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  1. Very valuable powerful experience in a short period.

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nathan Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management and team work are very welcoming, supporting valuable work experience of information, understands everyone's personal circumstances, and appreciates every little effort given to work.

    Cons

    Short period given for the whole plan, leads to quick survey, selecting improper samples, accordingly, only few goals only to be achieved.

    Advice to Management

    For training activity, selecting the right sample of Vendors/Companies, addressing main problems, and giving quiet time to discus it and resolve, will lead for successful results which will lead for achieving the planned goals.


  2. Litigation Economic Consulting at Nathan Associates

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    Current Employee - Principal Economist, Litigation in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Economist, Litigation in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nathan Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Company attracts intellectuals that are stimulated by complex problem solving. The Company believes in the value gained from providing an open and diverse working environment. If you are looking for a place that dictates your professional progression, for example: in two years you will be promoted to Senior Economist, in two years you will be promoted to Principal Economist, this is not the place. If you are creative, smart, resourceful, and know how to make your own path -- no one will stand in your way. If you need direction along the way, you will likely feel stuck. The work that comes is usually very complex and requires impeccable attention to detail. If you are good you will be noticed very quickly, but if you are a free-rider - you will also be noticed and feel alienated.

    Cons

    Junior level positions are very structured. Senior Consultant, Managing Economists and Senior Economists and higher level positions require a lot of self motivation and entrepreneurial skill to succeed. The Company's leadership allows for Senior Consultants and Managing Economists to develop into their own and then evaluates their contributions to the Company to determine their potential as Principal Economists. The Company's leadership will not hand-hold you and show you the path - you need to find it on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a bit more professional development to talented junior staff that want to stay with the Company and progress through the ranks.


  3. Contracts Administrator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nathan Associates full-time

    Pros

    Best place to work. Good people, good work environment.

    Cons

    Nothing specific....everything is good.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Soul crushing but pays the bills

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nathan Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at Nathan Associates is like taking care of an elderly uncle. It’s an all-around nice firm, but it’s a lot more trouble than it’s worth. If you’re okay with performing repetitive, menial administrative tasks in an overly academic atmosphere, then it might be the right place for you. Pros are that there are opportunities for travel if you happen to land on the right project and/or befriend the right people. Junior to mid-level staff are across the board awesome, and there is an element of bonding that goes with putting up with the same absurdity every day. Senior staff are sweet but a bit oblivious, and standards are fairly lax, so as long as you keep under the radar you can come and go when you please. It also imparts great insight into the administration of USAID contracts and all the regulations that govern them, as well as some exposure to business development and technical work.

    Cons

    Cons are that you will be treated like a glorified secretary for average pay and little acknowledgement unless you are a favorite among senior staff. The backend systems are a hot mess, so you will spend many wasted hours of your day sweet talking the support staff into doing their jobs so you can do your job, even though they are overworked and using ancient IT systems. This is above all a firm of well-intentioned technical experts (i.e. economists) rather than managers, so the key to success is learning how to manage up without taking on too much work above your pay grade. Do not expect many organized professional development opportunities; there are attempts to improve but they haven’t really gone anywhere due to lackluster buy in from senior management and limited mentorship options. Overall assessment is that it’s fine to park yourself here for a couple years, but it’s probably not a place you want to be in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    1) Get an MBA and learn how to manage people, money, and projects 2) Create an incentive based structure in which junior staff are rewarded with technical work when successful at administrative tasks, rather than throwing technical work to the newest person in the door regardless of skills or experience, and then removing it as soon as they've been suckered in to believing this is a worthwhile job 3) Get rid of the deadweight loss, i.e. stop turning a blind eye when senior staff don't show up for work, don't show up for meetings, or flat out lie about where they are for the day - it kills morale and is a serious waste of money


  6. Helpful (2)

    Thankless Job Where Talents are Unappreciated & Underutilized

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Junior staff have more opportunities to travel than at similar firms, and every so often long-term field positions open up for research associates, but rarely.

    Cons

    If you have a Master's Degree, you can burn it at the door. All you'll be doing for the next 2 years as a research associate is 100% USAID bureaucratic administrative tasks, in addition to continuously putting out fires and dealing with problems at the home office. RAs are given NO responsibility as part of their position, there is no training to prepare you for your job, and upper management consistently hires above you rather than promoting from within. I wouldn't wish this position on anyone. Senior management is narrow-minded and will not make key investments that are forward thinking and contribute to future success.

    Advice to Management

    Treat research associates like they actually know something, because they do. Give them responsibility and provide opportunities that improve morale, rather than stifling talent and creativity, and creating resentment.


  7. Wery nice and informative

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Zagreb (Croatia)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Zagreb (Croatia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nathan Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have met very interesting people.

    Cons

    Project ended in Croatia, I was not ready to go International


  8. Open communication between junior and senior staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work directly with senior level management and executive level on projects. Managers take your opinions seriously when you're deciding on analysis for reports.

    Cons

    No clear career path to go from junior staff to senior staff. The basic salary is not competitive with other firms once you've been with the company for more than 2 years.


  9. Excellent opportunity if you can get overseas!

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience, exciting work environment, supportive upper management, good mentoring approach, sink or swim mentality, ability to step up to prove yourself.

    Cons

    USAID bureaucracy, lack of administrative staff puts huge burden on associates, managing consultants can be a real pain in the you-know-what. not much investment in training.

    Advice to Management

    oof. i don' t know.. include junior staff in creative idea sessions to get some out of the box thinking.



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