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Experience varies depending on department

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at The Asia Foundation

Pros

-Great work and mission
-Friendly, smart, dedicated coworkers
-Interesting events and opportunities come up often

Cons

-Travel assignments routinely delegated to the same people, though the skill sets required are not unique to them. This leaves some people travel-weary while others don't benefit from the professional development opportunity
-Bad managers/directors reign unchecked (ego issues, micromanagement, rudeness, cattiness - M and F, no regard for junior staff development)
-Stuffy environment

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Some people are extremely stressed and overworked while others are desperate for more responsibilities and opportunities. Professional development doesn't just = promotion so learn to allocate work more efficiently/equitably to keep everyone happy.

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  1. Great growth experience for young professionals in other fields

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at The Asia Foundation

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment, exposure to a wide variety of stakeholders and issues, good remuneration (on par with consulting firms). Overall a good learning experience.

    Cons

    Desperate need for more staff, especially if the office is to achieve the broad coverage it aspires to achieve. Also, brand recognition could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a good plan in place, but the staffing constraints could really derail everything... if I were to offer any "feedback" or "advice" it would be to try to get creative and/or aggressive in overcoming the staffing deficit.

  2. Great people, great work, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Asia Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people, particularly in field offices across Asia, are dedicated professionals who work tirelessly on projects they believe in. There's also a number of visionary people within the Foundation who are doing truly great and innovative work. Great people. Rich history of great work. Can provide great experience if you have the right position.

    Cons

    Lack of clear vision, goals, and objectives from managment. The mood in the home office is a sad one as morale is low. Doesn't seem to be too much concern from managment about high turnover rate or dissatisfaction among employees. Have to wonder if managment is incompetent, clueless, or deliberately mismanaging. Not much room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the Foundation into the future. Stop letting dedicated individuals who can bring the company forward go. Pay people salaries that are competitive in order to attract more talent.

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