National Association of Home Builders

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National Association of Home Builders Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
21 Reviews
3.4
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great overall summer internship with a great organization.

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

    I worked at National Association of Home Builders as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great hours
    Great benefits (for full time employees)
    Great location in DC
    Great communication within the organization
    Surrounded with very intelligent, innovative professionals that provided an excellent atmosphere for success.

    Cons

    Interesting board which includes thousands of NAHB members. This can put a damper on the decision making process. The organization is often held back from making very necessary changes to their strategies based on the older generation of members that don't want to change the way they've always done things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO seems like a great man and it appears he has done a lot to help dig the organization out of the downturn (you can tell how passionate he is about the industry). Continue to hire motivated individuals that have a passion to not only help the housing industry grow, but to sustain that growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Treats interns poorly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at National Association of Home Builders part-time

    Pros

    - Everyone is kind and friendly
    - Office in nice area

    Cons

    - They run their interns hard. As an intern you do terrible monotonous work which includes watching raw tapes and type transcribing what was said for like 8 hours a day. For an unpaid intern, I think work this terrible is taking advantage of a college student who is there to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your interns more interesting things to do. Value that they are coming to work for you for free, which is a hard economical burden on a lot of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Terrible Place, Terrible Management

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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 Home Builders full-time

    Pros

    Good downtown location. Nothing else. This place is a joke, the members are obnoxious and stuck in the 1950's.

    Cons

    Senior Management is a joke, The CEO needs to go. The place is set up as a country club for members and senior management. Senior Management is paid well, see the 990 forms, the CEO makes $2 million per year, in this supposed NON-PROFIT. Most of the employees here are completely miserable. I have no idea who wrote these other reviews, I suspect it is HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a new CEO, To top heavy with management. Review the entire culture of this organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Association of Home Builders as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As an intern, I was given lots of work today that was meaningful. My supervisor was great about providing me with work tailored to my skills and interests.

    Cons

    The place is clearly a bureaucracy, with the individual departments having very little control over the work they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more freedom to the individual sectors of the association, as it seems a lot of the leadership is of an older generation and behind on the times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent pay, excellent benefits - Member Driven

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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 Home Builders full-time

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good, and the beneftis are very good. Conservative, but reasonable PTO and alternative work schedules were just implemented last year. I have learned a lot about working for a not for profit.

    Cons

    It is a trade association so it operates on the desires of the members. It's a large multifaceted organization and it takes some time to understand fully how it works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career development should be a priority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    NAHB

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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 Home Builders (less than an year)

    Pros

    I got good experience in a research position. I had a good experience working with employees. although it has a reputation as being an association with far too many board members, making it unable to make necessary decisions

    Cons

    Not the most efficient place; sometimes there seems to be a lack of organization. It has a reputation as being an association with far too many board members, making it unable to make necessary decisions. Sometimes people are left now knowing what direction they need to go.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Membership Organization - Great People - Mediocre leadership

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

    I worked at National Association of Home Builders full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work with Great People - NAHB attracts a lot of really smart and good workers
    Solid Place to Build Experience
    Members Generally Very Good to Work With - They are very appreciative of staff's efforts - very rewarding as a membership organization
    Housing is important - nice to be with the good guys

    Cons

    Large Group - Silos and territorial
    Weak Accounting Support - Very Top Down Driven
    Very Old Fashioned Leadership - You'll do it my way because my title is longer than yours - not in harmony with today's progressive leaders
    Did an awful job with the housing downturn - no contingency planning evident - very reactive executive leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - they wouldn't listen anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Reasonably stable considering market conditions for the last few years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Association of Home Builders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are very good - decent salary.

    Cons

    No real career advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good work, unwieldy organization

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

    I worked at National Association of Home Builders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented staff
    Skilled, collegial management
    Interesting subject matter

    Cons

    Bloated volunteer leadership and membership structure. Most nations (including the United States) get by with fewer legislative functionaries.
    Committee assignments are a revolving door of incestuous relationships.
    Short-sighted executive leaders, more interested in their own legacies than any lasting impact on the association

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will never happen, but ... work to reduce the size of the Board of Directors by 95%.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good people to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Association of Home Builders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great, fun and smart people to work with. Good benefits and travel opportunities

    Cons

    Upper management not really open to new ideas. Even sharing new paths to success and ideas are shot down easily if its something they are not used to doing or hasn't been done before. Slow to change... Doesn't leave much room for innovation or improvement for member services. Controlled by members and its worked this way since association was founded in the 1940's I imagine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way too top heavy and high paid upper management reap all the rewards for hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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