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    Current Employee - Assoc. Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assoc. Director in Washington, DC

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    Pros

    Smart people, mostly academics and journalists, working together. Nice office. Great benefits, including Incredible 401k: I'm now putting in 6% while Pew matches that and adds another 7%. The pay is great for a nonprofit. They try to keep pace with top universities and media outlets.

    Cons

    Some -- not all -- of the seven projects are beyond meticulous to the point of being anal. Internal memos don't need 10 drafts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some directors of projects act like kings ruling over their fiefdom. Giving them such power and autonomy allows each project to have its own unique brand and emphasis, and that is good. The problem is when the dictator isn't so benevolent and employees' only question is: what does the director want? That can lead to the paralysis of analysis, especially when the director doesn't clearly communicate or even know what he wants. Train, develop, empower and promote your other employees -- especially the young ones -- and you will have a happier, more productive workplace.

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