National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

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National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great environment to rapidly increase your base skillset

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst
    Current Employee - Program Analyst

    I have been working at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) full-time

    Pros

    -excellent work culture: casual Fridays, friendly staff, employee outings besides your standard happy hour, bagel club
    -lots of opportunity for training and skill development
    -work closely with many different public health fields, opportunity for lateral movement
    -compensation isn't mindblowing but is on par, excellent benefits package with ample leave

    Cons

    -surprisingly high turnover rate, at least in my team
    -slow to hire new employees, therefore many current employees were overworked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expedite hiring practices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deceptively Bad Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Truthfully there are a large number of highly motivated, very intelligent, and incredibly friendly staff working here. The organizational mission is very significant, and most of the younger staff seem to be dedicated to their work and making a difference. In other words, this is a typical DC non-profit. Compensation is competitive, but not amazing. Resources for professional development are available, and, for the staff which have the support of management, gaining new professional skills and talents is encouraged.

    Cons

    Management.
    -There is tremendous infighting amongst the various tiers of management within the organization. Personal rivalries which are stoked by the inane matrix organizational structure of the organizations abound amongst key stakeholders in various different (and often critical) organizational activities. It can be impossible to get anything accomplished if you are not incredibly adept at navigating the political mine-field that is current leadership at the director level.
    -Passive aggressive employees. There are a lot of these at here, and they show their fangs at unpleasant times. There is also a significant amount of territorialism surrounding important organizational issues (a website re-design, for instance) that makes it impossible for the truly motivated and solution oriented staff to make the type of impact that they would want to.
    -A culture that is unforgiving of difference: I have to say this, and it is unusual for a DC non-profit: keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself. Even though this is DC, just having what would normally be considered a mundane and run-of-the-mill conversation about politics can be grounds for termination if the wrong person over hears you. Watch your six, and keep your head down around upper management. The people that tend to get ahead are overly outgoing and fakely pleasant without offering much in terms of substantive ideas or work ethic. In this organization, personality, politics, and proximity to power are the keys to promotion.
    -Funding environment is drying up: with the exception of a few teams, the recession has hit this organization hard. They are facing an increasingly competitive funding market with increasingly decreasing prospects on growth. There is an unwillingness amongst the organization to think creatively about how to grow the organization outside of traditional government agency funded programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct a re-org that make the organization function *better* instead of clobbering random, seemingly uncateogrizable teams together in your already malfunctioning matrix organization structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Go for the experience, but dont stay too long!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) full-time

    Pros

    There are plenty of opportunities for training and skill development. If you ware lucky, you can work closely with many different public health fields and interact with local, state, and federal public health leaders. The compensation is good enough and after 2 years, there is a lot of vacation time. Good sick leave policy.

    Cons

    Management does not value those employees that work hard and believe in the mission of the organization. There is high turn over due to the nature of the positions and limited opportunity for promotions even after 'paying your dues.' There is little infrastructure in the entire organization, which is problematic but doesn't seem to be a big issue to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to standardize promotions and hire from within. Value the employees that actually work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work, terrible workplace culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is on-par with other DC public health jobs. There are lots of young people, which leads to creative thinking and innovation. Employees are very passionate our work and our membership. We get to telework, which is great.

    Cons

    Management is inefficient and morale is low. There is a 30% turnover rate and no one seems to care that this is happening. Employees are not given equal opportunity to advance. My work and my job description do not match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is little infrastructure in the entire organization, which is hugely problematic but doesn't seem to be a big issue to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was Ok

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility was good and it allowed for an easier schedule.

    Cons

    Management was horrible too many chiefs. Under value staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees that actually work,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, great mission.

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

    I have been working at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) full-time

    Pros

    Smart, enthusiastic, hardworking people. Stays true to its public health mission. Good salary and benefits for a nonprofit and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth for programmatic staff. They hire by project and it's hard to get off the project you're hired into. They offer some good career development opportunities, but then you're still stuck on the same project with few opportunities for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more opportunities for employee growth to retain good talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Helpful work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Smart colleagues.
    2) Decent work-life balance if you maintain perspective and boundaries.
    3) Warm community, if you fit into the culture and share life experiences and expectations similar to everyone elses.

    Cons

    I'd rather not comment here.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked with dedicated, hard working, professionals, 85% of them around the age of 30.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, telecommuting options, opportunity for professional development.

    Cons

    The environment was too youthful, and those with maturity and extensive work experience were not valued. Many employees were overworked and underpaid.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Transition and Sudden Growth Led to Major Growing Pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

    Pros

    - Work-life balance is generally pretty good, with options available for alt/flex schedules and telecommuting for some positions
    - Staff are often passionate about their work, putting in extra time and hours for the cause.
    - Excellent benefits package.
    - Collegial atmosphere and casual dress code

    Cons

    - Significant changes in leadership and culture have not been well managed, which led to drastic turnover and low morale in recent years.
    - Low performers are not accountable, while high performance is rewarded only with more work.
    - Functions more like a government contractor than a member association.
    -Personnel policies are implemented inconsistently across the company--lots of inequitable treatment depending on supervisors' whim.
    - HR department lacks structure and capacity, so it's difficult to hire, fire, appraise performance fairly, and earn or award promotions

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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