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Best place for supporting democracy worldwide

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

I have been working at National Democratic Institute full-time

Pros

NDI is full of talented, friendly, and interesting staff; allows even junior staff to take on responsibility quickly and create opportunities; encourages travel even at junior levels; seeks to learn and grow and examine its own work; offers great work-life balance options; is very mission driven and at the same time is connected to politics and focused on long-term development; has high standards of quality for its products.

Cons

NDI is definitely an overgrown worldwide mom-and-pop shop that is still experiencing some growing pains. Struggling to balance organization and efficiency against flexibility and political realities around the world.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

NDI should impose more accountability at senior levels, provide more support to administrative teams, encourage more experimentation and risk taking not just in programming but in management.

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    Eh... It's a good place to be while you are looking for a real job

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Democratic Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The organizations does some interesting work, you have access to events at think tanks and at NDI itself.

    Depending on your team, you will meet some great people.
    It's an office setting so it's a lot less stressful than some other jobs you could be doing in the meantime.

    Cons

    The pay! Most project assistants have Masters degrees, so it is ridiculous how little you get paid.
    A lot of people are lured in by the prospect of moving up, but you need a lucky break for that to happen. The truth is that most project assistants leave for better pay (i.e. living wages).

    People at the lower levels don't really get to do work that they are more than capable of doing. A lot of the hire-ups don't have a background in the country/regions they are directing. It falls on contractors, and project assistants with real regional expertise to pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project Assistant salaries should at least be bumped to 15 dollars an hour... so we can live!

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    Ok, but organization it too vertical.

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Democratic Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free coffee and tea! (Salary in calories), other interns were nice, good camaraderie.

    Cons

    Teams are segregated. Interns are not given meaningful work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more down to earth, encourage all to voice their opinions and feel a part of the organization.

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