Academy for Educational Development
2.7 of 5 18 reviews
www.aed.org Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Academy for Educational Development – Washington – “Intersection of Connecticut & Florida Avenues, NW…”

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2.7 18 reviews

                             

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Academy for Educational Development President & CEO George Ingram

George Ingram

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A dream job turned disaster

Technical Manager (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Academy for Educational Development

ProsBenefits are OK, and the educational development benefit is useful; it pays for conference attendance or professional memberships.

ConsOverall chaos and disorganization prevailed at AED even prior to their being banned from receiving further USAID funding. After that, even worse conditions developed. Payment of reimbursements and postal allowances (for working in a dangerous foreign environment) were delayed or denied for no apparent reason. Communication between management and employees became adversarial and fraught with mistrust. Promises had been made by middle managers in conflict with AED policy and resulted in employee disenchantment. Employees' adverse reactions to being lied to were not validated.
A bait & switch approach to salary information was used to attract employees to positions as contractors, then they were switched to regular employees at greatly reduced salaries. Employees were expected to develop educational programs without access to libraries or textbooks. Orders for materials were delayed by months due to bureaucratic inaction.
Employees in a country known for terrorist activity were housed in unsafe conditions and transported without safety precautions as recommended by their own emergency insurance plan.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire managers who do not see their relationship to employees as an adversarial one. Get better contract writers; contract terms were unclear and unreasonable because the contract was written by someone without experience on the ground in the host country and without an educational background. Make sure that communication with employees is honest and is conducted on a professional level by all employees. Do not place managers in a position for which they are not qualified. Take better care of overseas staff members.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A corrupted place with no credibility to work with corrupted governments

Analyst M&E (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Academy for Educational Development

ProsGreat location! Some very talented and competent staff.

ConsI wonder how the organization can work on behalf of the US Government and lead programs that support, protect and promote values such as transparency, gender equality, anti corruption, advocacy, healthy lifestyles when it does not practice it! I'm at a loss for words trying to comprehend how AED continues to get ridiculous amounts of money from our government when the economy is so bad.

Advice to Senior ManagementReturn the money to tax payers, stop corruption and treat your employees with dignity and respect. And fire some many of the top senior and mid level managers that perpetuate an environment of fear and corruption.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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