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Freedom House Program Associate Reviews

Updated Jan 11, 2018

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  1. "Steady growth, if you are focused"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work environment is as laid back or as fast paced as you want. Mission-driven staff Promotions throughout the organization at all levels are a great moral boost. Talented, hard-working and engaging staff. 401k retirement, vacation and summer hours are great benefits. Inspiring and helpful onboarding of new staff – out-of-towners are assisted in their serach for apartments in DC, and finding a doctor; observed remarkably...

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    Cons

    Most programs aren’t able to fund more than one SPO position. Some staff are sick every week.

    Advice to Management

    Managers and IT meeting staff for happy hour is awkward. Watching from the sidelines, you need to better manage expectations of junior staff – most are great, a handful are downright unpleasant to work with, and probably should not have been hired.

    Freedom House2013-09-25
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Program Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing staff and good organizational goals

    Cons

    salaries are very low and the benefits do not match similar organizations in the area.

    Freedom House2018-01-12
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Identity Crisis"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many to speak of. The work is pretty standard for any DC based human rights NGO, but organizationally there's still a lot that needs sorting.

    Cons

    During my time, management was very complacent. There were several higher-ups who contributed little and knew even less. The new president and budget issues ushered in a bit of a spring cleaning of upper management, which was much needed. They almost never promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Refine the structure and goals. Don't try to bid for every contract at once. There needs to be a clear vision of what Freedom House does, and then do it well.

    Freedom House2016-02-18
  4. Helpful (3)

    "lofty mission."

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

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The mission's lofty. few programs are successful. most publications are well received. few employees identify with the lofty mission. for most, it pays the bills.

    Cons

    Freedon house isnt bad because of bad land, lumber, plumbing, electricals, or construction work. it's a toxic environment. we think it. we believe it. don't waste time splitting hairs separating execs from junior staff or senior staff. bad employees = bad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    get consultant to identify what programs are sustainable. get consultant to help get rid of toxic employees (90% of all employees). bad employees = bad place to work. get real.

    Freedom House2015-05-23
  5. Helpful (5)

    "A Shot in the Dark: Somewhere Between Great and Absolutely Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Long standing, well respected organization with reputation for principled, committed democracy and human rights work. By and large, staff are generally committed, talented, hardworking and compassionate people. Entry level staff and other young professionals can quickly build skills and get experience in the major processes that are a part of international work: proposal development, project implementation, some...

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    Cons

    Working environment varies greatly depending on which team you are on. Some teams are great, others mediocre, and on some teams the working environment is very toxic (overworked, understaffed, poor management). For those on "toxic" teams, staff sometimes deal with months of being treated poorly and disrespected by managers who are bullies while they look for another job. "Exit strategy" becomes a catch phrase for...

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    Advice to Management

    The need to address junior staff concerns with true action instead of lip service is enormous. It would go a long way in recovering a positive internal reputation for Freedom House. In this fiscal climate, salary raises and promotions may not be possible, but management must improve or overturn will continue to skyrocket, knowledge retention will be decrease and the programs will suffer for it, if they have not already....

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    Freedom House2013-09-25
  6. "Great place to start off your career"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Passionate group of people who care about human rights. -Several morning huddles, all-staff meetings, and read-outs make for good flow of information. -There are amazing opportunities to work with field staff and activists. -Lots of international exposure and travel. -Inexpensive benefits package and flexible time-off policy. -Great promotion system. A few of my colleagues have complained about not being promoted,...

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    Cons

    I sit in a large open area and am forced to listen to a small group of very negative and manipulative employees. It isn’t a particularly productive environment when all you want to do is shush the noise and get stuff done.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage collaboration between programs to give junior staff opportunities for cross-program experience.

    Freedom House2013-09-27
  7. Helpful (2)

    "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Freedom House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can get a good experience. Looks good on your resume

    Cons

    bad management. too much workload in comparison to the pay

    Advice to Management

    get to know your junior staff

    Freedom House2013-03-12
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Fair"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Freedom House full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great network opportunities, a lot of travel

    Cons

    lack of structure, pay is ridiculous

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with management skills

    Freedom House2012-06-06
  9. "very good"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in

    I have been working at Freedom House

    Pros

    it was relevant to a past experience in working field which endeavoured my skill set and vast academic experience. enjoyable.

    Cons

    it was ok but there was a lack of substance to the job and repetitive nature was very annoying to be in.

    Advice to Management

    it was a opening experience but only for those who like repetitiveness in the work place and enjoy the product sales

    Freedom House2012-03-15
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