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Global Communities Reviews

Updated October 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Good team work, it working with slum people (in 4 reviews)

  • Work environment community is great, weekly get together across departments (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior staff overlook junior staff (in 4 reviews)

  • No cons, it was a formative experience (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good organization with potential"

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Communities full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Headquarters office: very dedicated, kind staff, good mission, and strong financial controls. Good opportunities for learning about international development and USAID. It is a great place for new graduates, Peace Corps volunteers, and/or people who want to enter into the development field, as well as for well established development professionals/expats who are looking to relocate a strong, stable organization in the DC area. Senior management are receptive to listening to staff concerns.

    Cons

    Headquarters office: For junior staff, pay is consistently lower than the market rate at other organizations, and promotions are rare. Organization does not have a formal career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    It is easy to find out what people make at equivalent positions in the development world. If lower salaries are offered to talented junior employees, they may take them and then leave after a short period of time. Figuring out a promotion system similar to what many other NGOs have done in the sector would also help with retaining strong employees.


  2. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Global Communities part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team of professionals. Very dedicated. Make good use of funds. Good programs.

    Cons

    Random pay scales, career advancement in US limited if already at management level.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Communities full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects and tools that can keep you engaged in the company's programming. Very process driven way of doing business development.

    Cons

    The management was undergoing a restructuring at the time which led to a number of ambiguities and a number of people transitioning into other jobs. Hopefully everything is now settled.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for ataff to explore different aspects of the organizations programming across deparrltments and country offices.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "pmc"

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    Former Employee - Program Development Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Program Development Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Communities (Less than a year)

    Pros

    bad organization, no system, one man show

    Cons

    poor management, no fronts, no fairness

    Advice to Management

    blind management,


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Pretty pleasant experience if you work hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most managers are flexible, good mission, HR listens to complaints

    Cons

    Junior positions start out with very low salaries. Upward mobility is more difficult in some departments, high turn over

    Advice to Management

    Your crazy high bonuses reflect negatively on the mission of the organization especially in some countries where they had to lay off staff due to projects ending


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning for entry level international development professionals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you can catch on quickly, there really are a lot of opportunities to apply what you learned from grad school and experience the realities of international development. Great team - real sense of "work hard, play hard".

    Cons

    I left after a change in leadership. The new CEO didn't bring the "heart" that Michael Doyle provided for the org. He didn't come from international development, nor did he bring CEO experience - so it was taking him a while to figure out how to best lead a business of this size.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great camaraderie, can be meaningful work

    Cons

    management not in tune to development field

  8. "Meaningful work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good team environment. Empowering work.

    Cons

    Senior staff overlook junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Empower junior staff.


  9. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Communities (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work in Social work

    Cons

    Nothing negative to comment about

    Advice to Management

    Over Friendly


  10. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team environment and employees committed to mission and goals of organization. Many creative , hard working individuals who are making a real difference in the lives of the people in the world communities they serve. Very diverse cultural environment and a great place for exchange of ideas and developing improved methods to achieve goals.

    Cons

    As in many business environments, individual experience and effectiveness is impacted by the relationship with the department manager. Management is decentralized by function and project, so a poor manager can have a very adverse effect on goal attainment.

    Advice to Management

    Improve management training and develop assessment scenarios for managers.


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