National Women's Law Center Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative staff, really good location

    Cons

    Driven by funding, hard to choose own path


  2. Typical women's org culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Outreach Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Outreach Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Women's Law Center full-time

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated staff, from the entry level program assistants all the way to the top policy experts. Most of the more senior staff are very nurturing and make great mentors. You can learn a great deal about a variety of issues that affect women & families, regardless of your level of seniority.

    Cons

    Very top-down management style, and the two principals of the organization (who founded the organization & don't like to relinquish any control) can be borderline hostile and verbally abusive to staff at times, but no one really speaks up about it. Leadership isn't always open to the perspectives of more junior staff (who are often much more connected to the issues & audience the organization wants to engage), & morale among the very bright, eager junior staff suffers as a result. Also, the organization doesn't always practice what it preaches in terms of work/life balance & making accommodations for single working mothers. Diversity among staff is not great, & that's evident in the org's communications, which often come across as tone deaf & appealing to an older generation of feminists.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your junior staff better. Something is wrong when the leaders of a social justice org make literally 10x what they pay their junior staff.


  3. Great experience

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, people there are so motivated for the mission.Fast-paced, get many chances to attend important meetings and seminars. Approachable supervisors and nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities, sometimes repetitive work.


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  5. Great group of ambitious and talented people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees are very experienced and knowledgeable, enjoyed hearing updates from different departments each week, lots of positive reinforcement and energy

    Cons

    I can't really think of any significant downsides - the Center is a small community with many friendly faces. Overall a great experience



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