National School Boards Association

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Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National School Boards Association

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff and generous benefits

    Cons

    Elevators need repair. Increase parking spaces for staff

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff


  2. Helpful (3)

    Leadership is spineless, and demands coddling by staff

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National School Boards Association

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing staff at the director level and below
    Generous Benefits

    Cons

    Upper level leadership is paralyzed with fear of the board and demands staff jump to meet their whims and outrageous requests... regardless of the implications for the organization fiscally.
    Staff feel completely vulnerable and in turn have trust issues with leadership.
    Regular layoffs over the last few years keep morale low.
    Authority to make decisions resides with a few at the top.

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe the organization is sustainable long term, at least not under the current leadership.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Used to be great, not anymore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National School Boards Association

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, pay and most of staff

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations, lying management, hypocritical (says they are transparent but actions are opposite), poor infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Start all over. Current management does not have broad perspective and has no regard for staff.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    No longer a caring or friendly place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National School Boards Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice leave package, support of public schools

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management, low pay, association has large financial debt

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to detail and take the time to understand the purpose of the association.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Educational association that stands out in its field when it can stay focused

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National School Boards Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented staff, great benefits and PTO, great work/life balance. Strong and ethical culture when things were good. Long time senior staff generally supportive of upward mobility and staff morale in earlier times.

    Cons

    Continual infighting between membership, board and executive director. Staff; staff layoffs, turnover and financial uncertainty hurt morale. Turnover of senior staff brought in people less invested in long term employees and management.

    Advice to Management

    Right the ship. Focus on the mission and support the staff and insist that the board focus on the outcomes. Address the needs of the membership, but support staff when expectations are unrealistic.


  7. Ok, but could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at National School Boards Association

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location. Great issues to work on. Great annual conference. Otherwise normal, decent set of co-workers.

    Cons

    For much of the last 15 years, until just recently, the place was run by a cabal of about 4-6 at the top that kept out anyone from within or below with new ideas and new skills and new energy. So most of those smart people who should have been running the place just left. And the rapidly aging pack at the top simply soldiered on.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Immediately.


  8. Great place to balance work life and family life.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at National School Boards Association

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The National School Boards Association is a great place where you can balance your work and family life.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little behind on implementing changes.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the support staff to anonymously make suggestions.


  9. Undergoing Transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at National School Boards Association

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit package is very generous, including 3 weeks of vacation for new employees and 5 weeks with 15 or more years. Flexible work arrangements including telework options.

    Cons

    The association is currently experiencing financial distress. Morale is poor and staff is increasingly being asked to do "more with less" while still providing quality programs and services to members.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more aware of the stresses being placed on employees due to poor management decisions.


  10. Opportunity For Professional Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National School Boards Association

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They really believe in supporint and taking care of their employees.

    Cons

    There are no downsides at NSBA.

    Advice to Management

    To continue to communicate with their employees and involving them in the decision-making process that will ultimately effect them.



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