ACDI/VOCA Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ACDI/VOCA full-time

    Pros

    wonderful people who work here and who really care about making a difference.

    Cons

    a bit cliquish and sometimes opportunities for professional development are not what you would find in larger organizations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Losing its luster

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at ACDI/VOCA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large enough organization to work in almost any country and almost any sector. Salary and benefits packages are highly competitive. Was once an industry leader in agribusiness and food security.

    Cons

    Senior management tends to lack focus and is inconsistent in organizational strategy. Cronyism at the senior and mid levels. Company culture is increasingly difficult for minorities. This was once a great place to work, but not headed in a different direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't play favorites. Provide leadership with integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great, flexible and supportive working environment, committed to providing opportunities while striving for quality work

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

    I have been working at ACDI/VOCA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work is challenging and interesting and environment is positive

    Cons

    Poor knowledge management and internal communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    medicore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ACDI/VOCA

    Pros

    Travel for junior staff; nice, friendly, staff

    Cons

    New project support management structure has some kinks to work out. Not many people of color on the project support side. People of color are not promoted or supported. Cliquey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more appreciative of junior staff. The company would not function without them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Clickish

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at ACDI/VOCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance. Has a number of good people working. Excellent training ground for young people starting out in the international development field. Lots of opportunities to travel and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not a great place for people of color. The accounting and the human resources offices have the most diversity. It is one of the most frustrated places to work. No matter what you do, if you are not in the Senior Management crowd, you will not get promoted. It used to be a very mean-spirited organization; I am not sure if the culture has changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the favoritism and promote the people who have gone and beyond. Make an effort to diversify the rest of the company. People of color don't stay because they feel uncomfortable working there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity for young professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I worked at ACDI/VOCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of travel opportunities; large friendly/young staff

    Cons

    Experience can depend on direct supervisors/team you are individually working with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show young employees you're invested in them sticking around, not leaving the company after 2-4 years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very supportive for young professionals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at ACDI/VOCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for travel and experience if you demonstrate competency. On the technical side a strong group of senior staff with established reputations in the field and a depth and diversity of projects in the portfolio. Internal management systems could be better, but are still ahead of other organizations in the field that I have worked for.

    Cons

    Very conservative management which is risk and change averse. This can lead to slow adaptation to the changing field of international development. Experiences from practice area to practice area can vary widely in terms of satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify portfolio of donors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good working environment, hires good people, hard to move up"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ACDI/VOCA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - knowledgeable people dedicated to their work
    - great network of development professionals
    - flexible work hours
    - good benefits
    - believe in their work

    Cons

    - hard to move up
    - segmentation can lead to less opportunity
    - no real mentorship

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, lots of opportunities to grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at ACDI/VOCA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic, and the culture is very positive, with an emphasis on collegiality and personal growth. You will learn the ins and outs of USAID project implementation and most likely have the opportunity to travel. The management structure is fairly transparent, giving employees the chance to express concerns. Lots of professional development opportunities for self-starters.

    Cons

    Like many companies in international development, there is a heavy emphasis on winning new business with USAID and other donors (not necessarily a negative, depends on your perspective). Sometimes support staff contributions are undervalued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but try and integrate support staff into core business activities to motivate and inspire them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast moving upstart organization in International Development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at ACDI/VOCA

    Pros

    Employees are passionate about their work.

    Transparency in how they operate.

    Good leadership team which communicates well to the employees.

    Support for employees to seek out development opportunities and for employees to have a real work/life balance.

    Senior management is focused on "controlled growth", which shows that they have an eye to ensuring the long-term success of the organization.

    Cons

    Promotions above mid-level can be a bit difficult to come by.

    Junior and mid-level staff have fairly high turn-over, but this is common in the international development business.

    Need more systems set in place for both project management and new business. They are getting there, but still have a ways to go.

    There needs to be more communication between the technical portfolios. Activties can sometimes overlap and there could be more knowledge sharing of best practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Don't lose sight of the fact that employees who feel valued stick around.

    Think more about ways to systematize procedures.

    Recommends

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