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"Please respect yourself enough not to work here"

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Current Employee - Hotline Intake Counselor in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Hotline Intake Counselor in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at National Abortion Federation full-time (More than a year)

Pros

NAF's mission of "safe and legal abortions" is important, although not everything NAF does helps further this for all people. (They seem to mostly be focused on safe and legal abortions for white women).

Most coworkers are decent

Good benefits

Cons

1) Management will not respect you (the CEO or hotline management). If you go to management with complaints, you will be gaslight, belittled, and laughed at.

2) You are not paid well. $32000 in DC is nothing. Most people on the hotline have to work 2 or 3 jobs to pay their rent. Many people on the hotline live in situations that they are uncomfortable with, but they cannot change it because of their low pay. The CEO will buy food for meetings for guests and donors and then offer you the scraps if she's feeling generous enough.

3) If you ask the CEO about getting a raise she says that her salary is not up for debate (her salary is $365,000 but who even brought that up).

4) The CEO equated the office having a nice coffee machine to her respecting her staff????

5) Conflicting messages about whether NAF's primary goal is to serve patients or clinics. (Most of the staff agrees that it should be the patients, but the CEO and hotline management seem to disagree).

6) Workplace sexual harassment and racism both go unchecked. Both of these have been perpetrated by people in positions of power at NAF.

7) Lack of communication from management to staff. (Management will change the policy on something, not tell anybody, and then penalize people for doing it incorrectly. Only after the person says staff was never told, is the staff told about the policy change. This is a very common occurrence).

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To summarize: There is little to no respect or transparency at NAF, particularly on the Hotline. If the CEO and other management were to step down, I like to think that things at NAF would change. When the CEO doesn't respect other management, management burns out and can't properly lead their staff. I think at this point, it is too late for most of the management, they are complacent and complicit in the poor treatment of their staff. The turnover rate for staff is incredibly high and morale is incredibly low. Management does not even remotely care about the well-being of their employees. Every day you have to swallow your pride before going in to work. It doesn't matter what the day throws at you, you will be on your own. Management will not support you if you've had a particularly hard call or are having a particularly hard day. To management, the staff is just people for them to step on. Management will continue to get raises and respect in the reproductive justice movement, but those actually doing the leg work will go unappreciated and unnoticed.

Advice to Management

Respect your staff, pay your staff better or leave!

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. 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

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