Pact (Washington DC) Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
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  1. One of the best international development nonprofits in DC as far as effectiveness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pact (Washington DC)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pact has an extremely effective approach to international development with a focus on capacity development that has become a standard in the industry.

    Cons

    Although job satisfaction at Pact is generally high, it is uneven at the various business levels: business development, contracts, and finance. Not too unusual for mission-driven organizations, but Pact would benefit from an approach that leveraged its ideals when approaching business processes and policies. I know it was trying to do so when I left, but it was still struggling in this area.

  2. Hard and challenging but fascinating and rewarding

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pact (Washington DC) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission. Leadership. Innovation. Culture. Not afraid to fail and get better. Scale. Transparency. Collaboration expected. This is a place where you can try new things and be supported; the limitations are on being too USAID dependent but that is quickly changing. They see "development" the right way - it's not about a Pact but about people they serve and the staff.

    Cons

    Limited promotion pathways, mostly due to size of organization. Currently in transition...senior leadership turnover (but not a bad thing actually...) what's next? Culture is good but some units (Finance and new business) aren't "on board and need to be changed.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people to account for exhibiting the right culture and get rid of those that don't. Promote from within.

  3. Need more staff development and growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Grants Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Grants Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pact (Washington DC) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International exposure is great and some benefits are good (i.e. 403(b) contribution) although there has been an overall slash in benefits lately to reduce costs.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is non-existent. No formal staff development programs.

    Advice to Management

    Look into identifying high potential individuals and moving them up the ladder rather than loosing them

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Challenging work that can lead to burn out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pact (Washington DC)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Colleagues are mostly good with an exception here and there
    Work is mundane is you follow directives from senior management
    If you take initiative by yourself and show things can be done, work becomes interesting and you are recognized

    Cons

    Company is predicated on program management (obviously) but other departments get the short shrift because of that
    Program management are woefully trained on their core competency. Program managers who are excellent seem to be have become that way out of individual initiative
    Senior management thinks it knows what it is doing but frequently doesnt
    Too much senior management

    Advice to Management

    Cut down amount of senior management
    Trust in house talent instead of bringing in people from outside all the time
    Cut down on feel good jargon and focus on results

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great people, great mission!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pact (Washington DC) full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits and people who genuinely care, collegial environment and minimal internal drama, empowered staff.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities past manager level--but that's because of the organization size. Some departments over staffed and accomplish little while others are too lean and strapped for resources, but accomplish much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the ball. The core mission/business function needs more attention, resources and support than special initiatives

  7. Helpful (2)

    Mixed

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

    I worked at Pact (Washington DC) full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some inspirational leaders and strong teams. Program delivery and program advancement teams are strong.

    Cons

    Some very poor leadership traits. One falls asleep in meetings (!) often. Another intimidates and threatens. There seems to be no come back. Weird dynamics.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the poor leaders. You all know who they are. CEO talks well but then let's some let him down thru poor behavior.

  8. Pact

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pact (Washington DC) full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment with great people

    Cons

    To be honest I can't think of many that are worthy of complaining about.

  9. Helpful (3)

    recommend working here but don't stay too long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pact (Washington DC) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technical team, good benefits, non-competitive office culture.

    Cons

    The programs team has several job levels, which are tied to salary range, but the actual level of responsibility is basically the same. So if you stay here a few years, you may get promoted but this doesn't actually mean anything in terms of your day-to-day responsibilities. Also, the organization is very top heavy which again means any task involving some level of responsibility is delegated to directors and VPs, not to program specialists/officers/managers.

    Advice to Management

    create more middle management and opportunities for staff to grow into positions with additional responsibilities.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Emerging leader in INGO industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pact (Washington DC) full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pact takes a novel approach to international development that others are adopting. It's a terrific organization that truly believes in local solutions designed with those it serves around the world and a strong workplace for those it employs. Best-in-class benefits, a transparent culture and meaningful work. I agree it's a great place for the short term but also for the long term. A complete office renovation in DC means an even better environment.

    Cons

    Not much to criticize. Pact does difficult work in difficult places. Know what you want to do with your career.

    Advice to Management

    Like any place, a bad egg occasionally turns up here or there. Don't be squeamish about tossing them out so they don't stink the place up.

  11. Helpful (3)

    People management nonexistent

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pact (Washington DC) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can really learn a lot at Pact, granted if you have the drive to seek out chances to grow. Pact puts the focus of development on the people and truly embodies this passion. This makes for a nice and inviting atmosphere.

    Cons

    Supervisors do not encourage you to embrace this growth-oriented atmosphere, for they interpret this drive as proof-positive that you are wasting time. Sadly, traditional bureaucracy and typical office politics are flourishing here. Mediocrity is rewarded if you are willing to play this political game, shedding a layer of integrity in the process.

    Advice to Management

    Accept the reality that staff are smart, and stop viewing inner drive as a threat to your guaranteed employment.

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