Creative Associates International

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Updated June 6, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creative is a good company to work for if you want to get started in international development consulting

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Creative Associates International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Good network in Washington.

    Cons

    Growth is slow within the company. 2-year burnout rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Like other USAID contractors, but inconsistent and family-run

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Associates International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, with very talented professionals around you.

    It's a financially stable organization (for now) so they are willing to spend money on career development and other things that many companies say no to or have limited funding for.

    They are doing great work, as are many USAID contractors, especially in the area of education.

    Cons

    Creative is entirely dependent on USAID. Yes, many other contractors in DC are the same way, I know. But Creative will not do anything outside the purview of AID or away from AID's strategic vision. And it leaves little room for Creative to be innovative and creative, despite their name.

    The whole family works there-in very senior-level positions-and while there are many successful family-run businesses, I do not think this is one of them.

    Senior management stress how strong Creative's values are, but I never saw that in action anywhere. It's essentially all talk, no walk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more entry-level and mid-level employees to manage the workload and avoid the mass exodus of frustrated, overworked junior staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    As reasonable as any other development contractor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Associates International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Willing to give lots of responsibility to lower level expat staff in the field
    - Good work/life balance
    - Reasonable benefits for those abroad
    - High quality of highly experienced managers (on some projects)

    Cons

    - Poor management of HR
    - Underpaid lower level staff
    - Dependent on USAID, project objectives tied to fixed funding cycles (but so are all dev contractors)
    - Intended development objectives often difficult to meet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that ticking the following boxes: Time in conflict zone, MA in IR degree, Grant Management skills does not necessarily make a good employee. Go deeper in your hiring and find people that have a demonstrated passion about development and the people who live in the countries where you work.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eccentric Organization

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Creative Associates International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not a mean spirited organization and if one does not burn bridges there, they are usually willing to take you back. Family oriented and is in a nice area in uptown Washington, D.C.

    Cons

    Very top heavy organization, not enough mid-level people to do the grunt work. In addition, it is a family owned organization which makes it very dysfunctional. Although, the organization is somewhat diverse, it is mainly a Latin culture which makes it a very emotional organization. The whole family works there which makes working there very tricky since the only option that employers have is to leave if they have a problem with any members of the family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring Mid-Level and Junior employees to do the work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good intentions, horrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Creative Associates International full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and company events; President/CEO gives out cash prizes during staff meetings for answering trivia questions correctly.

    Cons

    HR and executives at the whim of a few insecure project directors, who can get away with yelling, racism, sexism, and general harassment without any repercussion. Multiple complaints filed against specific staff members are ignored and/or HR has no power to do anything about it. Family-run business so if you are "in" with the family, you can get away with being incompetent and just being nasty to your staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High turnover means that there is a management issue that is not being dealt with.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Creative Associates International as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Artistic, first time experience with published work

    Cons

    off Site, wish i could network more

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No work life balance and low annual increases with glass ceilings so very difficult to receive promotions.

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Creative Associates International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work in international development helps others around the world.

    Cons

    Management is disorganized (HR specifically), no work - life balance, employee turn over rate is very high (over worked and under paid).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learning experience

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

    I worked at Creative Associates International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Small company feel and access to some excellent minds

    Cons

    Family company concerns - when you're out of favor, you're out!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    From the field office perspective, it's a alright company - depending which division you work for.

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    Former Employee - Monitoring and Evaluation Team  in  CambĂ© (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Monitoring and Evaluation Team in Cambé (Brazil)

    I worked at Creative Associates International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will learn a lot, especially if it is your entry-level start.

    Cons

    If your top management at HQ is not good, your project will turn into a big mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project directors should have evaluation from the countries offices.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a place each and every individual should develop his own strategies to accomplish a task assigned.

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    Former Employee - District Engineer  in  Kandahar (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - District Engineer in Kandahar (Afghanistan)

    I worked at Creative Associates International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Its well known for its achievements in Afghanistan and overseas.

    Cons

    Scope of works for the employ's are vague and incomplete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to define the job description more specifically.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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