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Education Pioneers Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well organized events and workshops

    Cons

    No travel compensation, required for graduation


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Former Staff Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Dive in and Learn"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Analyst Fellow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people in the fellowships program
    - Useful network of people

    Cons

    - The programmatic side of the fellowship needs some work
    - The pay is low compared to others working within the education space
    - Finding a placement can be difficult


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst Fellow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Education Pioneers full-time

    Pros

    Great group of fellows to interact with

    Cons

    Finding the perfect organization to work for is challenging

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and let Fellows do recruiting on their own if possible


  6. Helpful (21)

    "Summer Fellowship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  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 (6)

    "Good company with highly talented and knowledgeable people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great network of employees and partners
    innovation
    eye for social equality
    flexibility in location

    Cons

    for summer and full-time fellows, placement process might be a tough phase

    Advice to Management

    I think placement (matching) process could be more transparent


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Summer internship position"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Amazing bi-weekly workshops where they strive to give you a holistic idea of the education field
    -Mentorship from both a department member at your placement and a member of the EP staff
    -Consistent Feedback and check-ins

    Cons

    -No transportation cost coverage or relocation payment
    -Sometimes they take a while to place an individual


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