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Updated December 28, 2016
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  • Grant writing can take over project work (in 2 reviews)

  • There's a level of dysfunction that might be beyond repair with upper management (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "Senior researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Committed staff. Some very good colleagues. Generally, strong reputation on the outside. Some very nice people who are great to work with.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership at the top. Need to blood and new ideas. No centralization or very inadequate supports. No quality control. No career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Time for new leadership. Need to restructured and do away with all of the centers that are not distinct and compete with one another. Stop ignoring problems and deal with them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "No opportunity for professional development."

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is one of the best.

    Cons

    Raises only happen once a year, also the severance package is only 1 week. You get a 2nd week of you sign a contract saying you wont sue them.

    Advice to Management

    You should focus more on making your staff happy.


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    "Excellent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Los Alamitos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Los Alamitos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have excellent employee benefits and compensations. Great collaborative relationship across programs with opportunity to collaborate on projects and proposals.

    Cons

    Need to hold some in upper management within programs more accountable for bringing in funding. Also need to make sure that funds for proposal development is accessible to all working on proposals so that project funds are not spent trying to generate more funding.


  6. "Great working environment"

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

    I worked at WestEd full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, such strong supportive supervisors and really fostered the possibility to grow as an employee.

    Cons

    At times the phase of projects was slower then I would have preferred. Often this was due to slow moving decisions by leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out people who have had recent experience outside of non-profits


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WestEd full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are intelligent but yet easy going and fun to work with. The benefits, the offices, parking and genuine work fulfillment are ranked super high on everyone's list.

    Cons

    Working with cost codes and having to always have one for every hour of work was a pain and not having a bucket for non project work was not fair. If your timesheet wasn't filled up then you didn't get paid.


  8. "WestEd is the best company I have ever worked for!"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Incredible work life balance and flexible schedule. Everyone is passionate about education and fully committed to the work. Work environment is friendly, collaborative and relaxed. Best employee benefits you will find anywhere in Silicon Valley!

    Cons

    Silos between WestEd programs and offices. Grant writing can take over project work. Limited opportunities for growth without a PhD.


  9. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I only worked here for a little bit, but everyone was excellent - very friendly, etc.

    Cons

    Didn't get to see much of the company, but seems busy around project time


  10. "Very decentralized, good mission"

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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 company has a good reputation. Most staff do quality work. Great alternative to a university setting. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The programs are fairly decentralized, and mant managers don't have strong management skills. The higher ups do not embrace change.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify policies,increase and improve communication with staff. Create PD programs for all levels of staff.


  11. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, nice variety of projects as an RA to work on

    Cons

    Not a lot of career growth or training opportunities for lower level employees, and only PD for management level employees that doesn't always seem to provide management with necessary skills

    Advice to Management

    Provide more learning opportunities, especially in an education research environment it seems like a must



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