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NWEA Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • There is also a great sense of work life balance, that is supported by senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits, amazing colleagues and competitive pay (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management has taken over via onerous process that provides no benefit (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management has echo chamber tendencies (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great organization. Going through growth, but doing all the right things!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission, really great people, excellent pay/benes, commitment to do the right things, exciting innovations.

    Cons

    Growth comes with some challenges - you need to be committed to being part of the solution and working as part of a larger team if you want to be successful in the long-term here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue staying laser focused on top goals. Continue to hold staff accountable (when they are toxic). Continue to invest in leadership development.


  2. "Best Educational Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement contribution, medical benefits, in-house benefits (massage, acupuncture, cafe), location, great vision/mission, passionate organization, work/life balance, yearly public transportation pass, parking, downtown location, complementary access to Chinese Gardens, ping pong tables, great staff, technology, diversity, meeting needs of employees

    Cons

    a lot of senior management

  3. "Great Benefits, But Spotty Leadership"

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

    I worked at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Benefits like massage on-site, good PTO policies and great 401k. The mission of the organization (helping all kids learn) is something to be proud of.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, leadership is nonexistent. Many departments are dysfunctional, with good people leaving left and right. Many managers should not be in that position, and even with employees going to HR, there is no really good employee advocate (HR is there for the manager).

    Advice to Management

    When managers are a problem, replace them or move them to a non-management position instead of promoting them.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Professional Learning
    Current Employee - Professional Learning
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are all really talented, smart and driven to do right by kids and teachers. The retirement and benefits are excellent and the culture is focused strongly on the people.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of anything right now


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Moving from Good to Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NWEA is changing like crazy - good crazy, but it's definitely crazy (don't apply to work here if you are resistant to change! I get to work with super smart people, management listens and we are creating great stuff (from products to the brand to our services).

    Cons

    Did I say crazy? As with all change there are people who resist, who complain, who want things fed to them. To say they are annoying is an understatement

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the whiners and the slackers. Please. NWEA will be a better place because of it!


  6. "Research scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission driven, good culture and working environment, nice people, excellent benefit, growing in market, work life balance, professional development support

    Cons

    In general, good things are happening but nothing is perfect. Sometimes,
    Unprofessional management/leadership
    Ineffective meetings
    Performance evaluation system needs to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Make good use of talents and resources


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Slow to move"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NWEA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Passion for education. They really follow their mission and vision.

    Cons

    Culturally they do not move very fast. They seem to struggle with basic development/solution delivery issues

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and do not over extend

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Best place to work in Portland"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, 401K, PTO, on-site acupuncture, on-site massage, telecommute advocacy, great location in downtown PDX on max line, meaningful work, great culture, super smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of... office is a little crowded sometimes due to growth.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Would love to see telecommute advocacy encouraged even further so folks don't have to commute as much. Otherwise great!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Too many ineffective managers"

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

    I worked at NWEA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fringe benefits. Central office location convenient to mass transit.

    Cons

    HR supports the manager, even when it's clear that the manager is the bigger problem. Good employees stuck with crummy managers either have to grin and bear it or leave.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees that do most of the actual production work with more care and respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Meh - first it was good, then it wasn't"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NWEA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, nice benefits, ping-pong

    Cons

    Management with no direction, some with little experience managing groups


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