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Global Communities Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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David A. Weiss
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Pros
  • Work environment community is great, weekly get together across departments (in 4 reviews)

  • Good team, not much stress, decent pay compared to local average, long history, stable organization, no real competitor for the product we make (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior staff overlook junior staff (in 3 reviews)

  • no one is interested about what you did over the weekend (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. 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,


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Pretty pleasant experience if you work hard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not for me or my friends"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Nice international staff, not far from metro stop

    Cons

    Management is terrible, everyone works late and no one is happy


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointing!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I met some really great people there, which, is the best way to survive in such a toxic environment. There was also the possibility to travel, if you are the type that wants to be on the go.

    Cons

    Management was terrible and created an unfriendly work atmosphere. Most would place blame on employees instead of working together to figure out a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Hire responsible managers that can create a work environment that people thrive in and actually enjoy. Employees stay where they feel wanted.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Beltway Bandits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Communities full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Field staff are incredible, people are wonderful, smart & caring.

    Cons

    Rife with internal politics, lack of vision for staff and their futures, absolutely no concern for actual impact apart from questionable donor reporting indicators, a white man's club.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Promotions not necessary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Officer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Support Officer in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    International travel opportunity
    Lower echelons: hard working, dedicated, intelligent group of people
    Promoting positive change...for the most part

    Cons

    Lacks strong, sound leadership
    Horrible inter-department communication and collaboration
    Low morale, and mgmt could care less

    Advice to Management

    Put the same time and energy into your people as they put into your organization
    A simple Thank You goes a long way...and don't wait until they leave to tell them


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good for fresh graduates in need of getting experience on their resumes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are mostly easy going and flexible (unlike management). There are many wonderful people, with diverse experiences and skill sets, both at headquarters and on the field

    Cons

    Overworking junior level staff. Very low pay compared to other NGOs, resulting in frequent staff turnover. The management looks out only for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to find ways to maintain staff retention and boost employee morale. It is no coincidence that the only people who've been there over two years are all VPs and directors.


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