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NWEA Employee Reviews about "great benefits"

Updated Jul 31, 2019

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Chris Minnich
15 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great Benefits, mission and they care about kids(in 16 reviews)

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

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

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Frustrating Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits good central location with parking get to work with/for educators for some reason, despite the cons, things seem to carry on

    Cons

    Very frustrating place to work - impossible to get traction for projects that seem important. Departments are run by cliques and politics and unwillingness to collaborate even though that is the directive. Finger pointing when things don't go as planned.

    Advice to Management

    see above

    NWEA2019-02-24
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good perks and benefits, but a tough environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks, including retirement, PTO, and transporation

    Cons

    It's a white man's world, even in the world of supposed diversity initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people outside your inner circle.

    NWEA2019-02-17
  3. Helpful (14)

    "Nice Company, poor leadership"

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

    I worked at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunity to work for non-profit dedicated to serving students. Free coffee and tea, discounted pop.

    Cons

    Shockingly poor selection of Sr. VPs , VPs, and right on down the line. Favoritism of some of the worst employees is discouraging. Leadership's complete inability to connect with the next level down is well known. Employees are frequently unhappy with their manager, but stay on due to the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO cleaning house would be a great start to the new year. Find leadership that is confident and able to communicate. No more weirdos and incompetents who can't even return a good morning or manage their budget. HR's inability to make changes when problems are reported makes them useless. There are managers there that they've kept on just so they don't sue them, further poisoning the employee pool; get rid...

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    NWEA2018-01-29
  4. "NWEA Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, mission and they care about kids

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    NWEA2017-12-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at NWEA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I'm only a contractor for now

    NWEA2016-10-12
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time for 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...

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and do things well and right.

    NWEA2016-06-08
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Content specialist"

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    Former Employee - Science Content Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NWEA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, good salary, interesting work, pleasant work environment, reasonable work hours, great benefits, excellent retirement plan.

    Cons

    Frequent turn over of staff and reshuffling of management positions, job titles and teams. Sometimes ambiguous new initiatives, policies, procedures and seemingly constant need for reinventing the wheel and being overly innovative. Office politics, old guard and senior staff clickiness, organizational silos, and occasional poor middle management. The best workers are not always recognized and rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Agree on the best process. Make sure everyone thoroughly understands it. Document it. Middle managers need more time and flexibility to supervise and manage their teams. A manager who does not understand the strengths and weaknesses of a team will make poor decisions. Middle managers should only manage people within their own content area.There are too many meetings for middle managers who are being pulled in too many...

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    NWEA2016-01-06
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genuine, well-meaning people; great benefits; encouragement of work-life balance

    Cons

    Diffusion of impact through taking on too many initiatives; ceo is pretty rogue in terms of committing to things that seem counter to the expressed company strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees whose job it is to understand markets and inform strategy.

    NWEA2015-12-13
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, genuine caring culture.

    Cons

    Collaborative culture taken to extreme

    NWEA2015-11-23
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company. Continually Impressed"

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

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

    Pros

    Great location (downtown Portland with easy access to transit), Great benefits (medical, dental, vision) + flex pay per check + 6 weeks paid time off + free transit pass + free parking + masseuse on staff, great work/life balance, strong leadership, open communication, growth opportunities, diversity (race/ethnicity, LGBT equality, gender), down to earth management, gym on site, flexible hours, opportunities to work...

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    Cons

    Better benefits for spouses/families, equal pay for equal work within equal positions, equality privileges across teams within a department (work from home)

    NWEA2015-08-23
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