College Board Employee Reviews about "great benefits"
Updated Oct 31, 2021
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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment
- "great benefits but people that have been there a long time never leave because of the benefits.." (in 123 reviews)
- "The people are great (most of them) and smart!" (in 54 reviews)
- "Great mission and colleagues." (in 24 reviews)
- "+ Very good work/life balance" (in 23 reviews)
- "good salary and holiday rime" (in 19 reviews)
- "Senior leadership makes poor decisions on hiring incompetent people and laying off competent people." (in 44 reviews)
- "Poor management but not toxic yet." (in 23 reviews)
- "design and development teams are split in two cities and run by different managers" (in 19 reviews)
- "Short breaks, overworked, clueless upper management" (in 11 reviews)
- "class travel habits of middle and senior management do not support the organization's mission.This company is the place where older, tired college deans and school district officials comes after they've retired." (in 10 reviews)
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- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Great BenefitsFeb 1, 2019 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Benefits package is wonderful and the overall environment is great. Plenty of office socials and pop up get-together's.
Progress can be very slow depending on the department, and sometimes it feels like upper management lives in their own world. Some projects get left for dead even though they have a high priority. Some departments are understaffed or overwhelmed and that impacts overall productivity - however it does not feel like higher management hears this. There's been a lot of restructuring and changes, which can be good in some aspects, but it doesn't feel like every department is being elevated in the ways they should.
We’re proud of our generous benefits package and glad you enjoy the social and fun work environment! We’re constantly evolving to be more nimble in our work; our org-wide adoption of Agile is a big step. We’re always looking to improve and find areas where we can be more efficient and help our teams deepen their impact. --Karl D'Souza
- Current Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Good Company, Not so Great Managers.Dec 9, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
The work family balance is very fair in this company. There is a lot of respect for personal or family life. Great 401K and vacation benefits.
A lot of incompetent employees get promoted or are in managerial positions. There is a lot of nepotism going on in this company. Friends promote or hire friends all the time bypassing deserving employees. It is incredibly difficult to change careers within College Board. It all goes back to who you know. Or whether they can think creatively on how you can fulfill a different role. Very male oriented.Continue reading
College Board Response
Thank you for the comment. Part of what makes our staff so great is the vibrant and full lives they have outside of work. In fact, our benefits are designed with that in mind, and we're happy you're able to enjoy them. We also appreciate and welcome your feedback on the promotion process as we are always looking to improve the effectiveness, fairness and transparency of all of our HR processes.
- Former Employee★★★★★
Ok PSsosoSep 5, 2013 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
great benefits and some what flexible
Advancement here is based on favoritism not capability.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
So much potential, when will it be realized?Jun 4, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NYRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great overall benefits for health and retirement as well as tuition reimbursement. Field employees receive laptops, wireless cards and crackberries for communication. Vacation, sick days and PTO package is lovely.
This has to be one of THE worst eye and dental plans available. Annual raises are practically offensive. My last review was stellar, and I received JUST enough of a raise to put me in a higher tax bracket and take home less. Thanks. There is a chasm where internal communication should be. Divisions and departments are very insular, and often, field staff and regional staff find out about changes and external campaigns days, weeks or even months after they've launched.Continue reading
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Giant corrupted Mafia businessDec 28, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great benefits and due to Covid remote work
I'm not sure is that the culture in college board or is it related to location, people are so fake and stuck up. Everything goes by relation not skills. As much as they lobby in government and try to keep cash flow, the business won't be sustainable. Management is dishonest and whole system is corrupted.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 8 years★★★★★
The atmosphere has devolved!Oct 1, 2013 - Project Manager in New York, NYRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
- Great mission - Great benefits (4+ weeks vacation off the bat)
- Managers have zero training in the work AND as managers which creates an incredibly difficult time for those actually doing the work - So bureaucratic its worse than the DMV - Promotions are based on favoritism and politics NOT work or accomplishments - Extremely frustrating atmosphere to be a part ofContinue reading
- Former Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
It's a nice-ish place?Apr 17, 2021 - Coorindator in New York, NYRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
If you end up on a good team, they will become lifelong friends. I was fortunate to have a close team of amazing humans who loved what they did and felt strongly about the board's mission. The New York Office was pleasant... when it was open. The benefits were great (though some were only available to senior-level staff, tuition/professional development). You will have lots of time connecting with your colleagues from affinity groups to socials during the year - you will meet loads of wonderful humans, the majority of which are in it for the mission.
DEIB was not about DEIB - in a meeting I attended, the head of HR working on Diversity Equity and Inclusion told us that they were only worried about hiring people of color, not ensuring that they were paid equally or afforded room at the table to speak and be heard. Not the Place for Career Grow, Unless your boss really advocates for you - If you thought you could come to College Board and see your career flourish, you're mistaken. I knew so many people who had been there for 5-15 years without seeing a single promotion. Not Very BIPOC Friendly - If you are a person of color, expect your senior leadership to mistake you for the only other POC on the same team. If you do not have a "white" sounding name, you will likely need to remind your boss how to spell/pronounce it often. Harassment - you can report it, but they won't do anything about it, or they will ask for a mediation meeting between you and your harasser. Specific to me: When negotiating my offer, I asked for a living wage and was laughed at by the recruiter. What I was asking was "too high," considering the title. I provided my research on comp roles (in the org and outside of the org) and was able to get them to meet me halfway. I asked if we could work around some accommodations so that the wage we finally agreed on would fit what I needed for my commute. I was told I had to earn the accommodations of working from home more often because they could not use my year as a temp worker as evidence of being a capable remote worker.Continue reading
- Current Employee★★★★★
Lip ServiceAug 27, 2015 - Anonymous EmployeeRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great mission and (as everyone says) unprecedented benefits. There are some really intelligent people throughout all levels of the organization, especially those from the pre-Coleman era. Hopefully the new administration values them and utilizes their skills.
The new leadership in general. Senior Leadership continually asks us how to improve things and tells us how they will act on it but not one thing has been implemented since the onslaught of surveys we've been asked to complete. The incessant rhetoric has become almost laughable. Additionally, the new administration brought with it a very top down culture. Staff are no longer invited to the table. We are basically just told what to do and how to do it. When we are finished with our task we don't even have the opportunity to see how (or if) our work is being used. Gone are the days of creativity, innovation, and empowerment. We now live in a world full of uninspired, unimaginative conformists. At the core of the organization there is a great mission and such good work to be done...hopefully we can get back to it.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 8 years★★★★★
It's getting worse!Oct 17, 2015 - Executive Director in New York, NYRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Benefits without a doubt are great and strongest selling point of company. A lot of good employees who respect mission and are really hardworking.
Too many to list. Politics have gotten worse. Engagement is awful. A small % of employees who work hard. Remainder float. Useless management team. Boys network of CEO/COO and their team of former Kaplan-employees/friends. Inept. Focusing on wrong things. Cost cutting measures are only going to hurt engagement more and more people will leave. Seems everyone is looking for a job. Pompous and arrogant leadership that continually says they want to hear from employees and fix things but actions prove that isn't true. New mgmt hires are awful. Too many VPs who really have no background in mgmt.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★
Could be a great company if it had great leadershipAug 5, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
great benefits but people that have been there a long time never leave because of the benefits..
the newest CEO and CIO are missing leadership skills.
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