National Democratic Institute

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Amazing...and then not so amazing

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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

Pros

Great people
Great mission
Respected organization
Great learning opportunities

Cons

VERY hierarchical
Staff development is not a priority
Few opportunities for professional advancement
High turnover rate among junior staff
Poor communication and management systems

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Provide more opportunities for staff development
Let junior staff know that you value their work

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

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    Awesome mission, great projects, but not necessarily a good place to build a career.

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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

    Pros

    NDI works at the intersection of politics and international development. If you are an activist and believe in helping build democratic institutions, there is no place that does it better. Great place to work for 2-3 years if you're just out of college.

    Cons

    The downside is that, if you are working at headquarters and your job title doesn't include the word "director," you may find a lot of frustration and not much opportunity for growth or advancement--especially once you've mastered your position. Project managers have very little authority on their projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NDI has stellar and dedicated employees in headquarters who often leave out of frustration. The frequency of exceptions to institutional policies results in no policies at all, leaving mid-level staff without the tools to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Not Bad

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

    I worked at National Democratic Institute

    Pros

    Paid internships! Youll meet tons of interesting people. Travel is great.

    Cons

    All the work of a full time person (including the hours!) but none of the trust. Opportunities for advancement present, but elusive. At the end of the day, youll still go home and have to make easy mac for dinner, because this salary isnt paying the bills!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your people grow, dont treat interns and project assistants like slaves doing repetitive, non-important tasks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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