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"This Place Needs a Union"

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

I worked at National Abortion Federation full-time

Pros

An admirable mission with passionate people who care

Cons

Poor management who care nothing about the employees. Poor work like balance. CEO expects people to be in the office with her at 2 in the morning because she has poor time management skills. CEO yells and cursing at staff because she can. Other senior leaders dont stand up for their staff and treat them the same way. Board needs to intervene and make some changes. Lawsuit waiting to happen. Poor morale.

Advice to Management

Board needs to step in and run the organization and remove all the people at the senior level.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Just say no"

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

    I worked at National Abortion Federation full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely none to speak of.

    Cons

    Everything. Long hours, terrible work/life balance, aggressive CEO, and a lot of bickering/workplace drama. High employee turnover rate with no thought/consideration to try to make the environment and work more tolerable to entice employees to stay. When I worked there, there was no HR department and no union, so employees were completely unprotected. This was one of the saddest work environments I've ever worked in.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Don't Let Yourself Be a Sacrificial Lamb for $32,000"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Abortion Federation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good health insurance that is not costly. Seven hour work day plus one hour of paid lunch. The job is a good stepping stone if you don't have any experience in the nonprofit sector and want to build your resume.

    Cons

    For many reasons, this job is just not sustainable. First of all, the pay is extremely low, especially in the DC area. The majority of people here have to work second jobs in order to pay their rent and the only people who do not have to do so, have partners who make way more money. Likewise, the only people who really have longevity at this organization are with more well off partners. The yearly raises here are abyssal, and with taxes come out to be an extra $60 or so each month. Despite being told that we don't have it in the budget to raise our salaries, somehow NAF was able to build a multi-million dollar office space and fill it with unnecessary conveniences like fancy coffeemakers. Meanwhile, our CEO takes lavish vacations on her yacht while the rest of us work two jobs just to pay rent and bills.

    In terms of work-place culture, some employees at NAF are blatantly disrespectful and downright abusive. NAF claims to be a feminist organization that wants to fight gender oppression, yet NAF continues to defend and protect sexual harassers and racists who work here. Despite multitudes of complaints to HR, these people still work at NAF and some even continue to take on more powerful positions. Speaking of HR, complaints are not confidential and sometimes you'll even get reprimanded by upper management for filing a complaint against someone.

    There's not a lot of written policy and protocol in place, which NAF uses in its favor to reward some employees while degrading others. For example, if you work on the Hotline, you are told that you can't negotiate your salary since the budget is too tight. However, some people in the past have been able to negotiate a multi-thousand dollar salary increase (which is unheard of here) simply because they are management's favorite, despite having HR complaints against them.

    Because of this, the turnover rate is very high. Making it to your one year anniversary is a feat, as many people leave within months of working here. If you're not burned out from the emotional labor, you're burned out from the salary. If you're not burned out from the salary, you're burned out from dealing with toxic people who are cloaked in a shield of protection. Management will want you to be a sacrificial lamb, who deals with abuse, taxing emotional work, and low pay because they know you believe in the cause. They use your altruism as a weapon against you. Believing in a cause doesn't pay the bills.

    Advice to Management

    1) Practice what you preach! Don't tell your employees to believe your patients, when you don't even believe your employees. If you're protecting verbally abusive, racists, and sexual harassers at a "feminist organization", clearly your priorities are not straight and NAF would be better off without you.
    2) As you've heard one million times over, invest in your employees. Pay us a livable wage in DC and you'd see less turnover and less burnout.
    3) Learn how to manage. Stop trying to be liked by everyone. It's frankly embarrassing. We are not here to be your friends.

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