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Updated December 27, 2017
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  1. "Good for nonprofit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty solid vacation packages
    Good team culture and values - for most teams.

    Cons

    Career opportunities are limited. unless you know the right people and get tapped for the new roles opening up, so don't expect to be promoted quickly. The promotion policy is based on "business need" not performance.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Achievement Network full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance couldn’t be better. Work from home twice per week. Frequent conversations about equity, inclusion, and social justice. Free snacks!

    Cons

    I didn’t know how good I had it at my former org where there was a baseline level of respect for all people. For an org who claims to be forward thinking and equity-minded, going against the groupthink here will be met with anything but openness and acceptance. My advice to those considering applying is this: be ready to give up your agency in most decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote humble leaders who care, motivate, and inspire, not task managers who gossip and condescend.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "This Is How A Company Implodes"

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    Former Employee - No Longer Working There
    Former Employee - No Longer Working There
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent people throughout the organization

    Useful people here and there

    If you don't take yourself too seriously and your role in the organization, the work life balance is way above decent.

    Cons

    The People.

    The Lies.

    The execution of Task A to Task B. It is not consistent.

    Lack of transparency.

    Gossip culture (unwritten Core Value

    Lack of professionalism (See Gossip Culture above)

    Not paid market value, but given organization wide meeting about why certain people are underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to employees. This company is too small to have the lies go undetected. Everyone compares notes and knows when you all are gaslighting us. I would be surprised if this company existed in the year 2020. Current employees, get out now, future employees, avoid this place like it is Enron.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "The People Are Great!"

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

    I worked at The Achievement Network full-time

    Pros

    - Mission driven work with great people

    Cons

    - Lack of clarity around career growth and trajectory.
    - Hierarchical
    - Salary isn't competitive
    - Lack of transparency


  5. Helpful (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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "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 (3)

    "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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