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Updated February 6, 2017
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  1. "Progressive organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ISTE full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Strong team environment; can see the result of your work.

    Cons

    Organization needs more focus; tries to do too many things


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, keeps getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ISTE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Making great strides to continuously improve the organization for our members and for staff, Progressive and flexible work environment, Family friendly and great work life balance, Wonderful coworkers who care about one another, CEO is very involved and supportive, Opportunity for remote work, Entrepreneurial spirit with lots of room to evolve in your career and learn new things.

    Cons

    Lacks structure and process, at times, not the right environment for those who struggle with ambiguity.
    Minimal opportunity for staff recognition or celebration.
    The organization has gone through tremendous change over the last few years, several of the negative comments are from old staff members who were impacted by it or who can not embrace the new progressive work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Things are moving in the right direction, keep it going!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Going in the wrong direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ISTE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission is great. Members are amazing and passionate educators and they inspire me all the time. Our conference is the best of its kind in the world and something to be very proud of. Remote work environment so there is a lot of flexibility. Most staff people are really good people and great to work with. Good advancement from within. Generous PTO.

    Cons

    CEO made good changes at first but now has gone way past what was best for the org. ISTE has lost its heart and soul and replaced it with shiny buzz words and empty tag lines. Staff has been directed to make more money, cut services, and charge more. Focus seems to be on making money, not building up educators and truly being leaders in the field. There are no educators on staff anymore but there sure are a lot of business and marketing people. How can you truly lead in the field of education without having educators as part of the core of the organization? For such a small org, there is a ridiculous amount of bureaucracy and drama at times.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with members and less time getting excited about what color the new carpet is. Advice to board: ask the hard questions of the many people who have left within the last year or two and listen to them, especially the ones who are very well respected in the field. With all the many more changes on the horizon, has it not occurred to you yet that the staff will likely be dropping like flies in the next six months?


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Instructional Designer in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Instructional Designer in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission; great cause; nice people. ISTE does their core mission (member network, annual conference, and advocacy) very well. Get to work from anywhere in the country, too!

    The huge ed tech practitioner network allows a learning designer to reach a wide audience.

    Cons

    Still developing a robust technology infrastructure; needs more oxford comma fans. ;-)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Positive culture and change for the better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ISTE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - opportunities for career growth - this comes with an organization that is working hard to change
    - progressive and flexible work environment
    - very family friendly
    - supports virtual and remote work
    - governed by a board that supports organizational change and specifically hired a new CEO in 2013 to lead that change and evolve the organization to a new level
    - being a non-profit, resources are limited - don't expect heavy bureaucracy and a very structured work environment - it is more entrepreneurial in nature - great for many, but not the right work environment for others who prefer lots of structure

    Cons

    - with a large annual conference serving 20,000+, the workload can be heavy at certain times of the year - not really a con but a work aspect that comes with an organization with a focus on large scale events
    - there are still a few employees on hand who embrace the old traditional work culture and who have been unable to transition to a culture of change and progression

    Advice to Management

    keep rolling forward! staying relevant means continuing to change the organization and adapt


  7. "Culture of change and innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ISTE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The ISTE staff is the most passionate and entrepreneurial team I have worked with. The work is fulfilling and leadership encourages and supports employees to grow in their area of expertise. The compensation is fair and the PTO benefits are great! Performance evaluations focus on staff growth and coaching.

    Cons

    Change is constant here, which is challenging for some people. The organization is still working to remove silos between departments.

    Advice to Management

    With a growing remote staff, communication tools need to be improved. The work the leadership team is working on to improve communications, establish priorities, resource projects and support work-life balance is appreciated.


  8. "Major org change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    members are passionate about mission

    Cons

    poor management practices and communication


  9. "Started out great and is now on the great decline..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ISTE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I loved working with the former management, prior to the CFO leaving. It was a great group of passionate people that really cared about education.

    Cons

    This company has eliminated a LOT of positions over the last couple of years. Outsourcing is the new buzzword. I really can't figure out if there is a new vision and if so, what it is. They have eliminated several departments.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out where you are taking the organization and share it with the staff. Honest information is better than no information.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill and gaining momentum"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ISTE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules
    Great members and volunteers
    PD opportunities

    Cons

    Not much security. Long hours, little recognition. Senior managers who take credit for others' work. Major disconnect between management and labor, as well as Eugene and DC offices.
    Lots of layoffs since the new CEO arrived a year ago. Entire departments are gone.

    Advice to Management

    Just own up to what you're doing. Laying good people off, then hiring your cronies is pathetic.


  11. "Good mission, gone bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ISTE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The mission is motivating and although pay is mediocre, hours are flexible and benefits decent (though deteriorating).

    Cons

    Extremely frustrating top-down only communication/management structure with a major disconnect between leadership and staff. Don't know or understand and/or care about the professional experiences and skills of the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting all your energies into remaking the organization simply to make it over and put the energy into making it actually work better. Give the cronies a rest and actually let the professionals who were doing work do their thing.



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