National Industries for the Blind Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
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  1. Great Mission, Struggling Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Industries for the Blind full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, people, workplace flexibility, mission

    Cons

    Leadership struggling with the direction it wants to take organization. People feel constrained and skills under utilized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should listen to their managers about the direction of the company. They should realize they have a talented workforce that should be trusted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Fraud - so much for money going back for the cause

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Industries for the Blind

    Pros

    They are located of the VRE - makes it accessible and for bad weather you can not wish for more. Lower staff personnel nice.

    Cons

    Contracts - people who believe they are more than are, wanna a be lawyers but nothing more then push the PO out with quantity and price. What irritated me most was the expenses when contracts when out on business calls or travel. I witnessed over 800 dollar dinners for 4, over 1,200 for clients in meals and wine. Is this charitable or abuse of spending due to the type of business they are. It reminds me of United Way and they waste and abuse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate contracts that they are just paper pushers with prescribed documents and do not spend on lavish dinners and entertain at an expense that in the end is only allows less to the the cause you are fighting for. You already receive grants and free money so it is not as if you have to compete for services, but be fair and start with contracts and educating them on their roles - not what they think they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Executives are hypocrites

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Industries for the Blind full-time

    Pros

    Mission is worthwhile.

    Cons

    Executives are hypocritical. There is no money for promotions, pay raises, training and staff are constantly told to pinch pennies, but the executives think nothing of expensing liquor and wine and they are on travel nonstop. Staff are nitpicked to death and underpaid but some chosen few executives get reserved parking spaces and are overpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop embarassing this nonprofit. Be a good example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Glass Ceiling

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Industries for the Blind full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good vacation time, friendly people. Across from Metro. Good health benefits and retirement. Extra vacation time for guide dog training.

    Cons

    There is a glass ceiling for blind and visually impaired--you can make it into lower or possible middle management, but no higher than that. There are no visually impaired program directors, directors , senior directors or vice presidents. There aren't even any people with a disability other than visual impairment in any of those job titles. There is a ugly belief that the blind and visually impaired staff should be grateful for their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what the mission is. Stop spending money on a new building and build up your people instead.

    National Industries for the Blind Response

    Mar 3, 2015Senior Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you feel that way.

    As you’ve been with the company more than a decade, you know first hand NIB, like all companies, have employees
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  6. Horrible Executive Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Industries for the Blind full-time

    Pros

    Mostly nice, decent people at lower levels up to most of middle management. Good 403(B) plan, benefits, work life balance, access to subway, and social mission. Great place for retired DOD bureaucrats looking for a 2nd or third career where they can chill out....

    Cons

    Terrible senior executive management. Totally backward. The only silver lining is that some of the worst folks at the executive level have left over the last few years, but it's still a horrid situation. Leadership has no leadership skills. They don't take responsibility and they never interact with lower-mid level employees. Their thinking is out of the 1950s, without any of the good qualities of that generation!

    Many of the rank and file employees are desperate to get out, but they struggle because most of the skills you learn here are only useful inside this organization's program. As such, the vast majority who have managed to escape over the last several years have gone to the associated non-profits in their program. Some have escaped to other gov contractors, but only a very small handful have managed to entirely escape to the private sector, but most of those people came in with strong backgrounds - as you would expect, they left because they were horribly under-utilized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board should intervene and fire all senior executive management. Seriously. Replace them with a combination of promoting gems from within and brand new people from the outside. Oh - and don't just hire DoD retirees, though if you do hire DoD retirees, ONLY hire them for their rolodex, and then hold them to account for explicitly bringing in business. Please don't hire them for their "great management skills". Recognize the good work that some of your stars/gems are doing and then empower them. Foster a culture of collaboration. Break your silos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    National Industries for the Blind Response

    Mar 3, 2015Senior Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am so sorry to hear that you feel this way. I would welcome a conversation with you to find out how you became so disappointed.

    I would
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  7. Not a bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Industries for the Blind full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    morals, good facilities and comfortable working conditions

    Cons

    commute for those who stay far away and management not being understanding on that fact if you arrive 5 mins after your start time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Work environment

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    Current Employee - Price Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Price Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at National Industries for the Blind full-time

    Pros

    Work environment, continuing education, benefits

    Cons

    Work environment, compensation, promotion opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice people but terrible executive management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Industries for the Blind

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, nice people at the low-mid levels. Good mission.

    Cons

    Terrible Executive leadership. God awful terrible. They take all the credit, have zero sense of self reflection. Very defensive and territorial culture. Mediocre, at best, for collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopeless. Need to completely clean house in the entire officer suite

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    a great organization which could be so much greater

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at National Industries for the Blind

    Pros

    mission based organization which also delivers a useful product - some very nice people - some very talented and smart people - interesting and diverse workforce

    Cons

    mission and operations function not very well in sync - NIB runs like a for profit corp rather than the 501c3 it is which can be a plus but isn't - executive management does not want staff input and isn't open to new ideas

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