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Bill Polidoro
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    Great company with poor corporate level leadership and management

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    I worked at ACDI/VOCA full-time


    I loved working for ACDI/VOCA for the years that I was at the company. The work that I did while there was engaging and I always felt good about the actual job itself. The company does (or did - losing staff regularly) have great staff with great experience who support each other well. Benefits are much better than those offered by other companies. In general, there is a camaraderie among its staff that helps to make it a great place to work at day in and day out.


    That said, there are a lot of issues right now. The corporate level leadership and management is severely hurting the company's outlook and staff morale. Mr. Polidoro and his team make seemingly haphazard decisions that have significant consequences not only for those left trying to implement these poor policies or structures but also for the project management of these programs themselves. "Reimaginings" of project management did not take staff feedback into account and ignored the legitimate issues that their staff have in operating on a day to day basis. Because of these issues with management, the company is losing staff who were dedicated to the mission, experienced and great at their jobs. Loss of that historic knowledge and investment is huge and the company will feel that for a while.

    Advice to Management

    Having a vision of what your company can be is great but stop ignoring the legitimate and valuable feedback that staff are providing. Change is always hard and people will complain but you need to understand that most of that isn't just noise anymore. I loved working for ACDI/VOCA but felt pushed out the door by some of the poor management decisions and the toxic environment. If you can better harness the input of your staff and manage the company in a more professional, organized manner, you will see better retention and even some staff returning and reapplying.

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