National Education Association

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National Education Association Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Working for a cause can be rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Santa Fe, NM
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Santa Fe, NM

    I worked at National Education Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a job that has many rewards and many set backs. You have to love working to the goal of helping teachers and support professionals. Great benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth in the company. The position you get is what it is. Lacks training. This is more learn as you go and management needs it now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn how to lead and support staff. There is good balance between work-life balance. It's very stable but after 7 years there was nothing new to learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    A challenging position and very fast paced.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant

    I worked at National Education Association full-time

    Pros

    The staff are a wonderful group of people.

    Cons

    Communication throughout the organization was sometimes a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commuicate changes and activities to all departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  3.  

    I really miss working at NEA!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Education Association

    Pros

    A hard working yet relaxed environment where the people all get along as if one big family. Everyday you look forward to going to work, as you will always have work to do and challenges to meet, but you are supported with a team of professionals that do not allow each other to be overwhelmed.

    The benefits are great.

    The cafeteria is filled with fresh and tasty foods at a reasonable price.

    Overall you will be happy working for NEA....and the foundations cause is excellent.

    Cons

    None that i encountered from my time there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your IT technicians, and IT managers when they suggest solutions, after all they do know the technology better than you. As well I would like to see NEA utilize in house development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Education Association as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn the inner workings of a labor union. Being exposed to the work that NEA does, you get a feel for how to navigate around. You learn how to network. The staff is there to help you so don't be scared to reach out. The the place is big with over 500 employees working in the building, awesome environment.

    Cons

    Working in such a big place might take a little time to get used to if you don't have experience before

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Education Association as an intern

    Pros

    I worked in the Human and Civil Rights department on the Priority School Campaign. The internship was very hands one and I was expected to complete multiple projects. My duties consisted of gather information from various state departments of education about the status of at risk schools and the steps being taken to turn these schools around.

    Cons

    Communication between myself and my supervisors sometimes was lacking. I was often not notified when work was canceled. There were a couple times when I showed up for work and no one was in the office.

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    Member of the top leadership, the Executive Committee

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    Former Employee - Executive Committee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Committee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Education Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The leading authority on the real tasks of teachers and support staff in this country, if not the world; upbeat, supportive, energetic staff; still a force to be reckoned with in the Capitol.

    Cons

    Intensely political; pecking order already established; somewhat prickly relationship with top management; falling membership will mean openings for staff will, and are, intensely competitive; members are often myopic about goals and reality of the "outer world".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must break out of the box you are in, in order to be more successful; you must encourage members to be more assertive, not less; your legislative goals have been reduced too far; the alienation you fear has either been simply ignored or has already taken place. You are simply not part of the conversations that take place within think-tanks any longer; nobody is discussing your positions; you are seen as something to be gotten around, rather than to be dealt with. It's a bitter pill of reality, but one that must be faced.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Active, innovative, forward-thinking organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Education Association (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training, resources, equipment, facilities were among the best. NEA does all it can to make sure employees have what they need to do their jobs.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Simply put, there are often too many cooks in the proverbial stew. There isn't a program or campaign that doesn't get put threw the ringer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and promote current employees instead of turning to consultants, contractors and other outsiders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Volunteer Internship lacked guidance, although staff are helpful if you're active

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Education Association as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My internship at the NEA proved to be helpful for pushing me to independently seek out opportunities, whether that be connecting with people in different departments and exploring different interests that way, or take my interests outside the organization to people linked to NEA. The program allowed you a lot of time flexibility, which if you don't use that wisely will result in you being bored with your work. In other words, SEEK OUT WORK. Almost all staff members are super kind and helpful, and will help you get where you want to be.
    Volunteering and participating in a rally proved to be one of the more meaningful parts to this internship since those were the times when I was meaningfully working with people.

    Cons

    I was expecting this internship to be more structured than it was, which to me meant working with a small group of people and getting to know the way around that way. On the contrary, I jumped around to two small sized projects and one large project all with different people and in different departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make clearer what interns will be doing during there internship here. Also, try to place all interns in a specific department to work closely with; 'jumping around' didn't work as I think they were planning.

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  10.  

    Weird!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Education Association full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is wonderful. They work on a pay scale and starting salaries are way above comparable salaries for bachelor degrees. They also offer great benefits package Even the interns get paid quite well even though they are limited to how many hours they can work

    Cons

    The culture of the organization was a little off putting. On the surface everyone seemed to love their jobs, but after a few months and some investigating it became painfully evident that employees were not happy.

  11.  

    This large teachers union is staffed by union employees who vary widely in their skill sets and motivation.

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Education Association

    Pros

    Compensation is collectively bargained, good benefits and some perks. Hours are good, and micromanagement, while not unheard of, is fairly rare.

    Cons

    Management is oblivious in many ways, office politics lead to waste and under utilization of human capital. Management training is slight to none, few managers really understand what their role is, staffing levels for the workload imposed are lower than average, with much lip service paid to re prioritizing work. Failed/incomplete projects are often celebrated as successes as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry less about rocking the boat and more about getting ship shape. High performance doesn't mean pep talks, it means cutting back to fully fund what works, not what's politically expedient.

    Recommends
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