NWEA Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. Definitely a group of dedicated people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NWEA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people and the benefits.

    Cons

    Management and frequent reorgs keep drama swirling.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place, not without its flaws

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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 NWEA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and relationships between colleagues are second to none.

    Cons

    Our manager is a decent person, but he doesn't manage our team; he is too busy managing UP. This seems to be the case on many teams; not much attention or recognition goes to the individual team members. Case in point: bonuses are huge for managers, even more for executives, but the average individual contributor gets the lowest bonus, even though they are doing all of the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the boots on the ground - the folks on the front lines, doing the actual work. Give them a voice, and listen to them. Show them they matter as much as managers and executives. Reward them for their efforts.

  3. Great organization- solid people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There is a good energy working at NWEA. Teams are genuine and committed and people work well together (compared to other orgs i've worked at).

    Cons

    Lots of work, very busy though a non-profit, doesn't always feel like one

    Advice to Management

    Stay closer to the teams on the ground.

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  5. Good people working to realize the mission of the organization: partnering to help all kids learn.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    The people, the mission, the employee benefits, and the opportunity to positively impact educators and students.

    Cons

    The industry has changed so much, it has been a struggle to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to manage growth

  6. Good intentions & growing pains

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

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of really good people working here who really care about the org mission and providing exceptional service to partners (customers). Even when there is tension, I consistently feel welcomed, valued and respected working here.

    Cons

    Growing pains as the company matures. A tendency to under-resource internal needs. There has been significant turnover in senior management ranks over the past year. I am uncertain if this is a good thing or a sign of trouble ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Internal functions need attention, development and adequate resources in order for the company to fulfill its mission over the long-term.

  7. Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and competitive pay. Company is very mission driven and focused. There is also a great sense of work life balance, that is supported by senior management.

    Cons

    Limited parking (spots are free, but they fill up fast). Located in a busy area of NW Portland with few public parking options.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Rapidly evolving to adapt for the future

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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 NWEA full-time

    Pros

    A mission and product you can be proud to be associated with. Many passionate people who care deeply about the mission. World class research. Top notch technology team has dramatically improved the product platform and set the company up for rapid future success and innovation.

    Cons

    Top heavy executive management is disengaged from the work and generally unaware of the status of efforts underway in the company, providing fertile soil for divisive politics to thrive. Recent efforts point to improvement in this area.

    Advice to Management

    Actively engage with the folks directly leading and managing the major initiatives in the company. Understand the issues and challenges facing them and take ownership for the things that you can do to maintain focus and priority. Seek the truth, particularly when you are hearing negative narrative. Don't set up a layer of people to get the status and report it to you. Go directly to the people managing the work. Ask questions and listen actively. Be more interested in hearing what they have to say than correcting them about how their perceptions are wrong.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Questionable ethics internally and with their customers

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

    I worked at NWEA full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - On-site masseuse and parking

    - Decent benefits, though they keep getting reduced

    - Nice view of the Steel Bridge

    - Close to transit

    - There are a number of intelligent, thoughtful, and honorable people at NWEA, though unfortunately few of them seem to be in positions to affect organizational change

    Cons

    - Egomaniacal management

    - Extremely cliquish departments (basically in some cases a middle school populated with adult children)

    - Gossipers everywhere

    - Management/HR makes excuses instead of dealing with employee harassment

    - Haphazard application and understanding of employment law

    - Kept customers in the dark about system failures that affected testing for a large number of students nationwide

    - Refers to customers as "partners", claims their company mission is "Partnering to help all kids learn." Two points:
       -- Regardless of semantics, when you charge the amount of money NWEA charges for their products, the people paying are customers
       -- This mission statement is thrown around often at NWEA, but I can truly say that in almost two and a half years of working there I rarely saw management make decisions where it seemed this mission was a priority, rather it seemed top priority was always the company's image

    - A "non-profit" (this is mentioned often), but based on the number of luxury cars in the parking garage there are more than a few people getting fat paychecks

    Advice to Management

    - Learn what integrity is and then actually exhibit integrity

    - Stop using management authority to shield some people from criticism or from having to consistently output work, and then with the other hand use that same authority to get payback for personal vendettas or hurt egos

    - Keep your promises instead of just saying whatever you think will placate people

    - Stop giving yourselves new titles and promotions (which most certainly come with raises). Everyone notices and understands what is happening.

    - Make promotions for new positions a meritocracy instead of the current system where the person is often selected in advance, and the interviews are only for show. Again, everyone notices and understands what is happening.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Employee friendly. Great work/life balance. Has a great mission.

    Cons

    Too many internal politics for an organization of this size.

  11. Helpful (2)

    This is a great place if you want to work remotely.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content
    Current Employee - Content

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to work full-time remotely.

    Cons

    Advancement and awards are not always offered fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to offer awards and advancement fairly. Be sure to offer leadership in projects to all, not just to those who ask. Some employees may not be aware of opportunities or may be shy to ask.

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