TechnoServe
3.8 of 5 12 reviews
www.technoserve.org Washington, DC 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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Bruce McNamer

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88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Difficult, but was very rewarding

    Human Resources Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe people who work there, and the people TechnoServe helps are amazing. I loved the vision, mission, and values. Also, great benefts.

    ConsThe culture is to work long and hard hours, but most entry and midlevels positions don't receive high enough compensation. Of course, this is often the case in non-profts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be helpful if upper management tried to be more in touch with their subordinates.

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

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    TechnoServe does have the best solution for poverty

    Director of Major Gifts (Former Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsIt's the right model to make a lasting difference in the developing world

    ConsGovernment funding impacts how/where they work

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsMission - TechnoServe helps entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth for their families, their communities and their countries. echnoServe founded by Connecticut businessman Ed Bullard. After volunteering at a hospital in Ghana, Bullard was inspired to start an organization helping hardworking rural people harness the power of private enterprise to lift themselves out of poverty. Climbing out of poverty in the developing world takes more than hard work; it takes economic opportunities. Entrepreneurs create these opportunities by identifying and capitalizing on good business ideas. TechnoServe helps them turn their visions into reality.

    ConsTough to move up in organization without advanced degree from top 10 school.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNA

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    educative

    Business Advisor (Current Employee)
    Kampala (Uganda)

    Prosproviding business solutions to poverty

    Consproviding a working model to alleviating poverty

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with the good work

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

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    Great experience as jumping stone between consulting and business school

    Volunteer Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsVery interesting project in interesting location. Very good set-up and understanding of what a post-strategy consultant can add and provide to projects.

    ConsProjects much longer-term often than the time spent on-the-ground so didn't totally 'see it through' to the end.

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

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    Fabulous on-ground experience if one is interested in international development

    Volunteer Consultant (Former Employee)
    Mumbai (India)

    Pros1. Meaningful responsibilities and significant autonomy as a Volunteer Consultant
    2. Great feeder organization to top MBA programs
    3. Amazing network in management consulting, banking, and international development

    Cons1. Limited guidance and formal mentorship
    2. Lifestyle can be difficult, although this depends on the projects you take on and your level of responsibility.
    3. Not a great paymaster (but you should be okay with this if you are interested in international development long-term)

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great potential completely wasted

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsIncredible mandate and experience, young and knowledgeable teams, global reach with local impact.

    ConsIncredibly poor management and internal systems. Complete lack of strategy and with little attention to impact. It feels like everything is done to chase funding. Senior country management doesnt seem to see the value of working towards common goals across all the country programs. Thats fine on an individual basis but is really damaging for TNS as a whole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCountry teams need to be independent but need to work towards common goals. M&E cant be ignored, if for no other reason than that it gives you credibility when fund raising.

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

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    Great impact, little disorganised within office

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeing part of a global organisation brings insights into great projects across the world.

    ConsLevels of internal organisation and project management in country offices vary greatly and can be frustrating at times.

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    A wonderful way to give back!

    Volunteer Consultant (Former Employee)
    Arusha (Tanzania)

    ProsBrillant people making a difference
    A real opportunity to change lives in a developing country at a young age (meaningful careers in non-profits can take years to get)
    A wonderful resume builder

    ConsThe typical challenge of working in a developing country...things move slow and it can be hard to motivate people to move quickly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good employer where everyone's opinion counts

    Associate Business Advisor (Former Employee)
    Nairobi (Kenya)

    Pros- Good salary
    - Teamwork amongst workmates
    - Equality
    - Frequent evaluations

    Cons- No motivational procedures
    - Stagnant career progression
    - Minimal interaction from senior management
    - lack of equality - all depends on who brought you in

    Advice to Senior Management- Come up with policies and incentives to motivate employees more
    - HR to be more proactive in career progression of the employees
    - More interaction from the senior management and the junior staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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