Questar Assessment

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Questar Assessment Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
41 Reviews
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41 Reviews
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  1.  

    Challenging and rewarding

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    Current Employee - Operations Department in Apple Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Operations Department in Apple Valley, MN

    I have been working at Questar Assessment full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, convenient location, friendly work environment, contributions are acknowledged and appreciated

    Cons

    Challenges in adjusting to a smaller and new staff to complete existing and new projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lowering health insurance costs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, bad work environment

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance

    I worked at Questar Assessment as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    My coworkers were very helpful to me as a new employee. The work was challenging, and I learned a lot about standardized tests. I also learned lots of random trivia from reading passages.

    Cons

    Deadlines were often rushed, some clients were very difficult to work with, and the process of developing questions meant that errors sometimes had to be left uncorrected to avoid tampering with longitudinal data. Not a very rewarding job, and low job security.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Going places

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Questar Assessment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is redeveloping itself so it can continue to thrive and be an education industry leader.

    Cons

    A lot of change is taking place at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be transparent.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Couldn't leave less than One Star

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Apple Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Apple Valley, MN

    I have been working at Questar Assessment full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A few remaining dedicated workers that want to do the right thing, other than that all new hires that have not one clue.

    Cons

    CEO hired all of her own Senior team from outside, not an unusual move. A few individuals were elevated from within. Makes it look like she hired her friends to be her yes men. Six figure salaries that bring nothing to the table from what we can see. Major reduction of knowledgeable staff forces remaining groups to pick up work that we are struggling to stay afloat on. Feels like we are sinking fast heading into a busy time of the year for the group that was let go.
    Remaining talent seems to be jumping ship or looking.
    CEO came in touting transparency, and open communications... still waiting. Health benefits are terrible, hoping that changes but won't hold our breath.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit you made an error in judgement on some crucial decisions in the last six months and try to rectify them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Terrible Waste

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apple Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Apple Valley, MN

    I have been working at Questar Assessment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a fairly nice building, and I have some very conscientious co- workers.

    Cons

    The new management team has very, very little experience. The CTO was let go last week, and another of our experts was let go today. What is the CEO afraid of...that the experienced people are on to her? From what I can tell, she is hiring her friends...people that won't question her. Whatever...I am looking to get out before this company folds. I wouldn't be surprised if the CEO is too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is going in the wrong direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Questar Assessment full-time

    Pros

    It still has dedicated people

    Cons

    All new upper management, with no experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be practical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Superb group of individuals

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    Current Employee - Publication in Brewster, NY
    Current Employee - Publication in Brewster, NY

    I have been working at Questar Assessment full-time

    Pros

    Smaller than competitors, so there is more opportunity to branch out into other parts of the business.

    Cons

    Smaller than competitors, so it is harder for it to compete in a shrinking market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You have to choose what you bring to the Table.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Questar Assessment full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunity for growth and to help guide Questar into the future of education assessment. You can drive you own success under this CEO and she give her employes the opportunity to speak up.

    Cons

    The Benefits are super $$$$. They need a better on boarding process new employes don't get a lot of direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mentally taxing work.

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    Current Employee - Reader/Scorer in Apple Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Reader/Scorer in Apple Valley, MN

    I have been working at Questar Assessment as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you prefer seasonal work, there is sometimes a couple of weeks between each contract.

    Cons

    The work is mentally exhausting to the point of complete fatigue at the end of each work day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Purpose, Even Greater People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasoned Employee in Apple Valley, MN
    Current Employee - Seasoned Employee in Apple Valley, MN

    I have been working at Questar Assessment full-time

    Pros

    A small-medium sized company, helping fulfill the mandate to provide valid tests for students in various states across the nation. All workers seem to have a mission to quality as it pertains to every student tested and scored accurately. Recent leadership is re-organizing the company to ensure the company survives and hopefully thrives as the marketplace around testing students undergoes some major changes in coming months/years. The recent re-organization is a PRO, even though those affected by it may feel otherwise. Honestly, what company doesn't perform re-organizations from time-to-time to ensure is viability in the marketplace? Those that don't usually fail or are purchased by the companies that do re-org. Advice to everyone working...there is no such thing as job security. Once you realize this, you'll personally be on a better path in general.

    Cons

    Employee benefits need to be re-organized! Healthcare is becoming expensive for all employees and should be fixed so Questar becomes a company as an employer of choice. Until then, they are an employer of choice only if you negotiate your other benefits to offset the crappy healthcare. As with many companies, some of the leaders have oversized egos. As long as you are familiar with navigating in and around those types, you'll be fine. Newer Upper Management appears to be a bit cliquey, sharing inside jokes with one another in public that the general workforce won't get...making those under them feel like they're missing out on something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair, be firm, and reward those that stand out and deliver high quality work. Try to lead without talking down on those below you in the hierarchy. Realize where your talent lies and try not to spread certain individuals too thin in all their responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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