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Global Communities Reviews

Updated July 1, 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)

  • too many good-hearted people without strong focus on efficiency (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Your wont have a life but you will learn about office politics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people - not management - are amazing as is the work being done in the field. There were many projects I visited where the I was amazed how much was getting done and often it was the projects that had the most contentious relationship with HQ. Says something when success doesn't involve management.

    Cons

    The entire organization doesn't feel like a non-profit - they chase money and will do whatever it takes to get it and keep it including shady practices in lots of programs with USG money. The VPs and CEO at the time were awful - its all about politics and position. Favoritism is rampant and its a very hostile place to work if you arent one of the favorites. Turn over is so high that no one is left in the office I worked in less than a year ago.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing games and politics and focus on why you got into development. When you chase money and try to be something to everyone you'll fail.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good to know"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Global Communities full-time

    Pros

    Company is well established and conveniently located.

    Cons

    Working overtime is the rule rather than the exception. Opportunities for growth are limited and unevenly distributed. When you are so distant from the cause, it is much harder to catch the spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Aim for more transparency, accountability and consistency. Be up front about positions and policies and who they apply to. Ensure they are fairly represented and applied. No benefits or bonuses or causes or even qualified people encourage employees to stay as much as having nice managers does.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Tech officer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment
    Dedicated staff
    Interesting projects and issues
    Always something new to work on
    Great travel opps

    Cons

    Little attention to morale, equity or management.
    Too many managers with poor mngt skills.
    Too much reliance on junior (inexpensive) staff who have no experience and need more mentoring than they can get with intense workload.
    Also too many senior managers who have no background in development so don't see project and organizational shortcomings. Tout everything as a great success.
    Too busy going after new $ to focus enough on what they need to be managing.
    Nobody stops to question reasons for excessive staff turnover.
    Great income disparities between senior mngt and most staff

    Advice to Management

    Do a management assessment/staff survey
    Start asking employees at all levels for their input
    Bring in new senior managers from outside development orgs


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Understaffed, Overworked, Underpaid"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, both that you work with, and the people we help abroad

    Cons

    - Overworked, we are all spread so thin
    - Each department is understaffed from the program side, to finance, to HR, to the executive office.
    - Underpaid, even based on NGO standards we are underpaid at almost every level but the senior management

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking favorites


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Jumping Ship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Staff
    Current Employee - Program Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you meet, and the potential for travel. Traveling to a country and really seeing the people you help makes all the difference in this industry. Its why I've stayed as long as I have.

    Cons

    There's no consistency within the company. Rules aren't applied a crossed the board. Also I just heard about another great employee leaving from our shared services team and its making me want to leave too. Program staff can't work to the best of their ability if they feel like their support is falling from under them. Things like Finance, HR, and IT are essential, and its falling apart.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board: Get rid of the excess VPs. Its too many cooks in the kitchen
    Advice to management: Try to keep the best employees, those that are working towards the major goal of Global Communities.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diversity within the staff, majority are women.

    Cons

    Management isn't interested in developing associates.

    Mid-level employees tend to focus on their own work and not interested in mentorship/support.

    Very little collaboration between departments.

    Culture is very grim. No one enjoys going to work, no one says good morning, no one is interested about what you did over the weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your associates.

    Promote from within.

  8. "Social worker"

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    Current Contractor - Program Officer in Pune City (India)
    Current Contractor - Program Officer in Pune City (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Global Communities as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team work, it working with slum people..solved the issue of slum people regarding soild waste management and created awareness on helth related issue..good supportive for team management.

    Cons

    Theres is no downside working at

    Advice to Management

    Should be the time management and help to others employee for solve the issue at slum level..and don't pressure to employee.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Petty management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good - $10 dollar co-pay paid 2 weeks within 2nd year of employ. Flexible office hours during the summer

    Cons

    Bad management skills, favoritism and alot of office politics make this company an awful place to work. A lot of office gossip too occurs here.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership should learn how to be real managers instead of spending time on petty gossip, maligning of staff and favoritism


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