Partnership for Public Service

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Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Top notch Fellowship Program

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

    I worked at Partnership for Public Service as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great fellowship! You are held accountable and made a member of a team. Supervisors make sure to check in with their fellows every week, making sure their experience is going smoothly. There is also a high turnover rate, which means there can be a presented opportunity for fellows to work at The Partnership full-time. I've seen it happen!

    Cons

    Not too much to say here, really enjoyed my time with the organization. I would just say there is not much diversity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Looks good on the outside

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

    I worked at Partnership for Public Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice office, mostly stocked supplies, etc.
    Most co-workers are professional.
    Some teams/departments have incredible leaders, accomplish wonderful things, and allow employees to have new opportunities, unfortunately not the case for all departments. Awesome tuition/continuing education support.
    Sometimes you are able to have flexible work from home time.

    Cons

    Employees are consistently unsure of financial situation. Organization demonstrated they were spending more than they were acquiring.
    A few employees in powerful positions have been known to repeatedly demean, publicly yell at, and threaten others. The violators seem to be rewarded for the behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just listen to the intimidating employees, but make it a more respectful place for everyone to work. Cut unnecessary expenses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn about the nonprofit sector.

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

    I worked at Partnership for Public Service full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really passionate workforce. Given a lot of responsibility at a young age. Management is transparent about financials and reasons for certain decisions.

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to other DC nonprofits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    A people oriented, collaborative focused, teamwork driven company.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Partnership for Public Service full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People respect each other, work together, and celebrate each others' accomplishments. Wonderful supervisors. Professional development is valued. Nice office. It might be a non-profit, but it's run like a for-profit in that it's tight on working to deliver its mission, people have set responsibilities, leadership leads and doesn't wobble, it's in a prime location, and the office ambiance is professional. It's an open office concept which adds to the communal atmosphere and the CEO is extremely personable, respectful, and engaging.

    Cons

    Pay is low because it's a non-profit. Hours can be long because work is demanding and current budget restrictions don't allow for many new hires, promotions, or raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a consistent telework and flex time policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Experience for rising Seniors or Recent Graduates

    Former Employee - Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Partnership for Public Service as an intern

    Pros

    - High level of responsibility in the Fellows program
    - Interactions with employees at all levels
    - Interesting, dynamic, and exciting place to work

    Cons

    - Honestly can't think of any

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    Nurturing environment with ample opportunity for networking and growth, in and outside the company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Partnership for Public Service

    Pros

    The people are awesome and passionate about what they do. It's fulfilling work. The organization is dynamic and mission-focused. The atmosphere is positive and feedback is open, welcome and constructive. There's so much going on in so many different areas, you could never learn it all and you can never be bored or not have something to do!

    Cons

    It can be long hours when deadlines or events approach. Because it's non-profit, the compensation isn't as good as in for-profit, but that's to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to communicate and listen to your employees, whether or not they have all the information, they are invested in the success of the organization as you are and will be even more so the more involved they feel you're allowing them to be.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent internship experience in a very positive work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Service Fellow (Intern)  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Service Fellow (Intern) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Partnership for Public Service

    Pros

    The Partnership is listed in the Washington Monthly's annual "Great Places to Work" rankings, and it's easy to see why. One of their missions is to improve the federal workplace, so they try very hard to lead by example. Some key points that are particularly relevant for Fellows (the Partnership's term for interns):
    -The culture: it's a small nonprofit and there is very little pretension; everyone is on a first name basis with everyone else, even the VPs and the President/CEO, and the Partnership is very good about work/life balance
    -Substantive work: Fellows are given a wide variety of challenging and substantive assignments
    -Professional development opportunities: the Fellows program coordinators do a very good job of putting together activities such as brown bag lunches with organizational leaders and professional skills trainings (public speaking, interviewing, resume writing, etc.)
    -Networking opportunities: there are a lot of very interesting people on staff, and thanks to the small size and informal culture it is very easy to approach any of them to ask for career advice or help

    Overall, my time at the Partnership constituted by far my most positive internship experience.

    Cons

    The only real downside is the low compensation ($800/month for undergraduate Fellows and $1000/month for Fellows with a bachelor's degree). Of course, most DC internships are completely unpaid, so I can't really complain too much about this; something is better than nothing, and $800 or $1000 per month is usually enough to at least pay the rent.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    One of the best intern/fellowship experiences in D.C. and not just because it's paid

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Partnership for Public Service

    Pros

    Real responsibility, intelligent and forward-thinking people, opportunities to design your own projects and pursue them, minimal amount of busy work and almost no "getting coffee" type of work. Fun work atmosphere where fellows, senior VPs, and everyone in between mixed. Most professional and well-run nonprofit I ever worked for.

    Cons

    Cons are few and not especially damning: less flexible attitude toward undergraduate schedules and a bit of an Ivy League bias/snobbery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fellowship program strong. Many of my fellow fellows and I have gone on to preach the good works of the Partnership because of such excellent experiences there. Expand horizons beyond Beltway as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic company culture and people, too much work for the number employed though

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    Former Employee - Program Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Partnership for Public Service

    Pros

    The people, innovative and fun company culture, flexibility and input into strategic direction of the company

    Cons

    Low pay for junior staff, company stresses work/life balance, but everyone has too much on their plate and works long hours without additional compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough people to be able to provide true work/life balance to employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A GREAT place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Partnership for Public Service

    Pros

    A great mission is paramount here. In addition to that the people who work at the Partnership are talented and passionate individuals. Also, the organization is very well respected in the Federal Human Capital area. The work is engaging, important and interesting...not to mention free bagels and juice, professional development and great relationships with senior staff.

    Cons

    Pay is comensurate with non-profits, which is to be expected. But, the benefits are still strong. Some of the work could be more interdisciplinary, I guess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would encourage them to keep doing what they are doing, and push the staff to "stay hungry". With great success sometimes comes complacency.

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