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NWEA Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, amazing colleagues and competitive pay (in 13 reviews)

  • There is also a great sense of work life balance, that is supported by senior management (in 7 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 (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    There is an enormous commitment to people which is shown through training, benefits (amazing PTO + retirement plans), management programs, lots of communication etc. People advance and are able to move throughout the org. Also, a lot of people come back. The work is interesting and in an every changing industry - education. My team is amazing, fun and we are really starting to get things done!

    Cons

    Not all teams work well together which makes progress more difficult. It is hard for NWEA to be agile which can make progress feel very slow.

    Advice to Management

    Move the roadblocks. Figure out what they are and blast them out of the company. Accept that some of the issues will be people that you like and it's time for them to go!


  2. "Mission Driven"

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

    I have been working at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Fascinating work
    Smart, passionate people
    Chance to make a real difference in K12 education

    Cons

    Lots of projects and sometimes priorities conflict

    Advice to Management

    Clarify roles and decisions


  3. "Evaluation company could use some self evaluation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven organization, good benefits

    Cons

    Management can be spotty at times


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  5. "Sr OD Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Very talented and friendly people work here.

    Cons

    High population of intraverts, would be great to have more extraverts.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly. Great benefits. Lots of opportunities for growth. Great location.

    Cons

    I'm only a contractor for now


  7. "NWEA"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and dedicated staff with a very worthwhile mission.

    Cons

    challenging competitive market with constantly changing work environment


  8. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    On-boarding Process
    Values
    Flexibility
    Training
    Upper Management
    Belief in their people
    Non-profit

    Cons

    None
    None
    None
    I really have no complaints
    Can't think of anything

    Advice to Management

    Keep staying true to the values!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "This place is nuts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and PTO package. Good work life balance to enjoy PTO and benefits. Great retirement plan.

    Cons

    Constant organization churn. This place can't seem to settle down. There are reorganizations every 6 months or so, from shuffling of people from one manager to another, to big business unit reorganizations. People get fired or quit and managers and directors don't fill the positions for months. Lots of petty drama among the directors and VPs, so much so that new products and key decisions suffer.

    Parking is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to release software in a timely fashion. Act more like a software company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Organization & Leadership?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NWEA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The QA team with which I worked consisted of extremely helpful and affable people. I really enjoyed working with all of them. The team lead is a dynamic, knowledgeable, and very helpful person. I liked her a great deal. The Senior developer is a wonderful person. Free instant oatmeal and really great hot chocolate. I would really like to have been an FTE employee.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring resulted in my contract being cut short; two-and-a-half months of a six month contract. At least I got a weeks notice. Management is so disorganized as to be non-existent. The manager I reported to spoke with me twice: my second day where she told me that I could not work from home and sometime during my last week with a "thanks for your work" flavor. Parking in the building's garage is restricted to "real" employees only. As is often the plight of the person doing on-site work the feeling of exclusion was quite obvious and uncomfortable. I would not work there as a contractor again.

    Advice to Management

    Get your collective heads and butts wired together. Create a stable organization. Treat your contractors like people and NOT likened-person entities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    NWEA has a great mission focused on kids and learning. Doesn't get much better than that.
    it is an organization filled with bright (and brilliant) caring professionals who want to do great work and make a difference in Education. It is a nice place to work and having worked for a number of companies that is a high compliment. Great benefits, amazing colleagues and competitive pay. It is an organization that strives to treat it's staff as well as it's customers and that is rare in many organizations (sad to say). The Human Resources team is top-notch and one of the best I have ever seen and is there for employees and management alike. I have a great boss and work with amazing people. Definitely one of the best employers in Portland.

    Cons

    At times there is a lack of focus because there are so many things the organization wants to achieve that at times it is like all the priorities are number 1 and this dilutes effectiveness and results. In the past there has been a fair amount of going after "bright shiny objects," but I can now say that the last two years or more the leadership has gotten focused and clearer on our strategies and goals. The current executive team is the best I have seen in my tenure with the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and do things well and right.



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