I have been working at Drug Policy Alliance full-time (More than 3 years)
Powerful advocates for critical and necessary change
Elevators required to take smoke breaks
I have been working at Drug Policy Alliance full-time
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.
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
Great mission and interesting work, intelligent and motivated colleagues, collegial work environment
creative colleagues with diverse backgrounds
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
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I have been working at Drug Policy Alliance as an intern
Fantastic mission, well funded, exceptionally branded.
Issues with management and communicating within offices.
Lack of supervision by certain supervisors.
I worked at Drug Policy Alliance as an intern (Less than a year)
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.
Unpaid internship. Small transportation stipend was available for me, but absolutely worth doing.
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.
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.
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