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Updated August 13, 2017
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  1. "Operation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FIRST full-time

    Pros

    Good leadership keep the management

    Cons

    Not enough paid leave. More leave needed

    Advice to Management

    pay more


  2. "HR Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FIRST full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of work is outdoors

    Cons

    Lots of work is physically demanding

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible

  3. "Good pay for a part time"

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    Former Employee - Team Coach
    Former Employee - Team Coach
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FIRST (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great position for a part time job as a college student. I had no training whatsoever but my coworker oriented me my first day.

    Cons

    Had to learn everything on my own online. As in guidelines and background to the company because the director who hired me gave me no information whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear on what is expected of different coaching positions. Provide professional development or training.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Interactive company that wants whats best for the kids they help"

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    Former Employee - Event Coordinator
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    fast growing company so theres lots of room to climb the ladder

    Cons

    sometimes unorganized. When new people come into a position they often are not prepared and start the whole job over from scratch rather then having a job foundation


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Super Fast Paced, Lost in the Shuffle"

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    Former Employee - Support in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Support in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FIRST full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office and area.

    Cons

    Too much work for too few people, gloss over problems instead of addressing, mean co-workers, no one even says Hi when passing.

    Advice to Management

    Need more staff to handle load, people burn out.


  6. "great non-profit geared toward STEM education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    amazing community working to further STEM education

    Cons

    organization still needs to expand on outreach to develop more programs for kids in the underserved areas


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Disorganized and unwilling to change old ways"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FIRST full-time

    Pros

    it is a good cause and has the ability to influence student's lives and their careers.

    Cons

    The department I was in was unprofessional and unwilling to change their outdated, disorganized methodologies. The company is going nowhere and many coaches have commented that the will not be participating in the future because it is so difficult to deal with the systems FIRST has in place.

    Advice to Management

    restructure the organization and get rid of those unwilling to step into the 21st century.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Management all over the place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH

    I worked at FIRST full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meeting people, helping kids get excited about STEM

    Cons

    Say goodbye to your life. Don't expect that your head work will be recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together and pay your staff what they are worth.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Management is very fragmented, employee trust is not abundant."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FIRST full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Believes they are impacting the future of the US. Most co workers were friendly. Free coffee, food and drinks. Fun trips to places

    Cons

    Scatter brained management. As I moved from one dept to another it was clear that they their goals were not aligned, mostly what ever they wanted and even were competitive with each other. Few things were standardized or run as a business. Some of the 4 programs cross over the student's ages and are going after the same students.

    The new President (an MIT PhD) thinks he's the smartest guy in the company and has started getting rid of people who don't agree with him. The board paid for an agreed to one strategy last year, he came in and came up with a different strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Come together as a team. Stop second guessing employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "New President has no idea of how a not for profit should run or how to lead people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FIRST full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good mission, but really disconnected from reality of local schools and students

    Cons

    Soooo highly political, mostly good people, but many have hidden agendas around their program or area they support

    Advice to Management

    Don't make the same mistake of past President and "kill the golden goose". Get whole team focused on one mission, not many missions, improve communication with all employees, not a special few


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