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  1. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Graduate Management Admission Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Time Off, Focused on Mission, Smart Colleagues,

    Cons

    Many people reject change or slow to adopt change, salaries are low, work/life balance, slow hiring process.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not much has changed"

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

    I worked at Graduate Management Admission Council full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, decent location

    Cons

    Cronyism (when I was there); lacked promotion plan; disconnect between employees and management; disconnect with customer base


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits. No career path. No retention."

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule help with work/life balance. Great benefits.

    Cons

    No Career Progression Program. Leadership lacks confidence and the ability to provide clear direction.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Brand Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Graduate Management Admission Council part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Able to make own hours

    Cons

    Management was very disconnected and did not realize what there target market actually was looking for
    wasted a lot of time handing out giveaways that students didn't want


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Needs work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Graduate Management Admission Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, generally. And some good people, though more are leaving.

    Cons

    New CEO meant changes. Very tense at times.

    Advice to Management

    The organization is loaded. Share the wealth. Draw down the tension.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Disorganized priorities and lack of experienced leadership"

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

    I have been working at Graduate Management Admission Council full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, nice office space, safe location and work schedules.

    Cons

    Upper management is selfish and highly overpaid for the knowledge and skill sets that they bring. Pretends and acts like it is a Fortune 500 but doesn't deliver Fortune 500 performance or results.

    Advice to Management

    Read Robert Sutton's book on building a civilized workplace, it's a must read for certain execs. The "reorgs" were handled really poorly, what a disgrace. It's obvious certain individuals in management don't care, do everyone and the organization a favor and weed them out. It has caused alot of havoc and will only continue to do so. This starts from the top down, if you don't care then no one will.


  8. "Good Company, Slow Changes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graduate Management Admission Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, high operating margin with a good focus on employee engagement and improvement

    Cons

    need for constant meetings and reviews bogs down decision making. People are afraid to make mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Let people make decisions and stop "re-organizing" folks out of the company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Graduate Management Admission Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office space and floor plan, great benefits, smart, great people.

    Cons

    At times there seems to be a disconnect between leaders and employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "GMAC Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Graduate Management Admission Council (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional office facility allows a pleasant work environment.

    Cons

    Management could be more transparent


  11. Helpful (8)

    "What's not being said in exit interviews..."

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    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Graduate Management Admission Council full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Crazy smart people, interesting projects, benefits and flex schedule

    Cons

    More than 18 months of constant stress and huge loss of co-workers has had an amazingly negative impact on morale. There was expectation of turmoil with the change in leadership, but also excitement that old dysfunctions would be addressed. Unfortunately the changes have exceeded even worse case scenarios. People with no appropriate experience in executive roles, surface rather than substance being rewarded and a real feeling that the the senior executives care very little about the staff.

    A significantly disconnected leadership team give messages inconsistent with actions. There is a constantly changing list of priorities and fewer people to actually implement, this leaves no time or energy to re-evaluate approach, so innovation takes a hit. It's a vicious cycle: overwhelmed team does what ever it takes to get something done; work is perceived as seamless by Senior Executives; unreasonable precedence is set OR short timelines are set, staff gets it done, then criticized for doing things the "old way" and not being strategic. With no end in sight, team members either leave or lose motivation, especially when "whatever it takes" is not challenging .

    No opportunity for growth. The "flattening" of the organization appears to mean no one can get promoted. With that and several "job eliminations" it seems that the majority of the staff are devising exit strategies, including some of the senior leadership team.

    As professionals who have no interest in burning bridges, none of this will be mentioned in the exit interviews, but in the hallways and farewell celebrations its the same over and over and over...

    Advice to Management

    -Realize that this is a 120 person company not a huge corporation. The differences are not just cultural. In a small organization individuals have a lot of different responsibilities - changes in org structure don't necessarily relieve ones's responsibilities. So when bringing in new people work with existing staff to make sure the right issues are being addressed. New bodies don't always mean help.
    -Have real conversations with people in positions at and below the level of Director. Presentations and group lunches do not inspire meaningful discussions.
    -Structured processes, consistency in policy, clearly defined roles, autonomy - all terms that have been promised in speeches, but not yet implemented. Figure out a way to deliver on those promises.
    -Be definitive. Everyone spends too much effort and time trying to figure out what the president wants, that it limits to the ability to to deliver.



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