NWEA Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2020

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3.5
54%
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74%
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NWEA CEO Chris Minnich (no image)
Chris Minnich
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "If you get a full time position you get some great benefits(in 17 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, accessibility-focused, nice offices, free coffee, WFH opportunities(in 8 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)

  • "Executive are very slow to make decisions(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Mission Driven and values aligned!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people, #1. They are some of the most creative, kind and hard working people I’ve ever worked with. #2, the mission, the majority of all colleagues are there to help kids and educators! #3 innovation,everyone is working around the clock to bring some really great things to the market that will really help educators.

    Cons

    Sometimes work life balance is hard.

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  2. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My boss is great - supportive and challenges me. Our EVP leads from the front, communicates well and is willing and able to move roadblocks. Our team is successful and doing great work.

    Cons

    There is still a tendency to group think across the company which slows things down.

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  3. "Circling the drain"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Management in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many people with experience and desire to make NWEA a great product to help students and teachers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, NWEA suffers from continuing to think they are the only show in town. Additionally, departments continue to hire people with no industry experience that don’t understand the market, don’t know the competitors, and assume they can “fix” how the market purchases products. I am astonished at how many people in product management couldn’t tell you how our products compare to the competition. They don’t bother to know. Many people at the EVP, SVP, and VP level have no clue about our true place in the market. They don’t understand or consider federal funding impacts, etc. Business plans with a P&L aren’t written. It’s more ... wouldn’t that be cool, lets try that.... if there isn’t a market, let’s create one. Complete lack of understanding. The CEO is a very passionate person whose heart is in the right place, but he lacks the experience to manage the competitive environment. NWEA suffers from a lack of self awareness. They continue to think they can grow business without improving the product. It’s unfortunate.

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  4. "Mission Oriented"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Truly cares about kids education

    Cons

    Typical company, lots of people doing the right things, some not

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "The politics outweighs the employee benefits"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, accessibility-focused, nice offices, free coffee, WFH opportunities

    Cons

    There are constant, neverending org changes. Once teams finally figure out how to work together, the company is doing yet another re-org. I can deal with the countless diversity and sensitivity trainings, but even the simplest tasks are made difficult which haults productivity and motivation.

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  6. "good"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NWEA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great location and coworkers make it good

    Cons

    I find opportunities to be limited to managers.

  7. "Good people, lots of change"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NWEA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with, my manager was amazing, focus on doing what's right for kids is the forefront of everything. Very flat hierarchy given the size, with access to executives on a somewhat casual basis, which can be a pro or con depending on how you see it. I saw it as a good, as it increases transparency.

    Cons

    Politics abound, reorganizations never seem to stop, confusion about general direction in certain departments.

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  8. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are good opportunities of growth within the company

    Cons

    The company is going through growing pain

  9. "Good benefits"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits! 6 week PTO, 403b employer contributions, great health benefits.

    Cons

    Too political, sometimes too much collaboration and takes long time to make decisions and get things done.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very good benefits ... good people ... changing focus quite a bit"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    NWEA Contributes 15% of your salary to their 403 (B) Good range of benefits Free parking for full timers in downtown Portland Free TriMet Annual Pass Education Reimbursement up to ~$1200 or something like that Exec Team communicates a lot ... could be confusing at times

    Cons

    Seem to be continually changing our focus on what is important

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