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Updated Jun 16, 2021

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3.5
59%
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Chris Minnich
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "If you get a full time position you get some great benefits(in 17 reviews)

  • "Mission driven organization, good benefits(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management with personal agendas allowed to dictate how teams are formed or disassembled without regard for the people involved(in 7 reviews)

  • "Too political, sometimes too much collaboration and takes long time to make decisions and get things done(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Company to Work For

      Feb 7, 2021 - Partner Support Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The best part about the job is the teamwork - everyone helps each other out. Any time you have issues with a question, the higher tier workers will help you out. Managers are also not in your face, just hit your numbers and you will be fine.

      Cons

      The pay could better. And the chances of you getting a higher role job are slim to none.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Look elsewhere

      Jun 7, 2021 - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some great people that want to do right by schools and kids. You can have a work/life balance (but it’s because you don’t really have to put in a full day.)

      Cons

      Lives under the “we do it for the kids” tag line, but it’s the most political, unorganized, and passive aggressive place I’ve worked. The toxicity is suffocating. Incompetent staff and awful managers are allowed to keep their jobs and high pay. The Sr. management is having turf wars foe control and the CEO is silent. I’m not sure they realize it’s visible to the rank and file. People are leaving quickly. The ship is sinking. There is no room for growth. Most promotions are given and jobs are not open to applications.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Not the best option for a good software engineer

      Jun 16, 2021 - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      competitive PTO package easy to slack off that’s all

      Cons

      incompetent engineers lack of professionalism an excess of people in middle management managers that don’t respect or appreciate employees an underpaid engineering staff is an unhappy engineering staff

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Software company that doesn't know how to make software

      Jun 15, 2021 - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - mission-driven means they aren't always profit-driven - amazing retirement benefits - free health coverage for employee - WFH support - company really cares about its employees. Employees really care about each other. - research and product are well-respected in the field - work-life balance will be respected - it is very, very hard to get fired - focus on DEIA, honest conversations about race and NWEA's role in institutional racism gives me hope that cons will be fixed - CEO is one of the most inspiring leaders I've worked for

      Cons

      - because the benefits are so great, people stay forever - very, very often people did not know how to do their job. If you want to follow basic practices in software development, look elsewhere. They don't even know they don't follow basic practices. - tech debt and ancient tech stacks mean projects take forever and are always sub-par experiences - lots of constant org restructuring. Long-time staff have seen many changes come and go. They know they just need to wait it out and the next shiny new thing will come along. - shifting priorities, lots of meetings to talk about new priorities, lots of projects get abandoned because priorities have changed and they took too long to implement - consensus-driven. You can not accomplish anything without weeks of convincing everyone involved why its a good idea. Once they are on board they want to be involved and want to have meetings to talk about it. - You will have tons of meetings without anything getting accomplished - Nepotism and people hiring their friends has led to a monoculture of ex-educators. Ignorance of other cultures outside this bubble has led to a biased product and blatant racism and sexism in the organization's culture and org structure. - lots of really good people are not willing to speak up about things they want to see change and so although they are not okay with the status quo, it continues - extremely siloed departments. I was constantly learning about whole branches of the organization that I had no idea what they do.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Operates in the last millenium

      Jun 3, 2021 - Account Executive in Worcester, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great colleagues, terrific PTO, strong moral compass. Highly respected research group.

      Cons

      Tough middle management, which upper management seems to ignore. HR trying so hard to improve the culture with no evidence that it is paying off.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Departments at war with each other

      May 11, 2021 - Engineer in Portland, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Tech problems of scale often only found at larger technology companies Best benefits in town

      Cons

      Departments and divisions have competing visions for the future. their leadership agree with a smile and then proceed with their own plans which are at odds with org strategy for technology, product, and financial goals.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Decent

      Jun 6, 2021 - Budget Analyst in Portland, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Many opportunities and quality people

      Cons

      Communication can be lacking and unclear with a multitude of departments

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Strong Local Teams

      May 28, 2021 - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      dedicated and passionate team to support student growth and achievement

      Cons

      leadership in headquarters is challenging to work with and toxic

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      great benefits

      Apr 29, 2021 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great benefits package - opportunity to try new things

      Cons

      talk doesn't always match action

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Technical Support Specialist

      Mar 8, 2021 - Technical Support Specialist in Portland, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ability to work from home

      Cons

      Difficult to move up to a different role

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