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Updated Jul 19, 2016

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good-hearted folks who care about education and technology"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chances to work with cutting-edge technology, Great attitudes, and a (steadily) decreasing tolerance for histrionics, Employees at all levels are regarded with respect and dignity. Fabulous opportunities to learn and develop professionally; your career isn't on the line if you take risks for the sake of greater knowledge. Everyone in the organization knows the mission, verbatim. Folks here give a cuss about helping...

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    Cons

    Re-org fatigue, Upper management has echo chamber tendencies. You're either an agile enterprise or not; there is no "agile department."

    Advice to Management

    Stop chasing waterfall: Recognize that software is a conversation, and participation is *essential* in proportion to stake held.

    NWEA2013-10-06
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Organization & Leadership?"

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

    I worked at NWEA for 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...

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    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.

    NWEA2016-07-19
  3. Helpful (9)

    "Such potential"

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

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

    Pros

    * The work can be meaningful if you believe the hype (and ignore the lobbying that they do to try and win contracts) * There are interesting problems to solve if they would have the vision * Lots of opportunities if you are ambitious and good at your job * Can easily skate by if you are not ambitious

    Cons

    * Middle management has taken over via onerous process that provides no benefit * No trust in the engineers * Inability of upper management to make hard decisions as to the technical direction of the company * Inexperienced technical leadership that provides no leadership and deflects blame * Feels very much like bottom up leadership regarding technical direction and improvement * Questionable acquisitions over the...

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    Advice to Management

    To senior engineering management: * Adapt to the changing technical landscape if you want to get and keep highly skilled and motivated engineers. For example, move back towards devops and continuous delivery. * Fire the incompetent engineers and QA. * Focus on the department first and not all of the politics * Actually provide leadership -- currently no direction from upper management with very little interaction...

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    NWEA2016-06-02
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