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Updated February 17, 2018
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NCSA Next College Student Athlete President and COO Lisa Strasman
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Pros
  • Getting to work from home right away is also a big plus (in 29 reviews)

  • Helping hook student athletes up with college programs feels like something important (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Skewed view of work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • When I took my job as a 'Head Scout' at this company I could not have been more excited (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (11)

    "Helping student-athletes go to college"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's amazing to work for a company that cares about helping athletes get college degrees. NCSA is offers a fast-paced work environment with big ideas and a commitment to reward success and give back to the community.

    Cons

    To achieve success here, you'll need to be a self-starter. Most positions require solid to advanced technical/computer skills.

    NCSA Next College Student Athlete Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Human Resources Athleader

    Thanks for your review! How amazing is it that we get the opportunity to say we change lives on a daily basis as our career! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying your time at NCSA, and we hope you... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Many hats, one team!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Baseball in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Baseball in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Fun environment
    - Opportunity for growth
    - Different career paths
    - Work in sports
    - Enhance lives, encouraged to "give back"
    - Flexible work options
    - World class facility
    - Exceptional training

    Cons

    - Change, need to be prepared for it
    - Evenings/weekends in most positions

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Worth the work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -My manager is always looking for ways to better our team
    -Schedule flexibility
    -Option to work from home
    -Relaxed dress code
    -Chance to really help families
    -There is plenty of ways to advance in the company if you put in the work.
    -You control your opportunities based on the effort you put in.

    Cons

    -Skewed view of work life balance
    -Goals that change regularly and at times are unrealistic
    -Different rules & treatment between core/non core teams

    Advice to Management

    There is a huge disconnect between the way your teams are viewed not only by each other, but management as well. There are perks given to core teams members that are not afforded to non core employees. If you want the entire company to believe you when you say "we are all one team", then make that true.
    I will say that all of upper management believes in an open door policy, and are easy to find when you need to talk.


  4. "Recruiting Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time

    Pros

    Nice People. Good environment. Inside Sales

    Cons

    The pay is less tha nideal


  5. "Great for some! Stuggle for others"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time

    Pros

    Great helping student athletes and families!

    Cons

    The structure of the company creates frustrations because management does not hold everyone accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should should dig in more with middle management to see what the real issues are.


  6. "Tough, but incredibly rewarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time

    Pros

    At NCSA you get the opportunity to chase a meaningful mission on a daily basis, while working in a state of the art office in great location, surrounded by fun like minded peers. Tremendous opportunity for career growth in sports industry for those who have the right amount of talent, grit and patience. Everyone at NCSA has the ability to do work that directly impacts people's lives. Success stories are shared on a regular basis. Lots of fun team activities such as the annual Turkey Bowl.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment and numbers driven. It's hard to cut corners at NCSA and everyone is expected to maintain a high degree of excellence on a regular basis.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I like it, here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place for those that love sports and talking sports
    Energetic atmosphere
    Management is understanding and supportive with my scheduling as a college student
    I feel like my manager actually cares about me
    Being on a team feels like being part of a work family
    Ability to work weekends
    Great conversations had with people all over the USA from all different backgrounds
    Great first job

    Cons

    Some days feel mundane
    Not a lot of room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Hiring motivated people

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Recruiting Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete part-time

    Pros

    A very professional work environment. Managers lead by example and very professional. They are very flexible in working with you. Enjoy working for NCSA

    Cons

    The only downside that I see is that I feel that the part-timers are not really appreciated as much as the full timers from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great work. I like the fact that they manage my numbers very well and give me setoff goals to obtain on a daily and weekly basis.


  9. "Be honest to the public"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiting Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiting Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - You work with some awesome people!
    - Office space is beautiful

    Cons

    - Work every weekend and from 8 am to 6:30 pm or expect to not do well
    - Managers just want numbers, expect 4 emails a day to remind you where you need to be before you leave for the day
    - The worst part of NCSA is how skewed their success rate is. Honestly we help some kids yes but the kids who sign in once and commit to their local Junior College... Did we really help them? Why are we taking credit for this as a success story?

    Advice to Management

    Clean up success rates, be honest! Allow employees the chance to grow! We are not robotic. Doing the same thing every day can really hurt motivation.


  10. "Recruiting Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NCSA Next College Student Athlete full-time

    Pros

    -new comp plan makes hitting commission much more attainable
    -talking to families about what is most important to them
    -lots of socials
    -fun people to be around
    -helping athletes fulfill their dreams - what better job is there?
    -casual dress
    -overall, a pretty fun place to work
    -you control your own money put in the work and you can be successful

    Cons

    There are some glaring issues that I hope the company takes a deep dive into:
    -Top performers are not taken care of. You work hard to get to the top of your team and it becomes expected, hardly even acknowledged after awhile. The company does not retain top employees because they don't really care to.
    -This company is a good old boys club. Promotions only come to those who want to hang out with these guys. Seriously there are no minorities in management roles and only 1 female scout manager who we all got to witness had to work twice as hard to get in that role. It makes the rest of us feel like it is impossible to get a promotion unless we agree to hang out with this group. I mean how did some of these guys even get this position?
    - There is 0 work life balance. I don't mnd working the 45 hours but we constantly get pushed to work weekends and holidays. I have family nearby that I bail out on because I do not feel like I will ever advance if continue to please my manager.

    Advice to Management

    Come back to earth. It seems like you have lost touch with reality. There are 100+ of us hoping for a promotion but each week we hear about people who are already in leadership roles getting more promotions. It is like the saying "the rich keep getting richer." Look at your management team and the lack of diversity. Just because you pretend it is not an issue does not mean we all do not know it is there.


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