I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 5 years)
Small company with a well-defined purpose. Strong culture that takes some time to "figure out." Once you get a feel for the cooperative/consensus driven culture it becomes easier to get things done.
You're a big fish in a small pond. Promotions don't come easily since there isn't much turnover. You may have to leave to get a title that comes with taking on more responsibility.
Advice to Management
Give people every chance to grow and develop if you want to keep them engaged. Since the company is small, get creative in providing opportunities for talented hires to develop.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at National Rural Utilities Cooperative (Dulles, VA) in December 2016.
The initial screening took place on the phone. They automatically say that pay will be well below industry averages for this type of work. I decided to continue pursuing it, but the second round interview took more than 30 days to happen. The location is right off a highway, requires a car, has little in the area for enjoyment or even places to live, and runs you through VA or MD traffic for the commute. The time I was given to appear for the interview was not left up to discussion. There was no communication throughout the more than 30 day gap in interviews. Finally, the process seemed unorganized with meeting senior members and none of the more junior people who will be your direct peers. Afterwards, they sent a completely impersonal rejection letter that sounded like I had only submitted an application and didn't interview there at all. Overall, pay would be low and everyone there seemed nice but a little too niche relative to the overall makeup of the industry.
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