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NRECA Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
34 Reviews
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34 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience but deadend career path

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRECA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can really find a second family here, lots of long time employees. The location is convenient and there was opportunities for learning and training. If you find yourself in good department and people you will be happy.

    Cons

    Now that I am at a big public firm realize that the place is so antiquated. Uses old school technology, not with the times. This place reminded me of when I worked in the US government earlier in my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times in terms of systems and technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to retire, not the best for a budding career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice coworkers. Decent pay. Good culture. Lowest turnover I have ever seen.

    Cons

    The whole organization is built around lobbying. So if you do anything else, then do not expect a very dynamic job with lots of opportunity for growth. Combine that with the ever tightening of rules and allowances, it's just becomes an increasingly dull and uninspiring place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some actual managers whose job it is to actually manage. Once of the reasons the culture is so stagnant here is middle management is uninspired and not value driven. Executive management is out of the office. I see some real hard times ahead for this organization as it slowly slips into irrelevance....well the lobbying won't, but everything else will.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    NRECA is a very pleasant place to work with a great cause for our nation's cooperatives.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NRECA full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are helpful in supporting each other. Nice environment, with an open door policy with management. New CEO has offered a new outlook for the association including departments working together to complete mutual goals. Management also shows trust with employees to execute their job or special projects.

    Cons

    Management should remind employees of the department's goals more often, although this has already improved since the CEO and a few department re-alignments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot of things to NOT do

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Advisor in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Pros: A core group of employees across the organization is passionate and committed. If you're looking for stability, this is your place. There are people at this association who have worked for no other company in their adult lives. The people who work at NRECA are exceptionally nice. Seeing people who care about you as a person makes going to work a little easier.

    Some managers care very deeply about their staff and about the work their staff is doing. If you are lucky enough to work with one of those managers, your experience can be vastly different than the guy's down the hall.

    If you want training and you are in the right department, you can advance your theoretical knowledge here.

    Cons

    Most people at NRECA do not pull even half their weight, which leaves a core group of employees working ridiculous hours, on weekends, on vacations. The number of managers is outrageous, and nothing gets done because those managers all expect the core group of employees to do all the projects simultaneously. That may be the case at many large companies, but it shouldn't be the case at a nonprofit association.

    NRECA has aggressively avoided updating its antiquated, proprietary systems and shunned technology as a means of doing business. Innovators who want to introduce new ideas are ridiculed, often publicly, for wanting to do things differently than they've been done before. In most departments, what little change that happens comes from offering ideas to senior management, letting them bastardize the idea and present it as their own, then doing whatever senior management says without question. Those employees who brave speaking up against those managers in meetings risk bullying by those managers, in front of their peers, and not getting assigned to good projects in the future.

    Most employees' skills rot at NRECA because no one, especially IT, is allowed to use the latest advancement in their fields. I've spoken to several former colleagues who have found it difficult to transition because we had no chance to apply relevant skills while at this association. There also is no real career plan for growth within the company. Advancement is through politicking and sometimes changing departments.

    When taking engagement surveys and external surveys such as Best Places to Work, several managers made it clear to their staffs that we were to express only positive opinions and that our performance reviews were based on our department's responses in such things. That happened before the new CEO arrived. Hopefully she can turn around the rampant bullying by senior management and refusal to accept negative feedback as a catalyst for change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace social media (such as this site) as a way to learn what people really think of your association. Stop hiding from negativity and thinking social media is to blame for feedback. Become part of the conversation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    The clock is ticking...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I worked at NRECA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had great benefits: PPO and HMO axed for HDHP only in 2015.
    Good mission: as long as you like burning coal and don't believe in global warming.
    The most recent best places to work awards were won before the benefit cuts and changes.

    Cons

    All employees with marketable skills are jumping ship as those left sink with the ship.
    All benefits are on the cutting block: is the pension next?
    How is the association paying for all the consultants, new programs and new senior management hires?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, let employees know they aren't valued and they're starting over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment, terrible management, but good benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, including tuition reimbursement, no-interest computer loans, very low interest 401(k) loans, pension plan, fairly good health plan, learning and certification opportunities, good salaries in some departments, a good cause (serving rural electric cooperatives), a lot of well-meaning employees

    Cons

    Due to a new CEO, the organization is going through a difficult time. People are afraid for their jobs (and for good reason). Otherwise, it's very bureaucratic, top-heavy and full of office politics. Extreme micromanagement. No accountability. Not supportive of innovators or movers/shakers; not much empowerment of employees. One of those places where 20% of the employees do 100% of the work (on that note, if you're looking for a place to retire from, head on over to NRECA!). Pay is great for some people and terrible for others -- pay scale makes no sense. There are yearly reviews but no career ladders. Some managers regularly demean employees and are not reprimanded. On a personal level, the politics and blame-game can get downright nasty. Wouldn't recommend to an enemy, much less a friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    85% of you are terrible at what you do, so not sure how you can improve on that. Quit? Retire? To the CEO: If you're going to turn the organization into a right-wing political machine, you're going to lose employees who didn't sign up for that agenda.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Currently in the midst of change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The organization has a great mission. There are pockets in the association that are passionate about this mission so employees can feel like they are contributing to making a difference.

    Cons

    The CEO is new (March 2013) and has hired lots of consulting groups to help review portions of the organization. People have been shuffled around without much opportunity for feedback. Those that are no longer needed get very little notice (a week or two). The IT department is in the middle of a benchmarking study where more big shuffling is likely. Probably won't make the Best Place to Work list next year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees better informed about reorgs as many people are nervous and anxious.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on what you're looking for.....

    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

    I have been working at NRECA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many people have been here for decades - literally "lifers". If you are in the frame of mind of retiring or just maintaining, this is the place for you. If you are interested in career, personal development or growth, you can start here, but you will quickly feel the need to move on before your first year ends and definitely before the second ends.

    Cons

    Many people have been here for decades -
    Technology is outdated with the exception of your personal laptop, but systems and applications in general are lacking

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NRECA

    Pros

    Excellent Staff
    People were fantastic to work for.
    management new what they wanted and what tasks they wanted done

    Cons

    Didn't like the dress code for software staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    relax the dress code.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you have a great manager, you can have a great work experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Representative in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Representative in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    great mission and purpose
    great managers do not micromanage and let you do your job and do it well
    great work colleagues

    Cons

    some members of the executive leadership team do not think about employees as resources and instead think of the $$$ (the bottom line) first
    CEO is readying to retire; hopefully new CEO will be able to counter and control those short-sighted executive team members
    if you do not have a great manager, you can be pigeonholed and micromanaged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value your employees as the amazing assets that they are; when you lose a great employee, they take their knowledge out the door with them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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The very urban headquarters of the National RURAL Electric Cooperative Association headquarters (Photo thanks to Flickr user assortedstuff, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)
From the 10th floor balcony of NRECA, Ballston, Va (Photo thanks to Flickr user subfugitive with permission, All rights reserved.)

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