Freedom House Reviews | Glassdoor

Freedom House Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
58 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.9
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Michael Abramowitz
2 Ratings

58 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • The dedication to freedom of speech and human rights is exceptional (in 14 reviews)

  • A truly worthy mission and the most mission-driven staff I have ever worked with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • It's a revolving door, the president was disliked (though they have a new president now) (in 6 reviews)

  • Everything was great, genuine staff commitment to human rights and democracy (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great people and vision, awful management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The organization's human capital is its greatest asset. The core/junior staff are mostly great, and there are a few gems of directors. Intelligent, competent, and compassionate people both in the DC and NY offices who really care about their work.

    Great place for early or middle career people with a passion for human rights and democracy. Easy to rise within the organization. Dirt cheap insurance. A lot of flexibility to work from home or remotely if you need, plus not a lot of stringent hierarchy.

    Cons

    Very low pay, especially for junior staff. This and the current funding/mission crises make for a stressful work environment and are a big contributor to the high turnover.

    Big management and leadership issues. A revolving door of presidents, who have come in an out failing to set the organization on the right financial and strategic track. This has led to major mission confusion and a sense of displacement and it makes undergoing a period of change under the current president very tough. A lot of staff have just lost energy and faith that positive change change is sustainable. High turnover means constant leaks in capacity and knowledge, so projects and structures get disjointed regularly.

    Lack of functioning hierarchy means that things like internal communications and change management are wildly neglected, so morale issues tend to sink in and stay.

    A lot of outdated and malfunctioning tech and procedures. An HR department that employees avoid, rather than turn to for help.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize and strategize to pull this organization to the current century. Train your managers to actually manage. And stop under-compensating and under-appreciating your junior staff. They're full of dedication and energy and they keep leaving to organizations that can better invest in them.


  2. "Freedom House"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Freedom House part-time

    Pros

    Great people, meaningful work, beautiful and centrally located office

    Cons

    Individual departments do not have much coordination

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Warning: Toxic"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Admirable mission
    Highly talented and mission-driven colleagues
    Good resume mark
    Some good opportunities for individuals

    Cons

    Poor management as long as anyone can remember. (It is very hard to find any organizational alums who have anything good to say about their experiences with FH.) A new president is taking a necessary hard look at the future viability of an org that is highly dependent on USG funding. His conclusion that programs need to be cut drastically bodes ill for the ~75% of DC staff who work on programs and there is zero evidence that the downsizing to come will be handled well. Also, he is gradually replacing an incompetent executive team with new members who are equally incompetent, but add self-worship and abusiveness to the mix.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all of top leadership (including most of those just below the top executives) and start over.


  4. "Great Atmosphere"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation in Washington DC and Abroad

    Cons

    The longstanding nepotism amongst Executive Board

    Advice to Management

    Don't be a such tool for the hawkish, straw-man for neocon arm of the government.


  5. "Needs improved management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time

    Pros

    Very committed and talented staff; unique approach to mission

    Cons

    High turn over rate; would benefit from some management training


  6. "Persian Website Editor and Publisher"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - News Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The dedication to freedom of speech and human rights is exceptional.

    Cons

    Have to wait for months to get fund or grant approved to start a new project.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise pure talent on the ground in targetted areas.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointed"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time

    Pros

    Full of intelligent, driven colleagues who are committed to the mission and advancing human rights. Depending on your team and discretion of your supervisor, you have the opportunity to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    Lots of great people burn out and leave (mostly disgruntled). The inefficiency of outdated systems are too unbearable and the management team does not seem to care enough about the staff to really do anything about it. In a city like DC there is always a naive and eager pool of candidates to fill the voids left by the revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in you staff, fix the old, bureaucratic systems to make time for staff to have opportunities to enhance meaningful skills/expertise.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    403B matching was probably the best part. Besides that, I found a lot of people who were there to drive the mission of the organization.

    Cons

    Bad management. Pay less. Micromanagement


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Freedom House full-time

    Pros

    The mission, work, partners on the ground are inspiring. You work with some of the bravest human rights defenders in the world. Analytical products are highly regarded. One of the only organizations in Washington where you can do advocacy, research, and programming.

    Cons

    Management is exceptionally weak. Experiences can vary wildly. Ineffective and even abusive managers can reign with complete impunity. Some senior leaders play favorites in a way that exacerbates tensions and leads to a very toxic environment. Never felt less appreciated and more beaten down despite working the longest hours ever in my career. Powerful experience in what not to do and how not to lead.


  10. "Program Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Freedom House full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring, highly committed staff; accessible leadership

    Cons

    Lack of strong organizational structure; low salary compared to industry standards

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing a clear, forward looking strategy for the organization that help teams make decisions about where to and where not to invest time


Showing 58 of 62 reviews
Reset Filters