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Association for Talent Development Reviews

Updated March 27, 2019
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  1. "great company culture, no dress code, no micromanaging"

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

    I have been working at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, lots of opportunities for growth, personal growth is encouraged as well. All you could ask for in a company in terms of culture.

    Cons

    New hire onboarding is a little bit of a slow process


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Hypocrites!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coffee Expresso and snack vending machines

    Cons

    ATD is not a place for honest hard working people! If you want to stick around, you better know how to deal with backstabbers and dirty office politics. Internally, they do not follow what they preach to their clients. No wonder their turnover rate is high; nonetheless, they don't care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    Its a waste of time !!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "High turnover"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and relaxed environment

    Cons

    High turnover rate and little encouragement. Minimum grow opportunity


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    "Hypocrisy at its finest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are decent: low cost premiums for healthcare, discounted movie tickets, subsidized transit benefits.

    Cons

    For an association dedicated to training and development, they do a pretty poor job training their employees. I was employed at ATD for only a year, but I felt that I could never grasp the essential responsibilities of my job. There was little oversight from my boss, who was not an effective leader, and could not effectively train me. There was also not a clear pathway for advancement.

    People are afraid of Tony, the CEO, because like many of the former disgruntled employees have mentioned, chooses favorites. If you are not upper management, or someone who is in direct contact with him, he has little interest in getting to know you. In all of my years working for various companies, I've never encountered this with a leader. It's appalling, and I'm frankly surprised he's still there.

    I really wish I could say I enjoyed my time at ATD, but the best thing that came out of it was my job that came after.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Invest in the people that you hire and make sure they are properly trained. The turnover at ATD is quite high, and people come and go without notice. It's been a few years since I've been employed at ATD, but now that I've moved on from the company, I think future hires need to be made aware of what they're getting themselves into.


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    "ATD employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    4 years of working at the Association for Talent development

    Cons

    Working at ATD for four years


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice neighborhood, free parking, growing company

    Cons

    Fakeness, lack of communication, and fear is abundant.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Actually train people.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been with ATD for more than 2 years. Some of the senior leaders are great leaders and we enjoy great quality of life.

    In my department I have great worklife balance and our whole team is truly like a family.

    I work a fair amount of hours, have great benefits for an Association, and enjoy the flexible 80 work week policy.

    Cons

    A couple senior leaders seem challenged with the human side of things. Thus, there departments are clearly less happy then the last of us.

    Advice to Management

    Let's bring ATD into 2018. Get all of the leadership on board with being on one team and using good judgement to create a more positive environment for your team and everyone. (Cough*pubs*cough) Try reading the Five Dysfunctions of a Team and help the unmotivated and occasionally bitter employees move on. Tenure does not make one effective. CEO is a good guy, yet he could consider letting go of outdated points-of-view. He actually said in an all staff that the future of the workforce would return to the office, not remote work. Yikes.

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    "Learn all you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Association for Talent Development full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at ATD for 6 years and during this time I learned a-lot. They treated me with respect and in return I gave them my 100 percent. There were some structural changes during my time but I learned how to adapt and keep going. ATD offers good benefits and competitive pay. If you like to work in fast pace environment, learn new technologies and know how to stay away from workplace politics, you’d like working here.

    Cons

    Turnover is higher than usual.
    Politics in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Provide millennials with more path to grow within the organization. Set annual goals for their growth not just organization’s growth.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Terrible place"

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

    I worked at Association for Talent Development full-time

    Pros

    Great location. Casual dress code. Wonderful members who are passionate about the industry.

    Cons

    Where to begin...

    This place is run like a dictatorship, with the dear leader elevating incompetents to positions of power because of their blind loyalty to him, and willingness to carry out his directives without challenging them.

    He allows these minions to fire good people without cause, and never once asks why these departments have such high turnover. As a result, as others have mentioned on here, there's a serious climate of fear.

    The worst part is that for an organization that's built on the idea of learning and development best practices - they implement exactly NONE of them. This place is Exhibit A of what NOT to do when it comes to leadership, employee engagement and professional development. It's only afloat because its members are passionate and dedicated to the industry. ATD exists in spite of itself.

    Advice to Management

    If a department has exceptionally high turnover over several years, maybe you should look at the common denominators - the people who run those departments. Just a thought.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Sterile and Lifeless; Trust No one"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Association for Talent Development full-time

    Pros

    Compensation close to for profits

    Cons

    sterile, lifeless environment where no one talk to anyone and everyone is out to get everyone else. Trust no one - come in, do your job, and leave. Overall horrible place to work. I had an uneasy feeling every time I come into work and couldn't quite put my finger on it until I realized that behnid the scenes everyone is out to get everyone else and there is zero loyalty or freindship. You know that old maxim, "water cooler chat?" well there isn;t any and make sure you avoid it because there are eyes and ears everywhere.

    If this an environment for you, work here. You must drink the cool aid. Chug it, or else they'll know and you'll be out the door. Seen it happy to good people who were good at their jobs. Job proficiency doesn't matter - there's a cancer over this place. Evil.

    Advice to Management

    you're in a viper den and you know it / contribute to it.