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2.8
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49%
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41%
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David A. Weiss
30 Ratings
Pros
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  • "Headquarters office: For junior staff, pay is consistently lower than the market rate at other organizations, and promotions are rare(in 4 reviews)

  • "Usual amount of office politics(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Internship"

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

    I worked at Global Communities for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work in Social work

    Cons

    Nothing negative to comment about

    Advice to Management

    Over Friendly

    Global Communities2016-02-02
  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Nice group of international development professionals who care about their work. Women are part of the senior leadership team and makeup a significant portion of the professional staff. Enthusiastic new people are implementing new strategies with senior management support. Organization has a global presence and a record of accomplishment in both USG funded and private sector funded programs. Good place to get...

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    Cons

    HQ Programs and BD areas reorganized last year. A lot is still new. People are still getting used to new supervisors and new responsibilities. Challenging if you are used to a lot of support or if you weren't happy about the changes. Usual amount of office politics Challenging time to be in international development for any organization with a lot of USG funding.

    Global Communities2019-03-18

    Global Communities Response

    April 30, 2019Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

    Thank you for your feedback. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is paramount, and having talented women so well-represented on the team is an important part of that commitment. Also, refining the structural components of our organization so that we can have the biggest ...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of Leadership will bring organization down"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time

    Pros

    The compensation package is good

    Cons

    The President and Senior Vice President lack vision and leadership to pull the organization out of our financial downfall. Staff morale has been in the floor for the past year, adding to the inability of the organization to pull itself around. Working with a lack of vision, no prioritization and constant negative feedback and comments from our leadership is leading to overburdened staff, poorly written proposals, and...

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    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to lead, how to prioritize opportunities and assign resources. If you don't, we will sink.

    Global Communities2019-03-20

    Global Communities Response

    April 30, 2019Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your comment about prioritizing opportunities is helpful, and I have shared your feedback with our senior management team. We take our work and the commitment to our employees very seriously, who without them, we wouldn’t be able ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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

      I worked at Global Communities full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Learned about international aid relief

      Cons

      Popularity contest, poor leadership, lack of upward mobility

      Global Communities2018-11-11
    • Helpful (1)

      "Going through changes"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Global Communities full-time

        Pros

        Committed colleagues, relaxed environment, good benefits

        Cons

        Changed being made due to industry wide downturn have been difficult on employees, unclear SOPs, lack of training during on boarding leads to frustration

        Advice to Management

        Invest more in training and professional development, clarify roles and responsibilities, compensate employees competitively

        Global Communities2018-10-12
      • Helpful (7)

        "Stay far away - extremely toxic environment"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Global Communities full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Some good people at the lower levels just trying to survive

        Cons

        GC is a very very difficult place place to work. Manipulation and power games are the way individuals advance and there is a culture of retaliation that comes from the top. There have been important individuals who have sexually harassed employees but were allowed to continue working there for years until they were allowed to "resign". Senior management allows abuse, uses retribution and is completely incompetent...

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        Advice to Management

        Fire all of senior management. The board should also consider resigning. They allowed sexual harassment and abuse and created the most toxic culture I have ever seen.

        Global Communities2018-11-14
      • "Typical international aid org"

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

        I worked at Global Communities full-time

        Pros

        great organizational structure, hardworking team,

        Cons

        disconnect between the field office and headquarters

        Global Communities2018-09-07
      • Helpful (5)

        "manager"

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        Current Employee - Manager in Silver Spring, MD
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Global Communities full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        nice place, nice people, free food, free coffee, less stress

        Cons

        Huge turn over, no room to grow, extremely badly managed, huge disparity in salaries, worst CEO and COO, no shared vision

        Advice to Management

        Replace the senior management with better qualified, younger, eager to work people. management is paid too much and they do nothing, need someone to change the culture.

        Global Communities2018-08-29
      • Helpful (8)

        "Stay far away"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Global Communities full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Great programs, great staff. Excellent culture at the lower ranks.

        Cons

        Toxic executive structure. Wasteful, ignorant, and expensive.

        Advice to Management

        The CEO and COO should resign. They have been completely mismanaging fairly straightforward and needed structural changes. They have maximized chaos and inefficiency. I’ve never seen anything like it.

        Global Communities2018-03-26
      • Helpful (3)

        "Good organization with potential"

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

        I worked at Global Communities full-time for more than 6 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...

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        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.

        Global Communities2017-06-23
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