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Updated Jul 29, 2014

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Robert J. O'Neill

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    Poor Learning Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsClose to mass transit. Flexible work hours, including "Summer hours" (read 5 hours off every week on Friday afternoons if you finish all you need to do that week before then). Mission driven organization. Some very nice people that work here, and some care a lot about you as a person.

    ConsPetty office politics suffocates creativity and collaboration. Organization is 20 years behind investing in their employees, systems, business processes, and even office furnishings. Terrible compensation and practically no benefits. Middle management is untrained, inexperienced. Senior management is unwilling to make changes to invest in the company's future. Company culture discourages innovation, risk taking, and new ideas. Expect to do everything yourself here if you work in program management-if you don't then you take the blame for tasks that should be completed by the support business units. Fridays are a joke, as most people work from home (meaning they are not working).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you make the necessary investments in supporting revenue generating activities, you will be able to avoid the layoffs and financial difficulties that you are currently going through.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Treat this organization as a stepping stone in your career.

    Anonymous (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThere are several very kind individuals who work for this organization which is a plus. It is all close to Union Station, which makes access to mass transit a very easy task.

    ConsThis organization is by far a strange and toxic environment. The current who's who of senior leadership is a sad reality of what happens when you let non-leaders hire and run an organization. The mid to senior team is rampant with individuals whom have never worked for other organizations and base their entire decision making on what they read in other association magazines or through peer networking platforms. The current COO, was the former CFO who was instrumental in creating a financing bubble (through risky Afghanistan contracts). As result when one contract fell through the money ran dry and it turned into open chopping season and layoffs for mid to low level staff, yet the key players continue to hold their current positions.

    The current Executive Director is always on travel with no significant presence in the office. Instead his very hefty salary, expense account and executive bonus structure provides him and his wife international trips on the associations dime. Instead of cutting back on travel or working to improve employee moral he is just a silent partner who has failed to nurture and see the organization grow. The most interaction that staff has with "Bob" used to be through his internal blog (an odd way to manage through blogging). Employee moral as a whole seems to have truly tapered downward over the last several years, yet when you talk to the senior team the mentality is that they just hire bad employees. When your retention rate is 36%+ it is time to face the fact that it is not bad employees that you are hiring, but your are definitely maintaining bad managers.

    Best advice to prospective employees is to "stay away."

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is easy for the ICMA Leadership Team to say that they are working on staff retention, but when these folks are the issue it really is time for the Board to do some house keeping. This includes removal of the Executive Director, COO, CFO, Director of Membership and Director of International Programs. These folks continue to take up space within the organization, and for individuals earning well over $120,000+ their performance or lack thereof should be on the Board's radar. It also does not help that the current COO was instrumental in shaping the creative financing solution that caused the layoffs of several individuals, yet she continues to cover her mistakes as COO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I Can't Manage Anything (ICMA)

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood location, very close to Metro.

    ConsThis is one of the weirdest organization I have ever had the opportunity to work in. Senior Management is a group of people who are not competent, but have been promoted and have been there forever. Most good people either leave or are forced out. The person in HR is not qualify to be in that position. The International side has a number of people who have only worked in that organization and have never worked anywhere else. It is a very toxic environment. If you are looking for a place to just collect a pay check and go with the flow, ICMA is the place to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Board at I Can't Manage Anything (ICMA) needs to stop ignoring the problems and there needs to be a completely clean up of Senior Management starting with the HR person and get professionals in these positions if this company is to ever become transparent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low pay, toxic work environment and checked-out management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsConvenient downtown location; small work load allows for plenty of work-life balance. If your career aspirations do not go beyond occupying a chair and collecting a check, this is the job for you!

    ConsFirst, job seekers should be aware that the pay is low, and the benefits are practically non-existent. For example they contribute $0 to your 401K until you have worked there for two years. HR clearly recognizes this is an issue when recruiting new employees and tries to cover it up by offering very misleading information about company benefits, for example promoting a telecommute policy that they then deny existence of once you are on board. Just remember: if it is not explicitly written in your contact when you are hired, it is not going to happen. Also, there are virtually no raises, so whatever salary you negotiate going is what you will have for the duration of your employment there.

    The bigger problem though is the company culture. The other reviewer who noted that most senior management has been with the org for the entirety of their careers is absolutely correct. Senior staff are generally completely checked-out, and treat any suggestions that would result in extra work for them with hostility. The culture of hostility is present at all levels of the company, with mangers treating staff with contempt, and staff in turn treating one other with contempt. In the short time I worked there I almost forgot what it was like to not be spoken to rudely. Make no mistake: This is a toxic work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Look elsewhere...

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsExcellent mission, and some fairly good technical expertise.

    ConsThe International Team - This was probably the worst organization I have ever worked for. Most senior managers have never worked for another company before creating an insular environment resistant of change, some lack any qualification other than experience there. They tend to be micro managers, and get defensive when new ideas are proposed, in fact I saw good employees "forced out" for this. Systems are non existent and managers task employees on top of their daily work with "hot teams" to fix them...something that should be left to consultants.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet qualified management, go outside and recruit and pay talented people for leadership roles....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ICMA

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent Mission for its members

    ConsAll one can think of

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange senior management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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