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National Endowment for Democracy Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great work, great employees

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

    I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time

    Pros

    NED is one of the most prominent NGOs, and its work is impactful and rewarding.
    Great opportunities to network.
    Great culture, and the vast majority of the staff are friendly.
    There are many conferences and talks held at NED, and employees are encouraged to go to them. Paid vacation/sick leave/personal leave is more than most similar organizations.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy. The pay is typical of an NGO/non-profit. The benefits make up for it however. There is a gap between entry level and senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more avenue for growth

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    Passionate people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Endowment for Democracy

    Pros

    Well-organized, amazing people from all around the globe

    Cons

    A times it was a grind to just get through work

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    Collegial environment, still a grant making agency at its core.

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer

    I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, collegial work mates, time-tested values-based approach, flexible work plans, flexibility in allowing you to purse outside opportunities.

    Cons

    Few career development opportunities, program section is intellectually fallow, management could make processes more efficient, tolerance for mediocrity among some staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must find ways to develop your employees' career better. The old model of company men and women no longer applies. You must also creating more of a learning culture among employees.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Little room for upward mobility

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

    I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules. Excellent benefits. People who sincerely care to make a difference in the field. It is a great place to work for those starting their careers in international affairs.

    Cons

    Senior management is composed of people who have worked there for over a decade and lack fresh ideas. Personalities often affect the work. Favoratism toward one department leads to low staff morale in all other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional development is needed for staff at all levels.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice people.

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Great, smart people.

    Cons

    Constant server changes, causes unnecessary back . Depending which department you're in, could either have minimum growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better IT staff

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    great staff, great mission, confused VPs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy

    Pros

    Great mission, good exposure due to its reputation, access to great events and influential people worldwide. Talented and highly committed staff who are also very diverse and highly passionate about the mission. Grantmaking managers have great experience and most understand how to get things done. Great benefits, work life balance, and international travel opportunities if you’re in programs.

    Cons

    It used to feel like a we're-all-in-it-together organization, but recent changes has made it very top-heavy, with VPs with unclear job descriptions. VPs seem clueless regards their job role and function, focusing on promoting extra unnecessary hierarchy, a culture of keep quiet and don't challenge, and made it difficulty to understand criteria for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the organizational restructuring of recent years and if you will maintain it, clarify VP’s role and function. Make them accountable.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work/life balance, great benefits, important work

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    Current Employee - Grants Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Grants Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy full-time

    Pros

    The mission of NED is to promote democracy around the world, and there are few better missions than that. As the funds are provided by Congress, there is some stability with funding. Work life balance is great - time off, flexible schedules and oversight. The benefits package is also very generous.

    Cons

    Lack of mobility. It's highly competitive with jobs both internally and by outsiders, so moving up from the job you're hired in isn't highly likely. Travel isn't included in the job description for anyone outside of the Program dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Travel for other staff to experience NED-funded work overseas would generate greater investment in the mission. Also, address the lack of mobility by creating other tiers of advancement. Value the experience of those who have been there for a while and reward it with greater mobility.

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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job security! excellent Mission, management needs training.....

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    Former Employee - Assistant Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent mission, straight forward grant making process and grantees are very interesting. Excellent conferences and meetings that staff are allowed to attend. Very informal atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management has been there for 20 plus years, people rarely leave, so management need training. Lots of turnover in junior staff.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work overall, but employees aren't always treated great

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

    I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A very casual and friendly workplace. If on the right team, staff has a lot of freedom to work. It is a well respected organization with regional staff accepted as experts in their fields.

    Cons

    A big part of this is being a non-profit, but even so they are cheap. Benefits and salaries at comparable organizations are much better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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

    I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy

    Pros

    -Work/Life balance is developed at NED and is valued by employees.
    -Casual attire can be worn whenever possible.
    -Overall good place to work.

    Cons

    -Pay scale should be revised .
    -Opportunities for advancement should be developed.
    -Difficult for junior staff to grow in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career advancement can be an issue at NED. The company has been taking a look at it to see how the changes could be implemented. However, it may not happen in the near future.

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