American Association of State Colleges & Universities
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www.aascu.org Washington, DC 16 to 50 Employees

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Updated Apr 4, 2014

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    A good-old boys (girls) club...

    Project Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe hours are good. Employees work a 37.5 hour work week. The health benefits are good as well.

    ConsThe management of AASCU is completely disconnected from its government contract subsidiary, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). The senior management of SOC has been in place for 20+ years, which is reflected in the business model and organizational practices. Many organizations are slow to change, but embrace a certain amount in order to keep them relevant. This organization repels change! Don't expect to work here and be a part of anything progressive or cutting edge. The overall environment, speaking in terms of employee morale, is exceptionally low, mostly in part to the stagnant business practices and lack of progressive nature of the management. If you are lazy, and just want to collect a paycheck, this is the place for you. If you are progressive and want to feel that you are making a difference with your job, find another place to work!

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes and recognize how many capable employees have left the organization in the past couple of years. Staff turnover is at an all-time high, and it will continue to get worse. If you no longer care about the organization, do us all a favor and leave. There are still a few capable people here who see potential in the vision and mission of the organization, and have the leadership skills to realize that vision.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A dysfunctional higher education non-profit with a disconnected group of management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe 37.5 work week is nice when you actually work it. The insurance coverage for singles and 403(b) contribution are almost unprecedented, even among higher paying firms. There are a lot of genuinely nice people who work in this place.

    ConsAASCU features senior leadership that is, at best, utterly disconnected from the work they oversee, and at worst engender a toxic and overly politicized environment that pushes their talented employees out the organization. This place mistakes organizational tenure for actual skill.

    The pay is awful, although the HR department does like to talk up the benefits. Their administration, finance, human resources, and technology processes date from another century. Those functions exist to serve the organization's mission, yet those employees have a way of making you feel like they're doing you a favor simply by doing their jobs. There's almost no strategic leadership when it comes to technology or business processes, and no indication that there's a willingness to consider new ideas.

    AASCU preaches the gospel of work/life balance, but you are expected to do whatever it takes to get the job done. You're also instructed to fill out 7.5 hours of time on your timecards no matter how long you work, and overages are addressed by periodic "off the books" grants of comp time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of the upper management of AASCU is approaching (or has exceeded) retirement age, and in most cases I don't see a middle tier of employees who are ready to step up and lead the charge. Senior management needs to put a stop to the nasty partisan bickering between the admin division and everyone else, and they also need to take a hard look at which of the executive and upper management tolerates or facilitates this bad behavior.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unprofessional management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsSome very nice employees in ASSCU.

    ConsHealth room needs to be monitored for misconduct.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow people to do their jobs and pay attention to the people who are not working.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Metro accessible. Outgoing and creative personalities need not apply.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThis place is great for people who are ready for retirement. They will match for retirement.
    If you're a single person your insurance is paid for, but if you have a family it's very pricey.

    ConsSalary is low unless you are the chosen one. It's a small association with high turnover. The work is boring and repetitious, a lot of down time where you have to pretend you have work. Management on the 6th floor bullies the staff and they're not open to change. If you are below the age of 55 don't work for this association! Work on 6th floor is contract funded and run by women who are vicious! Poor morale, high turnover, low pay poor advancement opportunities, and low pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to management RETIRE! Let the newer employees express their creativity especially in technology. Most of you are at retirement age, and some of you are your 70's, been there for 25-30 years, it's time to let go. Also stop hiring your incompetent friends from the book club. Offer more tuition assistant. President of the company needs to be more aware and visible on the upper floor.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SOC is separate from AASCU

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsI enjoyed working downtown near the metro.

    ConsSOC is managed by a different group of people than AASCU. The rules are quite rigid and unnecessarily petty for a professional organization. The upper management includes older women who are more concerned with employees talking than building a pleasant work environment. The work itself is not interesting or challenging so the least they could do is try to create an atmosphere where adults are not treated like children.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttend some team building conferences or have a consultant come in to witness the miserable circumstance you have placed employees in and be open to change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Employer--Especially for a Nonprofit

    (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsI've worked for a total of four nonprofits in the DC area, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities was by far the best.

    A big part of that was the fantastic director of my division; she didn't micromanage one bit, just expected us to do our jobs. She was quietly inspiring--just a no-baloney, good-humored, congenial, quietly competent human being. Why can't there be more of these in management positions?

    In addition, AASCU has great benefits: 37.5-hour work week, free insurance for the employee, three weeks' vacation from the get-go, and (after 6 months) 11% employer contribution on 401K! The only thing they don't offer is a gym or Metro fare (though they do have the pre-tax fare purchase option).

    And they're a block from either Metro Center and McPherson Square. Not only does that mean great lunch options; it's also near Macy's and Filene's Basement if you need to do some shopping during lunch.

    The work environment, at least in my department, was excellent. Very convivial, respectful--and actually fun. There were some meetings, but they were brief and infrequent. There were some tedious tasks, but they were predictable in their frequency and easy to complete.

    The members themselves (college and university presidents/chancellors) I interacted with were all very nice and helpful.

    AASCU was a great place to work; if you get an offer from them, take it.

    ConsThe only real criticism I can think of is that the pay wasn't as high as it could've been--though it wasn't bad by any means. It's about on par with other nonprofits. I actually took a pay cut to work at AASCU, because I was coming from a nearby nonprofit with no work-life balance whatsoever. The benefits are overall excellent, so that makes up for it some.

    I recall it was sometimes hard to get to know folks in other departments, but people are very friendly. You just have to make an effort by dropping by to chat, etc.

    No gym--that's a bummer. Also, the location has a lot of homeless people nearby, mostly at the McDonald's on 14th and H.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe some planned activities for staff to get to know each other better across departments. Maybe a quarterly picnic or potluck, etc.

    An in-building gym with showers would be great. (AASCU is part owner of the building, so they could make this happen if they wanted.)

    Maybe some free Metro fare or free parking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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