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Updated February 7, 2018
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  1. "Practice Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the friendly staff is appreciated

    Cons

    the long hours are challenging


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Engineering Leadership Is Concerning Me"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting projects to work on, opportunities to learn, great coworkers, 6 weeks of PTO.

    Cons

    Leadership in Engineering is not aligned. They also do not receive negative feedback in a constructive way. Unrealistic deadlines for projects have lead to massive amounts of technical debt, Senior leadership (VP's) are beginning to micromanage at the team level instead of sharing the vision and road map to have team managers and scrum teams execute.

    Pay for long term employees does not keep up with the market. Adjustments are rarely made. When they are made, they are to save you as you walk out the door. Annual merit based raises were dropped going forward in 2017. Now everyone is in the same boat and you get the same raise as the guy who watches you-tube all day.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid!"

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    Current Employee - Specialist III in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Specialist III in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at ACT gives a great view into the world of standard testing

    Cons

    ACT is filled with double speak. Even the job listings are impossible to understand and pretty much require translation. Most departments I've interacted with are very siloed and refuse to help others or think about how their work or mistakes affect co-workers or customers. Salary is low and merit based raises, even when scoring at top of the scale at reviews, are less than average cost of living increases. Cost of living increases do not happen. Benefits are becoming more expensive to employee while reducing coverage and benefit. Salaried employees are often expected to work 50-70 hour weeks.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Inefficient, poorly managed, spending money on the wrong things"

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    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty campus and educated workforce

    Cons

    Inefficient, poorly managed, poor communication

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers lack the skills and knowledge to be even moderately effective. Most valuable employees (those in Content) are treated shabbily. No job security. Not appropriately rewarded financially. Not listened to. Not given opportunities to be involved in decision making. Subjected to sexist environment. Not given adequate technology to do the work. Not kept informed. Sacrificed like lambs when management and product leadership mess up. Not recognized for the talented workhorses the are. Too many “connected” employees that can’t do the work expected of on-site employees, especially those in management roles.


  5. "Strong organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong work-life balance.
    - Excellent co-workers and management.
    - People care about the organization's mission.

    Cons

    I was there during a period of numerous restructures and shifts in priorities. However, my understanding is the new leadership team and CEO have stabilized much of this uncertainty.


  6. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ACT full-time

    Pros

    The work environment is wonderful. Very good staff in the facilities department

    Cons

    You work with a lot of very smart people across the organization, which can be a pain when someone tries to tell you how to better do your job and having to respond to requests from team members.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great Benefits, Great Co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ACT full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, really nice gym and break room area, & very good benefits. Really enjoyed my co-workers and others in my area. Flexible work environment and nice that we can work from home.

    Cons

    No longer have loyalty to the employees. The benefits are the same for all employees, no incentive to work for many years. Someone with 5 or 10, etc years get the same as someone new. Lower salary compared to other companies. Very top heavy with Directors and Senior leadership. Rash decisions are made without talking to the people that are doing the actual work, so people are let go or deadlines get missed because of unrealistic decisions are made.

  8. "Internship Review"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Intern in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ACT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work at. People are passionate about helping others achieve education and workplace success and employers always have fun at work. Beautiful campus and great work environment.

    Cons

    Not many downsides to working there.


  9. "Working and Culture at ACT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great place to work

    Cons

    Can be tedious and slow at times.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Psychometrician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment and People you work with.

    Cons

    Not well organized based on long-term goals - need lots of trial and errors until settle as one of leaders in the field.


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