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National Board of Medical Examiners Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to work"

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    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. "management level of incompetency becomes unbearable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time

    Pros

    company offers great benefits and reasonable compensation

    Cons

    Incompetency of senior management (IT) becomes unbearable: inability to value people, refusal to hire developers, inability to properly staff projects completely destroys work/life balance. Working on weekends and difficulty of taking vacations becomes a norm.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are generous and reasonable.

    Cons

    Horrible work atmosphere. Very uptight.

    Advice to Management

    Treat every staff member equally. No favorites.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pension, health insurance, vacation plan

    Cons

    The company has more managers than leaders.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Stuck in the past but is slowly improving"

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    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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Need to create engagement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Board of Medical Examiners full-time

    Pros

    Great staff. Sincere mission driven smart people. Do a great job of assessing healthcare professionals. Could be a great organization.

    Cons

    Leaders who cannot lead or create engagement. Culture out mid 1900's including the sexism. Fiefdoms among VPs and SVPs. Lack of unity. Cronyism with a small group of elite staff. Doctors rule, even if they don't know how.

    Advice to Management

    Need to run a company circa 2016 not one stuck in the time warp of the past. Lose the arrogance and doctors who run it. Learn to empower people and to measure staff by accomplishments not by how well they cozy up to you.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits, some culture shock"

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    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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Hope for the future!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hope abounds that new president will return NBME focus to its mission and values. When that happens, the change needed for the future will be embraced and employee engagement will improve.

    Cons

    Five year experiment with a poor choice of a CIO has resulted in higher costs and lower productivity in IT. These problems have infected the entire organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spinning failures as successes. Acknowledge problems in IT and start over.


  10. "Good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and flexible working time plus great benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes things move a little slowly within the organization


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