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WestEd Reviews

Updated September 3, 2017
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  • Being a quasi-governmental agency means WestEd is kind of an old school company (in 3 reviews)

  • it would be better if more collaboration across programs (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great Benefits, Great Colleagues, can be unrealistic work demands"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WestEd full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits- especially if you do not have a good ss acct- the 401k&b plans are great. Also excellent PTO and health benefits
    Mission driven smart, open minded interesting people to work with

    Cons

    Its all soft money, so to move up you need to be able to get your own money- and since the overhead is quite large, that means big federal grants. problem, no easy path to get to that spot, and absolutely no support for writing peer reviewed articles. So its being a pre-tenure assistant professor with out any salary guarantee.


  2. "Research Associate"

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

    I have been working at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    Professional environment. Intelligent and skilled colleagues. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Dependent on government and other contracts, so there is some job insecurity.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more professional development activities. Diversify professional staff.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Admin Asst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamitos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamitos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WestEd full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefit package for employees and their families. Fantastic workplace close to all of the freeways. I have nothing but positive words to say regarding the agency. I like what WestEd stands for, the work that we do as a whole. I love that we are in compliance year after year with great leaders running the agency. I like that we make a difference.

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you do! Support each other and reach for the stars!


  4. "Dedicated staff; mission-driven agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WestEd full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Passionate, dedicated staff; mission-driven agency doing important work; solid benefits and good vacation and sick time; smart, interesting colleagues; a wide variety of work going on in offices across the country -- so there can be opportunities to move to different programs/projects.

    In my experience, people here treat their colleagues with respect and most staff are very dedicated to their jobs and the mission of the agency (improving education outcomes in the U.S.).

    Cons

    Not always the most social atmosphere, as a lot of staff are academics who are somewhat introverted (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but might be for certain personality types); funding can be an issue, as projects need to seek various funding sources for their work; headquarters are in San Francisco, but we're likely not as "modern" as many of the tech startups (which also isn't necessarily a bad thing, but may be for certain personality types).


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Organization"

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

    I worked at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    WestEd is a very solid organization and for the most part a good place to work. They offer good benefits and decent work-life balance

    Cons

    The organization is funded on a soft money basis, so you have to constantly bring in new business in order to keep your job.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, poor structure"

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

    I worked at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    There are great people to work with and the mission is powerful

    Cons

    They organizational structure is weak and allows for power struggles

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Idiosyncratic Non-profit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WestEd full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    WestEd is staffed with dedicated individuals who care about children, education and doing good. Most employees are smart and talented. Working conditions are good. Benefits are excellent. Staff are provided with the basics of what they need to do their jobs and mostly clear direction.

    Cons

    Being a quasi-governmental agency means WestEd is kind of an old school company. There are lots of levels of bureaucracy and rules and not a lot of room for creativity and new ideas. I think management is interested in changing that, but the bureaucratic inertia makes it hard. There is a lack of trust across programs; this lack of trust starts with senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the silos. Make it easier for people to work across programs. Figure out how to shake free some amount of funding for more experimental work. Cultivate trust in individual employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok place to work, depends on which department"

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

    I worked at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced, great co-workers, Immediate office staff very friendly

    Cons

    Management in Standardize Test Department very difficult to work with
    Communication does not trickle down
    Higher level coordinators lacking in job skills, forcing lower-tiered positions to go above and above, without compensation reflecting such uptake in additional task


  9. "Great Benefits but Lacks Leadership"

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

    I have been working at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are competitive. The pension plan is the best I have ever seen. Friendly work environment. Professional and hard-working staff.

    Cons

    It seems to me that most projects and programs have little guidance and support in terms of vision. The Project Managers are too busy actually doing the work to focus on the staff and developing internally. Little to no upward mobility (outside of pay raise promotions).


  10. "Working for a good company"

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    Former Employee - IT ASSET MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT Contractor in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - IT ASSET MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT Contractor in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at WestEd (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional group of people. The work was good the hours were great and the staff made you feel like a regular employee.

    Cons

    Was not able to work a longer contract due to new budget that was implemented for the new year.


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