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Updated November 11, 2017
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  • overly ambitious upper management, poor communication (in 10 reviews)

  • It's fine for a two-month internship but it makes the prospect of full-time employment very unappealing (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Internship Review"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Politics and mismanagement lead to sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time

    Pros

    The campus is lovely and the benefits are good. The work is steady. I used to love the people but leadership has turned many frustrated.

    Cons

    The leadership is scattered and politically motivated. The customer is no longer first. People are mean and tearing others apart with lies and bureaucratic red tape. Nothing can get done with PLM staff unqualified to lead products. They hire out technology when they can’t get their way. EIS is a mom and pop shop that is trying to play like they know technology. Every project has performance issues.

    Advice to Management

    You has got to do something to stop CCO and COO from fighting and created a bad culture.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A place to work in Iowa City"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ACT full-time

    Pros

    Free parking, nice campus, good benefits, nice people, good work-life balance for some roles

    Cons

    Completely inept leadership, no longer mission-driven, full of ex-corporate mercenaries, college testing has that feel of Kodak just about the time digital cameras hit the market

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be a for-profit when you grow up, get back to the roots of your mission, or sell out to Pearson already


  6. "Good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ACT full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Benefits. Pace or work. Environment.

    Cons

    They outsourced the entire IT Ops department. BUT... New CEO, and they are bringing it back in house.


  7. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at ACT full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice campus, good work hours/flexibility. People are hard working and growth-oriented

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. Lower salaries in test development.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication of vision and goals to compnay at large. More direction about needed skills for future goals to help keep teams engaged, motivated, and feel like they are needed assets.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Employees Are Not Valued"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, beautiful campus, I progressed well within the company and left on my own will.

    Cons

    There are constant layoffs and reorganizations, no one should ever feel comfortable. Senior leadership does not value its employees. It could give a rip about the people. There are literally large numbers of layoffs every few months and its been going on for several years. DO NOT MOVE TO IOWA CITY for a position at ACT. The new thing is to let everyone go in a given area and then force those impacted to reapply for fewer positions so you're competing with your co-workers for a job, at lower pay.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  9. "great company"

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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

    rapid promotion and growth available

    Cons

    none, it's a great place to grow

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "not bad overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ACT full-time

    Pros

    flexible regarding hours/location, great coworkers, important mission

    Cons

    overly ambitious upper management, poor communication

    Advice to Management

    Listen better to people on the ground


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