Matt Chapman

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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I get respect, great benefits, and a chance to make a difference

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than a year

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at NWEA

ProsGood leadership, great benefits, good environment, very nice office to work at, mission driven staff members, highly educated workforce.

ConsAverage pay (have not received performance payout for over 3 years), not a lot of mobility upwards.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Executive management is poor

Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than a year

ProsThe work environment is friendly and convenient.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Image is great. Reality is much less rosy.

Product Engineering (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at NWEA full-time

ProsManagement 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.

ConsMiddle 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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One of the best companies I have ever worked for!

Content Specialist (Current Employee)

I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than a year

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good-hearted folks who care about education and technology

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than a year

ProsChances to work with cutting-edge technology,
Great attitudes, and a (steadily) decreasing tolerance for histrionics,
Employees at all levels are regarded with respect and dignity.
Fabulous opportunities to learn and develop professionally; your career isn't on the line if you take risks for the sake of greater knowledge.

Everyone in the organization knows the mission, verbatim. Folks here give a cuss about helping kids.

ConsRe-org fatigue,
Upper management has echo chamber tendencies.
You're either an agile enterprise or not; there is no "agile department."

Advice to Senior ManagementStop chasing waterfall:
Recognize that software is a conversation, and participation is *essential* in proportion to stake held.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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If you are in to progress and busy work, it's the place to be. Sales and Techies love it here

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsUnlimited projects and innovation to keep up with the trends of Education and Technology. A number of entry level positions available with supportive management. NWEA offers a number of opportunities for personal growth and development. Staff, both in office and remote, are very educated and motivated by our mission. But it is still about the bottom dollar as with any successful business.

ConsThere is simply not enough time for the high demand for change and flexibility. There has been some growth in opportunities but seems like jobs are not posted, more like the new groups are hand picked. I think current trends in technology and education are consistently one step ahead. We invest a lot of money and staff talent for short term solutions.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe culture of management has changed to meet the demands of the progress being made. Those you hire from now on should also be progressive and forward thinkers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No regrets

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than a year

Pros- Like the team I’m on - great people that are that are willing to help
- Learned a lot in the last year - Mongo and Angular
- The benefits are about as good as they get - 4 weeks off in first year
- The product actually does something for education
- Downtown location

Cons- The scrum teams have shuffled a couple of times
- The code is more complicated than it needs to be

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep driving for a stronger culture and do better top-down communications

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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not so great anymore

Account Executive (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than 8 years

Prosgreat benefits, flexible work options, many from home positions. generous PTO . Portland Oregon Culture

Constons of management turnover, loss of direction, purchased other products without much review, not nimble or quick to react

Advice to Senior ManagementMoving in the wrong direction, morale has greatly declined over the last 2 years

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not-for profit, but thinks it's a charity

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at NWEA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMost of the staff is there is there for the right reasons: they want to do the right thing, improve education, and help kids.

ConsLeadership is out of touch with the rest of the staff and runs the business like it's their private platform to advance their political connections and careers.

Advice to Senior ManagementStick to being a niche player where you have a quality service and loyal customers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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