Winrock International

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Winrock International Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
31 Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Little Rock, AR

    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
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  2.  

    Executive Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3.  

    Backstopper

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate in Arlington, VA

    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
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  5.  

    The Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The organizational culture is very friendly and collaborative. Employees are committed to and passionate about the work. The new leadership is infusing a more business-minded and more structured/operational approach to the business side of development work.

    Cons

    Staff who have been here a long time are sometimes committed to how things were done in the past vs. looking forward and understanding why we need to have more and improve operational standards and practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More resources to staff development and training, project management training, USAID rules and regulation training, cost principles, etc.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    So much better - keep up changes

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    Current Employee - Program Associate II  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Associate II in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    I think that people who like working at Winrock need to say so. Only people who are upset in a minute post here. There are a lot of good changes going on finally. The increased number of contracts is a good thing which means more work and more opportunities to contribute and travel. I like the new people and new focus on strategy . Nice people and enough resources to do the work.

    Cons

    History of complaining all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the systems. Keep doing what you are doing. May even need to change a few more senior managers who still act the old way of not sharing and letting their staff collaborate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people doing great work

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to do meaningful work. From top down, people are easy to work with. Great mission. Very inclusive with opportunities to participate in implementing projects but also to help with the organization's efforts with strategic planning, developing internal processes, etc.

    Cons

    Some internal turbulence with the growth period during the last few years but the turbulence is abating with the new senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is heading in the right direction. Focus on efforts that define Winrock as a unique organization above the rest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Winrock International - excellent place to work

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    Current Employee - Program Officer  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Diverse portfolio, opportunity for staff at all levels, flexibility, global focus, secure funding and nice office space. There is a lot of opportunity to work on proposal,s travel, work with staff in other countries and to learn new areas of focus. Winrock has grown a lot and is implementing new systems to support the needed changed as a result of the growth.

    Cons

    Need to build new systems faster. On the right track with strategic planning and operations reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sipped up change, promote equity. Some staff work a lot more than others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    organization on the move!

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Deep technical expertise, motivated and smart staff, energized and some new senior leadership, healthy balance sheet, flexible work schedules, solid benefits, wide range of program areas, flexibilty to perform and many opportunities to contribute. Fun place.

    Cons

    Processes are catching up with growth. Work life balance is good with some staff exercising more flexibility than others due to supervisors-HR needs to work on this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the changes. Keep involving the staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lifelong passion and commitment to the unique mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Winrock has a broad technical mission that includes everything from economic growth and production to empowerment. These can be applied broadly to accomplish important development and human objectives. If you can dream it, connect it to the mission, find the funding then you can do it!

    Cons

    Like any organization Winrock has developed layers of administrative processes and controls all aimed at compliance. This is important to insure all donors that $ is spent appropriately. Unfortunately this contributes to inefficiency and frustration in the implementation of programs. Things move too slow. Winrock has also been reluctant to embrace organizational change that allows us to refocus and promote career path in the organization particularly upward in management. However I sense this is changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prepare for a changing environment. Listen to lower and middle staff. The youngsters are incredibly gifted and focused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Wonderful place to work, solid colleagues, interesting work, minimal drama, high mutual respect.

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    Current Employee - Program Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Genuinely good people to spend your days around, little gossip, talented and dedicated colleagues, international travel for those on the programmatic side, beautiful office with lots of natural light.

    Cons

    Unclear what the advancement opportunities are. Individuals' experience seems to be linked directly to who they work under. Long(er) hours are the norm. Inefficient internal processes that needlessly slow things down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help the younger ambitious people see a path for advancement. Clear up needlessly inefficient internal processes.

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