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Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "Youth ambassador"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were extremely welcoming and helped interns learn.

    Cons

    The staff could have allowed interns to see what different groups do.

    Advice to Management

    Create longer program and encourage interns to push themselves harder.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "BRAC USA needs new leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team and staff who are committed to their work in supporting the largest NGO in the world.

    Cons

    HR process and systems are absent. Staff roles are often ambiguous and frequently changing. No career growth opportunities. Hiring practices create an imbalanced office culture. Significant staff turnover as a result. BRAC USA is challenged by poor leadership who lacks vision for overall strategy for organizational growth.

    Advice to Management

    Change in leadership and senior management.


  3. "Poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    BRAC USA supports one of the best NGO's out there right now. The work done at BRAC USA directly supports BRAC's programs on the ground.

    Cons

    BRAC USA has significant turnover and poor leadership. Weak operational systems and lack of clarity around roles and future organizational strategy. No clear path for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize the senior leadership at BRAC USA.


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  5. "brac"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internship in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Former Employee - Internship in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BRAC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly working environment and getting positive vibe.

    Cons

    Not that bad but sometimes not being cheerful.

    Advice to Management

    To look at the software development and improving the social marketing.


  6. "Advocacy for Social Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    I worked at BRAC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its the largest NGO in the world. You'll get great research opportunities and practical exposure to BRAC's activity in the field.

    Cons

    Not very organized. Interns who were visiting from abroad complained about not having given proper accommodations.

    Advice to Management

    Work on organizing the internships better. Some students visit with very high expectations and leave being highly disappointed.


  7. "Very Good Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BRAC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Allow staffs the freedom to work independently

    Cons

    No cons, Staffs were very welcoming

    Advice to Management

    No advice needed


  8. "A place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BRAC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    To make a difference, to do something actually matters join BRAC. Resources here is limited but opportunities are sky high. Bring on your crazy ideas and you can literally see the changes you are making to the society. If you want to reach people here you'll have the enormous network you can ever get. Period.

    Cons

    Due to the organizational changing phase, now some programmes are facing real challenge to sustain but then again it's not that much of a crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Reducing or limiting employee benefits is never a clever decision because demotivating workforce can eventually drag the organization out to it's doom


  9. "Reliable, secure job, but easy to get lost"

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

    I have been working at BRAC full-time

    Pros

    Very professional work environment; deep commitment to mission; focus on the poor and empowering them; often interesting training opportunities and seminars onsite

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic HR policies; not a lot of flexibility or focus on professional development/growth. Org feels a bit stagnant sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy, empower mid-level managers with real authority, invest in good people and actively work with them on their growth


  10. "An exceptional and tremendous experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Young Professional Program allows you to get a first hand experience from multiple aspects. You get monthly/weekly attachments with different prgrams (microfinance, health, agriculture, education, enterprise etc). The learning process is very fast. You get a lot of filed experience. Moreover, you get a mentor and an advisor (from the director board), this gives you an exposure on a completely new level. If you do good you will be given an opportunity for a foreign visit in BRAC international programs. Overall it is an unique experience and a stepping stone for your career.

    Cons

    The attachments to programs are all in rural remote areas. If you are not used to living outside dhaka it will be a challenge. The process flow of BRAC is tediously bureaucratic which turns annoying at some point or the other.

    Advice to Management

    Make the program more organized. At one point the attachment feels too ordinary and boring.


  11. "A value driven company with a succession problem"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    No other organisation has the kind of reach and impact BRAC has. It reaches 130 million people with its Bangladesh operations and 8 million people through its global operations. BRAC teaches you how to operate at scale and always design programmes that will have the maximum impact on the end user. It also teaches you to constantly learn from the operations on the ground and continuously improve the service delivery quality.

    Cons

    It doesn't have a clear succession plan. The senior management is composed of individuals who have hardly worked in field operations. They will not be able to fill in Abed's shoes when the time comes.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who have worked in operations to senior management position. We need a succession plan that will enable the organisation to continue being a value driven organisation.



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