Global Communities

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Updated June 19, 2015
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David A. Weiss
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  1. Helpful (1)

    It's definitely what you make of it - but there's a lot to be made

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunity to do meaningful work and advance if you push for it
    - Committed, pleasant, competent colleagues, especially middle-management and junior staff

    Cons

    - Not all departments are as effective as others
    - Job satisfaction largely depends on what you make of the experience and what team you're on


  2. Understaffed, Overworked, Underpaid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Global Communities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, both that you work with, and the people we help abroad

    Cons

    - Overworked, we are all spread so thin
    - Each department is understaffed from the program side, to finance, to HR, to the executive office.
    - Underpaid, even based on NGO standards we are underpaid at almost every level but the senior management

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking favorites


  3. Helpful (4)

    Jumping Ship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Staff
    Current Employee - Program Staff

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you meet, and the potential for travel. Traveling to a country and really seeing the people you help makes all the difference in this industry. Its why I've stayed as long as I have.

    Cons

    There's no consistency within the company. Rules aren't applied a crossed the board. Also I just heard about another great employee leaving from our shared services team and its making me want to leave too. Program staff can't work to the best of their ability if they feel like their support is falling from under them. Things like Finance, HR, and IT are essential, and its falling apart.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board: Get rid of the excess VPs. Its too many cooks in the kitchen
    Advice to management: Try to keep the best employees, those that are working towards the major goal of Global Communities.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Global Communities is what you make of it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Global Communities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Communities actively encourages staff to identify and implement the best solutions to the toughest challenges in international development. Its community development approach ensures that staff are exposed to knowledge from people all over the world and urged to apply those lessons in other regions and topics. Global Communities welcomes creative thinkers who come up with new ideas (even if those ideas end up failing) and people who are adaptable to difficult situations, personalities and politics. Still, in 20 years in Washington, I have yet to see a more enthusiastic, collaborative, innovative group of people than the ones at Global Communities.

    Cons

    Like most jobs, one's experience at Global Communities largely comes down to who your supervisor is. So if you do not have the most enlightened manager (or you have one who is overburdened or under-qualified), you will have to work harder to make your views known and your work recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an open dialog with staff and bear in mind that you will learn much more through one-on-one conversations than through staff-wide meetings. Know that while you can't make everyone happy all the time, you can focus on trends - both positive and negative - and act accordingly to improve morale and retain top talent.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Experiences vary - on balance, mine has been excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Global Communities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Doing the most meaningful thing imaginable
    - Financially stable
    - Great colleagues, great projects, opportunities to see incredible things
    - Well-intending CEO, organization going through (positive) change

    Cons

    - organization changing for the better but still some negative hangovers of the past
    - some departments are great to work with and for, but some are not
    - some areas of work experience heavy bureaucracy
    - too many millennials expecting everything to be handed to them...

    Advice to Management

    Keep on changing the organization for the better and listen carefully to feedback from all levels in the organization, especially the program managers around the world


  7. Helpful (3)

    "We don't do random transfers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Global Communities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The list gets smaller and smaller of anything good about this company. As long as David Weiss is being lead by Eric O'Neil, nothing good can come out of this place.

    Cons

    Very bad customer service. Reception isn't allowed to transfer a call unless the caller has the name of the person, not just the title or department. Sounds like a knee-jerk management reaction to being caught sleeping at the helm.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting mission and some good projects mixed with bad ones. varied level of engagement in countries working not always similar support

    Cons

    terrible human resources policies and lack of clarity in management. too many good-hearted people without strong focus on efficiency. difficult to be clear.

    Advice to Management

    greater respect for local employees


  9. Helpful (6)

    Look elsewhere

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Global Communities

    Pros

    Diversity within the staff, majority are women.

    Cons

    Management isn't interested in developing associates.

    Mid-level employees tend to focus on their own work and not interested in mentorship/support.

    Very little collaboration between departments.

    Culture is very grim. No one enjoys going to work, no one says good morning, no one is interested about what you did over the weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your associates.

    Promote from within.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Disappointing!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Global Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I met some really great people there, which, is the best way to survive in such a toxic environment. There was also the possibility to travel, if you are the type that wants to be on the go.

    Cons

    Management was terrible and created an unfriendly work atmosphere. Most would place blame on employees instead of working together to figure out a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Hire responsible managers that can create a work environment that people thrive in and actually enjoy. Employees stay where they feel wanted.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Beltway Bandits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Global Communities full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Field staff are incredible, people are wonderful, smart & caring.

    Cons

    Rife with internal politics, lack of vision for staff and their futures, absolutely no concern for actual impact apart from questionable donor reporting indicators, a white man's club.



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