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Current Employee - Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Coordinator in Alexandria, VA

I have been working at SHRM

Pros

Most of the people are nice and it's easy to make friends.
Metro accessible and parking available.
Massage therapist onsite once every other week, yoga classes onsite twice a week and located right next to Whole Foods.
Good benefits.
Compressed and flexible schedules allowed in some departments.

Cons

Almost every since Chief has changed in the past 5 years.
Much too much emphasis on making money, meeting ever increasing revenue goals (despite the recession).
Clear distinction between the upper management and the peons.
Board of Directors has way too much power and does very little to earn their "honorarium" and board meetings to exotic places.
Even after earning low scores on engagement and workplace morale, not much has been done to remedy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop increasing the goals to make money but focus on actually serving the members - give them what they want and stop trying to sell them things they don't want to (or can't) buy. Make the flexible schedule available to everyone, not just for those people who have nice managers.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Middling; you've got to love cubicle culture and workplace silos

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    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    Decent (market average) compensation for workers.

    Cons

    Poor physical environment -- loud, crowded and dim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    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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