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Education Northwest Reviews

Updated Mar 20, 2019

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Steve Fleischman
3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to do something good"

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    Current Employee - Strategy and Outreach Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Education Northwest full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people that truly care about the work we're doing.

    Cons

    Normal hazards of working in education, issues with morale, etc

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire me! lol

    Education Northwest2016-05-31
  2. "Decent, could be better"

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    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

    Advice to Management

    Diversity leadership; train mangers better- support consistency of mangers skill across programs

    Education Northwest2019-03-20
  3. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Consider seriously evaluating management practice and listening to the project leads and other staff.

    Education Northwest2019-01-22
  4. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring a new CEO was a good start. Recognize that business development is more than just responding to RFPs. Develop practices that *tangibly* incentivize collaboration; that doesn't mean a Potato Bar lunch and jigsaw puzzles in the break room!

    Education Northwest2019-01-16
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Advisor"

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees, they are talking. get rid of the patriarchic nature of the company and encourage transparency.

    Education Northwest2018-04-01
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Advisor"

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the stress of the billable hour system and give people more confidence and stability.

    Education Northwest2017-05-14
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Great benifits, great location, but poor managment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    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.

    Advice to Management

    Get project management software and everyone on same relevant tech. Find better management that will employees respect and can make others better not worse.

    Education Northwest2016-07-08
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Management and leadership need a makeover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Location in downtown Portland. Benefits are good. There are knowledgeable and dedicated people working there. Mission of many of the groups is a good one.

    Cons

    Agree with earlier response on leadership being promoted by the Peter Principle. Management and leadership does not receive adequate prep and guidance. Also. They are in sore need of a succession plan to find and develop a new generation of leaders. They hire qualified and capable people and then many leave within 1-3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of both cultivating and retaining talent. Examine your leadership culture and hire a non-education HR firm to assess your review and promotion process.

    Education Northwest2015-07-10
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting and varied work, smart and supportive colleagues"

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

    I have been working at Education Northwest

    Pros

    The best part of working at EdNW is the collaboration with other skilled professionals who are passionate about the work they do to improve education. The work evolves over time, and there are always new things to learn. Opportunities to work in the field, ranging from downtown Seattle to remote Alaskan villages. Work culture is great, and colleagues treat each other with respect. Salaries have increased substantially...

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    Cons

    The pace is very fast, with most professional staff juggling a lot of different responsibilities. Consequently, we often feel we aren't getting all the information we really could use because there's never enough time to communicate. But this is a problem at many workplaces. Sometimes the executive team doesn't always take time to hear from the staff as a whole so some decisions don't make sense for the day-to-day...

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    Education Northwest2014-12-04
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Education consulting"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Education Northwest full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stability, passionate employees, competitive compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Small company, opportunities for promotions may be limited

    Education Northwest2014-07-23
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