TechAmerica

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TechAmerica Reviews

Updated June 29, 2014
Updated June 29, 2014
15 Reviews
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TechAmerica President & CEO Shawn Osborne
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  1.  

    very eye-opening experience that helps you figure out what exactly goes on in DC

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at TechAmerica as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Staff is very nice and laid back
    You are able to take part in actual work
    You NEVER make coffee!

    Cons

    the office is so cold
    Other than the temperature, there really wasn't much to complain about!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good internship program that allowed for a great amount of hands-on activity!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern: No relevance, no big ideas, nothing interesting from the top down

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

    I worked at TechAmerica as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn more about the industry and the basics of policymaking in DC; friendly people; good central location

    Cons

    No opportunities to be a part of meaningful discussions or meet big players, either on Capitol Hill or in the industry; interns kept at arms length and tasked with meaningless work; a few seriously incompetent/strange top staff; small spaces, tight cubicles; no office culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop real office culture that promotes good relationships and breaks up the feeling of being an office drone. Value interns by giving them real opportunities to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    CEO that ruined TechAmerica is FINALLY gone! Two years too late!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at TechAmerica (more than an year)

    Pros

    I joined this organization because I believed in it's mission and what management presented to me as fact. I was told two years ago that TechAmerica was sound financially, was the leading tech policy group in the country, and was greatly respected within the industry. This ALL turned out to be completely false.

    Cons

    I have been in the workforce for only 8 years since graduating college, but I have never experienced a company (directly or indirectly) that was more poorly managed. The CEO, Shawn Osborne, was the worst executive and leader imaginable. He had absolutely no clue whatsoever on how to treat employees or members, and completely ruined any chance of TechAmerica surviving. He lost most of our top members and staff because of his poor leadership, lack of vision and experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, TechAmerica is essentially dead. CompTIA, a great organization, although greatly lacking in the "policy clout" arena from what I'm told, has acquired the few remaining staff. Much like any acquisition that retains the name of the acquired, any semblance of the TechAmerica will soon disappear. It's incredibly unfortunate that the board of TechAmerica let a once strong and respected organization fail by not only hiring the wrong leader, but by keeping him employed when he clearly and systematically destroyed the org. Someone should be held accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Member Relations Analyst

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    Former Employee - Member Relations Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Member Relations Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at TechAmerica part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People there were fun to work with, interns were from around the country, great interaction. They always have work to do for interns (I was an intern)

    Cons

    When I was there, there were many layoffs and most of interns were hired to do work people were laid off for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Layoff people who don't contribute to your company and have a strategic approach to do things at your association

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Loyal and staying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TechAmerica full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic career opportunities, collaborative atmosphere, appreciation of staff contributions, exposure to executives, member companies, agency and government officials and an extremely smart group of colleagues.

    Cons

    Hours can be long during busy times, traffic isn't always cooperative, one or two miserable/disgruntled employees who spend more time slithering in the grass, writing multiple negative reviews on this and other sites than they do trying to be on board and part of the solution. If you're so unhappy you should leave amicably and not try to contaminate those that actually like where they work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused and moving the company forward. The vision is a good one.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very sad time for Techamerica

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TechAmerica full-time

    Pros

    Techamerica was once the most powerful tech advocacy group in the country. They once employed a talented group of committed staff and claimed a membership in the thousands.

    Cons

    Today Techamerica represents an estimated 250 members, and according to recent press they continued to decline in membership, revenue and staff. It's also extremely sad when the only people saying goods things about an organization are interns. Over the past two years management has terminated, or pushed out, all key employees and treated remaining staff like dirt. Not to mention the well publicized legal issues facing the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At what point does the board realize that they have have made the wrong decision with the current management of this organization? If it's not already completely evident, you need to replace your CEO immediately, although most believe it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Needs to Change Course Immediately

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

    I worked at TechAmerica full-time

    Pros

    Great issues. Used to be a great organization and have some of the best and brightest tech association employees. Dwindling resources are causing an issue. The Association has great internships that allow hands on experiences for college students. Unfortunately, they have to rely on the interns because Management is not adequately staffing the association.

    Cons

    Sadly, new management has driven the Association into the ground. Management Is constantly downsizing and not replacing people. Good quality employees are leaving. The have not replaced senior management that left and there is little reason to believe they will do it anytime soon. Management is not helpful with driving policy issues or developing key relationships to drive the Association forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what you don't know and rely on those that do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Best Internship Ever

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at TechAmerica as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Real Work Experience
    - Supervisors Really Care About my Career Development
    - Networking Oppurtunities

    Cons

    - Management is sometimes too busy and forgets to get back to Interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything was great. Keep up the Good Work !!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a typical D.C. internship!

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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 TechAmerica as an intern

    Pros

    Interns are given a lot of responsibility and are able to explore issues in-depth. There are so many opportunities to get involved and meet new people therefore, it's a great place to start building a professional network.

    Cons

    Supervisors have a lot on their plate and managing one or more interns did not always seem like an easy feat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more qualified employees so current employees can have a normal workload, a better grasp of their issues and provide better service to members.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sad collapse of an organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TechAmerica full-time

    Pros

    Interesting members and policy positions

    Cons

    No clear vision. Keeps letting staff go and then hiring other staff with less experience. Basically a few key staff with unpaid interns. Members are leaving and come committees are floundering without staff assistance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Give staff respect and keep promises. Replace upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend

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