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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 (8)

    "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 3 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...

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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
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Warning: Toxic"

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

    I worked at Freedom House full-time for 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...

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    Advice to Management

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

    Freedom House2017-11-28
  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 (5)

    "Executive Staff - Asleep at the Wheel"

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

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

    Pros

    Genuine commitment by staff to human rights and democracy.

    Cons

    New President is condescending, out of touch and self serving. The Executive staff - out of touch and show very little regard for anyone below the title of Director. Staff are at the mercy of their supervisors who manage their programs with impunity - there is no room for true collaboration, due to toxic environment of competition. Staff are disregarded, overworked and grossly...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop traveling around the world and take a serious step towards righting this ship. Look around how many staff members have to leave before you wake up.

    Freedom House2015-12-26
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Awful management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freedom House

    Pros

    There's great work going on at FH and staff are extremely knowledgeable/qualified in their respective fields. Most people around you are really driven by the mission.

    Cons

    The new President, Mark Lagon, is absolutely horrendous. Terrible leader, blatantly self-promoting, arrogant, and cares more about his title than the mission. His strategic planning process seemed to be "for-show" and I suspect that he will pursue his own ideas and ignore others. I left before I could find out. Run away. This place is plummeting towards the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Don't instigate internal politics. Learn to lead the organization.

    Freedom House2015-12-17
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Freedom House needs to do better."

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      Former Employee - Program Officer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

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

      Pros

      Good place to earn valuable experience in DC. Great connections. Mission is admirable.

      Cons

      The same problems have existed for years, and will continue to exist for years because there is absolutely no will to change the status quo. Abusive, harassing, and incompetent managers are the norm, and suffer no consequences for inappropriate actions. New president is condescending and out of touch with the reality of the institution, despite an intensive "listening tour,"...

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      Advice to Management

      Hire an external account to review financial protocols and procedures and balance the books. Respect ALL employees.

      Freedom House2015-09-08
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