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  1. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time

    Pros

    Good organization. Possible to advance in organization with time.

    Cons

    Hard to advance to senior position without a Master's.


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Program Associate in Washington, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Associate in Washington, CA
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    I worked at Academy for Educational Development as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    exceptionally talented staff and inspirational work across a wide range of fields and excellent opportunities to contribute immediately.

    Cons

    workload could be overwhelming and unrealistic; their systems seemed a bit outdated and lots of levels of management to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Seemed that a more streamlined organizational structure and more clear and transparent policies for staff and contractors were needed

  3. "Fantastic opportunity to learn skills, understand issues, and work on a variety of projects"

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

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity to learn skills, understand issues, and work on a variety of projects

    Cons

    Heavy volume of project based work.


  4. "more of extra curricular activities like weekly debate,or monthly quiz competition etc"

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    Current Employee - To Teach the Children in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - To Teach the Children in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    wanna help physically challenge people and share the ideas together..

    Cons

    giving rules n regulation in which we can't express our view sometimes even if we are right.

    Advice to Management

    not too much rules..


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A great place to learn, move up, then move on."

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    AED is a thought and practice leader in government contracting around so many types of social issues. It is a great place to start your career and gain transferable skills while you figure out your own interests and talents. If you get the right manager, AED central services provides great resources for personal and professional development. It is easy to move up and to gain great skills that are recognized throughout the international development community. They have great infrastructure and facilities for a non-profit and are located in a nice location to work. The roof deck is a major perk.

    Cons

    It's a large place and easy to get stuck with a less-than-forward-thinking manager who does not always see the big picture.
    They have major leadership pipeline issues: many upper level staff get too bogged down in administrative or programmatic tasks instead of being strategic leaders.
    Some senior managers have work-life balance issues and expect the same level of commitment from their underpaid staff.
    Compared to other organizations, there are very few opportunities for international travel for lower and mid level employees.
    The organization does not have a strategic communications strategy- neither internal nor external, and could benefit from some better reflection on the way that they talk to their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do a social network analysis to compare the informal relationship realities with the formal organizational structure.


  6. "Great potential that ended too early"

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    Former Employee - Technical Advisor
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor

    I worked at Academy for Educational Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, motivated people who knew what they were doing. There was a buzz and excitement working there.

    Cons

    A reluctance to break out of silos. A shame that AED became the poster child for accountability and that the toll was so high.


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