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For a nonprofit, the pay and perks are widely disproportionate in favor of directors and above.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

I have been working at SHRM

Pros

I agree substantially with the assessments below. On the plus side, SHRM managers and staff are mostly pleasant people and the work hours are not onerous – even directors are out of the office by 6.

Cons

As mentioned in other reviews, there is a strong distinction at SHRM between directors and above (VPs, senior VPs, the C-suite), and everyone below that level. Even managers of important projects and teams, with many direct reports, are assigned cubicles, and the cubicles are cramped together and noisy. There are really no accessible rooms to retreat to for private conversations or phone calls, whether work related or personal. Everyone knows everyone else's business.

This class distinction is made manifest in numerous ways. Below the level of director, salary ranges are pegged to market. For director and above, salaries are above market. When organizational goals are met, directors and above get bonuses at a much higher percentage of pay (even though their higher pay, in itself, would provide them with substantial bonuses). In short, the board and C-suite view those below the director level as non-vital and replaceable.

While the organization has made much about its commitment to workplace flexibility, this is very much dependent on what department you work in. The organization is very tight when it comes to providing laptops with access to internal systems and networks. If you need access to these to do your job, SHRM isn't very "flex." Here again, the organization is much more liberal about access for directors and above (catch the running theme?).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make pay for performance throughout the organization more than an empty slogan

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, some problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at SHRM

    Pros

    HR is a great field to be working in right now. It's never boring and always changing. Bright, energetic employees who have been there for a long time. Work for a great manager, and you will be very happy.

    Cons

    As with most organizations, your direct manager and director will determine how satisfied you are working at SHRM. It has many great managers, but it doesn't adequately deal with the bad ones. Also, as the organization has grown, silos have sprung up, thwarting information sharing and collaboration. One department often doesn't know what another is working on and is even working at odds with another department's goals. The recession has also dampened morale and created budget battles. The last CEO was a poor fit for the job and the culture. I hope SHRM can find a new, great leader and repair relations with its members and the board of directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, especially at the very top. Listen to the members. Don't take so long to implement feedback from employees.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly engaged most of the time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    The work can sometimes be very meaningful. Most of the people are great. Many departments take part in the flexible schedule program, allowing for comp days on Mondays or Fridays. There's a massage therapist on site once every other week (and SHRM subsidizes a bit of the cost), there's a yoga instructor on site twice a week (and SHRM subsidizes part of the cost), the DAC (Diversity Advisory Council) holds quarterly events and has brought in some great speakers in the past (like Allyson Robinson from the Human Rights Campaign).

    Cons

    There's been a lot of change lately: three chiefs (CEO, COO, CMO) have left SHRM in the past 6 months, the strategic business review has brought an upheaval to the organization as a whole, and many employees have been moved around to different cubicles, floors, buildings because of org chart changes. More emphasis is placed on revenue than is warranted for a non-profit, and meeting the numbers seems to be the primary goal (even though SHRM is a membership organization) - even if there are not enough resources in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring the right people should be paramount. Offering the salary that they deserve is a must. Pay close attention to employee engagement.

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