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AWEA Reviews

Updated December 1, 2016
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  1. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good exposure to the wind industry

    Cons

    Management and heads of interns should be more hands on


  2. "Has promise"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AWEA full-time

    Pros

    A great way to make connections across a growing industry, and gain a bird's eye view of the industry. Lots of opportunities to shift to work for one of the companies in the association.

    Cons

    Unclear boundaries between teams on what their assignments are, leads to teams trying to shift work onto one party

    Lack of focus on executing top priorities well with proper resources and time devoted, rather than getting into weeds or wasting time on low-impact projects

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees who deliver, get rid of toxic staff


  3. "First couple of years were great. The last few...not so much."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AWEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are great. Nice workspace and very flexible with work schedule. Free tea, coffee, and candy. Metro accessible.

    Cons

    Most of leadership is poor. Even with a new CEO he still failed to make the appropriate changes where needed. I feel he wants to make the association better but is hesitant to relieve some personnel of there duties. Culture is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most of SMT. A lot of talent is lost due to the poor leadership and that starts from the top.


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  5. "not so bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great mission and members
    good benefits, bonuses and 401 K contributions
    great centrally located LEED offices, good restaurants and amenities nearby

    Cons

    long hours with no respect for boundaries
    management structure needs to be revised
    different rules for different staff, not consistent application of policies

    Advice to Management

    need to change structure, perhaps consider a flat organization chart.
    invest in the lower level staff to keep them engaged and eager to stay.


  6. "So it has a few nuisances...still great to place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AWEA full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with some really smart and talented people.
    The Wind Energy Sector never has a dull moment.
    If you care about the environment, this is the place to be.
    Wellness benefits, Composting, Free coffee, access to a gym, bike parking, HAPPY HOUR etc.

    Cons

    Shaky industry. Heavily reliant on a broken government for tax subsidies.
    A lot Staff turnover either from being laid off or quitting due to how unstable the wind industry is.
    Work-life Balance is impossible to achieve for non-support staff.
    No internal career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement puts you, your team and the organization in the weeds. Decide whether your Theory X or Theory Y organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging, rewarding for some"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work on a key industry and issue for the country and world. Good benefits, friendly staff.

    Cons

    Industry is in constant flux due to short-term policy. The association's ups and downs have reflected that. However, a 5-year policy (PTC) was passed at the end of 2015, so that's the most stability the industry has ever had. Definitely demanding on the work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    As with most places, staff experience largely depends on the supervisor. Choose your senior leadership wisely.


  8. "Eh...it's fine"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AWEA as a contractor

    Pros

    Was a well connected, active organization. Doing good work to advance wind energy in America.

    Cons

    Too dependent upon government legislation. Constant reminders of the division between management and lower-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Spread the wealth of knowledge and responsibilities to lower-levels and compensate them for their contributions.


  9. "Ask about the new culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really exciting type of work, terrific platform for networking with industry members, young people can have a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    Some very, very dead wood in the organization which seems to be getting paid and rewarded far more than their (apparent) worth. This causes discord elsewhere in the org.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you know the impact and views of people in all levels - there may be a perception of vast inequity in terms of compensation being not in line with merit.


  10. "Poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice office building, free coffee, get to work about an issue you care about and have a good vantage point in an interesting industry. Pretty high-profile place and relatively prestigious, I've found.

    Cons

    Top management is strikingly ill-equipped to manage, hire/fire/promote talent, and execute effective strategy. The best talent is to be found on the "bottom" of the organization, but they are quickly fleeing