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Scantron Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
Scantron – Atlanta – “Scantron at a Conference”

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2.2 13 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

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William D. (Bill) Hansen

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18% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Columbia, PA

    ProsOpportunities for professional development
    Focus on Continuous Improvement
    Logical organization of work with useful tools available
    Good benefits package
    Was not micromanaged

    ConsNo work from home or flex available
    Had an issue with "job level." Asked a direct question and got an incorrect answer from director.
    Would have liked more assurance that rewards are based on ability, commitment and hard work vs. favoritism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSuggest instituting cross training, career growth paths and create overlap of work between locations - so that when market climate changes, can leverage experienced, committed workers in new workflow opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great company that lost direction

    Account Executive (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsScantron has a well known name in the education market. As an Account Executive it is nice that your prospective clients know something about your company.

    ConsMore and more of the company's top products are resold from other manufacturers or programmers - both scanners and software for testing and surveys.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the core markets that have made Scantron's name and develop in-house solutions that you can own and control.

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

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    A company that can't (and won't) keep up

    Sales (Current Employee) Eagan, MN

    ProsGreat people, many who have been with the company for many years. Most care about education and their customers deeply. Lots of flexibility and confidence in employees. Was never micro-managed, and was always encouraged to do what was best for customers.

    ConsThe company has been around so long and is trying to change their image to the fast-paced changes in ed-tech, but being competitive will require more than rebranding. Most in the company seem to have a good idea of what is needed, but resource allocation and decision-making is not happening fast enough. Many in company resistant to change and the culture does not encourage creativity, risk-taking, innovation or collaboration. These things will prevent Scantron from achieving its goal of being a modern-day ed tech provider.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake decisions more quickly and transparently to give employers and customers confidence that Scantron will remain a competitive provider 6 months from now. Invest resources in development so your best products and services don't become outdated in the next year.

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

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    No Strategy, no focus, and too many squandered opportunities to count.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThe ranks are filled with a lot of smart, and dedicated people, who are invested in advancing the product line, and genuinely care about taking care of customers, and maximizing user experience.

    ConsEven though Scantron has a true brand in the education space, they are losing traction/customers to their competitors, and struggling to hold on to key customers.

    Despite the hard work and dedication of many in the rank and file, they are largely handcuffed by lack of resource and support from Senior/Executive Management, and thus, so much of the effort and domain knowledge is left by the wayside.

    Management at the top changes out far too often, which disrupts ongoing activities on all levels, and pushes real problems down the road.

    There is no will to invest in the areas of the company that are actually needed to move the product lines forward, and gain competitive advantage.

    Advice, knowledge, ideas, etc., from the lower ranks is ignored by Senior management, in other words, the collective years of knowledge from people who know the industry, know the technical means to achieve product goals, is left on the margins.

    Short, mid, long term strategy is either non existent, or is not at all transparent to the rank and file, either way, something has to change if Scantron is ever going to re-emerge as an industry leader.

    Too much talk, no execution.

    Little to no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing something right the first time at a premium is a lot less expensive than going cheap out of the gate and unwinding the problems for years to come.

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

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    A lot of nice people on a sinking ship

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    Prosable to work remotely. nice people

    Constoo many educators and not enough technology experience across the board from leadership on down.

    Advice to Senior Managementrewrite the product and adopt SDLC standards

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

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    Used to be a leader; now, the only thing the company has going for it is name recognition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork from home; very little oversight of manager; can keep travel rewards (i.e., hotel and air points)

    ConsConstantly changing direction of company

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet in touch with field you work within (education); invest in the producst: they are so out-of-date; invest in employees (i.e., certification, leadership courses); communication efforts are sorely lacking; leadership is nill - what happens in all these "leadership" meetings held so frequently?

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork from home, set my own schedule

    ConsInstability, low morale, wasteful practices

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

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    Scantron was a market leader in its segment

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was a market leader in scanning, well know in school districts and delivered quality products and services

    ConsScantron is strong in its current segment, however, the education assessment is rapidly changing and the organization is finding its footing - require agility my employees to with stand constant changes

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a extensive communication to assist employees in understanding why the need for constant changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Test (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsNice place to work for.

    ConsTechnology is old and market is declining.

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

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    Well-known Name embracing an unfavorable attitude towards employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsNo fear of getting fired as long as you can fill a seat and press buttons. Employees are pleasant and kind people. One of the more stable places you could work in the software industry at the time. Well known, well respected name for customers in the Education market. 401k matching up to 4-5%.

    ConsNo career advancement. Roadblocks for anyone that shows initiative. Favoritism from Senior management plays big role on what assignments you receive. Tools, aside from the bare-bones, to perform your job are non-existent. Slow to adopt new technologies. Product offering is falling behind competitors in the Education market. Medical and Dental offerings are expensive and not as comprehensive as other software companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the favoritism and re-evaluate all employees based on their actual performance and abilities. Motivate your employees to build a product that will remain competitive in 5, 10, 15 years instead of working them to the ground. Supply the tool sets needed to everyone rather than the select few.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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