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Michael Abramowitz
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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. Helpful (2)

    "Great people and vision, awful management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Freedom House full-time for 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...

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    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...

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    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.

    Freedom House2017-12-09
  2. 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
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Incompetent managers, low morale, few advancement opportunities, shaky future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part of working at Freedom House is the opportunity to interact with activists in your region who actually make a difference. You meet and learn from some amazing people. Some regional teams enjoy frequent regional travel. Many junior staff are smart, interesting, and driven. Some of the programs can be rewarding.

    Cons

    With a very few notable exceptions, managers range from psychotic to incompetent to merely unremarkable. They are overpaid, underworked, and focused on the wrong things. Conversations among junior staff are filled with horror stories about managers and VPs. Managers who are an active detriment to the organization are very rarely let go: instead, they stay for years, drawing enormous...

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    Advice to Management

    It is... hard to know where to begin.

    Freedom House2015-01-28
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities for the focused"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The executives, senior and junior staff are committed to democracy, freedom, and human rights, and thankfully, care enough about the organization to stay on and focus on the important task of making it a freer world for all. My interactions with HR, IT, Finance, and Ops have always been extremely positive and professional. I respect their policies and don’t ask that they bend rules in my behalf, which unfortunately,...

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    Cons

    FH has made some poor decisions in the last few years. Some directors have brought in some senior level POs with huge egos who have thought they were the smartest kids on the block and yet expect to be mollycoddled. They seem oblivious to how exhausting it must be for directors who have to hand-hold them. They blame execs and senior management for all the problems in the organization but don’t think their lack of in-depth...

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    Advice to Management

    There are quite a few program staff who have their hearts in the right place. They are quiet, keep their heads down, work hard, don't play politics or back-stab, and got where they are today purely on merit - reward them! Stop picking favorites - it's wrong and they'd leave and tell the world how weak (rightly or wrongly) you are anyway. That some of the senior staff and execs have risen above the fray is to be...

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    Freedom House2014-10-19
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Organization in freefall."

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    Former Employee - Program Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some very nice and talented people who work here. We move to a new office soon, which could only be a positive thing. Upcoming change in leadership, will also be a potential positive... Previously controversial Human resources Director was replaced by a very kind and helpful person. Good job, Freedom House, Incorporated (Inc.). She and the HR staff are doing well to get things moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    In reference to the Washington, DC-based organization, there are many to consider. Liiterally dozens of the organization's staff members have left this year. Sometimes, it was due to funding. But in many cases it was due to they just could not take it anymore. They seem to have taken upper management's attitude - if you think you can get higher pay/more respect/a better work experience elsewhere, go ahead and try...

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    Advice to Management

    As a parting show of good faith, the outgoing president should get rid of the 3-4 execs who are not doing their jobs. Don't set the next guy/gal up for failure.

    Freedom House2014-10-14
  6. "Focus on two things you do best."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With committed employees who make personal sacrifices for the mission, most junior staff and research team are dedicated. Great benefits, excellent work/life balance & work culture. Annual Freedom reports are revered. Elimination of previous Ops team was laudable. HR remains a strong advocate for junior staff - finally eliminated hole-in-the wall PM.

    Cons

    Senior staff have poor management skills. Execs & senior staff aren’t able to raise funds but, continue to draw a paycheck! Junior staff are now expected to raise funds. PM MENA was a nightmare. Finance is stretched thin. Development needs results-oriented exec. I.T is inappropriate!

    Advice to Management

    Merge the programs. Merge global and regional execs and replace with new veepee. Show leadership and hold senior staff accountable for their decisions and conduct. Hold directors accountable for junior staffs' professional growth and development.

    Freedom House2014-08-14
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Be sure it's what you like - human rights work isn’t for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff’s commitment to human rights is impressive and they are very knowledgeable about events around the world; Decent flow of communication through several meetings, and event and travel announcements; Frequent promotions--depending on nomination by your director, and the president’s approval—promotion from SPA to PO can be a hurdle as it depends on a program’s ability to fund the PA or SPA position; The benefits...

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    Cons

    Ongoing "Intermittent Technology" (I.T.); Research output is painfully dull, largely because some directors don't have new research skills and have been using the same old methodology for the past ten to fifteen years; Some programs have little or no impact, in most part because they are poorly planned and implemented--this is particularly true for the one run in DC by multiple management staff; Skill level of some...

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    Advice to Management

    Assess usefulness of some publications and programs—start with those such as FoE and RF, which are already embedded in regional programs; Implement some sort of plan to exit long-serving staff who've all run out of fresh ideas.

    Freedom House2014-02-24
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work, but some streamlining and narrowing of strategic direction is needed!"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is deeply satisfying and fulfilling, and there's lots of room for creativity and meaningful work, if you really know your region or thematic area. The benefits are great, and the company health insurance and retirement are the best so far; the work environment is great - people are helpful and collegial. Freedom House isn't perfect---the pay is not fantastic, but neither is the funding – still, it’s gratifying...

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    Cons

    Operations department needs to be more functional---you never get a response to your emails on weekends or evenings - when you have the most emergency occurrences. Instead, programs frequently rely more on other departments, to handle emergencies. Lots of Freedom House staff come straight from college, with not much work experience and think that they have all the answers and are ready to set the world on fire---directors...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on fundraising; strengthen publications; merge Africa and MENA – and get a strong director for the merged programs. Hold directors and execs accountable for their poor management and program decisions. Get rid of nonperforming directors, execs, and junior staff.

    Freedom House2014-02-16
  9. Helpful (6)

    "An organization that dwells on the past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House

    Pros

    Great company for fresh graduates; great benefits; convenient location

    Cons

    This company lives off its name but is unfortunately a dying organization. It struggles on fundraising but has no idea how to innovate its development strategy. Executive staff make closed-door HR decisions. Junior staff cannot move up unless their supervisors leave. The HR department needs another HR department.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace great ideas; hire a consultant to diagnose issues; be more transparent

    Freedom House2014-02-09
  10. "So much on offer"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are committed to human rights and the plight of the oppressed around the world. Reports from field employees make program work more credible. Excellent information sharing through staff meetings, huddles, readouts, etc. Opportunity for frequent international travel for junior staff. The benefits are great and my supervisor is flexible when it comes to our work hours. Finance and human resources...

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    Cons

    The fundraising infrastructure is weak-- some programs are ineffective fundraisers, and development is not doing such a great job either. There is a pervasive sense of entitlement among some junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Hire employees who want to get work done, not travel on Freedom House's dime. The proposal team should write proposals for programs. Most junior staff plan to work for 2 years and use the organization as leverage when seeking other opportunities -- execs should ease up on those promotions. Tell disgruntled and negative staff to leave. The proposal team should write proposals for programs.

    Freedom House2014-01-26
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