Macfadden Reviews

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

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    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Task Manager

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    Former Employee - Task Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Task Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Macfadden full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very good Company, very friendly people.

    Cons

    Every 4 years to renew the contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was ok

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, compressed work schedules

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Horrible work environment

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Current Employee - Program Assistant

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was fine

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Macfadden full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Macfadden

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    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mismanaged company, a joke of a leadership team.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Decent USAID Institutional Contractor

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    Current Employee - Information Specialist/Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Specialist/Officer in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to get started professionally, but those seeking to grow may eventually need to move on to greener pastures.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Macfadden

    Pros

    Very client-driven, so very client-dependent job. If your client is awesome, your job can also be awesome. Growing, improving company.

    Cons

    Don't expect a lot of corporate reach-back. Good if you like being of the client mind, but bad if you have ideas about how to improve services or grow your operating unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on organic growth potential rather than always looking for the big contract wins.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    reputable government contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Macfadden

    Pros

    Energetic atmosphere. They know how to interface successfully with government clients. I would take a position with them in the future if the right position opened up.

    Cons

    I found very few opportunities for career advancement. I was pigeon-holed as a tech kind of asset and that became the extent of my expected contribution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to cultivate expectations for growth from your employees... especially the younger ones. Encourage that growth even if it is beyond what that employee consistently does well.

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