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College Board Reviews

Updated December 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work-life balance and friendly working environment" (in 28 reviews)

  • "great benefits; work is challenging and rewarding" (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior leadership use shady PR tactics to communicate internally" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Senior Management doesn't know how to run a company" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Director"

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

    I have been working at College Board full-time

    Pros

    Great HR department. very professional! The employees are very smart and professional and do not get hung up on titles. Pay is great and benefits are even greater!

    Cons

    No cons! All is good!

    College Board Response

    Jul 18, 2018 – Human Resources colleague

    Thanks for the great review and welcome to the College Board team! --Holly Strychowski


  2. "Love working here!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome work culture. As it is a non-profit, I can see the inspiration behind how work gets done here. It's a motivating atmosphere where leaders do not focus on profit but focus on if the people are happier & how we could make the atmosphere a better place for all.

    Cons

    Nothing worth highlighting as I can see only positives so far

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work at, with an amazing mission."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at College Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    These folks know exactly what they are doing. They set high standards, and clear expectations on delivery.
    The project expectations and planning is excellent. The top level management folks are extremely smart and have a great sense of vision and planning. Very easy to build relationship with Senior Leadership.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind, however be ready to deliver on what you can say you can do.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work if your political views are very liberal"

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

    I have been working at College Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Positive impact on students and educators. Excellent pay and benefits. Tremendous collaboration with colleagues.

    Cons

    Extreme liberal atmosphere that is openly hostile to employees with conservative views, especially at the CEO level and within HR leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your political views to yourself At work and focus on the important work of serving students and educators.


  5. "Love this company"

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

    I have been working at College Board full-time

    Pros

    I have been with the company for a month and I am working on critical projects which will help shape the way the organization moves forward.

    Cons

    Wish they had a gym membership stipend


  6. "Senior Director"

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

    I have been working at College Board full-time

    Pros

    Great management and mission, great place to work.

    Cons

    No complaints, great place to work.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Growing cognitive dissonance"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at College Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many of your coworkers are cool.
    Benefits are great.
    Rising desks are fun.
    Location near Fulton Center means transportation is easy.

    Cons

    There is a growing cognitive dissonance among employees. Everytime to CEO speaks to the organization, there’s a thinly veiled message about our profits increasing by “expanding access to high school education,” when in reality we are simply playing into the fact that certain demographics are put at disadvantage because our tests are not easy. It is hard to feel like we are a non-profit org that cares about people when the people at the top only care about profits.

    This is all to say that employee morale is falling and it’s falling fast.

    The lack of upward momentum is a known problem and it only grows more noticeable as the years go on.

    Advice to Management

    David Coleman needs to stop veiling his speeches in flowery language. We see through it.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good, but could be significantly better"

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

    I have been working at College Board full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, some leadership opportunities, smart people

    Cons

    Excessive spending on corporate events as opposed to on employees, lessening of bonuses and minimizing pathways to growth via biased performance review systems, senior leadership takes little interest in the workload of the staff

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cut costs towards your employees who work extremely hard to implement the products and your vision


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Room to grow but it all depends on your manager"

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

    I have been working at College Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are lucky enough to be a good match with your manager or matched with a good manager, life could be great here. You will be given room to grow, allowed mistakes, have guidance and accountability and be rewarded for your efforts.

    Cons

    People are very protective of hierarchies here and are generally insecure about where their stand or their performance. If you have a bad manager you may feel that you are going to get fired at a moment's notice. Leaders obsessed with how they are perceived. Leaders should inspire. Many in leadership positions here don't.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to do lead, not manage.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Chaos and Arrogance"

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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 College Board full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fine colleagues doing great work at the middle and lower rungs of the org.
    Excellent benefits, paid time off, and compensation.

    Cons

    - Don't be fooled by the many brief, bland positive reviews on here, which read like they were lifted from a PR playbook.
    - Since Coleman came on board, the corporate culture has nosedived into toxicity and chaos. The dysfunction centers at the ED, VP, and SVP levels. Senior leadership use shady PR tactics to communicate internally. They obfuscate and pit departments against each other. Not a culture of cross-team collaboration: more like a network of sweaty gladiator pits.
    - Enormous projects are mismanaged. Information is hoarded. Well meaning employees are pushed to their limits.
    - What passes for feminism here is merely "Lean In" superhero worship.

    Advice to Management

    You're Doing It Wrong