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CollegeNET Reviews

Updated December 15, 2016
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  1. "Web developer"

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

    I worked at CollegeNET full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture, quality product and high standards, healthy communication with employees and clients, strong training and professional improvement philosophy, quality benefits.

    Cons

    Salary rates are not competitive


  2. "Nice place to work in Portland, Oregon."

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

    Pros

    My co-workers are smart and helpful.

    Cons

    Really are not any cons to working here.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Solid, long-standing tech company"

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

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time

    Pros

    Unlike startups, CollegeNET has been in the tech business for over a decade, with successful products that aim to help schools be more efficient and help students achieve. That's hard to beat! I've enjoyed my time working there, and have felt successful and supported.

    There's plenty of room to innovate here ... If you're self motivated. Which I think should be part of the definition of "innovate" if it isn't already.

    Specific pros:
    * amazing health benefits
    * relaxed atmosphere
    * hires internally when possible (career mobility win)
    * understanding of home-life needs
    * great office building
    * useful "perks" - paid parking, health membership support, useful things like that
    * lab time (like Google)
    * positive community culture
    * good for self motivated types

    Cons

    CollegeNET isn't a great place to work if you prefer clearly spec'd out expectations. Across the company, there's an expectation that people will find solutions themselves, in various circumstances. This works well for someone like me, I prefer that sort of environment. But if you like lots of guidelines, routine performance reviews, etc, you won't find it at CollegeNET.

    Also, because it is older, you run into all kinds of old code issues. This is only a con if you want all fresh, trending code, in which case a startup might be better. Again, this works for me because I prefer this kind of challenge. It doesn't work for everybody.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers at CollegeNET are supportive and create a positive environment. Some managers however manage through pressure. Employees produce higher quality work when they are supported, not pressured.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Milking it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CollegeNET full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice view from offices in downtown Portland. Close to food carts and Pioneer Square.

    Cons

    Uninspired management milking legacy systems, accruing technical debt and paying the costs. Their biggest recent success has been the enforcement of an older software patent to protect their market position but with no current innovations the future is not so bright.

    Advice to Management

    No comment.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "No innovation, below market compensation, myopic management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CollegeNET full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -It's a stable, established company with very little competition.
    -It's downtown.
    -Decent benefits.
    -Potential for upward mobility.
    -Bike parking in the basement.

    Cons

    -Scheduling software is based on outdated technology.
    -Very little innovation, likely because they have no competitors.
    -Punitive approach to time off, regardless of the reason. Working from home is never allowed, either.
    -No HR department.
    -Base compensation is way below market. They justify this by putting everyone in a monthly "bonus pool" based on that month's revenue, which is then split by however many people are in the department. This often means that you're taking home very little money. It also means that they run very lean in terms of staff-- who wants to hire more people when that means your pay will decrease?
    -Since they run so lean, nearly everyone is overworked. That's just an understood part of life at CN.
    -Payday comes only once per month.
    -Departments are very segregated and it's difficult to get to know anyone outside of one's department.
    -High turnover.
    -For a Portland tech company, there is almost no sense of culture.

    Advice to Management

    Let folks work from home when their job duties allow it! Enough with the dumb "bonus pool"-- the employees have no control over recurring revenue and don't deserve to have their pay affected by it so directly.


  7. "An older company looking for a fresh attitude"

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

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time

    Pros

    Pay. Autonomy. Collaboration. Put your neck on the line and it will pay off!

    Cons

    If you're looking for top down management, think again. Be independent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking to the future. You've got a lot of talent on staff. Use it!


  8. "Good pay"

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

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, routine

    Cons

    Can get boring and monotonous. Company culture can get awkward.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Casual company, casual pay"

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

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, great location, friendly coworkers, "flat" management, some room for growth, good benefits (great health insurance, parking/Trimet pass, 401k matching, gym membership reimbursement, etc.)

    Cons

    Low end of pay scale, limited paid sick days, fairly entrenched business practices, nepotism


  10. "good company with advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Tech Support in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CollegeNET full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    profit sharing and employee appreciation

    Cons

    company culture is a bit stiff


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Low-stress, relaxed atmosphere and friendly coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    Pros

    I think that the people here are very sweet and laid back for the most part. I think the pay is reasonable, there is a good work/life balance, they offer little perks here and there like paid health insurance, 401k matching, free parking downtown, Costco memberships, etc. Management makes solid attempts at reducing stressful situations (there may be more stress as your pay grade increases, who knows). The downtown location is great because there are a lot of happy hours after work, and an abundance of food carts to explore.

    Cons

    The work is at times a little monotonous, but there are chances for everyone to work on projects that interest them. I'd say it could be boring if you have very little motivation to make it interesting for yourself. Although I tend to be oblivious to such things, there is the typical air of malcontent here that I have seen at every other place that I have worked, and I think that is just because people like to complain about everything. There is very little review of work, which is frustrating to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a more organized system of performance reviews in place. It would also be nice to have a better understanding of the hierarchical structure of the company and a more streamlined process (or any systematic process at all) for promotions and raises.



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