Academy for Educational Development Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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  1. Advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow professionally for mid-career professional

    Cons

    Needed to go to leave to go to graduate school and come back to improve professional growth opportunities.


  2. Fantastic opportunity to learn skills, understand issues, and work on a variety of projects

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity to learn skills, understand issues, and work on a variety of projects

    Cons

    Heavy volume of project based work.


  3. Good and Mixed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative people within the company. Good technical experts. Strong historical track record, particularly in the fields of education and health.

    Cons

    Most senior level of leadership was not responsive to market changes. Stratified at the highest levels - so much so that change was difficult. They would have done well to incorporate feedback from younger employees.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good


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  5. OK

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good at capacity development; invest in staff

    Cons

    Took the suspension lightly; Never thought they would dissolve

    Advice to Management

    No advice at this point...AED no long exist/


  6. Great Colleagues, Top Heavy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful and smart colleagues that are passionate about the work that they do and interested in your experience.

    Cons

    Stodgy corporate culture with a lot of senior staff that are more focused on protecting their jobs than anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your junior staff as they will help your organization grow.


  7. Large organization with so many different divisions and not a lot of communication/ movement between the.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location. Enthusiastic employees. Wonderful mission. Flexibility in work schedule. Very good benefits package. Lots of interesting groups.

    Cons

    Poor upper management. Difficult to move around within.


  8. more of extra curricular activities like weekly debate,or monthly quiz competition etc

    Current Employee - To Teach the Children in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - To Teach the Children in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    wanna help physically challenge people and share the ideas together..

    Cons

    giving rules n regulation in which we can't express our view sometimes even if we are right.

    Advice to Management

    not too much rules..


  9. Extreme corruption, serious violations of government regulations, manipulated finance reports, much misuse of funds.

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I wonderful mission, many good employees who were not given the opportunity to share their knowledge. Solid reputation and great potential to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Currupt Human Resources, serious violations of funds expenditures, very high hidden bonus to management, manipulation of budget structiures in several bids, Manipulated reports to USAID regularly on project expenditures. Senior manager taking positions overseas but still receiving the same high salary as Senior VP plus expat benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the corruption. Internal politics. Allow finance managers to perform their jobs according to Federal regulations. Stop manipulation of overhead in order to win contracts from multilateral organizations and foundations.


  10. Be prepared for an absolutely ridiculous low-ball salary offer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of trainings and professional development opportunities are offered, if you can make them work into your work schedule. Some supervisors are more helpful than others in facilitating this

    Cons

    Salaries are significantly lower than competitors, mandatory 9 hour days impede work life balance. Benefits were just OK. My particular supervisor was TERRIBLE and their HR processes weren't at all prepared to deal with grievances about a supervisor, only about subordinates

    Advice to Management

    360 review process might help to identify managers like mine who have no business being in supervisory positions. Exit interviews might also be a useful tool


  11. Helpful (1)

    I now know what its like to live as a serf in the days of old....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in a good position, you can pursue your own projects and funding. Lots of talented people at AED. Physical work environment good. The Mission is good, but it seems to be only words

    Cons

    The competitive environment between centers inhibits collaboration and lowers the quality of work we are able to do. Senior management are only interested in new business development or when there are problems. There seems to be little or no concern for the quality of our work. Positive performance is not recognized. But when there are problems, you can be attacked. Management is top-down with little focus on a person's humanity. There are no mechanisms to communicate up the chain. There is a culture of self-censorship that seems to arise from a fear of reprisal Promotions are handled first from a political perspective. Senior management states that technical excellence is AED's most valued asset. However, all promotions and recognition are provide for people in management positions with little or no technical capacity. Some teams are really dysfunctional. Performance assessment process is a joke and purely an administrative task. The disparity between the lowest salaries and the highest are embarrassing for a non-profit. If someone needs to be paid over $300K for the privilege to make a positive difference in the world than something is really wrong and they should go to the private sector. We cannot be dedicated to our mission if we have to paid so much.

    Advice to Management

    Open and use your ears. Create a 360 degree assessment process. Destroy the culture of self-censorship Create policies that will punish internal competition and rewards collaboration Live the mission. Focus more on excellent work and less on business development Reduce the salary disparity and lower the top salaries to no more than $300K



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