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ABA ROLI is a great place to work if you can handle some frustrations.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at American Bar Association

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- Due to a chaotic administrative structure, there are great opportunities to learn about development work from the ground up.
- Junior staff are given expanded responsibility versus other similar institutions.
- Good work atmosphere with friendly, committed people.
- ABA ROLI is one of the few institutions in the world that does international rule of law or legal capacity building programs.

Cons

- Insufficient focus on professional development of staff.
- Limited institutional efforts to share knowledge about programs, successes, etc.
- Institution is not administratively set up for international development work and does not have the planning capacity to effectively address this.

Advice to Management

- More attention should be paid to how the institution is structured, rather than trying to address individual issues ad-hoc.

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

    I have been working at American Bar Association

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The DC office is now located in a great class A building right over top of the Metro red line. Colleagues are friendly. Work hours are flexible. Benefits are average. There are many staff that have been with the organization for many years (20 plus), which says something. Top level management is open to input from staff at all levels of the organization, which is not necessarily the case in most comparably sized organizations.

    Cons

    The ABA is a split organization in several ways. The DC office is basically the stepchild of the main Chicago office. The main office has difficulty understanding that the job market in DC differs. There is also the membership ABA and the non-profit ABA, then within the non-profit ABA there is domestic work and international work. The main office attempts to treat all areas the same when in fact they differ from one another, no matter how much they try to convince themselves otherwise. the HR department can be particularly difficult to deal with as they don't seem to understand the 'human' aspect of human resources.

    Advice to Management

    Face the reality that the organization has differing business models and apply policies accordingly. Hire senior managers that have experience in the different business models or at least that have the openness to learn about them.

  2. Extremely Political Management Structure

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Bar Association

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization attracts very talented and committed staff who are great to work with. Also, the work itself can be very rewarding.

    Cons

    The CEO and top management is led by ABA volunteer leaders: lawyer members who have been elected to serve in the roles of president, president-elect, chair of the House of Delegates, etc. The elections are largely popularity contests, so there is a lot of politics at play to get there. Once elected, the lawyers at the top control the CEO and management and their individual (ego-driven) whims trickle down through all of the projects and staff. Self-interest and politics rule.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to say no to self-interested lawyers at the top who are in it for themselves, not the good of the organization.

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