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Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dream job!
    Previous Senior Manager, Chapter Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Previous Senior Manager, Chapter Development
    Former Employee - Previous Senior Manager, Chapter Development

    I worked at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This organization provides endless growth and professional development opportunities! It has a flexible culture that encourages innovation and creativity. The staff trainings are fun, interactions with students/advisors are rewarding and the travel opportunities are great. There is a level of high accountability which accompanies phenomenal personal benefits such as awesome healthcare, 401k match options, salary growth, bonuses and much more! Overall, I was very impressed with NSCS and thoroughly enjoyed my tenure with this organization. It can truly be a great place to have your dream job!

    Cons

    Nscs definitely has an evolving environment; however this can be a good challenge and will keep your day to day busy! Change can be hard for some individuals but it's important to embrace it as you grow with this organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    NSCS: Fast-Paced and Solutions Oriented

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

    Pros

    NSCS is a results-driven organization and a very fast-paced place to work. Some may consider the pace to be too intense but I have always been up for the challenge! One of the things that I like best about NSCS is that the President and COO is very passionate and challenges employees to adopt a solutions-oriented mentality at all times. Here, it is all about being scrappy and focusing on solutions in order to fulfill our mission because our "Members Matter Most."

    I also really appreciate the level of autonomy and flexibility granted to employees. We have great benefits including the ability to work from home, unlimited sick days and a handful of vacation/holiday time off. There are also professional development opportunities for employees to take advantage of.

    Cons

    Some work days are longer than others, but that the nature of a mission-based non-profit organization. The rate at which new ideas are introduced can be overwhelming to some but ultimately it's exciting, especially when they are managed and executed properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as transparent as possible at all levels. Continue to develop trainings and workshops that help with the on-boarding process of new employees in order to help them become familiar and comfortable with the culture of NSCS and ultimately contribute to the organization with a greater understanding and feeling of purpose.

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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to work, provides employees with amazing opportunities

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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 The National Society of Collegiate Scholars full-time

    Pros

    NSCS is a very fast paced organization that gives its employees plenty of opportunities to thrive. The work environment is very flexible and employees are given a lot of responsibility which contributes to their professional growth & development. The CEO is great and is very accessible around the office, often talking to employees and looking for new ways to improve member experience. The President is great and she makes it a priority to get to know employees within the office, she contributes great ideas and is always looking for new ways to take the organization to the next level. NSCS benefits are great, and employees are given the benefit of working at home, traveling and engaging with members everyday. Overall positive work environment.

    Cons

    NSCS is very fast paced, you will either sink or swim but it is totally up to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep building positive relationships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to launch and craft your career.

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

    I worked at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    NSCS provides opportunities throughout the spectrum of your career. It's a wonderful place to get get your feet wet as an intern, submerge yourself in an entry-level position, or dive deeper as you grow to Management or Director-level positions. NSCS exists to highlight the efforts of hard-working students, so as a team member, you're able to go to work each day and play a unique part in elevating NSCS success stories from around the nation.

    NSCS supports its staff with an unbeatable benefits package: unlimited sick days, flexible vacation, free medical/dental/vision insurance, opportunities to travel, and a steady path for growth and professional development, among other benefits. The team has a lot of energy to help students, so if there's ever a better way you can fulfill that goal or ways to make the organization more efficient, your ideas are welcome and your initiative is noticed.

    Cons

    The organization thrives on big ideas, which occasionally means producing big results in a small amount of time. This ambition is certainly not a negative thing, but should be managed carefully. Simply understand your personal work ethic, ideal work environment and pace, and speak up when you need assistance. Your team is there to help!

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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits and given chance to quickly have flexibility/autonomy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars full-time

    Pros

    i had a good experience working with NSCS. The organization has a innovative culture under the leadership of the Founder/CEO. All levels of the organization are open and accessible.

    My experience with management was wonderful. The President/COO cares for employees, breeds innovation and has an open door policy. She challenges employees to exceed expectations and adapt to better serve the mission.

    I was empowered by my managers to enhance processes to achieve goals. I was encouraged to use my skill set to make an impact.

