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

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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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Good for international opportunities, bad for getting ahead.

    Technical Officer I (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    I have been working at Academy for Educational Development

    Pros: The breadth and depth of the knowledge of international projects that AED employees work on is incredible.… Cons: Usually 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… Advice to Senior Management: Truth in advertising -- please don't say one thing, yet… More


    Great potential that ended too early

    Technical Advisor (Former Employee)

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Smart, motivated people who knew what they were doing. There… Cons: A reluctance to break out of silos. A shame that AED became… More
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