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The Education Trust Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "bad management is a morale killer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    -Woman centered workplace
    -Good cause
    -Diverse workforce
    -Friendly environment
    -Collegial, interesting coworkers

    Cons

    -Rigid top down structure
    -Unrealistic Expectations
    -No room for advancement
    -Favoritism
    -Micromanagement /Bad Managers
    -High Turnover

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be clear policies addressing and providing recourse for abusive behaviors and not just lip service to organizational cooperation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission but toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Education Trust full-time

    Pros

    * Great mission
    * Ed Trust stands at the intersection of policy, research, and practice which makes you feel like you're making an impact
    * Solid benefits

    Cons

    * Toxic culture due to gossip. It's difficult to bring your full self to work
    * Despite the organization's focus on students of color, staff rarely had conversations about race and diversity, especially as it related to racial justice issues and current events
    * No career development opportunities for staff
    * Ed Trust felt bureaucratic at times. There were countless "projects to nowhere" and limited opportunities for employees to be creative
    * High staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Implement a "no jerks allowed" policy and create opportunities for staff to develop


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Mission"

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

    Pros

    Kati is inspiring and amazing. Great team overall.

    Cons

    Salaries are relatively low compared to other nonprofits.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Good Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Education Trust full-time

    Pros

    The organization has an amazing mission and stays true to it. CEO truly cares about this work. Great pay, benefits, and days off . Staff are sociable. Very team orientated but also the opportunity to work independently.

    Cons

    There are a few staff who "run the show".
    As some others have said, it's unclear what the impact of work is, sometimes it feels like you're working just to impress colleagues.
    Agree with the strong hierarchy culture. Senior management isn't interested the opinions from other staff.
    High staff turnover because of management and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of gossip culture
    Implement routine annoynmous feedback from staff


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly working environment, but impact of organization is unclear"

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

    Pros

    Dedicated coworkers, friendly environment, good office space, good work-life balance. Nice location downtown that is easily accessible by metro.

    Cons

    Unclear impact of work, dominant views are not good at accepting criticism, not much room for creativity, strong hierarchy culture


  7. "I cant think of one complaint"

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

    I have been working at The Education Trust as an intern

    Pros

    Paid internship! You are not given task that are silly or demeaning. Granted, your work depends on what division you are interning for but the legislative affairs division is amazing and you are used and appreciated the whole time.

    Cons

    Not paid for mandatory holidays or days that the office closes early.

    Advice to Management

    Stay amazing !


  8. "Great Experience for an Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern
    Former Employee - Research Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience for a graduate intern. I learned a lot working on meaningful projects with intelligent colleagues. Very flexible with my schedule as a student

    Cons

    After getting the gist of things, I wanted to get into the good stuff. BUT, I was only part-time so I was mainly assigned the more tedious/repetitive tasks.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Great mission, difficult management structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The overall mission -- to improve academic achievement for all children but particular poor children and children of color -- is important and meaningful, and everyone in the organization -- and there are a lot of smart, passionate people -- is driven by that mission.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of interest by senior management to tap the passion and smarts of everyone who works there, which leads to a lot of frustration and a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    You take enormous care in hiring smart, passionate people and then you control them with an overly formal organizational structure.


  10. "Great organization with a lot going on"

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

    I worked at The Education Trust as an intern

    Pros

    Interns get to do actual work that contributes to the organization
    Most of the staff are great!

    Cons

    You don't really have a say in what projects or tasks you take on

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the interns more throughout the school year; host professional development opportunities for interns


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great employees."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees are extremely talented and committed. Everyone believes in the mission and will do whatever it takes to advance it. Highly collaborative, thorough, and thoughtful.

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not allow staff to take ownership of their work. There is a reluctance to consider opinions or approaches outside of those at the highest levels of management. There is high turnover and morale issues, and senior leadership is in denial about that fact.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team and take a step back to really assess what's going on