National Endowment for Democracy
3.8 of 5 9 reviews
www.ned.org Washington, DC 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Feb 6, 2014

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Carl Gershman

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Passionate people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at National Endowment for Democracy

ProsWell-organized, amazing people from all around the globe

ConsA times it was a grind to just get through work

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

Senior Program Officer (Current Employee)

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementYou 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Little room for upward mobility

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsFlexible 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.

ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementProfessional development is needed for staff at all levels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice people.

Audit Associate (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsGreat work environment. Great, smart people.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementGet better IT staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great staff, great mission, confused VPs

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy

ProsGreat 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.

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

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Good work/life balance, great benefits, important work

Grants Officer (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsThe 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.

ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementTravel 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Assistant Program Officer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Program Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsA 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current 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 Senior ManagementCareer 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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