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Joan C. Parker
29 Ratings
  1. "Project accountant"

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    Former Employee - Internet Security Collation in Great Falls, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Counterpart International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional friendly Team with clean work environment

    Cons

    not a secured job, you might get laid off or fired later on.

    Counterpart International2016-08-25
  2. "Good learning place for entry level"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at Counterpart International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment, broad range of programs around the world

    Cons

    Like other organization bureaucracy hurdle daily tasks

    Counterpart International2018-07-12
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Counterpart International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some good managers and directors to work with and learn from

    Cons

    Terrible employee benefits Some employees are sponsored for work due to nepotism because they are liked by the their department head where you can find better employees in the DMV area Some directors don't let the junior or mid level staff to even talk or express their views The systems in place (finance, travel, procurement, documents storing and etc)sucks and every year IT comes with new systems which they themselves...

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    Advice to Management

    Bring changes in the management, systems (procurement, financial, travel, records keeping)

    Counterpart International2018-07-15
  4. Helpful (3)

    "A Toxic Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Counterpart International full-time

    Pros

    There are some wonderful, smart and talented people there.

    Cons

    Management is tone-deaf and blind to the toxic environment they support and enable by treating them selves to out-sized salaries and ignoring the future of its employees and donors.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house; management doesn't listen

    Counterpart International2018-06-09
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Dedicated Professionals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Counterpart International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is dedicated to it's mission

    Cons

    Some people are too interested in politics

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and build the future

    Counterpart International2017-11-28
  6. Helpful (3)

    "I enjoyed my time there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Counterpart International full-time

    Pros

    - Benefits: Employer contributes 6% which is not bad. Transportation benefits is good. Health benefit is average in the industry. - Pay: Annual performance increase is average 3- 5%, sometimes with a good bonus which is not common at a non-profit. - The new CFO and CEO are very personable and know most employees by name. - Most memorable was the CEO calling all staff meetings, where employees would breakout into...

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    Cons

    - Benefits could be better. but you only get 20 days "PTO" - which is sick + vacation days, and 40 hours rollover = not enough! They first changed the rollover to 0 days, and a lot of employees lost their vacation days. A year after this change, perhaps after many complaints, changed to 40 hours rollover. - Not too many growth opportunities, and salaries are low. - High Turnover - Most staff are afraid to talk...

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    Advice to Management

    More systems and policies should be in place for HR. Every person I tried to recommend to CPI, said they never heard back and were discouraged to apply in the future. Benefits, especially vacation time and rollover needs to improve. Education and training / developments and better 401K contribution might be more attractive. Transparent pay grades, and wider salary ranges might also help with employee retention.

    Counterpart International2017-11-14
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not a good place to work!"

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

    I worked at Counterpart International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good people with truly good objectives try their best, but these are all low level people who can't affect change.

    Cons

    So many cons to list, but here is a summary: -CEO inept, cold and indecisive -COO harsh, two-faced and belittling -CFO never around, and his second in command is extremely toxic, back-stabbing, and vindictive -The company and execs pride themselves on doing good work, but the company is inefficient, ineffective and a waste of US government funding -health insurance options are horrible and expensive - even though HR...

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    Advice to Management

    Time to shake up senior management. Changes need to start from the top.

    Counterpart International2017-11-25
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Management needs help"

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

      I have been working at Counterpart International full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      Great work around the globe

      Cons

      COO belittles the minority and lower staff members. Very harsh, arrogant and condescending. May look friendly in front of everyone but behind closed doors he is mean and very petty. Cannot look past mistakes and is very unforgiving.

      Counterpart International2017-11-23
    • Helpful (4)

      "I wish it was better..."

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

      I worked at Counterpart International full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      - A lot of camaraderie between mid level to lower management staff. - Interesting programs - Decent benefits - work from home options - Does excellent work around the globe

      Cons

      - Toxic culture at HQ; the CFO has called it a 'culture of fear' in all staff meetings -- more than once. - HIGH TURNOVER - Among lower staff; higher staff who upset the powers that be are fired - or I'm sorry "_____ took a new opportunity and resigned" - Staff knowledge not taken seriously- Be hired as a consultant because as a staffer your life experience and global knowledge is NOT valued if you are just "staff"...

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      Advice to Management

      Actually address the issues instead of laughing through values meetings. Take staffers seriously. It's not 'millennial entitlement' that's causing the problems. It's toxicity at the top.

      Counterpart International2017-11-20

      Counterpart International Response

      November 29, 2017Chief Financial Officer

      A message from Counterpart’s CFO: I work at Counterpart because I like knowing what’s on the mind of our employees, and we have many venues to encourage that, and for me to engage. When I am misrepresented, it really bothers me. So I need to set the record straight: never, under ...

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    • Helpful (8)

      "Don't waste your time"

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

      I worked at Counterpart International

      Pros

      My colleagues are awesome. Collegial fun spirit. Commuter benefits: Metro cost-share is within the DC norms. Remote work one day per week if you want to which is a plus for me Can work from home if emergency or bad weather The work we do in the world - try to build capacity for local organizations and actors. Very diverse group of people (except in management) - all countries and languages represented...feels like...

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      Cons

      Management: C suites and VPs : out of touch with the reality of the staff at HQ and field offices. Questionable decisions all across, consistent nepotism and racially-based favorites games, inability to hold anyone in management accountable. VPs are all untouchable no matter what they do or how they act. Big talkers, big plans...but little positive impact on the people who truly do the work. The Values are another...

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      Advice to Management

      They should resign if they really care about the vision the founders had: to help the people and not to get rich on the back of the people (both their workers and the good American Tax Payers).

      Counterpart International2017-11-16
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