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Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Field Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colesville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colesville, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at ADRA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Great place to work in. It has a multicultural working environment.
    2. Very supportive staffs.
    3. Good for experiencing emergency work culture.

    Cons

    Project based- limited for a certain time period.
    Less salary

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities


  2. "Program Director"

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    Former Employee - Director, Program Management
    Former Employee - Director, Program Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ADRA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission, most of the co workers engaged in doing their best for the people they serve, salary was reasonable for the country.

    Cons

    Nepotism everywhere, it doesn't mater how prepared u are, is most important who do u know and who u are related to. No support from International office.

    Advice to Management

    Start to hire people who is prepared for the job, this is a Mission no a Monarchy.

  3. "Great mission, but lacking real leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ADRA full-time

    Pros

    The staff are passionate about the mission, there's great opportunity to take on responsibility early in your career and acquire a broad range of experience in a short time. Global network means that there's a lot of opportunity to experience international development in a number of different contexts. Flexi-time and teleworking offers considerable flexibility.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership is the root cause of most of the organization's problems, which manifest themselves as lack of strategic direction, low staff morale, declining revenue of government funding, declining reputation among peer organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board would be to make a serious effort to understand the nature of the business ADRA is engaged in, and appoint senior management staff that are capable of of being successful in those roles.


  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Program Finance Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Program Finance Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ADRA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Christian organization. Highly dedicated to helping those in needs. Great opportunity to learn due to the small size of the company.

    Cons

    Small organization. Little opportunity for growth.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ADRA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fridays off, good benefits. Mission is great.

    Cons

    Do yourself a favor and stay far away from this place. There is a complete disregard for well being of employees. Your professional opinions will not be valued there. Nepotism is rampant-- people are often hired who have no business being there as a result of their relationship to administration. Women are discriminated against and so are younger employees. The president is a very difficult person to work with. He has his favorites-- only those people can expect to get anything done. His management style is almost dictatorial. He says he recognizes the organization is troubled, but is always traveling. He's never there enough time to effect any changes.

    There is a lack of vision and direction for the entire organization. There is very low morale among employees. Administration tries to patch things up with company picnics or other events that no one willingly attends.

    Employees are definitely afraid for their jobs. There are no safe places to express problems you're having with other employees. The President has even threatened to fire people for talking to HR or writing letters of complaint.

    There are plenty other NGOs to work for. Save yourself the emotional distress and your professional dignity. Don't work there.

    Advice to Management

    Stop dictating, start listening.


  6. "Politics and nepotism at its finest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Great location
    - Nice office

    Cons

    - Politics: leaders are selected by the SDA church organization. Sometimes they are not even qualified.
    -Nepotism: a lot of people with the same last names. Uncles hiring nieces and nephews, parents hiring children, husband getting wife on board, etc.


  7. "Executive Director"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Matola, Maputo Province (Mozambique)
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Matola, Maputo Province (Mozambique)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ADRA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Every day face interesting challenges in a multi-cultural setting while working to bring changes that improve lives.
    Friendly, mission-driven colleages.

    Cons

    Difficult business environment, endemic corruption, strong cultural discrimination against outsiders, resistence to change, economic instability...all normal conditions here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good. Lose the bad. Stay lean, mean and mission-driven. Remember that it is God's work--let Him handle the many imponderables.

  8. "data encoder staff"

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    Current Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Bato, Leyte (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Bato, Leyte (Philippines)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ADRA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    to share my ability and develop my knowledge in working.

    Cons

    the cooperation with there new co-workers are less

    Advice to Management

    organize the workers with there designated task.


  9. "Most Agile organization"

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    Current Employee - Program Director
    Current Employee - Program Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ADRA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is an organization where hard work pays off, where each person is important and where all can contribute.
    Career progression is good, and there are always opportunities for those who put their efforts in.
    It is an organization that is well respected in many countries of the world
    The organization is going through amazing growth and with a network in more than 120 countries, it is an organization that has a very broad reach without many limits.

    Cons

    Needs more great people who really care

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, as ADRA is truly transforming and becoming more and more a place where many more will want to work.


  10. "VERY mixed a lot of highs and lows"

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    Former Employee - Programs Director
    Former Employee - Programs Director
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at ADRA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    you work with the people at grass root and if you are the country director then you get to decide the direction that the organisation goes without interference.

    Cons

    no support from the regional and international arm in case of a problem. the country director rans the show and can either sink or make it. since he is elected by the church.. there is nothing you can do about it..


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