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NWEA Anonymous Reviews

Updated May 4, 2019

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3.3
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Chris Minnich
2 Ratings
  1. "Great organization with an exceptional mission."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NWEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    NWEA encourages strong staff participation in the business process, at all levels. No one is excluded from being an active participant in helping reach annual operating goals as well as contribute to the evolution of the assessment products that are core to its success.

    Cons

    Some people may feel intimidated by the highly participative environment, but this also encourages the best collective outcomes. Lots of org changes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do the broad communication that has been a hallmark of its history. All-staff quarterly meetings are highly insightful and valuable.

    NWEA2014-07-30
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits, poor leadership planning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    NWEA is a great place to work when considering the mission and the benefits. Being able to work in an industry where you can meet people walking down the street and they know the product you make, and are actually happy to talk with you about it, rather than being part of the "evil corporation" crowd, is a major plus. The team members are also very amazing to work with. There are different cultures on each floor, for...

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    Cons

    Morale is very low after the new CEO arrived, and as we continue to cost cut. There were a few rounds of layoffs, and at each subsequent company meeting, we are hearing about the statistics of the number of employees who are looking for new work, or are disgruntled by some of the changes that have happened, of which are both good and bad depending on your perspective. Very short handed on resources, deadlines are missed...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees, not raw numbers. Stop cutting back on benefits. Realize that your employees are your largest asset, and stop trying to squeeze blood from turnips.

    NWEA2019-05-04
  3. Helpful (4)

    "One of the best - and hardest - places I've worked"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    New CEO is raising the bar, bringing focus, and setting a clear course for the org. This IS a mission oriented place - the one thing everyone knows and holds us to is mission. It's not like other places that claim it's about mission while only talking about revenue when customers aren't around. Under the new CEO I see a more accountable executive team, less infighting, decisions not being undone, and slowly more...

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    Cons

    The great benefits means people who should quit often don't, so there are some unmotivated folks in the org who do just enough to stick around. But they don't do a great job, they're unhappy and they can stir up some drama. In some teams, it's easy to be average and skate. That means other people pick up the slack. And get held to a higher standard too. It's not really fair. Too many meetings, although those are...

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    Advice to Management

    Clean house a bit. Stay the course set by the new CEO. Either set a bar or provide training on soft skills for leaders. Communication, management skills -and not the year long course that's useful but too basic because it doesn't really move the build skills, meeting management... are there courses in empathy or understanding how your own issues change how you see your staff? I doubt it but those would help in more than...

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    NWEA2018-09-04
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