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ETR Associates Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "ETR"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ETR Associates part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility and benefits, good staff, meaningful work in adolescent and school health, primary focus on sexual and reproductive health but other health topics addressed

    Cons

    New leadership, moving through a strategic transition. Little investment in staff professional development. Work culture structured in silos.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more staff professional development to develop innovative research and programs. Allow more movement of staff between projects to develop skill sets.


  2. "Struggling with low morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The folks who work here are for the most part very committed to public health research and advancements.

    Cons

    The economy is making everything more difficult - securing grants, selling services. A new CEO having a hard time making real connections and earning trust. Business decisions have not helped the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Get some diversity!


  3. "Caring company with good benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great people, casual dress code, great feeling doing good work that helps people. Kind of an exciting time right now as company works to find new models for generating income and leveraging employee talents.

    Company contributes 12% to 401(k) - no match required.

    Cons

    Company is going through transition right now. Most projects are individually grant-funded so work is only guaranteed for the life of the grant.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate faster - set some very concrete goals.


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  5. "Great for getting experience!"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Data Collector
    Current Employee - Data Collector

    I have been working at ETR Associates part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone working at ETR Associates is truly dedicated to their work and to using research and program evaluation as tools to better the various health related projects they are involved in. They seem to open to feedback from employees, and value their opinions. In particular, the team I am working with is always very gracious in thanking myself and other data collectors for dedicating our time to the project. They are always making sure we have everything we need to make the data collection process easier, and to feel confident in what we're doing.

    Cons

    I work remotely for the company, so that can sometimes be a challenge as we rely on emails, phone calls, and texts for communication instead of being able to walk over to someone's office to chat. However, everyone is always prompt in their answering! Working remotely also means it can be difficult to find the work-life balance as I don't have regular "office" hours or a set schedule every week. But that is the nature of this line of work!


  6. "Extraordinary organization with dynamic leadership and staff commuted to noble mission in health"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great life balance, competitive pay, great benefits, meaningful work and able to contribute to a greater good. One of the top places to work in the Valley

    Cons

    Funding becoming more challenging. Makes it more difficult to maintain standards. Nonetheless they keep producing high quality work. Lots of new staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing. ETR has made great progress in the last few years


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Needs more diversity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ETR Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people/staff! Best part of working there as my fellow colleagues and knowing I was doing work for a great cause.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction. Needs more diversity amongst staff. Main office always felt so disconnected from reality.

    Advice to Management

    Should listen more to the needs of the employees that do the work day and our in the field.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Non Profit for those wanting to work hard"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits including generous 401K and generous time off. Mission is great. If you're a self starter you'll go far at ETR.

    Cons

    There is a tendency at the management level to work long hours. ETR is just coming out of a turn around period where we've all had to work extra hard. It's paid off, but it's been a lot of work.

    Advice to Management

    More fun, better work-life balance, more professional development opportunities.


  9. "Contract Position outside of ETR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Seemed like good people at ETR

    Cons

    Never got much face time with the folks at HQ

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Meaningful mission but many uncertainties"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time

    Pros

    Mission-based organization.
    Great expertise among the staff, who are almost all truly good-hearted, nice people.
    There is still a sense of commitment and belief in the agency despite many recent upheavals. Work being done is high quality for the most part and really makes a difference in the world.
    Comfortable work environment--dress and atmosphere are casual.
    Not a lot of micro-management--employees are trusted to use their time wisely,
    Current management has expressed a well-intentioned if somewhat hazy value for transparency and employee engagement.
    Changes have brought some new collaborations into being within the agency.

    Cons

    Many, many changes happening, including layoffs of long-time, highly skilled staff, and the ending of long-time projects, which has left remaining employees greatly overworked and without many of the resources/expertise the agency used to possess.
    Lack of clarity about the future, at least on the day-to-day staff level.
    Culture shift--used to feel very much like a professional family, where everyone was heard and could contribute. Now people are much more afraid for their own jobs and many feel uncomfortable speaking up.
    Current leaders often seem to have only a vague idea of their employees' skills and actual job functions. This is partly due to much reorganization and the elimination of certain departments. Many employees are struggling to define their place in the company, particularly because the message isn't clear and so many things are morphing.
    Despite intention of transparency, many things are being thought out at the CEO and Board level--staff is being informed rather than being made an active part of those changes.
    Low morale and emotional impact of all the hard-hitting recent changes isn't really being addressed. General atmosphere often seems to be that change has brought unhappiness rather than opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    There is so much talent and willingness here that is being overlooked or untapped. Opportunities for staff to participate in the change process have been appreciated but don't go far enough. The 30,000-foot view doesn't really address the day-to-day struggles of staff to get by with diminished resources, yet staff don't feel true permission to take the initiative. There is a sense that the other shoe is going to drop and if you speak up you will put your livelihood in danger. That power differential has to be understood--just telling staff it's on them to make it work when they don't have the authority for those decisions creates frustration rather than a sense of shared purpose.


  11. "Innovative and Entergetic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ETR Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    With the transition to a new CEO a little over a year ago, there have been some necessarily disruptive changes to the organization, which are starting to show good results. The culture has changed from one of blinkered silos to one of a more horizonal, high-paced, incubator for innovation where motivated individuals can make a big impact. Management seems committed to transparent dialog with staff.

    Another big pro is the people; ETR is packed with people passionate about making a difference at all levels of health and education (individual, community, policy).

    As other's have mentioned, the benefits are very good and there are offices in Scotts Valley CA, Oakland CA and Washington DC and many staff work remotely from home offices.

    Cons

    About two-thirds of the agency is grant driven, so depending on whether you work on the grants side, and which grants you work on, your job security varies - however most grants are multi-year (some up to five years) and ETR has a great track record for winning recompetes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


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