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Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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  1. "Regional Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - WEST REGIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - WEST REGIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sales of professional learning services, and technology programs. Worked with Sate departments, school districts, and schools in the 4 Western states.

    Cons

    Newly mapped territory that had not been worked at all in 6 years.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Culture"

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    Former Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you have a leader who has credibility with the executive team then you will have the opportunity to work on great projects. The colleagues here are there for the mission.

    Cons

    The executive team is divided, causing silos and fear. Constant reorganizations in absence of a real strategy cause anxiety and unnecessary change.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an executive not from agency or non profit to turn around the organization.


  3. "Stay away and go find another non-profit org"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free parking, nice location and building is well maintained.

    Cons

    High turnover, organization has been restructuring, outsourcing positions, low morale, unstable, and very weak leadership. This org is dramatically sinking by the day.

    Advice to Management

    consider showing respect to your employees and show more transparency. Hire leaders that know how to do their job not because she/he is your friend.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking Ship, get a life vest and JUMP!!! For those looking, stay on solid ground....."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free parking, nice location within Alexandria, VA near Mark Center

    Cons

    The culture of this company is very toxic. Their is no room for growth and good job performance is only rewarded if you are part of the "in crowd" and that's usually within long term upper management. Benefits are being cut and no pay increases this past year and more likely the same for next year. Gossip is prevalent but also the only means of getting information because company-wide communication is lacking. Collaboration between units is impossible. Decisions are slow or never made and the company is on the verge of near bankruptcy (I'm giving it 2 -3 years). Want proof, go online and check their annual report (Under "About Us" section). Among all the flashiness of the report, you will uncover a negative trend over the past 4-5 years. Layoffs are going to happen continuously into the next year and this is for a company with less than 200 employees. All the signs of a troubled company trying to survive in an ever changing market lacking the skills necessary to keep in line with their competitors. If you are looking for a job here, think again. If you still work here, consider all the signs and leave with dignity.

    Advice to Management

    Morale is low, consider showing respect to your employees and show more transparency. Think about current trends and staying in line with competitors, the company is so behind in terms of lean processes, technology, innovation, and collaboration....contradictory to their core values.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience but you must play the politics!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development full-time

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people work at ASCD. Benefits are great. If you have the right supervisor you can really grow horizontally but not vertically.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to advance and trying to prove that you deserve a promotion is extremely difficult. Upper management doesn't get along very well. It appears that they care more about the building than the employees in it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place to build a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Paid Parking
    Good work and life balance
    Competitive salaries
    Seem to be willing to invest in employee (if they are liked)

    Cons

    Lack of clear business focus from senior management
    No advancement potential
    Shady firing practices
    Little innovation
    Rumor-mill environment
    Terrible office environment with 90% cubicles
    Management top heavy for a small not profit
    Highly political environment for such a small not for profit organization

    Advice to Management

    Create advance opportunities when defining positions
    Be more goal-oriented and set-up clear objectives
    Communicate better--don't just pay lip service


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a Place I Would Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good location - shuttle service provided to/from Metro
    Excellent work/life balance & benefits package
    Highly respected organization

    Cons

    Change-averse & elderly senior management
    Over-reliance on institutionalized practices ("We do it that way b/c that's the way we've done it.")
    No opportunity for advancement
    Low salaries (typical for nonprofit industry, however)
    "Too lily-white" (by one senior manager's own admission)
    Talks diversity but seldom practices it (most of staff is white female)
    Passive-aggressive management styles
    Mostly populated by career educators with little to no actual business experience
    Progressive political outlook practically a requirement for employment

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers in senior positions are entrenched "lifers" who are basically clock-punching before heading to Florida. Organization desperately needs to start walking the diversity talk it so regularly heralds in its publications. The flagship magazine has been elderly white female for well over a decade if not more; and the organization only hired its first minority editor a few years ago. Opportunities for advancement should be created to encourage younger staffers to remain with the organization vs. leaving to find work elsewhere after 2-3 years.; and the progressive political mindset needs to be re-examined since, unless you are an elderly woman with a Democratic leaning, there is not much of a place for you at this association.


  9. "OK"

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

    Pros

    Working with like-minded people. Some room for promotion depending on department and manager.

    Cons

    Organizationally unstable. Weak leadership. Unclear future. Low morale. High turnover.


  10. "Easy to get behind the mission...but leadership needs a lot of work"

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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 Association For Supervision & Curriculum Development full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and exciting work, constant opportunities to change (improve) and grow (develop) abound. Easy to get behind the mission and most employees genuinely show up every day to do their best and work hard to produce quality results. Diversity comes from individuals' backgrounds, experiences, and skills - regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, etc.

    Cons

    Can be a tough environment if you are not predisposed to readily accept constant change. Some groups still work in siloes but they are trying to change that. A lot of managers promoted without any formal training or experience in supervision and sometimes they struggle managing others. Leadership does not communicate well at all and they don't develop SMART goals.This is a meetings culture - some find themselves in meetings all day every day making it hard to get work done.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, get as much information as you can before making decisions. Recognize that there is value to the story of "why" things were done, and then use your powers of influence for good to explain "how" we can make it better if we do it differently - as opposed to just telling us to deal with it or get out. Implement a process to prioritize projects. Lead by example. Treat staff with civility and genuinely care how they will react to change. Improve top down communication immediately and with greater frequency. Walk around to see how people are doing, do some job shadowing to better understand processes and work, and stop having so many meetings!


  11. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work at ASCD is the support of their mission and they offer an excellent benefits package!

    Cons

    They are going through many pains as they try to reinvent themselves, lots of change in leadership and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Share important information and be honest with staff.


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