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National Board of Medical Examiners Reviews

Updated November 30, 2016
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, 35 hour work week, transportation allowance/paid parking, business casual dress, tuition allowance, flexible spending account.

    Cons

    Priorities change often. Strong push to get projects done and suddenly priorities change and all your hard work goes on the back burner. Must fill out cumbersome Change Control tickets to get anything done and then you wait for a "Change Control Advisory Board" must approve before work can begin, even for routine work. It's a new system and they haven't ironed out the flaws. They need to streamline it to be more productive.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads on straight and let people do the work they're paid to do. You're gumming up the works with all the interference.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Stuck in the past but is slowly improving"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, 35 hour work week and most people are very friendly and employees for the most part are very hard working. Room for growth for the most part. Once you work for the National Board they pretty much keep you for life. A lot of employees have been there for 15+ years and since quite a few people are retiring at the moment there is a lot of room for growth.

    Cons

    I decided i needed to post this after i walked out of a meeting today having realized that i was the only person out of 15 in there with brown eyes. The world place is very friendly but lacks diversity. There are very few Woman in high positions and almost no minorities. Its almost has a country club feel to it by the way everyone dresses and acts. Managers need to start diversifying staff as well as hire more young people. They have a decent amount of interns or CO-OP's i believe they are called but the bulk of the NBME employees are in there 50's or 60's and we need more young employees with fresh ideas and knowledge on the newest technology and programs.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a more diversified staff, hire more woman in leadership roles, and invest in more technological updates


  3. Helpful (1)

    "It was good to work there"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good place and managers.
    There was not lot of pressure of work.

    Cons

    Can't work from HOME.
    1 year contract limit.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits, some culture shock"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, short work week (if applicable to position), growing but old organization, stable

    Cons

    Cultural clashes internally, upper mgmt lacks diversity and social graces


  6. "Bygone Era"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free garage parking or transportation voucher
    Great medical and dental benefits
    Pension Plan
    Flexible Work Schedule (depends on manager)

    Cons

    Often jobs have no career paths
    HR sets arbitrary limits on raises
    Everyone has a say in everything in too many meetings

    It is often an asset to have the type institutional knowledge that lives inside this building, but here the result is a bunch of people who have been at one place for so long, they have no concept of what its like on the outside. Always comparing things to how they used to be, and how much better it was back then.

    Its a company that doesn't want to realize that its no longer a 120 people large. The type of favoritism and nepotism that might have worked in the past no longer can last. It has to adapt to its size and the times. Either you realize the talent you have inside the building, and make sure it feels valued (salary, recognition, career opportunities) or the talent walks out.
    There are too many people here who have made a career of not getting fired.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate who really adds value to the company and buy out the rest if they have been there for a long period of time, let go of the rest.
    Don't keep people around because their entire job is to keep an antiquated set of systems/processes running. Perhaps both the system and people need to be change for the survival of the organization. "It's not necessary to change, because survival is not necessary."


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for meaningful work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Heart-stirring mission -- protecting you from incompetent doctors! Stability of 100 year old organization, but continuous attention to trends that will make the future as strong as the past. Competitive salaries and very competitive benefits, especially retirement income program.

    Cons

    Relatively small organization may limit internal opportuinties for career growth.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at National Board of Medical Examiners (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company allows a flexible work schedule. Business casual dress code

    Cons

    management has not caught up to new ways of running a business

    Advice to Management

    Allow associates to do the work they are hired to do


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits, great people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Editorial Production Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Editorial Production Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits they offer are great and they really seem to value their employees. Everyone is extremely friendly and willing to help out.

    Cons

    Sometimes the spacing of work can be bad. You'll go a few days with nothing to do and then have a packed schedule, but that's not the company's fault as much as it is the nature of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing. Most people don't seem to work there because they love the work, but because they love the work environment.


  10. "CSEC rocks"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Management who genuinely care about work- life balance, excellent benefits, friendly coworkers, relaxed dress, travel

    Cons

    Dealing with doctors can be difficult!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing supportive work, it makes the work environment so much more enjoyable.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "Always been great place but things have changed"

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    Current Employee - IT in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, 35 hour work week, Work at Home, friendly atmosphere, decent salary, onsite free garage parking, and commuter benefit.

    Cons

    Lousy Six Sigma implementation, too many meetings hashing out strategies, constant report writing, pressure to improve performance and save money gets in the way of actually doing the job.

    Advice to Management

    Forget all the trendy metrics and guidelines to improve productivity and realize all of it is ruining morale and actually slowing productivity. IT department can't keep employees. Turnover is rampant. Concentrate on ways to keep talent.


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