Academy for Educational Development

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Academy for Educational Development Reviews

Updated Feb 28, 2014
Academy for Educational Development – Washington – “Intersection of Connecticut & Florida Avenues, NW…”

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2.7 18 reviews

20% Approve of the CEO

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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    Senior Project Director (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood at capacity development; invest in staff

    ConsTook the suspension lightly; Never thought they would dissolve

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice at this point...AED no long exist/

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Colleagues, Top Heavy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWonderful and smart colleagues that are passionate about the work that they do and interested in your experience.

    ConsStodgy corporate culture with a lot of senior staff that are more focused on protecting their jobs than anything else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your junior staff as they will help your organization grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Be prepared for an absolutely ridiculous low-ball salary offer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsTons of trainings and professional development opportunities are offered, if you can make them work into your work schedule. Some supervisors are more helpful than others in facilitating this

    ConsSalaries are significantly lower than competitors, mandatory 9 hour days impede work life balance. Benefits were just OK. My particular supervisor was TERRIBLE and their HR processes weren't at all prepared to deal with grievances about a supervisor, only about subordinates

    Advice to Senior Management360 review process might help to identify managers like mine who have no business being in supervisory positions. Exit interviews might also be a useful tool

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    I now know what its like to live as a serf in the days of old....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIf you are in a good position, you can pursue your own projects and funding.
    Lots of talented people at AED.
    Physical work environment good.
    The Mission is good, but it seems to be only words

    ConsThe competitive environment between centers inhibits collaboration and lowers the quality of work we are able to do.
    Senior management are only interested in new business development or when there are problems. There seems to be little or no concern for the quality of our work.
    Positive performance is not recognized. But when there are problems, you can be attacked.
    Management is top-down with little focus on a person's humanity.
    There are no mechanisms to communicate up the chain.
    There is a culture of self-censorship that seems to arise from a fear of reprisal
    Promotions are handled first from a political perspective.
    Senior management states that technical excellence is AED's most valued asset. However, all promotions and recognition are provide for people in management positions with little or no technical capacity.
    Some teams are really dysfunctional.
    Performance assessment process is a joke and purely an administrative task.
    The disparity between the lowest salaries and the highest are embarrassing for a non-profit.
    If someone needs to be paid over $300K for the privilege to make a positive difference in the world than something is really wrong and they should go to the private sector. We cannot be dedicated to our mission if we have to paid so much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen and use your ears.
    Create a 360 degree assessment process.
    Destroy the culture of self-censorship
    Create policies that will punish internal competition and rewards collaboration
    Live the mission. Focus more on excellent work and less on business development
    Reduce the salary disparity and lower the top salaries to no more than $300K

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    Broad range of options, much lost potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAED has access to a huge range of options in terms of countries, projects and topics in which it works, and its staff is very competent and diverse. Climate is friendly, open and respectful. Provides opportunities and expects staff to be self-managed in terms of their time and tasks. Benefits are great. Location of the main offices is great too.

    ConsAED management is surprisingly weak considering its success in the industry - probably a reflection of growing up with its main source of funding (US government agencies). Incentives and compensation do not address the needs for development of the organization nor its staff, but rather compensate giving "110% because management messed up." Local staff in field offices are second-class citizens with few chances for advancement in the organization. Overall the organization is wasting the huge potential of its staff and knowledge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe less hidebound. Break down stove-piping, commit in practice to your words: a global organization.

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    Good overall, but has its downsides

    Web and Database Developer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsNice people, pleasant office space filled with art, frequent cultural and educational events open to all staff. Quite good benefits.

    ConsServing in a technical role (web and database developer for one of AED's projects) I feel too far removed from having a direct positive impact on any of the areas in which AED works. I've also been frustrated by the IT department, which is inflexible when it comes to their policies. For example, Remote Desktop Connection is also blocked, which makes it very difficult for me to work from home. I'm sure that inflexible IT policies are not unique to AED, but it's new to me, coming from a college environment that was much more permissive.

    Working in a technical role in this organization can be isolating, because there is no network amongst other staff doing similar work for other projects. In my job, I have no technical mentor or anyone who can review my design decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOn the right track.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for international opportunities, bad for getting ahead.

    Technical Officer I (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe breadth and depth of the knowledge of international projects that AED employees work on is incredible. They are in over 80 countries around the globe and have wonderful opportunities to participate in these programs.

    ConsUsually when you get hired, they low-ball your offer. You can talk them up however. They also offer full benefits, but watch out for the medical plan that the doctors you want to see are covered. Many of the popular doctors under the larger health plans in DC are NOT in the health plan they offer. Also watch out if you're a short timer -- retirement doesn't kick in until one year on the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTruth in advertising -- please don't say one thing, yet do another. It's a bit disingenuous.

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    Nice people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat colleagues, great benefits, flexible hours

    ConsAfter the suspension everyone left and the work has been limited

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe six-month rule between positions should be flexible in some cases.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I learned tremendous amounts but was part of lean-staffed subsidiary of AED

    Senior Program Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsTravel and somewhat of comraderie, but very centric to which project you work.

    ConsA lot of nepotism, especially once the organization lost funding from the State Department and was acquired by another non-profit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote those that actually work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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