National Women's Law Center – Washington, DC
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National Law – Albany, NY
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I worked at National Women's Law Center full-time
No glass ceiling here! I enjoyed working with so many capable and passionate women. I didn't find the atmosphere to be intimidating or catty, as can happen at nonprofits. Depending on your department there were plenty of opportunities for lower level staff to shine by contributing to projects and efforts in unique ways, beyond their job description.
Major discrepancies in pay scale for upper management versus everyone else. Moderate turnover, probably due to low pay and "establishment" staff in upper positions. Many directors have been there for decades, with little movement opportunity for lower staff in their areas. Once NWLC gets an expert who fits into the org culture, they keep her there. Sometimes this manifests in an unwillingness to move out ineffective or obstructive employees simply because they've been around awhile.
Advice to Management
Growth is hard and generational differences are obvious here. Give your younger staff a chance to excel up the ladder and trust that though they may have a different perspective, the Center will be better for it if they have more influence. The Center must change with the times. Pay them what they deserve instead of harboring such vast pay inequities, and improve work/life balance flexibility, and you'll be able to hold on to your talent better.