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The Achievement Network Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Generally good organization to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Achievement Network full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven organization, smart and nice people (95% of the folks there). Strong focus on core values.

    Cons

    Organization has trouble making decisions and sometimes seems to think it knows better than its customers what they want or need.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fulfilling mission-driven, limited growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Content Specialist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great coworkers and teams, who are all passionate about the organization's mission and work
    - The senior leaders are transparent about progress and setbacks
    - Many opportunities for organization to reflect on their work and find areas for improvement
    - Organization uses data to inform decisions
    - Good work-life balance. The hours are very reasonable (40-50 hrs/week)

    Cons

    - Entering as an associate, there were limited opportunities to grow into more challenging roles. The turnover was relatively high (~2 years)
    - The salary was not very competitive compared to other options. Salaries also ran a large range within the same role and there was little transparency as to why.
    - There are some good managers and some not so great managers, which creates a highly variable experience

    Advice to Management

    - Create more accountability and training for middle level managers
    - Create more opportunities for advancement for entry-level associates
    - Make salaries transparent. Create more competitive salaries to retain employees.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Promising organization but be wary of certain roles"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ANet has many talented, committed employees and the mission of the organization is inspiring. The organization has an earned revenue model, which means that the atmosphere isn't focused on securing every possible grant but rather making strong partnerships. ANet also offers great benefits for employees, including good vacation time and it is not frowned upon to use the vacation days that you have earned.

    Cons

    The changing standardized testing landscape in each geographic network can make the work of coaches who work directly in schools challenging. You really need to embrace and believe in ANet's model to withstand external critiques. For those working in the central office (as I was), the main concern was the lack of transparency and consistency about career development opportunities. Everything seemed to be in flux and sometimes people were promoted over others who had been their longer or with more qualifications. The human capital team was working to fix this, but it was frustrating for those trying to see themselves at the organization long term. I would warn those early in their career to have explicit conversations about career trajectory with the hiring manager before signing on. Certain roles, like the network associate role, seem really demanding without any clear next step. Also, as others mentioned, many members of the senior team have a similar background (Harvard MBA or MEd, TFA). This didn't bother me, but I know some aspects of that "culture" bothered others.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible Top Heavy place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time

    Pros

    Sick time and pto. You get a week off at the end of the year. The benefits are pretty cool.

    Cons

    Everything else. Senior team covers their own behind. They do not care about anyone else. Everyone is disposable. They do not care about you


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good experience for younger workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Achievement Network full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    unlimited sick time, week off at winter holidays, pretty good benefits, some people get flexible schedules & remote workplace, fun staff & staff outings, good reputation, great first experience for entry level employees

    Cons

    uneven distribution of benefits and flexibility, lack of transparency in salary structure, ineffective weak leadership, many offices are open-plan, expectation for 24/7 work, nepotism


  6. "Highly recommend"

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

    I worked at The Achievement Network full-time

    Pros

    Lots of professional development opportunities within your role. Great for a young hire.

    Cons

    Fewer opportunities to advance outside of your current role.


  7. "Dreams Come Here To Die"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location
    Benefits
    The founder was a nice guy and he meant well

    Cons

    Management
    Culture looks good on paper
    Compensation
    Coworkers are like highschool
    Advancement

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retaining staff than looking good on paper to schools and the board.

  8. "What Terrific People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with such knowledgeable people. My ideas were listened to and implemented.

    Cons

    Intermittent, seasonal work load can be slow.


  9. "Good Mission and Opportunities but Uncertain Future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Achievement Network full-time

    Pros

    Learned a ton and deepened my professional expertise that positioned me well for my next role. Good focus on core values, even if the discussions on them are not productive. Incredible mission to provide schools with the resources they need to succeed.

    Cons

    Growth has stalled with the Common Core's national implementation, and the organization has lost its competitive edge as a unified Common Core provider. Technology solutions (and leadership) has been a major weakness in attracting and retaining clients. No clear strategy and the stress is palatable internally.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better sense of strategy inside of pursuing a lot of half-baked ones. Get employee buy in, and try to remove the top-down organization culture.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission ... Poor staff leadership"

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

    I worked at The Achievement Network (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company has a great mission and vision for helping schools! Coaches are dedicated and take pride in what they are doing in schools and with teachers which is awesome.

    Cons

    Team leadership not helpful. Unable to get clear answers to questions in order to be successful. Doesn't seem to be a concern for the non-executive staff retention. In my particular team I watched two team members basically be pushed out by the team leader in the form of very heavy workloads, passive-aggressive responses to questions, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Human Resources/Human Capital Team needs to have a clear path of support for staff so that there is a way to rectify issues and retain employees. Staff will continue to leave in droves if not addressed.


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