The Achievement Network

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Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Fast-paced, mission-driven, smart non-profit

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time

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

    Pros

    The people are passionate, smart, and motivated. The careful planning and strong management is great. The work with schools, both for those who are school-facing and more internal teams, is inspiring.

    Cons

    Top-heavy--they seem to create new VP positions every year but don't have a plan to keep associate or director-level people beyond advising them to "grow in their role", which can be frustrating


  2. Mobility in this company is a ruse.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Achievement Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of talent in this company. If you're looking to steal some raw leadership talent from them, hire from the middle down. These are the people that solve problems and innovate. It shouldn't be too hard to steal talent from a company that doesn't know how to recognize and reward talent with tangible goods.

    Cons

    Mobility in this company is a ruse. Promotions happen mysteriously for the elite few who manage to get promoted once every one or two years without demonstrating talent nor experience that eclipses anyone else's. But few are more elite and less knowledgeable than those at the top, brandishing their MBA pedigrees and scant T(each) F(or) A(while) credentials while leading a company of people who have far more foresight and direct expertise that can shape the future of education. The top is stacked with false leaders who are masterminds at not using their minds. They are great at delegating problems they can't solve to their mid-tier Directors, at zero cost since there are close to zero promotions for those that do the real work.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out an actual pathway for people with talent and expertise to be rewarded in tangible ways.


  3. Terrible place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Achievement Network full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I have no pros for this company

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance and no appreciation for expertise. No ability to grow unless you speak the language of the MBA and TFA people who run the organization. Often not given the resources to be successful. No awareness of or respect for the knowledge base of the teaching profession.


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  5. The proof is in the impact

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Achievement Network (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It is great to work for an organization that is truly getting results and making an impact. I have worked at other organizations who are very hit and miss in their approach to issues and are not really effective in their mission. Because ANet is is young and growing organization, there is always an opportunity to thought partner, create practice, and see your work as a visible piece of everyday practice.

    Cons

    Because the organization is so high-growth, practice is constantly evolving making norms very challenging to reach.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful see a higher level of accountability amongst senior management. There are not really practices in place that hold higher ups to corrective measures. However, because of the open policies across teams, ANet proves to be highly collegial.


  6. Smart, reflective, mission driven

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of School Support
    Current Employee - Director of School Support

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You work with some of the smartest and mission driven people you will ever encounter. Time in meetings is spent efficiently. Employees have the flexibility to think outside the box. Work hours can be flexible, dependent on the position.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of transparency about salary expectations. Maternity benefits are not great. Work load can sometimes be unreasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Need to consider posting salary ranges so that we know where to start negotiations when being hired, and so that we know we are being compensated fairly. Work load for servicing schools should be rethought.


  7. Core Values drive amazing results!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of education reform and support schools and school leaders doing important work.

    Cons

    None- I'm really enjoying my time and my job!


  8. Very reasonable, responsive and professional colleagues who appreciate and reward quality work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Achievement Network as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are responsive and flexible.
    The organization values and rewards high quality work.
    Communication is both professional and transparent.

    Cons

    Consultants do not necessary feel part of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Fast Pace work environment stepping stone to greater opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Staff Accountant Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Staff Accountant Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Achievement Network as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great stepping stone to accomplish your goals.

    Cons

    Very detached environment. Need clearer path and Company goals. very volatile environment


  10. Helpful (9)

    Young Person's Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Achievement Network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are mission-driven, committed to ending inequity in public education. The staff are young, high-energy, and friendly.

    Cons

    The management expects employees to work over 50 hours a week. There is no clear career advancement path. Expectations are unrealistic given the ever-changing nature of the work. It is a good company for flexible type-A personalities or young people in their 20's, not those who prioritize family.



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