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Center for Applied Linguistics Reviews

Updated March 4, 2017
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  1. "Senior management is its own worst enemy"

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

    I worked at Center for Applied Linguistics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    35 hour work week
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Poor management
    No opportunities for growth


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Lanham, MD
    Former Employee - Contractor in Lanham, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Center for Applied Linguistics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and work environment

    Cons

    Meter parking only and the metro trip is expensive


  3. "Sophisticated Environment"

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    Current Employee - Finance Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Finance Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Center for Applied Linguistics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very mature office. People are friendly and would go out of their way to assist you whenever possible. Goal driven set of people.

    Cons

    Better parking is needed. Bigger office space is required and more up to date technology is keep up with today's modern time.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great. They try their best to accommodate others schedules and needs. They really care about their employees.


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  5. "Intern - Hourly"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A chance to get involved in real-world educational material design and evaluation.

    Cons

    You learn new skills, but there is less mentorship explaining the full application/context of such skills.

    Slightly less social environment. Outside of team meetings, most everyone sits in their office/ cubicle.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure mentorship and networking opportunities are readily available with the start of each intern session.

    Encourage interns to set up "get-togethers" and times to discuss academic and career futures.


  6. "Great opportunity"

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

    I worked at Center for Applied Linguistics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart and friendly colleagues. Supportive working environment. Lots to learn through work.

    Cons

    This is a fast-pace working place, thus you need to volunteer to work extra hours. Not paid well, especially for a temporary position.


  7. "Good company to work for."

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

    I worked at Center for Applied Linguistics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and it located in an ideal location in DC, it is metro accessible and has some great places around to eat/shop. The staff is very friendly. This is the only company where I felt welcomed from all directions. I enjoyed talking to my co-workers and having lunch with them. Great work-life balance and you can work an early schedule or a late schedule if you want, depending on your manager.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, there is not a lot of knowledge passed down from management to mid-level employees. Moving up in the organization is not always easy either. Parking is horrible!

    Advice to Management

    The departments operate so independently so departments do not always know what each other is doing, there needs to be a way to changes this. There are also a lot of meetings for higher management, and not a lot comes out of those meetings.


  8. "OK place to work, but has the potential to be much better."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Center for Applied Linguistics full-time

    Pros

    As a non-profit, CAL has a noble mission and does good work. The organization has a long history of success and does excellent project work for the good of many in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Many staff members are excellent professionals and you can learn a lot from your colleagues as you work with them over time.

    Cons

    Extra work hours each day make work-life balance difficult to attain, even though it is a non-profit! It depends on what kind of job you have at the company. Overall benefit coverage is shrinking each year, but they do give you 3 weeks off when you begin. It would be nice if they gave more opportunities for growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Connect more to staff and provide opportunities for growth which is missing!


  9. "Barely good enough to keep me here."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people in the bottom levels. Generally well educated. 35 hour weeks.

    Cons

    As many people have mentioned, management here is stagnant and obtuse. No chance of really growing in the organization. They rather employ outsiders in stead of having their employees grow. Things don't change even when they hire new, fresh, insightful people. The ideas will stay there no matter how you present them until years down the line once someone in management thinks they came up with it, and even then it will be applied in a very lack luster, already (probably already) obsolete way.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire from within, allow upwards reviews and try to think outside your bubble.


  10. "Management issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues, important and good work

    Cons

    Management not helpful and overhead is outrageously high

    Advice to Management

    Think about the mission and how to make it happen


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great Mission, Poor Execution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Center for Applied Linguistics full-time

    Pros

    In general, content employees are very intelligent, educated people in the field of linguistics, applied linguistics, language teaching, language testing, etc. There are often opportunities for professional learning in the office--brown bag presentations by colleagues and talks by scholars in the field. Working at CAL gives you the chance to apply education in linguistics-related fields without working in a university setting, however this comes at a cost (see cons).

    Cons

    Low pay, leadership is inept at running an efficient organization. There is a pervasive attitude at the top that CAL is such a unique organization that it is a privilege for you to work there. Staff are often overworked and under-supported. There is a mentality that in order to be successful and dedicated you will work more than the 35 hours/week you are paid for. The support staff (finance, IT, HR) are very frustrating to work with. People in these roles tend to hang around a long time at CAL, so the incompetence festers. And although the content staff in general is very educated and might share similar values with you, there is a lot of social awkwardness. Office culture is pretty sad, not a lot of camaraderie.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do a better job at valuing the employees. Staff in leadership positions need to be better trained in how to manage people and manage efficiently. Majority of support staff should be replaced by people who are more competent and interested in working with staff.


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