National Recreation and Park Association
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I worked at National Recreation and Park Association full-timePros
Facility - As other reviewers have mentioned, the building is lovely and also lovingly maintained, with walking trail, workout room and showers, and plenty of conference rooms.
Staff - Most coworkers below the VP level are genuinely nice people. Frequent staff events like lunches and golf outings help lighten the stressful atmosphere.
Benefits - Benefits are OK. There are better and there are worse in the Washington nonprofit world.
Mission - Parks and recreation is a fun and broad field that touches on a lot of important quality of life issues.Cons
Location - People who have worked in livelier places like DC, Bethesda, or Alexandria will find the subdivisions of Ashburn soul-sucking. There is no access to public transportation and both the Greenway and Dulles Toll Road tolls are quite high.
Management - In a field where members fight for recognition of their professionalism, little regard for the professional skill of their own staff is evident at NRPA. The staff is a constantly shifting cast of expendable employees who can be either rotated on and off projects or dismissed on a whim. When short-term thinking and associated under-budgeting for projects fails to produce results, the team of mostly unqualified, toady VPs doesn't hesitate to throw their staff under the bus in order to save their skins from the CEO, a notorious bully. Neither popularity nor productivity (or even having both) will save you. The reviews here may seem like just a few disgruntled employees, but in fact they represent just a small fraction of the number of people with similar experiences.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Some board members seem to be aware of the high turnover and ADHD approach to priorities. Although NRPA's history suggests that decisive action is unlikely, one can always hope that they may notice that such poor management is leading to a lot of missed opportunities.Doesn't RecommendDisapproves of CEO