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  1. "Good and Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative people within the company. Good technical experts. Strong historical track record, particularly in the fields of education and health.

    Cons

    Most senior level of leadership was not responsive to market changes. Stratified at the highest levels - so much so that change was difficult. They would have done well to incorporate feedback from younger employees.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good


  2. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Project Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good at capacity development; invest in staff

    Cons

    Took the suspension lightly; Never thought they would dissolve

    Advice to Management

    No advice at this point...AED no long exist/

  3. "Great Colleagues, Top Heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful and smart colleagues that are passionate about the work that they do and interested in your experience.

    Cons

    Stodgy corporate culture with a lot of senior staff that are more focused on protecting their jobs than anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your junior staff as they will help your organization grow.


  4. "Be prepared for an absolutely ridiculous low-ball salary offer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of trainings and professional development opportunities are offered, if you can make them work into your work schedule. Some supervisors are more helpful than others in facilitating this

    Cons

    Salaries are significantly lower than competitors, mandatory 9 hour days impede work life balance. Benefits were just OK. My particular supervisor was TERRIBLE and their HR processes weren't at all prepared to deal with grievances about a supervisor, only about subordinates

    Advice to Management

    360 review process might help to identify managers like mine who have no business being in supervisory positions. Exit interviews might also be a useful tool


  5. Helpful (2)

    "I now know what its like to live as a serf in the days of old...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in a good position, you can pursue your own projects and funding.
    Lots of talented people at AED.
    Physical work environment good.
    The Mission is good, but it seems to be only words

    Cons

    The competitive environment between centers inhibits collaboration and lowers the quality of work we are able to do.
    Senior management are only interested in new business development or when there are problems. There seems to be little or no concern for the quality of our work.
    Positive performance is not recognized. But when there are problems, you can be attacked.
    Management is top-down with little focus on a person's humanity.
    There are no mechanisms to communicate up the chain.
    There is a culture of self-censorship that seems to arise from a fear of reprisal
    Promotions are handled first from a political perspective.
    Senior management states that technical excellence is AED's most valued asset. However, all promotions and recognition are provide for people in management positions with little or no technical capacity.
    Some teams are really dysfunctional.
    Performance assessment process is a joke and purely an administrative task.
    The disparity between the lowest salaries and the highest are embarrassing for a non-profit.
    If someone needs to be paid over $300K for the privilege to make a positive difference in the world than something is really wrong and they should go to the private sector. We cannot be dedicated to our mission if we have to paid so much.

    Advice to Management

    Open and use your ears.
    Create a 360 degree assessment process.
    Destroy the culture of self-censorship
    Create policies that will punish internal competition and rewards collaboration
    Live the mission. Focus more on excellent work and less on business development
    Reduce the salary disparity and lower the top salaries to no more than $300K


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Broad range of options, much lost potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AED has access to a huge range of options in terms of countries, projects and topics in which it works, and its staff is very competent and diverse. Climate is friendly, open and respectful. Provides opportunities and expects staff to be self-managed in terms of their time and tasks. Benefits are great. Location of the main offices is great too.

    Cons

    AED management is surprisingly weak considering its success in the industry - probably a reflection of growing up with its main source of funding (US government agencies). Incentives and compensation do not address the needs for development of the organization nor its staff, but rather compensate giving "110% because management messed up." Local staff in field offices are second-class citizens with few chances for advancement in the organization. Overall the organization is wasting the huge potential of its staff and knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Be less hidebound. Break down stove-piping, commit in practice to your words: a global organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good overall, but has its downsides"

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    Current Employee - Web and Database Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Web and Database Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, pleasant office space filled with art, frequent cultural and educational events open to all staff. Quite good benefits.

    Cons

    Serving in a technical role (web and database developer for one of AED's projects) I feel too far removed from having a direct positive impact on any of the areas in which AED works. I've also been frustrated by the IT department, which is inflexible when it comes to their policies. For example, Remote Desktop Connection is also blocked, which makes it very difficult for me to work from home. I'm sure that inflexible IT policies are not unique to AED, but it's new to me, coming from a college environment that was much more permissive.

    Working in a technical role in this organization can be isolating, because there is no network amongst other staff doing similar work for other projects. In my job, I have no technical mentor or anyone who can review my design decisions.

    Advice to Management

    On the right track.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good for international opportunities, bad for getting ahead."

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    Current Employee - Technical Officer I in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Officer I in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The breadth and depth of the knowledge of international projects that AED employees work on is incredible. They are in over 80 countries around the globe and have wonderful opportunities to participate in these programs.

    Cons

    Usually when you get hired, they low-ball your offer. You can talk them up however. They also offer full benefits, but watch out for the medical plan that the doctors you want to see are covered. Many of the popular doctors under the larger health plans in DC are NOT in the health plan they offer. Also watch out if you're a short timer -- retirement doesn't kick in until one year on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Truth in advertising -- please don't say one thing, yet do another. It's a bit disingenuous.


  9. "Nice people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    After the suspension everyone left and the work has been limited

    Advice to Management

    The six-month rule between positions should be flexible in some cases.


  10. "I learned tremendous amounts but was part of lean-staffed subsidiary of AED"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Travel and somewhat of comraderie, but very centric to which project you work.

    Cons

    A lot of nepotism, especially once the organization lost funding from the State Department and was acquired by another non-profit.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those that actually work.


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