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NWEA Employee Reviews about "middle management"

Updated Jun 26, 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 (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...

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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
  2. 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...

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    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
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Good at propaganda bad at software and management"

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

    I have been working at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Nice offices. The idea of helping kids is a good one. They're a non profit not bad on time off (was 6 weeks when you started now its 4 weeks when you start)

    Cons

    Upper and middle Management are in different fantasy worlds with unrealistic timelines on deliverables and seem to have an inability to communicate with each other. Still cannot get a deployment out the door on time or without major after deployment issues demanding hotfixes very tribal in its knowledge holding and delivery very siloed very cliquish

    Advice to Management

    walk downstairs and actually talk with the developers and qa in an open manner. Ask some questions and listen to the answers.

    NWEA2014-06-01
  4. Helpful (9)

    "Image is great. Reality is much less rosy."

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    Current Employee - Product Engineering in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA full-time

    Pros

    Management allows you to focus on engineering - not meetings. Open source is used heavily in many areas of the organization. Good ideas are listened to by other engineers. Great LEED certified building. Benefits are great. Not as good since the recent vacation change. Still really excellent though. The non-product engineering leaders seem to be qualified.

    Cons

    Middle management is disengaged with vision of upper management. Employees work on pet projects - not necessarily business goals. Some managers spends 90+% time in management meetings. Word of mouth is the only way information moves. Decisions made by people who are not necessarily qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Get consistency between senior management vision, management direction, and work backlog for employees. Find nice ways to engage quiet people. You will probably be surprised that they are smarter than your leadership councils.

    NWEA2013-12-05
  5. Helpful (11)

    "Implosion in process - enter at your own risk!"

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    Current Employee - In Product Engineering in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great cause. Great message. On site massage, parking, education budget (rarely used though).

    Cons

    Salaries have been slipping, several years w/o raises, only once was the yearly bonus awarded, business environment has been moving towards cut-throat and politicizing. Middle management gets recycled every 2 years approximately.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is currently only focused on results, not climate like they used to recognize. Workers are manufacturing the perception of results without actually adding value. The results are actually there, but they would have been obtained just as easily without the political backstabbing the is endemic in the current culture. Get rid of the self-proclaimed prima-donnas and the self-important marketers masquerading...

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    NWEA2013-07-03
  6. Helpful (5)

    "NWEA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NWEA

    Pros

    Great mission. Great people to work with. Great potential.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. Disconnect between executives and the reality of the work being accomplished. People doing the real work are successful in spite of management.

    Advice to Management

    Turn-over the middle management. Replace with people who are actually skilled managers who make it a priority to listen to their workers and provide them with the tools they need to be successful.

    NWEA2010-02-12
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