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A corrupted place with no credibility to work with corrupted governments

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Current Employee - Analyst M&E  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Analyst M&E in Washington, DC

I have been working at Academy for Educational Development

Pros

Great location! Some very talented and competent staff.

Cons

I wonder how the organization can work on behalf of the US Government and lead programs that support, protect and promote values such as transparency, gender equality, anti corruption, advocacy, healthy lifestyles when it does not practice it! I'm at a loss for words trying to comprehend how AED continues to get ridiculous amounts of money from our government when the economy is so bad.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Return the money to tax payers, stop corruption and treat your employees with dignity and respect. And fire some many of the top senior and mid level managers that perpetuate an environment of fear and corruption.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Broad range of options, much lost potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Academy for Educational Development

    Pros

    AED 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.

    Cons

    AED 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Program Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in 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 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.

    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 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do a social network analysis to compare the informal relationship realities with the formal organizational structure.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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