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Broad range of options, much lost potential

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

ProsAED has access to a huge range of options in terms of countries, projects and topics in which it works, and its staff is very competent and diverse. Climate is friendly, open and respectful. Provides opportunities and expects staff to be self-managed in terms of their time and tasks. Benefits are great. Location of the main offices is great too.

ConsAED management is surprisingly weak considering its success in the industry - probably a reflection of growing up with its main source of funding (US government agencies). Incentives and compensation do not address the needs for development of the organization nor its staff, but rather compensate giving "110% because management messed up." Local staff in field offices are second-class citizens with few chances for advancement in the organization. Overall the organization is wasting the huge potential of its staff and knowledge.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe less hidebound. Break down stove-piping, commit in practice to your words: a global organization.

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

    Program Officer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development


    Pros: AED is a thought and practice leader in government contracting around so many types of social issues. It is a great place to start your… Cons: It'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… Advice to Senior Management: Do a social network analysis to compare the informal relationship… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Good overall, but has its downsides

    Web and Database Developer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    I have been working at Academy for Educational Development


    Pros: Nice people, pleasant office space filled with art, frequent cultural… Cons: Serving 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… Advice to Senior Management: On the right track. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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