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National Writing Project Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "Great opportunity to grow professionally."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being a part of an organization that contributes to learning and professional development for teachers makes me proud of my work.

    Cons

    The political and economic climate for education is difficult and has impacted the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek input from staff in this time of transition.


  2. "I miss most people from NWP, but not the corrupt, inept leadership that laid of 2/3rd of staff in 2011"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Writing Project full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance, lots of vacation, great mission of working to help teachers become better educators and improve student learning

    Cons

    NWP lived off one big federal grant for more than two decades. In all of that time, executive leadership (namely Richard Sterling) never once tried to diversify the funding. When the funding finally got cut in 2011, NWP realized, oops, we need a business plan. Not sure if they found one yet.

    Employee morale also suffered greatly during the layoffs of 2011. NWP had a culture of treating everyone like "family." The problem with that became evident when a bunch of the family had to get cut.

    Advice to Management

    The current executive director might be beyond help. The layoffs were not her fault really, but let's just say she didn't do much to earn her $200K+ salary. Advice is simple: bring in money or wither.

  3. "Great Place to Work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    National writing project was a great place to work. Management was okay. Overall it was a great place to work. Too bad they have funding problems now. I guess the government does not realize how important education is.

    Very close to Berkely bart station.

    Cons

    The company is small to there is not much rooom to grow. The pay is usually lower than market.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's a nice place to collect a paycheck."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Well paying, strong community, mission driven organization. If the organization's mission appeals to you and you are looking for a steady place to work, and you don't have much ambition, this place is for you.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, political concerns matter more than merit or capability, management has no ability to set realistic expectations for itself or others

    Advice to Management

    Either reduce the work load or increase the number of staff working on a project. Projects get completed when people can work together, not when they are maximally stressed and isolated.


  5. "Great Part Time Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Writing Project part-time

    Pros

    Flexible Times, Friendly Staff, Downtown Berkeley Area

    Cons

    None, I had a great experience working here.


  6. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at National Writing Project part-time

    Pros

    great people, great company, free coffee

    Cons

    Can't think of anything. None


  7. "Nice small Non-proflt org"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and work env. good benefits

    Cons

    Pay is just so so with so much work to do.

  8. "Nice place to work"

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

    I have been working at National Writing Project part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers, relaxed setting, nice location

    Cons

    Okay pay, sometimes not enough work


  9. "Depends on What You Do There"

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

    I have been working at National Writing Project full-time

    Pros

    Travel
    Near public transportation
    Good benefit package
    The organization's mission

    Cons

    Travel
    Little sunlight
    No place to have lunch
    Not diverse

    Advice to Management

    Study other non-profits, preferably led by a younger demographic.


  10. "Great people, great work culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Really wonderful mission and strong commitment to the vision. Some exciting new work in digital literacy as well as good old-fashioned pen and paper writing.

    Staff are very positive, helpful and extremely competent. Never worked with a greater group of people. Everyone is very sensitive to work-life balance and it really shows on a daily basis (most people gone by 5:30) and in terms of vacation (people definitely take their vacations and no one balks at anyone taking time off). People are really supportive of each other personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Organization is pretty top heavy. Senior leaders are a well-oiled machine with strong likes and dislikes. Senior leaders decide on priorities and an action plan then delegate--not much discussion with all staff.

    Advice to Management

    There are some extremely talented, highly educated and capable low-men-on-the-totem-pole. Would be great to have more opportunities for advancement at that level.


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