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College Board CEO David Coleman
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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "Positive place to work helping students"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been at the College Board for almost six months within the IT division. I appreciated the solid on-boarding process, incredible benefits, and positive work environment. As part of my on-boarding process, I had lunch with the CTO and the VP's that lead each division below, as an open forum to get information about the company, its history, and it's current leaders. After the review of strategic planning for the year,...

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    Cons

    The working environment is extremely relaxed, to a fault at times.

    College Board2019-02-26

    College Board Response

    April 5, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for the great review! We’re thrilled that you’re inspired by our goals and direction and looking forward to all you’ll help contribute. -- Karl D'Souza

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director, K-12 Services 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at College Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The College Board has recruited incredibly talented and passionate individuals who are interested in making a difference in student's lives. They bring in people with a critical mind that assists them in finding ways to continue to remain mission focused.

    Cons

    I have not seen any downsides yet. It is a very large organization, so you always have to be prepared to navigate and work with a multitude of departments.

    College Board2019-05-13

    College Board Response

    May 21, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    Welcome to the team - we're glad you're here! -- Karl D'Souza

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Parts of organization are well-run, but not enough of it is"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at College Board full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great mission, lots of smart, fun people who are dedicated to the mission

    Cons

    Too many managers/directors have an us vs. them mentality about departments that are not their own. There doesn't seem to be any real effort to curtail this toxic behavior. It's ridiculous and inappropriate--not to mention terrible for morale and for getting things done. While the company recently introduced some new guidelines on how to be better employees and better bosses, leadership does not seem to be taking...

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    Advice to Management

    Actively discourage all the politicking and backbiting between departments by creating a system where employees at all levels of the organization can surface problems and inefficiencies without fear of reprisal. Do not let toxic and incompetent managers drive out good employees. Give managers more specific and concrete guidelines/checklists on best practices for leading employees. And, find a way to verify that...

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    College Board2019-05-11

    College Board Response

    May 21, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate your note and candor. We’re committed to making College Board a great place to work – that means great bosses, and meaningful work and growth opportunities for all. We’ll continue to look for ways to improve our team’s experience. – Karl D’Souza

  4. "Good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Board full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Strong mission and smart and dedicated coworkers

    Cons

    Can be too bureaucratic, too many outdated processes

    College Board2019-04-26

    College Board Response

    May 21, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks so much for the feedback. We're thrilled you're on the team! Don't hesitate to be in touch with your manager or HR with ideas on how we can improve - we want to hear from you. -- Karl D'Souza

  5. Helpful (4)

    "CB Review"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Reston, VA

    I have been working at College Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Hierarchial, Micro-management., limited growth opportunities

    College Board2019-05-01

    College Board Response

    May 21, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate your note and are glad to know you're able to take advantage of the benefits we offer our team. If you would like to provide additional feedback directly to HR, please reach out to me at kdsouza@collegeboard.org -- Karl D'Souza

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people but horrible management (stay away!)"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Board full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, best in the area. They even cover 60K in college tuition for 4 years for your kids, if they are in college. Work perks discounts. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Some of the management has archaic way of thinking Progressive idea averse and risk averse (in some departments) They do re orgs without checking with the employees. Lands loyal employees in helpless situations. You may end up in a team or capability for which you don't have any skills or any aspirations.

    Advice to Management

    Check with employees before doing reorgs, as they may have bright ideas, if not brighter than management. Trust the people you hire. Match people with the work they love to do. Don't make organisational and strategic changes without checking with them. It may work in the short term but in the long run you are creating a culture that lacks hope and is indifferent, which is the worst possible culture. HR needs to step...

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    College Board2019-05-01

    College Board Response

    May 21, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for the review; we’re proud to offer generous tuition support to help our staff and their families pursue their educations. Our management works to build a cohesive, strategic organization. Occasionally that means reorganizing teams to best align towards our goals – and our ...

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "No exit interview"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at College Board full-time

    Pros

    Learned more about standardized testing’s influence in US education

    Cons

    As a customer service rep you get to learn a lot, but the hours are very strict and you have 2 set 10 min breaks, and late lunch starting at 2:30 when you first join. That is to be expected in a role like this but personally prefer more flexibility in my schedule. All in all, the job ended up not being a great fit for my interests in education and I left for a different opportunity. What I do have issue with is that HR...

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    College Board2019-04-27

    College Board Response

    May 21, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear about your exit experience. This is not the experience we wish for any of our employees to have. Rather, we care about building a culture that’s supportive, inclusive, and inspiring – reflective of the work we do on behalf of students. ...

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company!"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at College Board full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The most innovative not for profit you can be a part of that is truly making a positive difference in the lives of millions of aspiring students across the country.

    Cons

    Need to allow for more remote work for staff. 1 day a week telecommute policy is good and can be more on some teams, but remote work hasn't been formalized as a policy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    College Board2019-04-03

    College Board Response

    April 5, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for the great review! We’re thrilled about the great experiences you had on our team. We aim to have flexible policies that work for all staff, and will explore what we can do to improve our remote work policies. -- Karl D'Souza

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Poor senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Devops Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at College Board full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Good people to work with and nice working environment.

    Cons

    Poor management but not toxic yet. There is no visibility. Management doesn’t listen to employees suggestions. No opportunities to grow, extremely for senior people. People can be a senior engineer forever and never get promoted. Whenever there is a higher level position opened, they will hire outside people instead of promoting internal people. College Board is like government. You just do what management asked....

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    Advice to Management

    N/A, this won't change anything.

    College Board2019-05-04

    College Board Response

    May 21, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    If you would like to provide additional feedback directly to HR, please reach out to me at kdsouza@collegeboard.org -- Karl D'Souza

  10. Helpful (8)

    "Where Mediocrity Thrives and High Impact Gets Largely Ignored"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at College Board full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits -Beautiful NYC office -Decent work/life balance

    Cons

    -Zero path to promotion for high performers -Nepotism and favoritism abound -High tolerance for mediocrity, incompetence, and underperformance

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say, and mean what you say. Your inauthentic introduction of the competencies around quality/efficiency, command of evidence, and be a great boss becomes completely transparent when few or none of your senior leadership team actually exhibits or enforces these competencies in practice. Highly qualified high performers will continue to jump ship until you act in a way that showcases their value to your org.

    College Board2019-03-26

    College Board Response

    April 5, 2019Head of Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate your feedback. The College Board is – and will continue to be - a place where excellent people do excellent work. We maintain high standards for our work and our people. We work hard to create opportunities for all College Board employees to grow in their work and impact ...

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