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Updated May 18, 2014

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1.9 14 reviews

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Marty Saggese

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15% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Job with Right Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSfN hires very smart, hardworking people and the mission is very motivating

    ConsI agree with most of the statements about the micromanagement and top-down leadership style, however some directors have been able to move past this. It's unfortunate that there is generally a lack of trust and empowerment for staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about retaining and keeping workers happy -- there seems to be a general idea that people are leaving because they don't stay in jobs for 20 years and not because of the work environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great coworkers, poor management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, good coworkers, nice office, good hours

    ConsVery little room for advancement, micromanagement, little respect for workers' expertise and professional opinions, very little professional development, meaningless annual review process, low salaries, rigid adherence to hierarchical structure regardless of an individual worker's talents.

    One illustrative example: in the space of 12 months, there was upwards of 40% turnover and yet the underlying issues were never addressed. This makes employees feel replaceable and unvalued.

    In addition, many people in upper management have a knack for turning what are supposed to be ways of showing their appreciation into just another reminder of how little you are valued as an employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA company can have low salary and be a great place to work OR high salary and be a poor place to work. SfN currently has low salary and is a poor place to work.

    If you want to improve morale, start respecting workers' professional expertise and ask people what they need from you (instead of assuming what the issues are) and respect them enough to believe what they are saying.

    In addition, add a way for employees to provide feedback on their superiors (you might be surprised at what you learn, good and bad) and then believe what they say. Most of the discontent is not just "sour grapes"--it comes from a genuine desire to feel appreciated and respected as a human being and as a professional.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Is SfN a Good Place to Work?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe offices are very nice, if compartmentalized. The location can't be beat, especially its nearness to the Metro, which I use often. The benefits are tops.

    ConsBefore accepting a job at SfN, consider the comments on this page. Some people do well at SfN, but a lot of people do not. Even if you survive the six-month review, the oppressiveness of the micro-management of senior staff and middle management makes each day going to work painful. You will be more likely to be yelled at and threatened with being fired for not setting the margins of a memo correctly than you will be praised for any good you do.

    If you value job satisfaction and a feeling that your efforts matter, not to mention a sense of well being, turn down the SfN job offer and look elsewhere. If you accept and you want to survive past the six-month mark, remember not to question anything or bring up new ideas. Just do what you're told to do, exactly how you are told to do it, and nothing more. Keep in mind, though, even if you think that you've done everything right, you still might be fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour environmentally friendly offices and nice benefits hide a culture of fear and intimidation. People should look forward to coming to work each morning and not dread walking into the building. Relax. Your staff does important work and each and every one of them wants to succeed. Find ways to let them succeed, and trust them. Don't blame others. Look first at what you are doing wrong.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Top-Heavy Organizational Structure

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, nice office, convenient location

    ConsLow salaries for area, excessive micromanagement style, top-heavy organizational structure

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    Good people, poor management

    Coordinator (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood benefits and perks. Nice, smart, hardworking coworkers.

    ConsThe management here is extremely top-down. Everyone is afraid to make a single move without approval from several different people. I found it extremely complicated to be an employee here because I was not trusted to do the most simple tasks, but also was expected to be creative and innovative. It's like they read a book on how to manage people and decided to do the exact opposite.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour extreme micro-managing slows down the work flow and your barely-disguised contempt of employees is harmful to morale. Loosen the reins. Nitpicking everything to death does not improve the end product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work and grow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI have really enjoyed my time at SfN, and look forward to many more years. The staff are fantastic, and the organization creates a real sense of team work. Lots of opportunities to move around and up.

    ConsEnvironment is fast-paced and demanding, so if that doesn't appeal, this isn't the right place for you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Apply somewhere else

    Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood benefits package, despite low salary. They do promote a good work/life balance.

    Cons30-40% turnover rate amongst regular level employees due to a downward spiral of senior level management style and a lackluster attitude of contempt amongst regular employees. Senior level managers are micro managers and its very hard to get actual work done. High turnover leads to lack of continuity in work flow and frustration. Some senior level managers are insecure and refuse to see their own flaws leading to the problems in this organization's environment. Additionally, too much behind-closed-doors style management and decision making. All in all, there is an "us and them" attitude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRoot out the problems you have amongst yourselves and the organization will improve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Coordinator (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat benefits, vacation time, etc.

    ConsCoordinators basically have the job of "managing" their bosses. You have no autonomy working for this place; everyone is a puppet. There are always rumors circulating about how senior staff wants to keep associates down, refusing to promote anyone or give them pay increases.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees more and let them use their brains, they might stick around longer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Favoritism, bureaucracy, staff overworked...

    Department Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood location, nice people, comfortable hours

    ConsSenior management doesn't care how much you work, how much you do, how late you stay. Big turnaround, people are always looking lo leave, you won't move up if you don't kiss some large behinds. There are couple of those LARGE behinds which decide the fate of the company and I've seen people who kissed up but weren't qualified got promoted or even got positions created for them. New thing there - delegation of all senior manager's or director's duties down to their subordinates. Now regular staff even more overworked and performing jobs out of their job description without a raise or bonus ever, so the directors can have more time shopping for baby clothes or downloading music. If not for stale, old management, the company could do so much better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the old concervative director and his stale possy. Seems that they don't care about the direction or the progress of the company. What have changed in the past 5 years? Nothing. It's time to refresh, renew, hire young, ambitious minds, give it a push. It's time to change the oil in this old vehicle and give it an ovehaul.... it needs some new fresh ideas, otherwise it will welt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Needs a lot of work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsDecent benefits package and nice office.

    ConsTurnover is a huge problem at SfN and Directors have no interest in fixing what’s wrong. It’s common knowledge among Staff that they are seen as easily replaceable and not worth investing in. Salaries are non-negotiable and overtime is not only expected, but necessary in order to keep up with the exorbitant workloads. Micromanaging is also an issue for SfN. Even Directors are micromanaged. It’s not uncommon to have your work edited by not only your department head, but every department head, numerous times and to the point that they’re editing their own work. It’s a common feeing among staff that it’s not worth getting work done early because that only results in more rounds of edits. This combined with a false sense of career advancement and lack of work-life balance (in most departments, not all) makes the morale at SfN quite poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFear does not breed respect. Identify the cause of the high turnover rate and fix the issue instead of placing blame on those that leave. You have lost some amazing employees and will continue to do so until you admit there’s a problem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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