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Education Pioneers Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (21)

    "Summer Fellowship"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Fellow in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Consulting Fellow in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Pioneers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent partner organizations with nice projects

    Cons

    Worst matching process. Overfill the vacancies and then reject with no match after sending the offer.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not overadvertise the vacancies and never overfill them.

    Education Pioneers Response

    May 6, 2015 – Chief Administrative Officer

    Hello – thank you very much for your input on the matching process. We work very hard to balance the needs of our offer candidates and our partners. We are constantly working to improve our placement... More


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Mission and Fellowship are great, organization is management challenged, turnover is constant and everyone is overworked"

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

    I worked at Education Pioneers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual work environment with a mission you can get behind. Excellent results on the program side. The Fellowship experience is really valuable.

    Cons

    Under qualified management, constant turnover, three times as much work as is reasonable, low pay (although probably comparable to other non-profits).

    Advice to Management

    Stop the cycle of constant turnover: Current work load takes a 70+ hour work week plus travel; staff up where needed; don't increase goals/targets until something is working smoothly. Decrease internal meetings which literally take up a full 8 hours a day, and give more recognition of work that is being done by employees.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Fellowship Process Needs Work"

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    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate School Fellowship in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great at getting a lot of smart, passionate people in a room together to exchange ideas.
    They partner with a lot of high-impact education organizations, so many fellows have the opportunity to do very substantial work at well known organizations.

    Cons

    No transparency in the placement process.
    Not respectful of ideological/thought diversity, which is disappointing since they place such a major emphasis on diversity in general.
    Low and mid-level staff that fellows interact with day-to-day are very hit or miss. Some were amazing, some could not have cared less.
    Data is collected from fellows via non-anonymous surveys, so if you have anything other than a 100% positive experience, staff will call you to talk one-on-one and try to convince you otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency in the placement process.
    Stop hiring mediocre staff just because they are alums.
    Embrace the diversity of ideas and experiences that fellows bring to the table instead of trying to squash them all into your narrow definition of what reform should look like.

    Education Pioneers Response

    Apr 14, 2015 – Manager, External Relations

    Thank you so much for participating in the Graduate School Fellowship. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our recruiting and placement process, as well as our focus on diversity and... More


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Former Staff Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are hardworking, brilliant and the type of folks you want to spend time with on and off the clock.

    Cons

    Very top heavy organization that believes in trickle down support which almost never trickles down. Burn out is extremely high resulting in annual turnover ~35% which is sad considering it's a human capitals organization. CEO is a figurehead - most decisions are made by Pres who is strong operationally but has led the org in downward spiral as she hires people like her who manage with an "iron fist". Typical work weeks are 70+ hours for mid-level management. Workload constantly increases with the same or less support/resources.

    Advice to Management

    The culture over the years has devolved from being fellow and program focused to revenue/growth focused. The two aren't mutually exclusive but it's treated that way. Treat your people (especially regional staff) well, they will stay and you'll meet your goals as a result. Set ambitious, yet realistic goals and consult all levels of org to decide feasibility before agreeing to hit outrageous, unattainable goals set by funders.

    Education Pioneers Response

    Nov 12, 2015 – VP, Talent

    Well, let’s start with the good news! You’re right about the EP staff. We think that working at EP is hitting the jackpot of colleagues.

    You also brought up some important issues that are very... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Education Pioneers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Pioneers part-time

    Pros

    The company has a good vision and mission. To help those who want to help others through education. Flexible work environment, good work from home and virtual meeting options.

    Cons

    Incredibly slow moving. Promotions were only given to the favorites, there was a deep culture of cronyism and nepotism. This led to the company missing their targets time and time again. There was a deep separation from senior management and directors who were struggling to keep the company running. Poor budgeting practices constantly left the company strapped. Constant excuses as to why they can't transition high-performing, part-time, employees to full-time roles. Even at the request of senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Stop flying people across the country for meetings that end up scheduling more meetings. Create actionable and meaningful targets, hire and promote the best person for the position, not someone who's a friend.

    Education Pioneers Response

    Sep 26, 2017 – Chief Administrative Officer

    Thank you for your review! I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t have an outstanding experience as an employee at Education Pioneers. I appreciate your candor and willingness to “say the thing” (this is... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "10+ years but still very much a start up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Very collaborative: if you need help or ideas, just ask for it

    Rewarding to introduce people from a business background to lesser known opportunities in K-12 education. Teachers know EP as a path into non-classroom positions in education.

    EP is very well known in the education sector. Pride with being affiliated with them!

    Cons

    Very successful first decade. Figuring out EP's place in the K-12 education sector moving forward is creating a lot of uncertainty.

    Staff turnover at the lower and mid-levels is concerning and creates a lot of work for everyone.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "lots of work, mission driven"

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

    Pros

    you're never bored, high commitment from staff

    Cons

    it's not possible to do all the work and do it well

    Advice to Management

    get it right before you scale

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Dive in and Learn"

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

    I worked at Education Pioneers full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn a lot
    Amazing coworkers
    Compelling Mission
    Build a vast network quickly

    Cons

    Constant change is the name of the game
    Unrealistic goals strain staff
    Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic about goals and do what it takes to reduce turnover.


  9. "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Fellow in Potomac, MD
    Former Employee - Fellow in Potomac, MD

    I worked at Education Pioneers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Important mission and provides a great way to learn about challenges of the education sector.

    Cons

    Experience is very dependent upon placement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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

    I worked at Education Pioneers full-time

    Pros

    The people care and are superb!

    Cons

    Work/life balance and turnover


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