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Drug Policy Alliance Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann
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  1. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Drug Policy Alliance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Powerful advocates for critical and necessary change

    Cons

    Elevators required to take smoke breaks


  2. "Drug Policy Alliance Contract Employee"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Drug Policy Alliance as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent supervisors who offer flexibility and encouragement. The work of DPA is interesting and timely.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, DPA will not allow you to be paid direct deposit. This led to payment issues such as checks taking ten days through the postal service or lost.

    Advice to Management

    You should reconsider the policy of refusing direct deposit.

  3. "A forward-thinking organization that gets results, rewards employees who take initiative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Drug Policy Alliance full-time

    Pros

    CEO and organization as a whole values input from all employees and all-staff meetings and calls are structured in ways that encourage all staff to contribute ideas and provide feedback to management, and this feedback can often shape the direction of the work or organization policies

    Organization is staffed with employees who are committed to the cause and often interested in teaching/mentoring others, including new employees, about the work

    Organization is very adept at getting results in terms of policy reform, media coverage and influencing public opinion, which can make working for the organization very rewarding

    Organization rewards staff who are strong self-starters and take the initiative to address emerging policy and/or PR opportunities. These employees tend to move up in the organization.

    Cons

    DPA does not provide paid maternity leave (although some disability is offered). No paid paternity leave.

    The self-starter culture at DPA can mean that new staff who need help getting started may have to push supervisors for assistance and direction.

    The work can sometimes spill into evenings and weekends. There is no policy restricting use of work email on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving work/life balance and improving the organization's support for employees with new family responsibilities


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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

    Pros

    Great mission and interesting work, intelligent and motivated colleagues, collegial work environment
    creative colleagues with diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    lack of direction by some supervisors which can be both good and bad depending on you and level of experience of knowledge
    work/life balance can be challenging


  5. "Great Organization"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Drug Policy Alliance as an intern

    Pros

    Fantastic mission, well funded, exceptionally branded.

    Cons

    Issues with management and communicating within offices.
    Lack of supervision by certain supervisors.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Experience, Great Connections"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Knoxville, TN
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Drug Policy Alliance as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing contacts and opportunities to work with leaders in drug policy reform. Interning with DPA is an incredible way to learn so much about drug policy is any area of focus. Although unpaid internship, I know that the benefits are great for full time employees. Very flexible with my schedule and great feedback on intern projects etc.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. Small transportation stipend was available for me, but absolutely worth doing.


  7. "Very good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good people, cutting edge policy development and implementation, excellent benefits, strong leadership, solid funding, well managed, and great satisfaction in seeing progress on a very important but difficult issue.

    Cons

    Although it's the most professional organization among its peers, DPA needs to professionalize more. IT is patched together and is falling behind. Sometimes bad employees are tolerated too long. There was a gossipy culture, but that's improved over the last year. The biggest challenge is bringing the organization out from under the shadow of its visionary founder and ED.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees and infrastructure, not just one-off campaigns. Find a way to sufficiently train technology slow adopters so they are not creating drag on the organization.