National Association of Manufacturers

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National Association of Manufacturers Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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  1. Membership Development

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Association of Manufacturers (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great sense of camaraderie. Very team oriented and family friendly organization.

    Cons

    Not an easy job. Can be stressful at times.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    Shiny on the Outside

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Association of Manufacturers full-time

    Pros

    Pockets of intelligent, driven staff. Beautiful overall office space.

    Cons

    My experience is based on the department I worked for and may not reflect other groups within the organization. Everything is an emergency and priorities are driven by emotional reactions. Policies are arbitrary. Constantly asked to do work which is then tossed out or forgotten because the emergency is no longer an emergency. Little appreciation for time and effort put into projects and little willingness or attention paid to individuals with industry expertise for which they were hired for. Salary disparity is very surprising. No exit interview. No authentic CEO engagement with staff.

    Advice to Management

    Re-do your "2020" strategic plan and develop it with your staff instead of trying to fit staff in after the fact -- that thing is a mess. It doesn't adequately represent the work that needs to be done to fufill the goals. Keep promises to employees, or don't make them. Saying "work/life balance" doesn't make it happen. Create an actual telework policy that is fairly implemented and not just given to people that live too far and are favored by management. Dispense with fake, unwritten policies like "must walk up stairs through the lobby" and "no eating at your desk" which inconveniences staff for fear that they'll get "caught."


  3. Helpful (4)

    well funded, competent focused staff. Sr Mgmt: poor mgmt, leadership, communication and HR practices; low morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Competent & dedicated line staff, well funded, focused mission, new offices, well respected, good experience for future career mobility. In some roles compensation seems relatively in line with standards; however other roles have been vacant due to unwillingness to pay market rates.

    Cons

    Similar to many nonprofit / association / political organizations senior management has not had any training in management, leadership, strategic planning, HR policies or organizational behavior. Decisions are made based on emotional, short term concerns rather than balanced, long term strategic vision. Career development does not exist resulting in turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Strategic plans lack quantifiable metrics. Goal setting and performance review process is 15-20 years out of date. Try 360 review system. Focus on attracting and promoting the best management and brightest minds rather than perceived expertise in niche specialties. Sr. Mgmt should actively evangelize organization goals and interact with all employees at all levels on a consistent basis rather than hunkering down.


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  5. NAM is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Its a great trade association

    Cons

    Nothing to report at this time



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