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SHRM Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
56 Reviews
2.6
56 Reviews
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SHRM President and CEO Henry G. Jackson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The office promotes work/ life balance, and the headquarters is located right near the King Street metro stop and ramps to 495 (in 5 reviews)

  • Culture is quite friendly and informal plus new-age work place with flexible work hours and a lot of freedom to be yourself (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Below the level of director, salary ranges are pegged to market (in 3 reviews)

  • The answer you will most commonly hear at SHRM is that "this is the way it's always been done (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    used to be a better place

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

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    good location, nice buildings good area

    Cons

    leadership losing focus unsure of direction

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits but lack of collaboration affects ability to create best work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work environment, experience depends on direct manager.

    Cons

    Ability for upward mobility limited. Competitive environment stifles ability to collaborate across departments; So much concern about who will get who will get "credit" or get "revenue" for projects that collaboration is hindered. In an effort to motivate, senior leadership often pits department leaders against each other thus leading to this "competitive" atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage collaboration by example. Focus on meeting the needs of members instead of making every decision about revenue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company...But some managers and execs are being paid big dollars to be subpar

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

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    Benefits package, travel to conferences, the employees are the life blood

    Cons

    member care department lacked clear management direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart, morals and principles

    Recommends
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Slowly declining

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

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great benefits, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Slowly becoming a poorly managed organization. Some Senior Management Team Members (including HR leaders) lack leadership skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the HR association. Your slogan is Leading People... Leading Organizations... Follow your own advise! Lead effectively within SHRM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful company that treats its employees great.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    SHRM provides opportunity to become involved with strategic initiatives and objectives through a flat organization that allows easy access to senior management.

    Cons

    No clear career path to management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Gaining Excellent Experience Working Amongst Talented, Driven Staff...But Management Lacks Vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SHRM full-time

    Pros

    I am gaining excellent experience while working alongside other talented and driven professionals. SHRM has good work/life balance and leadership within my department is supportive, highly capable, and truly advocates for staff. Most people in the office are very friendly and it is enjoyable to come to work each day.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than market average for my field. SHRM tends to focus a lot on benefits but salaries are certainly lower than they would be at a for-profit. Not many opportunities for promotion. There is a lot of variation in the level of competence and engagement by department. While certain departments seem to employ the best-of-the-best and other departments seem to be places for people to hide for years and do the bare minimum. This can make cross-department work challenging. SHRM is very resistant to change. It is close to impossible to introduce new ways of doing things or change the status quo in any way. It can take the wind out of your sails to attempt to innovate...especially as a new employee. It can be hard to get the resources that you need (e.g. software, staff, etc.) and financial management seems pennywise pound foolish. Lack of transparency with regard to senior management's decisions. Recent layoffs were conducted in a way that has affected morale (e.g. lack of communication about layoffs, employees escorted immediately from building).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a strong, strategic vision for where SHRM is headed in the future. Clarify what SHRM's mission is and more effectively align resources to continue to move SHRM forward. Encourage innovation and reward calculated risk taking. Focus on how we can better serve the member by truly investing in enhancing member resources. Increase transparency and communication with junior staff regarding how decisions are made. Austerity measures and the way recent layoffs were conducted seem to send the message that SHRM is not as financially stable as we have been told.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good growth experience with mostly excellent people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager In Marketing in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Manager In Marketing in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at SHRM

    Pros

    Treated with respect and work valued.

    Cons

    Short term objectives emphasized. Top management is conservative and reluctant to try new approaches to meeting the needs of the members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less concerned about getting your bonus and more concerned about the major changes taking place with the role of HR globally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful place to work

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at SHRM as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back work environment, unheard of benefits package, great pay.

    Cons

    I'm only a contractor so no access to said benefits

  10.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    Most people are nice. Building is kept up.

    Cons

    Some people are a little nutty and pay is mediocre. No advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should be more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Transparency -- and Respect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SHRM

    Pros

    Competitive pay for staff (and well-above-average for executives, who also receive generous bonuses and other executive perks); solid work/life benefits. Metro-accessible.

    Cons

    Poor executive management that has become much worse over past two years. As others, overwhelmingly, have noted (please scroll down and read them), the decision to end all training and support services for HRCI certifications and instead to promote new SHRM certifications has created great financial uncertainty, including December 2014 layoffs. It has also made worse the lack of transparency and bad communications that plague SHRM, and show a lack of respect toward staff. One example: All through 2014 at monthly all-staff meetings, executives would go through the "balance scorecard" and show how goals were being met (or not), and how that would affect year-end bonuses. At Jan. 2015, when they would usually go through the scorecard and show whether 2014 goals were fulfilled and thus what bonus percentages would be, silence -- no discussion of goal achievement or bonuses.

    Worse, no discussion of why there was no discussion. The assumption is that execs are waiting to see first quarter 2015 revenue and will then decide if bonuses can be given, regardless of the scorecard, but why not tell staff that?

    And the noisy, badly lit cubicle-farm workspace also is a long-term sign of lack of respect -- directors and above get window offices. Years of complaints about lower productivity due to noise and interruptions and lack of privacy for conversations due to cubicles (as opposed to internal offices with doors, which would be possible and are what most organizations provide to mid-level professionals) mean nothing -- if staff doesn't like it, move along, you are expendable and are easily replaced -- cogs in cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try telling the truth -- we can handle it. Stop the pep-rally rah-rah cheers at the monthly "star coffee" meetings - we are not children and this is not high school. And at long last, begin shifting to internal offices with doors for mid-level professionals. You can do it, if you care. It really does hurt SHRM when we leave for organizations that provide a more respectful workspace. SHRM's value is not limited to its executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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