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"Stressful but rewarding"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at National Democratic Institute full-time

Pros

Good coworkers, always something to do, you run in to a lot of politicians, sometimes the President comes by, right next to metro, focus on getting things done, everyone agrees with your politics

Cons

Hectic work environment, unpredictable hours, long-term employment subject to elections, non-profit salaries, decreasing benefits

Other Employee Reviews for National Democratic Institute

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing...and then not so amazing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Great mission
    Respected organization
    Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    VERY hierarchical
    Staff development is not a priority
    Few opportunities for professional advancement
    High turnover rate among junior staff
    Poor communication and management systems

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for staff development
    Let junior staff know that you value their work


  2. "Awesome mission, great projects, but not necessarily a good place to build a career."

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

    Pros

    NDI works at the intersection of politics and international development. If you are an activist and believe in helping build democratic institutions, there is no place that does it better. Great place to work for 2-3 years if you're just out of college.

    Cons

    The downside is that, if you are working at headquarters and your job title doesn't include the word "director," you may find a lot of frustration and not much opportunity for growth or advancement--especially once you've mastered your position. Project managers have very little authority on their projects.

    Advice to Management

    NDI has stellar and dedicated employees in headquarters who often leave out of frustration. The frequency of exceptions to institutional policies results in no policies at all, leaving mid-level staff without the tools to do their jobs.

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