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3.2
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54%
Recommend to a Friend
83%
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Michael Abramowitz
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Its mission is important and also its impact on human rights worldwide(in 17 reviews)

  • "Opportunity for frequent international travel for junior staff(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is a pervasive sense of entitlement among some junior staff(in 13 reviews)

  • "It's a revolving door, the president was disliked (though they have a new president now)(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Freedom House part-time

      Pros

      Friendly, collaborative work environment. Everyone works hard at what they do. Office is in a great location.

      Cons

      Entry-level pay is not optimal

      Freedom House2019-02-14
    • "Review for Freedom House, 9 month employment"

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        Former Employee - Temporary Project Assistant 
        Recommends

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

        Pros

        Very supportive supervisors, hands-on work.

        Cons

        Increased focus on development and fundraising, some cuts to programs.

        Freedom House2019-03-14
      • "Good experience but the pay isn't great"

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        Former Employee - Program Intern in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        The work you do is great -- you get to actually contribute to the proposals for RFPs and Solicitations, you get to gain experience with budgeting, milestones, M&E, etc. You also have to do a lot of the back end work for projects like business expense reports etc. But overall, it's good experience and a good way to learn the ropes.

        Cons

        You only get a $500 stipend per month which, if you're working 20hrs/week, really isn't much. The office is also a little siloed -- you get to speak and interact with your team but that's really all.

        Freedom House2019-02-01
      • "The worst possible work environment"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Freedom House full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        I don’t remember any pros rather than getting a good network.

        Cons

        The employees are treated worst than animals at a zoo, especially in the grants management team.

        Freedom House2019-01-23
      • Helpful (1)

        "Good stepping Stone"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Freedom House

        Pros

        Work environment Peers- everyone is generally friendly Great work experience

        Cons

        Low pay High turn over- likely tied to low pay

        Advice to Management

        Increase pay to retain talent in such an expensive city (DC)

        Freedom House2018-09-03
      • Helpful (7)

        "Executive Staff - Bully pulpit"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Freedom House full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Everyone below the level of Director is carrying the organization and are subjected to abuse by HR and one Senior Exec who has no idea how to communicate openly; dictates and is an over glorified copy editor whose paid over $175k

        Cons

        Senior VPs - toxic, along with HR - they have no sense of what the programs do, and they do not know ethics. They allow abusive managers to remain employed and they are not above letting the abusive to enter into the area of retaliation and complicity. Execs, mainly one Senior Level VP walks out of meetings, is hostile and is a bureaucrat who acts as a buffer between staff and the new President. Rather than openness,...

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        Advice to Management

        The new President should wake and see that the staff are being abused and retaliated against if they ask questions - by the most senior exec - a person who is abusive and unethical and she is matched by an HR department whom staff will never turn to because they cannot be trusted not to be petty and self-serving - if you ask a question or stand up for yourself you are met with hostility and passive-aggressive behavior...

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        Freedom House2018-05-28
      • Helpful (9)

        "Systemic abuse on MENA team"

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

        I worked at Freedom House full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Freedom House is made up of passionate and devoted staff who work tirelessly for minimal compensation to foster human rights world wide.

        Cons

        The MENA team has a history of systemic abuse that creates a hostile work environment. Although the under staffing fosters learning, the management routinely relys on abusive management tactics that do not lead to professional growth or strong performance. I would not advise joining the MENA team.

        Advice to Management

        There must be training on management skills for all managers and executive level invention for managers that routinely demonstrate abusive behavior and thus have poor staff retention.

        Freedom House2018-04-25
      • Helpful (1)

        "Freedom House was a good experience"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Freedom House part-time

          Pros

          They were great to me.

          Cons

          They did not provide me with some time I needed

          Freedom House2018-02-28
        • 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 2 years

          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
        • Helpful (2)

          "Freedom House"

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          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

          Freedom House2017-11-26
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