Social Impact

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Social Impact Reviews

Updated December 28, 2014
Updated December 28, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people, long hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social Impact

    Pros

    The people at SI were excellent to work with. The company itself had a small business feel despite rapid growth. For example, there was an unofficial open door policy that included the CEO and senior management. It was also relatively easy to switch departments or try new project types.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was poor and staff went to extremes to meet deadlines. Most employees were issued laptops and continued working at night or over weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee training and work/life balance.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, sometimes frustrating organization

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

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time

    Pros

    The people at Social Impact are generally incredibly hard working and smart. They are very dedicated to their work, and this can create a really dynamic and energetic environment. These folks really want to save the world and it's great to feel that in the company culture. They are also very nice and welcoming--this was a small company which grew very quickly. This probably explains the close-knit vibe that remains. Employees hang out socially at great weekly happy hours and other events and are often very close.

    Cons

    The same things that make it good are sometimes frustrating. Very young company, so there is pressure for you to be willing to work late hours and over the weekends.The nature of the work is very time constrained, so it can be very stressful. Also, despite constant promises of professional development and clear advancement tracks for the junior staff, it can be very tough to actually get recognition for the hard work that goes into the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More follow through on professional development, enforce better work-life balance and pay more attention to the junior staff than you do to senior staff. Junior staff generally work longer hours and could benefit from your appreciation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great for International Development or Peace Graduate Students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Management Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Program Management Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Social Impact full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Given that their program assistants, associates, and managers worked an incredible amount of hours, interns were given huge responsibilities. So we learned a lot and got to leave while permanent employees were stuck with their contracts late into the night. It was a young office, so they got away with it. If everyone was in their 40s, they would have had to pay significantly more. Great contracts to build contacts in the international development field.

    Cons

    There's an obvious in-crowd--you know normal office politics. Every single employee seemed overworked and unhappy with work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure contract bids that better reflect hours necessary to complete the work.You'll reduce turnover and keep better employees in the long run. This will help you win contracts fair and square.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tough to break through from intern/temp to permanent staff

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

    I worked at Social Impact as an intern

    Pros

    1) Great opportunities to learn more about development
    2) Open-door policy
    3) Brown-bag lunches
    4) Nice location
    5) Collegial work environment

    Cons

    1) Interns are mostly used for administrative work and report formatting
    2) No transparent hiring system in place
    3) Overworked junior staff
    4) Limited upward mobility
    5) Interns are basically being used as temporary employees without being given preferential treatment for entry-level positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Different treatment of interns and junior-level employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    "Passionate Staff, Truly Awful Management"

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

    I worked at Social Impact

    Pros

    Passion, energy, really important work. Will reward high performers with promotions and more opportunities.I laughed so much at work, although not always for good reasons.

    Cons

    Chronic mismanagement and inability to learn from past mistakes. Major generational gaps between the true workforce and the management that just blabbers on day after day. Also, ZERO training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the accounting department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty Good

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

    I have been working at Social Impact

    Pros

    -Everyone's really nice
    -Paid Internship
    -Good resources

    Cons

    -There needs to be more professional development and training inititatives for staff

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Opportunities, but at a cost

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

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time

    Pros

    - Great exposure to the field without being siloed
    - Strong personal relationships and work atmosphere
    - Never boring
    - Well-intentioned staff and management
    - Opportunities to participate in field work

    Cons

    - Junior and mid-level staff are over-worked and often have poor work-life balance
    - Growth and a few poor hiring decisions have put pressure on mid-level staff to make up for others' lack of billability and the lack of adequate financial and supervisory support
    - Reorganization has given less emphasis to strong mentor/supervisor relationships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Recognize and incentivize strong performance and be willing to fire even senior-level employees who do not perform
    - Put more emphasis on professional development, mentorship, and strong supervisor/employee relationships
    - Act on what is often talked about. Ask junior and mid-level staff for ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fast paced and engaging

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

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is fast paced, and the work is highly engaging. The people are friendly and supportive. You will never be bored.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication between departments that can make organization a bit of a challenge. They grew rapidly and are playing a little catch up trying to organize the new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a better method of intra-office communication.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag for junior to mid-level staff

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

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time

    Pros

    Competitive starting compensation for people with a master’s degree relative to other firms like Chemonics
    Good exposure to project management, including budgets, contracts, supervising consultants, and client communications

    Cons

    Senior staff either tends to micromanage or be totally absent
    Few mentoring or professional development opportunities because the firm focuses on winning contracts
    Limited technical work or technical discussions
    Unclear job advancement path
    Poor work-life balance. 60+ hour work weeks are typical, including working on vacations, holidays, and weekends, which is expected by senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve capabilities of senior management or risk losing less senior staff
    Increase transparency in how people are assigned to projects
    Hire more staff to prevent burnout

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Does not screen applicants' qualifications well for positions

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Social Impact

    Pros

    I think this company generally does quality work in the development and impact evaluation field, and is well-respected by donors.

    Cons

    The company is growing very quickly, and they seem eager to place people in positions for lucrative government contracts. As a result, people end up placed in positions that are not a good fit for their qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build on experienced human resources staff, and do not place employees in positions they will be unhappy with.

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