WestEd Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    temp

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WestEd

    Pros

    very welcoming environment and friendly employees

    Cons

    no cons at the moment

    Recommends
  2.  

    Project Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at WestEd full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun working environment. Great Location to work from in San Francisco. The pay is about right for the job. Tools provided to do the job are excellent.

    Cons

    Working with various teachers and intellectuals can be difficult to manage. Attention to detail is key to the success of the job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Bureaucracy of gov't agency, disorganization of nonprofit.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WestEd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    + Great benefits
    + Close to BART
    + Casual dress code
    + Good work/life balance

    Cons

    + Bureaucratic, political internal structure
    + Disorganized silos
    + Terrible communication
    + Room for professional growth only to select few/favorites
    + Horrible performance evaluation system; meager cost of living increases are disguised as yearly "performance increases"
    + Lack of direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Old guard" leadership is holding on with an iron fist, and not allowing room for younger employees to grow. Work on organizing systems and smoother coordination between siloed departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Everyone is out for themselves- No culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting projects and people of all backgrounds. Great location, semi close to BART

    Cons

    No focus on research: no push to present, or attend conferences; use old technology to run analysis; managers follow the money and not their passion
    The majority of people do not want to take the time and teach you their skills. No room for growth, and it feels like you are on your own-everyone is out for themselves. No culture at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on new/young talent, provide opportunities for growth, and focus on the heart of the company, not where the money is right now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WestEd full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting projects with great potential.

    Cons

    Leaders who do not lead, inaccurate systems and inconsistent reviews. Silos of popularity. Management is very clear there is little room for advancement beyond pay grade without rare endorsement.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Mixed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WestEd

    Pros

    Interesting projects and there are some really great people who work here. Benefits are generally good and there is opportunity to travel. Support staff is generally great.

    Cons

    As is the case anywhere, some managers are better than others. There can be a lack of communication depending on who you are dealing with.

  8.  

    Great place to get knowledge & experience.If you can endure the systemic dysfunction & play the politics you'll survive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WestEd full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You'll get to work with some very brilliant people.
    Ppl are passionate about the work.
    You'll get exposure to national research and development work in the field
    They really do have a generous benefits package
    People who actually do the on the ground work (the worker bees), are young, super smart, easy going and a well engaged group.
    Business casual to casual dress code
    Depending on the project or department, they offer employees the opportunity to work from home and give you the tools to do your job e.g computer, phone

    Cons

    There's a level of dysfunction that might be beyond repair with upper management. They have very conservative, myopic thinking. They turn a blind eye to hostile work situations or situations that make it impossible to be innovative and to have a team-based, harmonious work environment. Some departments, like ASDS operate like a dictatorship or a factory. They treat employees like Hebrew slaves.
    There's a clear lack of diversity in the entire organization.
    A lot of nepotism.
    A lot of dishonest unprofessional ageing-out directors who don't know how to manage younger generation staff and who are dismissive of their their ideas and hard work.
    No collaboration between departments. If you here mgmt talking about it, It's just all talk it doesn't happen and there a lot of push back at the mgmt level.
    If you're a Phd be prepared to spend most of your time writing proposals to help keep revenue flowing into your department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn the mirror inward. Directors and Executive Mgmt: You all are losing a lot of young very talented staff who can continue to advance the work and success of the company long after you're gone. No amount of company perks can keep a good employee who feels demoralized or frustrated by mgmt incompetence. They'll stay for a while but will have no loyalty or commitment to stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work with great connections, but be prepared for office shenanigans

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are quite good for the work you do (non-profit so the executives are not paid millions in bonuses). If you're loyal and hard-working, relationships with management can pay off. Many people come and go (see cons), but that means you can build up some great connections.

    Cons

    Promotion is a long process in which one given within 3 years of employment is rare. Turnover is huge depending on the department/program/director. If the people at the top are of the old school hierarchical ilk, the usual office politics and passive aggressive nonsense apply. Not all programs are like this, so most people have great experiences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purge old school hierarchical and passive aggressive management techniques where they exist.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company for educational research and innovation

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Tremendous innovation in the educational arena, very smart people, generally well respected in the industry. Large, stable nonprofit organization with offices across the country. Heavily involved in most educational initiatives at the national and state level; recognized as a leader.

    Cons

    Conservative leadership has been unable to get around siloed program structure. Although there is room for advancement, upward mobility is often difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A Zero Star Rating with a 1 to 5 star option--who are these people?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at WestEd full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefit package rocks!!! 15% of your salary goes to retirement fund (you are 100% vested upon hire)...I believe it's b/c they don't pay into social security. So I do miss that...I miss the money!!! but awful place with bad management

    Cons

    political unrest
    bad coffee
    smiles worth nothing
    backstabbing
    cronies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go to hey'all
    no, seriously, it's probably fine if you get in the right department, at the right level...but I knew a lot of people there who all agreed in the messiness of this place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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