I have been working at National Education Association (More than a year)
Good work, strong staff union, very flexible with working hours and understanding about family need, generous pay and benefits including broad professional development opportunities.
Sometimes can be overly bureaucratic. Some managers communicate poorly with subordinates.
The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at National Education Association (Washington, DC) in December 2015.
I was contacted via email by a recruiter in late November. There was no phone interview and I was told I would be provided a date for an in-person interview. When a week went by with no communication, I followed-up and was apologized to and was told to wait a couple more days. This happened again and after another follow-up email, I finally received the interview date. This was about two weeks after I was originally told to expect it.
The first interview involved a panel. However, prior to the interview, I was not informed about this even though I inquired about it so that I could provide sufficient copies of my portfolio material. The interview went well and I was walked down to the front entrance for my departure. During that time I was interestingly asked about my ethnicity (a big no-no from a policy standpoint regardless of the setting as I was still being considered for the position). Nevertheless, I was informed that I would be contacted with a decision a couple days later. I wasn't contacted by the time I was told so I reached out by email and a couple days later I was informed that I was invited back for a second interview.
The second interview was with a larger but different panel with no one from the original group which I found interesting. All went well but at the end I was informed in front of everyone that additional time was needed before a decision could be made so that they could interview other candidates. I was specifically told I would be contacted either way (keep this in mind for later). No specific time frame was given which I found odd and this time I was not walked out to the elevator or the front entrance which puzzled me (though it was a different person).
In comparison, the mood for both interviews was somewhat somber. At first, I thought this was an intentional style of interviewing but in hindsight it may have been more of the normal working environment. There were very few smiles or positive experiences shared about the organization. I was also surprised that no one asked me at any time what I knew about the organization as I had spent several days learning about its various initiatives. I would have thought this would be an important part of the decision making process.
After waiting four weeks with no follow-up information after my second interview, I emailed the lead person I interviewed with and was apologized to (an interesting pattern by this point). I was told that a decision would be made by the end of the week and I was also told that the interview panel was very impressed with me. When I received no response by the end of the week, I followed up and this time someone else from hiring responded. They asked me to wait an additional week for a final decision. When I received no response a week later, I followed up and received no response. When I waited one additional week and received no response again, I knew this was going nowhere. It was obvious their hiring team had no timeline for filling this position. By this point, I had devoted almost 4 months to this interview process. As anyone in my shoes would feel, I found it extremely inconsiderate and unprofessional to have had no response regarding their decision. Not only is it common courtesy, but it is something they had specifically promised me. I had turned down multiple opportunities during this time which I regretted by that point.
For this reason, I chose to withdraw my application and move on. I wish I had done it sooner.
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