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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
38 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Catching up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Senior Program Officer in Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Winrock International

    Pros

    Winrock is finally making changes in response to the market. Nothing had changed. Now there is a lot of change fast. We asked for change and now it is here. No staff were let go in this round though some people left. If you can't work here then iit is right to go. They are now opening a new center in Arkansas and had some jobs that had to be in LR. Change takes time and I think it is overdue. SMT keep it up . Good to be listening to staff more and being professional

    Cons

    Need staff training. When are jobs going to be advertised? $$$ still seem to be ok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more training for staff. Stay the course. Don't worry about glass door as much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change is Overdue

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Staff in Crystal City, VA
    Current Employee - Program Staff in Crystal City, VA

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Flexible schedule for some of us
    Office close to metro

    Cons

    Disjointed strategy
    Autocratic executives
    Lack of trust and credibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your office and meet some staff and listen instead of lecture.
    Stop playing favorites and making excuses.
    Stop laying poeople off before holidays.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had it's good days and it's bad days

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

    I worked at Winrock International

    Pros

    The people that actually do the work are hard working, dedicated and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Sr Mgmt is totally clueless, it is just a game to leave their mark on the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and let people who understand international work run the show

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Transition but still a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on many different tasks, good colleagues, good salary and benefits, improving systems, friendly environment, Fridays off sometimes, fun Halloween and Thanksgiving shows morale going the right direction. I don't know when changes will be over but think new staff so far are good. They are trying to create career paths.

    Cons

    Changes mean staff reorganized and some staff are being made redundant. This is sad. It is hard to know what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell us the plans. What is happening to programs? Other NGOs are also laying off so it is hard to know what to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    NEW BELTWAY BANDIT

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

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I joined Winrock years ago because I believed in the mission and I trusted the senior leadership. I also admired the legacy of the Founder and how the past leadership worked hard to create a positive working environment. While there was always room for improvement, there was always a basic level of trust and commitment from staff that made Winrock unique and not the typical Beltway Bandit.

    The Pro is that I've found Winrock benefits better than most.

    Cons

    The Con is that I find it truely sad Winrock just become another BELTWAY Bandit when it laid off a bunch of experienced junior staff and kept building office space for more new Bosses in the DC Office. Laying off and forcing a bunch of experienced staff to leave so we can hire new Bosses, consultant buddies, and hold Board meetings at lavish locations - REALLY - THINK WE DON"T NOTICE?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some new bosses that have actually been successfull a the executive level leading an internatinoal development company.

    Hire Board members who can see through smoke and know what is needed to lead an international development company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    BIG TRANSITION

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Director in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Winrock International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The last 7 years were very exciting with Winrock doubling in size with growth in all three program groups. Winrock gives staff 10% for pension and vests after one year. Life insurance is 3x salary. All staff get 4 weeks vacation after 2 years and the work schedule for US staff gives you every other Friday off because the normal work day is 9 hours. The Little Rock office is the HQ and has about 75 staff while the other office is in Crystal City with about 75 staff. Most of the Little Rock staff are long-term and truly care about the mission of helping others help themselves. Medical benefits are also very generous and the monthly cost is based on your salary so the higher paid staff pay more. Lastly, the people working in the field and dedication of US staff to support them is great.

    Cons

    As a guy who spent 20+ years with large "for profits", I was as attracted to Winrock by the fact the prior CEO and COO wanted to run Winrock like a for-profit but keep its unique values and culture. They were successful and doubled the size of Winrock and then retired. The new CEO of 16 months never ran a company but did a great job of listening to staff and making everyone feel comfortable. Since his background is in marketing and communication consulting, he brought in a several consulting companies to help create a strategy and strengthen project management. I've been through these exercises many times before and my main concern was the lack of transparency, time lines and details. From a distance it looks ok but when you get closer ask what was actually accomplished and how is the organization actually performing, it gets kind of iffy. Right now the organization is kind "Chilled" and many staff are in a wait and see mode.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My concern is that there has been a lot of talk and money spent on consultants but nothing has really impacted the staff. For example, another INGO I know started the change process at the same time as Winrock and they have already created and are almost done training their staff in a "project management certification" tailored to their company. They also tend to tap the resources from within the company before they hire consultants. My advice is to hire a Sr. Program VP or COO who has successfully led a large Development INGO for more than 5 years. They will know how to standarize processes and create a career path for young staff that allows them to cross program silos.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent learning experience . Love the overall mission of this organization.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Winrock International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great work environment, great co-workers, family oriented

    Cons

    Low pay, little room for career advancement, poor training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company in the Past - not sure about Future

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

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and most supervisors are very supportive of work/life balance. Almost every employee is on a schedule where you get every other Friday off so you have a long weekend. Lots of long term employees who really care about the people they serve. Offices are very open and company is committed to being "green".

    Cons

    Not much training or opportunity to advance. Not really a con but I'm not sure what the new CEO who was hired over a year ago plans to do. He was a communication consultant in the past and had never been a CEO before. He has brought in a bunch of consultants and we've completed a bunch of surveys. He is a very good talker and seems nice but we don't see many specifics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most people won't say it but we feel like we are on a train in a tunnel and we don't know who is driving (consultants or ?), don't know what track we are on, and don't know if the light is another train or the promised land.

    I'll be patient but I don't want to be in the engine.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Backstopper

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, travel opportunities, ability to apply my skills, learn from others. I like that I can talk to my peers and go to external meetings.

    Cons

    Workload is different depending on your project and how strong the field is. Also the different groups sometimes get in the way of what is best for our field staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help program managers more. Make the changes deeper. Share information so we can help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Assistant

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

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The organization continues to support, provide natural resources and assist the disadvantage in over 60 other countries across the world. In addition to the work we do in those countries, we also have a stellar health insurance package and other benefits that allow employees to prepare for their future. In some cases, employees have the option of telecommuting and/or flexible working hours. The office culture is different from what I'm use to, however I am still learning about what we do and the people I work with.

    Cons

    Currently have no cons --- I love my job. I have only been here a little over a year and I couldn't have asked to be apart of a better organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate effectively across the board. Continue to promote within. Provide support to staff and training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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