Nathan Associates

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Updated Apr 30, 2014

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3.3 6 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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John C. Beyer

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNothing specific....everything is good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Soul crushing but pays the bills

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsWorking 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.

    ConsCons 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 Senior Management1) 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Thankless Job Where Talents are Unappreciated & Underutilized

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsJunior 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.

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementTreat 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wery nice and informative

    Team Leader (Former Employee) Zagreb (Croatia)

    ProsHave met very interesting people.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Open communication between junior and senior staff.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent opportunity if you can get overseas!

    Associate (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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