Education Northwest Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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4 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work, with great pay!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Education Northwest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits and flexibility; most importantly, the opportunity to do good in a selfish world.

    Cons

    There are a handful of colleagues who need to learn not to be negative and recognize how good they have it. Life is too short to be petty.

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  2. "Great mission, tough place to grow if you're lower level"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Education Northwest full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits package, skilled colleagues, remote work flexibility. Great place to continue to publish if you are interested in continuing a more academic track. Staff care deeply about their work and want to create actionable and high quality deliverables that affect real change for students.

    Cons

    Tough place to grow if you come in below a certain grade level or without a PhD. Leadership can be dismissive of skills that are not academic or client relationship centered. Additionally, even though you are salaried you must have a project to bill hourly. There are no non-billable hours available outside of monthly all staff and center wide meetings.

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  3. "You don’t realize the trauma til you leave"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Northwest full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Colleagues were great. Rewarding work if you can find (and negotiate to bring in) projects you’re interested in. Opportunity to network with state and national education leaders.

    Cons

    Do not expect support from management. Even new managers hired from within have their hands tied when it comes to doing what they say they think is right. Don’t expect to move beyond senior level. If you start below a senior advisor, it takes hobnobbing with directors to move up. Don’t expect anything but hurt feelings and blaming the victim from HR. Don’t expect support if life throws you a series of unfortunate events. The majority of people of color have left or been pushed out - EDNW is the opposite of a multicultural, antiracist organization. Expect to hustle your butt off for contracts and for there to always be low to severe stress on covering your hours. There is no account to cover any wiggle room in FTE and no advice or support if you hit a slump (unless you’re in good with a manager/director, otherwise they’ll send department wide emails asking anyone if they can spare hours for you - thus triggering the rumor mill) Expect managers to talk about others behind their back and rely on the few they’re buds with to set their opinions of you and your work. The stress was so high we shared therapist recommendations because HR won’t help you there either (other than give you the Employee Access number). Every job has its pros and cons, but it’s not til I left there after over 7 years that I saw the damage working there did to my soul. We all tried to normalize it, but it breaks people. For those still there - keep believing in yourself! Each of you is worth more than the crap they deal out.

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  4. "Great work and benefits, problematic management & union"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Northwest full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The opportunity to design or lead lots of interesting projects, meet amazing educators and leaders across the PNW, and collaborate with great colleagues while doing it. The retirement benefits are unheard of in today's market, and if you're single you'll pay nothing for a gold+ insurance plan.

    Cons

    The reason you will pay nothing for a gold+ insurance plan is that long-term EDNW employees unionized and negotiated the plan and great benefits. In recent layoffs the union leadership chose not to convene the union to discuss alternatives to layoff such as reducing benefits, salaries, or the Oregon Workshare program. In the past, performance reviews in some centers did not take place as mandated, and generally people will gossip about your performance rather than formalize any feedback. The name of the game is bringing in contract dollars and many people experience the environment as highly competitive. If projects require travel, you must travel. Things may be changing due to a new CEO, but there is something to be said for a theory I've heard from other former colleagues/employees that maybe the place is just cursed.

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  5. "Decent, could be better"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Northwest full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting work; good colleagues; central office; travel

    Cons

    Personal experience as an employee depends on who your program manager is (some good, some awful); lack of diversity; traditional workplace structure, sometimes rigid

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Passionate and hardworking colleagues, but management is out of touch"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Northwest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work with smart hardworking people who care about education. Some senior project leads are very motivated and can serve as great mentors.

    Cons

    Management often ignores feedback and doesn’t support employee growth.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great colleagues, but internal competition and mediocre management lead to stress"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Northwest full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, but you may need to negotiate. Smart coworkers. Some are extremely collaborative. Very good retirement match. Great healthcare for single employees, terrible for families! Get a quote before agreeing to salary; you may be shocked.

    Cons

    No room for advancement once you hit Senior Advisor. Some employees have had hours cut to 50% without warning or clear rationale.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Advisor"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Northwest full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and beautiful work environment.

    Cons

    stifling patriarchy and lots of unrewarding travel.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Advisor"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Education Northwest full-time

    Pros

    Very talented and smart people working at the organization. Opportunity to work on different projects. Excellent benefits and decent salary If you are proactive, opportunities to learn new skills

    Cons

    At times, internal competition may lead to high stress environment. Some current mistrust of higher management and sense of instability.

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  10. Helpful (8)

    "Great benifits, great location, but poor managment"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Education Northwest

    Pros

    They have amazing benefits 13% 401k, trimet pass, life/med/dental/optical insurance, debt forgiveness, 30 days off a year and right downtown.

    Cons

    Very high turn over due to less than professional director that really is main reason so many are leaving after 15-20 years. Slow to evolve with technology which makes people accountable for tasks. Could be fixed with project management software. Very hush hush about a lot of problems.

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