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  1. Good for professional growth, bad for internal culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at TERC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A nonprofit with 100 employees. Good size for learning new skills and progressing professionally.

    Cons

    Culture is one of haves and have-nots. Those with power give themselves big salaries and perks, and everyone else has to fight for a living wage. Threats of layoffs every year or two, for several years. Some excellent managers. Some managers whose behavior is borderline illegal, and in those cases, HR is unwilling to help. Mission of racial and gender equity not matched by intolerant culture.


  2. Great people to work with. A little difficult to move up.

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
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    I have been working at TERC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very family friendly. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    All soft funding so your job is never guaranteed until the next cycle of funding gets awarded, and then you're good for maybe 3 years. You get used to this uncertaintly, though.

    Advice to Management

    You must come up with a way for junior people to be able to get out form under their own senior level managers to go and work in other work groups. It is too much of a fiefdom.



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