    I would recommend NSCS as I had a positive experience. I enjoyed coming to work as the environment was conducive for personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    Asked to cover numerous chapters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase staffing to limit chapter responsibilities

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    NSCS is what you make it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC

    I have been working at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars full-time

    Pros

    Unheard of flexibility. Ability to be judged on results not activity. Fantastic diversity - leadership reflects all types. Lots of women/women of color in high leadership positions. LGBT friendly. CEO and President both accessible/supportive. Innovative culture. Can create your own path/job. Mission focused. Commitment to members. Good location. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Hard to keep up if not constantly pushing/challenging yourself. Those that can't keep up can feel left out/ become resentful. Leadership expects a lot of you. Not necessarily "con" but if you just want to punch a clock or fly under the radar definitely not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep embracing diversity. Tune out the noise.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work for Professional Development

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

    I have been working at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, flexibility, benefits, and co-workers. Professional development opportunities include project management, public speaking, business travel, conference attendance and presentations, specialty certificates, tuition reimbursement for an advanced degree and job promotions. This is a place where can be very challenged but also feel like you're making a difference. Additionally, many employees here are young professionals who are very much invested in NSCS and its mission. They're super talented and passionate about the organization, which makes it exciting to come to work

    Cons

    Internal communication isn't always the best
    Many times you can feel overworked and underpaid
    Sometimes you're "thrown into the wolves"...very face paced
    Employees aren't comfortable going to HR with concerns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk, listen and work with your employees on different ideas regarding culture, best practices/policies, and what works best for members. Engaging team members in "final decisions" would help make the company more successful and everyone's job easier

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nonprofit that works like a corporate start up

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

    I have been working at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

    Pros

    Unbelievable benefits (for example: medical and dental, unlimited sick and personal days) , measured on results, promotion potential, open to new ideas from all staff members. The company promotes from within and provides a lot of opportunity for staff to take on big projects.

    NSCS has doubled in revenue since the President came on board which quadrupled scholarships for members and increases overall membership offerings

    Cons

    NSCS is very transparent and quantitatively based. If a staff member is not focused on results and meeting goals they can negatively impact the rest of the organization which causes other departments to pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to promote from within and continue transparency with processes and progress. The town hall meetings and open door policies are forthright and interesting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worthwhile Opportunity for Mission Driven Work

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

    I have been working at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to have "creative ideas" and develop and implement new programs with the support from upper management.
    Join a team that consist of driven, dedicated and personable colleagues who become lifelong friends.
    Invested interest from the top-down leadership to not only meet the ideals of the organization but also support staff in developing skills to meet demands of organization (first) and personal career goals (second).
    The organization is only as strong as its staff and there is a heavy presence of talented professionals.

    Cons

    Cons that haven't been utilized by staff to grow as an organization and staff member:
    Learning how to take advantage of balancing the flexibility of meeting goals and time management.
    Variance in how one owns the values of the organization and aligning these values with ones work responsibilities.
    Better communications (active listening) between staff and upper-leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an internal leadership platform (culture) for staff that exists over the stigma of "management."
    Utilize opportunities for problem-solving for not only benchmark attainment but also for strengthening internal processes and culture.
    Communication that includes active listening for both members and staff, is essential for sustaining a long-term vision for an ever innovative, growing organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Making a difference while working with excellent teams.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

    Pros

    -innovative ideas celebrated
    -staff that believes in the mission
    -everyday is different & fast-paced
    -your voice isn't inly accounted for, it's encouraged
    -excellent personal benefits
    -professional development touched on & encouraged

    Cons

    Many companies claim "fast-placed"-NSCS is truly allowed to do so. If you are not deadline driven or able to manage many different initiatives on a daily basis, this may not be a thriving environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NSCS is the most unique place I've ever worked. The staff is genuinely invested in the mission of serving the students, & each other. Working in Team-models, staff opinion matters-whether you're speaking with the president or the intern team. The ability to be creative is celebrated & innovation is always happening. And while we work hard, the benefits are incredible. NSCD values their mission & staff above all.

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