National 4-H Council

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National 4-H Council Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
17 Reviews
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    Helping youth become the leaders of tomorrow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council

    Pros

    Great mission, wonderful co-workers, very good health benefits and vacation & sick leave. Flexible hours/telework options. On-site cafeteria, free parking.

    Cons

    Some managers need to be less nick-picky as complaining about minutiae lowers employee morale - good way to lose talented and dedicated employes. Offices could use some cosmetic upgrades but is acceptable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rein in spending especially in the travel dept. What's the point of hiring out of area staff if they have to fly in all the time and advise some departments to move ahead w/planned meetings when they involve employees coming in from out of state - don't cancel the afternoon before when attendees are in route. Why does it take so long to standardize processes, documents. over a year for a presentation template? With a marketing team and 2 graphic designers, over a year to complete new employee onboarding process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Doing work for the benefit of many

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance. Complex work that is challenging yet rewarding. Very dedicated employees, most of whom grew up in the 4-H system and have strong personal experiences to draw on when doing their work at the national scope.

    Cons

    Highly indecisive upper management. Some political games & silo-ing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision in the presence of good facts and stick to it.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Mission/Unhealthy Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council

    Pros

    National 4-H Council impacts youth and families nationwide. Great mission. Dedicated CEO.

    Cons

    Work environment is toxic due to lack of trust in leadership and unequal treatment of employees across the organization. No room for professional growth. No work/life balance. If you're looking or a stressful environment this is it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and do more to ensure that all policies established by leadership are being fairly adhered to by all managers and staff. All supervisors are not trained to be effective and valued leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Smoke and mirrors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council as an intern

    Pros

    The people truly love the mission and work well with one another. Great feeling of helping others, especially in high-risk categories. Great location. Great history.

    Cons

    Senior leadership--many don't contribute to the organization's successes or are so full of themselves that they detract from the greater work that could be done. How does a Chief Strategy Officer keep his job when the people are unhappy and there's no real "strategy" to what people are doing (a goal of "x" shouldn't be considered progress; although it's better than no goal). How does the EVP continue to hire high-priced employees who have yet to provide a return and aren't in revenue-generating positions? Why are the support teams/people looked at as expendable, yet they're the reason things actually get done?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a REALISTIC goal and remain focused on it. Changing goals/measurables makes you look flighty and ruins trust.
    There is potential and the CEO is very smart, but she is primarily surrounded by managers who are clueless and breed favoritism.
    Reign in telecommuting for management; it doesn't allow for relationship building which is very much needed here.
    Let HR play a bigger role--they need to show what they can do and help boost morale. Even the compensation playing field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Minimal Attention Span

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    4-H has an outstanding name and brand recognition! The National 4-H Center is located in beautiful Chevy Chase, Maryland and has facilities befitting a national youth development organization.

    Cons

    While HR and the CEO croon about work-life balance and valuing youth, in truth, you will get fired if you don't answer e-mails at all hours of the night and weekends. Your family is not valued. The CEO has no kids and lives 1,000s of miles from her husband so she does not live an exemplary life for a positive youth development organization. Many of the associates have NO experience with real 4-H programming so there is very little commitment or understanding of what 4-H is or how it really works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management has little long-term commitment for supporting programs or associates. Your shortsightedness and flavor of the day demeanor destroys trust among the field and among associates. Your associates live in fear of being fired because of your shifting or unclear priorities.
    One of the characteristics of effective parenting is showing a dependable consistency. Step up to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    So much potential.....unable to really serve the program

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time

    Pros

    Some really great people work here and the potential to leave your stamp on the 4-H program is there.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't seem to really understand that they are here to serve the 4-H program and need to try to do things that benefit and help the 4-H program. They only listen to those that agree with them and as a result help only a small sliver of the 4-H program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those that are on the ground and really working with 4-H professionals. Think more long term, you can't change focus every year and expect result and trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    free parking, cafeteria and mission organization

    Cons

    toxic environment, poor leadership, changing priorities, not respecting company's values, disrespecting employees....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, dysfunctional org

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

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As others have said the free parking is a plus

    Cons

    Opportunities of growth only available for certain people. All the other reviews given for this organization is very accurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the nepotism and provide a place of equality for all employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hold The Press

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National 4-H Council (more than a year)

    Pros

    Parking, Parking, Cafe, Cafe, Parking

    Cons

    Values/Ethics don't exist. It's really sad that the HR department is asking employees to post positive comments on glassdoor to counter all the negativity. Why not try and change the culture/environment, but instead Council keeps on trying to pull the wool over people's eyes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and connect with your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work at the start or end of a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chevy Chase, MD

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    4H Council attracts many smart and talented people. They have a great and noble mission. The campus in Chevy Chase, MD is very beautiful with free parking and discounted lunches for staff.

    Cons

    The arguments against working at National 4H Council are considerable. 4H cannot retain those smart and talented people they work hard to recruit. Turnover is high, e.g. they had 3 HR directors in a one year period and the Marketing department turnover was so high they couldn't even stop contractors from leaving.

    Similar to other comments, 4H has a senior leadership team that seems uncertain how to accomplish its goals and it is often at odds with its own staff. A power point presentation is not a business plan which instructs a cross functional team on how to achieve complex business goals. Staff are then left to figure how to implement plans with little guidance and even less money. Available money should go into programs and services with less for senior leadership travel, domestically and internationally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The composition of the senior leadership needs to change. They have to incorporate the knowledge and experience of mid career professionals they recruit and create pathways for young staff to progress. As a previous reviewer noted, "Invite your staff to punch holes into your existing plans, and empower them to build those plans back up into something amazing, realistic and attainable."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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