Macfadden Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
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  1. Top of the line consultant for USG

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Management Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I worked at Macfadden full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you play your cards right, there is always room to move up.

    Cons

    Will do whatever the client wants without reservations

    Advice to Management

    None. Great senior leadership.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Worst experience ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC

    I worked at Macfadden full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about USAID efforts and work with other great team members, not including senior staff

    Cons

    Deceitful and abusive senior PM and HQ is completely clueless

    Advice to Management

    Clean up house before more staff leave or get smart enough to file claims

  3. Helpful (1)

    The management was very good and very friendly. I like the people working

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

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Just like I said I am very satisfied to work in this company

    Cons

    I like being in the company and enjoyed working

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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  5. Task Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Task Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Task Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Macfadden full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very good Company, very friendly people.

    Cons

    Every 4 years to renew the contract.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much to advice . I was very please to work for this company until the management changed to another company that I lost my job.

  6. Helpful (1)

    It was ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, compressed work schedules

    Cons

    Pay was really low, no room for advancement, work is not very challenging

    Advice to Management

    Management should create more challenging oportunities or do more to show employee appreciation

  7. Horrible work environment

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

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Located in the heart of DC next to many facilities

    Cons

    As stated before, this company has a high turn over rate and is extremely client oriented. This is the most immoral place I've worked for, with no one looking out for your future. Do yourself a favor and don't think twice about working here. Horrible atmosphere with people in managerial positions who don't know a thing about managing a staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    It was fine

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

    I worked at Macfadden full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    People were nice and personable. My pervious manager gave me the freedom to perform better.

    Cons

    Salary was at the low end; missing long term development and no bench time or reassignment.

    Advice to Management

    Invest time and effort on client management to sustain the accounts. Invest in you employees

  9. Helpful (1)

    Macfadden

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have nice staff, and working with them is a good experience.

    Cons

    The health plan is not that great and their flex spending plan is only $2500 which is not enough.

    Advice to Management

    Offer management courses for your employees to advance to and change the flex spending cap.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Mismanaged company, a joke of a leadership team.

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

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Close to a metro station.

    Cons

    One of the most unethical companies I've ever worked for. Do yourself a favor and do not consider interviewing or taking a job here. I am on my way out the door.

    Advice to Management

    The executive team and senior leadership are barely keeping their heads above water with their lack of knowledge of how to run a company let alone manage personnel. The turnover rate is abhorrently high--a lot of hardworking and smart individuals have left on their own accord due to the extreme lack of accountability here and "pointing fingers" mentality. It is a door-shut and whispers-in-the-hallway culture that breeds insecurity.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Decent USAID Institutional Contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Specialist/Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Specialist/Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Macfadden provides decent benefits. The work is often interesting with lots of opportunities to travel under the USAID/OFDA contract and work on a variety of humanitarian responses. The staff at USAID/OFDA are very engaging and friendly people (as an information officer, I have more working contact with USAID/OFDA staff than with staff from Macfadden).

    Cons

    Disorganized and often unresponsive HR.

    For information specialist position: Long hours under the USAID/OFDA contract. Not much forewarning for deployments overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Push back on unreasonable demands from USAID. The current mantra is "please the client" (i.e. USAID), even when staff are burned out, resulting in high turn-over.

    Provide overtime compensation across the board for people working under the USAID/OFDA contract.

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