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The Washington Center Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
16 Reviews
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Michael B. Smith, M.Ed.
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Washington Center

    Pros

    Very helpful, wonderful learning experience

    Cons

    Adjusting to the local area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Non-profit :)

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    Former Employee - Coordinator
    Former Employee - Coordinator

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The mission of the company is great and the good coworkers for the most part

    Cons

    Nonprofit pay, high turn over, leads to poor management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only work here if you have no options

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were good. There are some really great people that you may work around/with. Resume booster - you'll do a lot more than your job description would have you believe.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great. I guess it depends on who you are & who you know, though. You'll be worked to the bone and it's pretty much expected. Morale is super low because of that and many other reasons. Turn over is HIGH! Upper management is out of touch and doesn't really care how the employees are actually treated. You will be taken advantaged of and you WILL be worn down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every survey you've had employees fill out will tell you pretty much everything you need to know. Take it seriously. I'm sure that upper management knows the difference between right & wrong in their personal lives. Not sure that it translates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you can do something else, go there.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Washington Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible
    Young People
    Happy Hours
    Close to Metro

    Cons

    Low Pay
    High Stress
    No room for growth
    Tries to be a sales company but wages don't reflect that.
    Kind of a scam.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Launch your career, then get out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As any other understaffed nonprofit, you will gain valuable experience in an array of fields. The mission is great, the students can be rewarding, and there are professors, placement sites, and alumni that truly appreciate and value their experiences with TWC.

    Build your experience and really delve into the projects you are assigned to, and you'll have an awesome resume to impress your next employer.

    Cons

    Leadership starts at the top. With bloated salaries at the top and a feast or famine dichotomy between execs and core staff, morale continues to be an issue. Honest communication is lacking, and there is always a constant feeling of cloak and dagger discussions behind closed doors.

    Promotions seem to be given more for time served than hard work or intangibles, and usually only given when someone is at their breaking point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your subordinates and with each other. Take a very hard look at exec salaries (especially the president's) that are WAY out of range from the rest of the non-profit world with similar budgets.

    You have a great mission and program. Employees love the work, but often leave due to lack of compensation and growth potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good overall experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Washington Center

    Pros

    the staff was very welcoming and helpful. I felt like I was part of a team and not an outsider (as an consultant)

    Cons

    limited growth career wise as a consultant

    Recommends
  8.  

    Fantastic experience

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

    I have been working at The Washington Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best and most motivated young people I have ever met.

    Cons

    Most of the cons have to do with specific people there and don't apply to the organization as a whole. The upper management has some "leftovers" from days past that it needs to get rid of in order to move forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe the majority of you already know what needs to change. Time to clean house.

    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Repetive Work, Not a lot room for growing/Learning

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

    I have been working at The Washington Center full-time

    Pros

    Great Work Environment! Great and Friendly Staff! And great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive, there is no room for growth. You feel overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salaries, more career growth opportunities.

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

    Learned a lot, but lots of in-fighting happening here

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I loved the work. Tons of customer service, learned a lot about working on the job, was trained in several new (and highly in demand, although I didn't know it at the time) software programs like Salesforce

    Cons

    The President of the company told me in my interview that I would either be promoted by my second year or I would be asked to leave with a very nice reference if I had done a good job. That made me think that I should start making contingency plans, and I was already picturing leaving as I got settled. It does seem that a really high amount of turnover happens with staff who have been there for just about 2 years. I kept a tally-- over the 2 years I worked there, approximately 30 staff left (their positions were filled by new staff). That's a little less than half of the total staff members in the building.

    Also, incredible tension between departments. Lots of bickering about whose fault is what.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great first job

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at The Washington Center as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with a lot of young professionals which makes it a fun and challenging work environment

    Cons

    Was not hired permanently beyond my contract role

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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