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Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Out of Touch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRECA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    An opportunity to be part of a larger, historically significant movement in American history.

    Cons

    Only two percent of the employees had any real world experience working in rural electrification at the distribution (local) level.
    Very bureaucratic and politically oriented.
    Little work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the office more. There is a world beyond the Beltway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Toxic environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401K match, retirement security pension plan, competitive pay, good location, many good coworkers.

    Cons

    Very cutthroat environment. There is little to no cooperation between groups. Big egos in upper management thrive on conflict and the workers are stuck in the middle. The result is a culture of fear and uneasiness. Also, no strategic direction other than opposition to any clean air measures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check the egos at the door. Show some appreciation for the work being done. Get rid of the tea party politics and look towards the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill unfortunately

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    Current Employee - Communications in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Communications in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    NRECA offers excellent benefits and has attracted a lot of good, long-term employees who always keep in mind they are working for the members who own the local co-ops. They take lot of interest in the health of their employees.

    Cons

    It has become a very unsettling place to work. A lot of talented people have left either voluntarily or by pink slip, contributing to a major morale problem. Decisions are made by supervisors more by the seat of the pants than with any well thought-out pattern and "saving ones territory" has become the norm, unfortunately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The level of communications with mid- and lower-level employees is very poor. The computer system is antiquated. Can't remember the last time anyone in my unit received praise for going above and beyond the call of duty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hopefully gets better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Mission is worthwhile
    Good location
    Employees are dedicated
    The members of the association are some of the greatest people that you will get to deal with
    Pay is better than most associations

    Cons

    Management is very top heavy. Too many supervisors are paranoid and do not encourage employees to grow or learn new skills.
    IT does not keep with with the times.
    Web site is grossly out of date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let change happen. Stop being defensive and opposing changes desired by the new CEO. The new CEO is a breath of fresh air. Let her enact her plans. Stop being obstacles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience but deadend career path

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRECA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can really find a second family here, lots of long time employees. The location is convenient and there was opportunities for learning and training. If you find yourself in good department and people you will be happy.

    Cons

    Now that I am at a big public firm realize that the place is so antiquated. Uses old school technology, not with the times. This place reminded me of when I worked in the US government earlier in my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times in terms of systems and technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot of things to NOT do

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    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Arlington, VA

    I worked at NRECA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pros: A core group of employees across the organization is passionate and committed. If you're looking for stability, this is your place. There are people at this association who have worked for no other company in their adult lives. The people who work at NRECA are exceptionally nice. Seeing people who care about you as a person makes going to work a little easier.

    Some managers care very deeply about their staff and about the work their staff is doing. If you are lucky enough to work with one of those managers, your experience can be vastly different than the guy's down the hall.

    If you want training and you are in the right department, you can advance your theoretical knowledge here.

    Cons

    Most people at NRECA do not pull even half their weight, which leaves a core group of employees working ridiculous hours, on weekends, on vacations. The number of managers is outrageous, and nothing gets done because those managers all expect the core group of employees to do all the projects simultaneously. That may be the case at many large companies, but it shouldn't be the case at a nonprofit association.

    NRECA has aggressively avoided updating its antiquated, proprietary systems and shunned technology as a means of doing business. Innovators who want to introduce new ideas are ridiculed, often publicly, for wanting to do things differently than they've been done before. In most departments, what little change that happens comes from offering ideas to senior management, letting them bastardize the idea and present it as their own, then doing whatever senior management says without question. Those employees who brave speaking up against those managers in meetings risk bullying by those managers, in front of their peers, and not getting assigned to good projects in the future.

    Most employees' skills rot at NRECA because no one, especially IT, is allowed to use the latest advancement in their fields. I've spoken to several former colleagues who have found it difficult to transition because we had no chance to apply relevant skills while at this association. There also is no real career plan for growth within the company. Advancement is through politicking and sometimes changing departments.

    When taking engagement surveys and external surveys such as Best Places to Work, several managers made it clear to their staffs that we were to express only positive opinions and that our performance reviews were based on our department's responses in such things. That happened before the new CEO arrived. Hopefully she can turn around the rampant bullying by senior management and refusal to accept negative feedback as a catalyst for change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace social media (such as this site) as a way to learn what people really think of your association. Stop hiding from negativity and thinking social media is to blame for feedback. Become part of the conversation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    The clock is ticking...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I worked at NRECA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had great benefits: PPO and HMO axed for HDHP only in 2015.
    Good mission: as long as you like burning coal and don't believe in global warming.
    The most recent best places to work awards were won before the benefit cuts and changes.

    Cons

    All employees with marketable skills are jumping ship as those left sink with the ship.
    All benefits are on the cutting block: is the pension next?
    How is the association paying for all the consultants, new programs and new senior management hires?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, let employees know they aren't valued and they're starting over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment, terrible management, but good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRECA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, including tuition reimbursement, no-interest computer loans, very low interest 401(k) loans, pension plan, fairly good health plan, learning and certification opportunities, good salaries in some departments, a good cause (serving rural electric cooperatives), a lot of well-meaning employees

    Cons

    Due to a new CEO, the organization is going through a difficult time. People are afraid for their jobs (and for good reason). Otherwise, it's very bureaucratic, top-heavy and full of office politics. Extreme micromanagement. No accountability. Not supportive of innovators or movers/shakers; not much empowerment of employees. One of those places where 20% of the employees do 100% of the work (on that note, if you're looking for a place to retire from, head on over to NRECA!). Pay is great for some people and terrible for others -- pay scale makes no sense. There are yearly reviews but no career ladders. Some managers regularly demean employees and are not reprimanded. On a personal level, the politics and blame-game can get downright nasty. Wouldn't recommend to an enemy, much less a friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    85% of you are terrible at what you do, so not sure how you can improve on that. Quit? Retire? To the CEO: If you're going to turn the organization into a right-wing political machine, you're going to lose employees who didn't sign up for that agenda.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on what you're looking for.....

    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

    I have been working at NRECA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many people have been here for decades - literally "lifers". If you are in the frame of mind of retiring or just maintaining, this is the place for you. If you are interested in career, personal development or growth, you can start here, but you will quickly feel the need to move on before your first year ends and definitely before the second ends.

    Cons

    Many people have been here for decades -
    Technology is outdated with the exception of your personal laptop, but systems and applications in general are lacking

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    High hopes went unrealized.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at NRECA

    Pros

    The benefits were good and fairly comparable for the DC area. And tuition reimbursement is always a good thing, IMO.

    Cons

    Downsizing is always looming. I got to witness several employees with 20+ years get canned. If the company wasnt loyal to them, why be loyal to the company?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain good people, stop scaring them off with your actions. Watching executives get escorted out is not good for morale. Don't be so resistant to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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The very urban headquarters of the National RURAL Electric Cooperative Association headquarters (Photo thanks to Flickr user assortedstuff, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)
From the 10th floor balcony of NRECA, Ballston, Va (Photo thanks to Flickr user subfugitive with permission, All rights reserved.)

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