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National PTA Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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  1.  

    So much potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National PTA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Truly meaningful child-centered mission/cause that many on staff are passionate about supporting (caveat: some staff seem completely uncaring); flexible work environment (staff allowed to work alternative hours or telecommute periodically); great perks and some nice surprises (for all her faults, interim executive director can also be surprisingly generous: recently she announced that PTA would close between Christmas and January 5, as a paid gift to staff; she also closed the office on a random Friday in the summer as a bonus "gift" day off recognizing the hard work of staff on the recent convention -- but it should be noted she did that while *also* announcing that she had decided to revoke summer hours for the entire office, even though many were promised such flexibility in their hiring packets). Senior staff are trying their best to keep their teams from abandoning ship in the midst of all this transition and uncertainty and unpleasantness. Opportunities for promotions exist and do happen, which is nice to see. Opportunities for professional development exist but you have to fight for them every time. Some of the programs PTA does are extraordinary and make an impact in the lives of children. There is so much potential to do good here. There are days where I just love being a part of this organization and other days where I want to walk out and never come back. PTA is like the "girl with a curl" ... when it's good, it's really really good but when it's bad, it's awful.

    Cons

    Organization going through some seriously painful transition pains; wildly inconsistent and below-market compensation; inappropriate interference and (mis)direction from governance/board toward rank-and-file staff. At the moment, everyone seems to be on the verge of a breakdown from the stress and anxiety caused by certain leadership (really, one person) and we're losing amazing people because of this. Strained relationships between state congresses and national level. Certain departments are treated with favoritism while others constantly under a microscope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture comes from the top. If the person at the top acts like they think everyone is an idiot, it's felt by the staff and has an impact on morale. Trust the people you hired; these are good people who care and are capable of great things.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good job, interesting work culture

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    Former Employee - Communications in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Communications in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Several opportunities to travel with an annual convention and regional meetings, trainings for members. Invest in people with professional development (trainings, classes, etc)...

    Cons

    Projects quickly become rote. Not a lot of innovation, resistance to new ideas. Not a lot of upward mobility. Very middle-top heavy. Everyone seems to be waiting for things to 'get better.' Many staff members want to do the bare minimum, clock-in and clock out. Interesting work culture, people stick to their cliques and close the doors to their offices. Lots of backbiting and gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More strategic vision, addressing challenges head-on. Mediocre staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Loved this company!

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    Former Employee - National Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - National Service Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at National PTA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people were very kind and down to earth. The salary was very good for a non profit organization, two raises per year! The job was not stressful and the managers were very intelligent and professional.

    Cons

    The office culture was to have meetings ALL the time! Meetings about meetings, to discuss meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The office should not have relocated without finishing the contract on Chicago office first.

    Recommends
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bring a compass, the direction is always changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National PTA full-time

    Pros

    You will work with some amazing people who have a passion for what they do. The culture is family friendly and they will allow you some flexibility for family related activities or issues.

    Cons

    The company has had a lot of turnover and the average length of time an employee has worked there is less than 3 years. They can't seem to keep an executive director for more than 2 years which leads to a lot of confusion. Also the volunteer leadership are too involved in the day to day running of the organization which creates divisions in staff.

    Recommends
  6.  

    helping others is a noble deed

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Volunteer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at National PTA part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping kids and families growing up

    Cons

    volunteer work is difficult to quantify

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Repressed

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    Former Employee - Media Relations
    Former Employee - Media Relations

    I worked at National PTA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The upside of working for National PTA was working under the forward-thinking of the then CEO, who had a vision to push for a culture of inclusion and to expand the relevance of an organization who had outlived its optimal era. Being able to bring fresh ideas to the table and create projects that connected personal passions to a greater cause was motivating.

    Cons

    This is a membership based organization, where volunteer members become board members who were very obtrusive in asserting themselves in the operations, which quite honestly they have no experience in, especially in terms of marketing or training. Also, the racist mentality of membership permeates into the staff which was very diverse. Lots of in-fighting from leadership within membership as well as incestuous contractual relationship which did not bode well for getting the best quality of services. Unfortunately, the organization has since reverted to its old basic ways and stepped off the path moving forward to 21st century relevance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BOD really needs to focus on creating an environment that attracts knowledgeable professionals AND trust them to do the job they were hired to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Elitist, Bullying Atmosphere Overshadows Mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National PTA full-time

    Pros

    High name recognition and a history of important legislative and programmatic achievements for children. The Reflections art program still does a lot of good

    Cons

    While local and state PTAs continue to work for the benefit of children and families, National PTA has completely lost its focus on the mission. A previous spend-thrift president and CEO have put National into a bad financial position it will take years to correct. Many people are hired on the basis of who they know, without meeting those who will report to them, and empire building is rampant even in this company of about 30 employees. High political environment is not helped by governance that receives little training for managing a national organization. Lack of respect, lies, and lack of transparency make this a very undesirable place to work unless you are at the very top of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely difficult navigating the highly politicized environment, cronyism was rampant!

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

    I worked at National PTA

    Pros

    Some opportunities to effect change in matters relevant to child health, education, and welfare.

    Cons

    The organization is a member based organization that did not allow the Executive Administration to manage the day to day operations of the company. Poor financial management approved and lead by the 2009-2010 Board and Governance structure. Very poor culture for employees referred to as "staff" by the Board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new structure for the Board and top three Governance Positions. Allow the Executive Administration to manage the day to day operations of the organization. Return to the true mission of the association to advance matters of child health, education, and welfare for all children in America.

    Doesn't Recommend

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