Academy for Educational Development
2.7 of 5 18 reviews
www.aed.org Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

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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    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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    A great place to learn, move up, then move on.

    Program Officer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsAED is a thought and practice leader in government contracting around so many types of social issues. It is a great place to start your career and gain transferable skills while you figure out your own interests and talents. If you get the right manager, AED central services provides great resources for personal and professional development. It is easy to move up and to gain great skills that are recognized throughout the international development community. They have great infrastructure and facilities for a non-profit and are located in a nice location to work. The roof deck is a major perk.

    ConsIt's a large place and easy to get stuck with a less-than-forward-thinking manager who does not always see the big picture.
    They have major leadership pipeline issues: many upper level staff get too bogged down in administrative or programmatic tasks instead of being strategic leaders.
    Some senior managers have work-life balance issues and expect the same level of commitment from their underpaid staff.
    Compared to other organizations, there are very few opportunities for international travel for lower and mid level employees.
    The organization does not have a strategic communications strategy- neither internal nor external, and could benefit from some better reflection on the way that they talk to their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a social network analysis to compare the informal relationship realities with the formal organizational structure.

    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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    Great potential that ended too early

    Technical Advisor (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart, motivated people who knew what they were doing. There was a buzz and excitement working there.

    ConsA reluctance to break out of silos. A shame that AED became the poster child for accountability and that the toll was so high.

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    Got what was coming

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA great location and admirable compensation

    ConsThere was obvious pocket padding throughout the organization

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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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    AED: OK but needs work on internal systems and valuing diversity

    (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunities for learning and accessing information at the DC headquarters; a diverse collection of many talented and competent professionals; plenty of funding available with enormous potential to truly make a difference and implement quality programming.

    ConsInefficient systems for the management of overseas projects make processes and approvals move slowly; overseas staff, including US Americans, treated as second-class citizens by headquarters. Although there are many US American minorities who are AED employees, very few of them are in senior management positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a management review and overhaul of the major systems, beginning with finance and grants systems to support overseas projects. Streamline decision-making and improve the balance of power between headquarters and field projects. Review salary compensation and decrease the large disparities between top management and management staff. Transform valuing workplace diversity talk into real action, assure that managers are not only trained in these policies but that they also comply.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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