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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good company to get your foot in the door"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn the business of associations. Decent people. Prime location in the heart of DC.

    Cons

    The organization needs more focus on organizational learning. Systems and people are behind the curve. Invest in new ways of doing and thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt a learning culture and encourage training and professional development.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "International Economic Development Council"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IEDC full-time

    Pros

    Friendships at the office, freedom and flexibility, everyone works hard to provide good products and services

    Cons

    Silo effect in office, it can be difficult to change processes that have been in effect for many years


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Disorganized and depressing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You will meet some great people at this job (and some less wonderful people, see below). There are some really smart, interesting, gifted, and warm people who work here, and there is a real sense of camaraderie here.

    The lucky few who work in 'knowledge management distribution' also benefit from what appears to be completely hands-off management. That team seems to get away with a lot, though some of the people on that side really seem to be putting in good effort and actually caring. l. If you work on the MMS (Membership, Marketing and Sales) side, you're in for a ride...

    Sometimes I liked the work of putting together conferences and helping out members, and it was nice to see that many of the members earnestly liked interacting with you. I would have liked to have learned more about economic development when I was there, and I got the sense that that field can be really beneficial, but I also w was told by my colleagues that the kind of economic development that IEDC works in is pretty simplistic, lowest-common-denominator kind of stuff. Sometimes the members I talked to laughed at IEDC for being kind of silly and primitive.

    Cons

    The place is super-disorganized, with changing strategies, goals, projects. Mostly driven by the whims of the CEO, but all efforts to standardize/innovate/plan-by-anything more than the seat of the pants gets slapped down. project schedules? Don't even try. Budgets? Good luck seeing that. Information is handed out on a-need-to-know basis, and there's a 50% chance that the person who is telling you that doesn't know because the goals and objectives have already been changed. Half the time you hear about something going on you are like "WTF!" because it either goes directly against everything you have already heard, or just doesn't make any sense, and you never hear why that got changed.

    There is absolutely no commitment to training employees or giving them opportunities (travel, education, certifications, networking), even though those shouldn't be hard to come by what with all the members and being in DC and all.

    Management is whimsical to be generous. Senior managers are generally incompetent. It's not clear what their purpose or value-add is. The CEO is rarely around because he is mainly just enjoying free glad-handing and back-slapping around the country (the Board loves him and seems pretty oblivious to the disastrous conditions in the office), and doesn't participate in any decisionmaking (or even delegating sometimes) but then will swoop in at the last second to utterly micromanage things, usually in a really rude and unpredictable way. Good luck trying to explain why months of planning and deliberation had gotten you to where you are. This maybe explains why new employees often come in with cool ideas that get slapped down and they end up disheartened and not caring. Why care when there seems to be no effort, no culture, no reward or punishment whether work gets done well or poorly, if at all?! Eventually a lot of these usually leave. Super high turnover. For maybe 30 people who work there, expect as many as 10 to leave in a given year!

     Plus you have the bullies. There is a group of employees who are just mean, secretive, judgmental, unsupportive. They have each other's backs but nobody else's. In fact, they generally try to undermine both management and the junior staff. Longer-term employees tend to be rewarded because of their loyalty, not because of their competence. They either get some sweetheart deal of working from elsewhere, or they bitterly prowl the office, looking for ways to make themselves better by undercutting everyone else (sometimes even their 'friends' the other bullies). A lot of your time will be spent avoiding these people, until you face head-on conflict with them. Then the gloves come off, and you are sure to lose, since even though the bullies hate the CEO, he eggs them on and doles out special favors to his enforcers.

    I really wanted to like this job but the horrible culture, the disorganization, the mismanagement really killed it for me.

    Advice to Management

    Replace senior 'management' including CEO with professionals who know how to communicate/budget/schedule/organize/discipline/motivate/inspire.

    Bring in an HR person.

    Establish and communicate budgets, schedules, priorities, goals. Stick to them. Manage around them.

    Set rules of conduct for interoffice relations that everyone, up to and including the CEO upholds. Don't tolerate laziness, bullying.

    Train your employees about rules, the organization, the organization's work, skills they need to succeed and move to the next phase of their career.

    push for more quality, not the lowest common denominator.

    Encourage your employees to be innovative and work hard. punish employees who are lazy, uncooperative, do bad work. Give your employees opportunities that they want.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Spare Your Sense of Self and Pride. Do Not Work for this CEO."

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

    Pros

    Most staff, for those that are still left, are talented, ethical, progressive, and accountable.

    Cons

    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU RECEIVED AN EMAIL IN ALL CAPS. ALL IN THE SUBJECT LINE. FOLLOWED BY QUESTION MARKS AND EXCLAMATION MARKS??????????!!!!!!!!!
    Well, that does not feel good, now does it? Welcome to IEDC and the barking communication style of the President and CEO.

    Work Environment. The building is old and probably not up to code. Majority of the space is a cube farm with loose walls that have become unhinged are ready to fall over. The ceiling is drop ceiling tile and it is living up to its “drop” as tiles are loose and hang haphazardly. The air quality and temperature is not regulated or healthy. In the Winter, if the heat is not working, staff is forced to work in their coats and share space heaters that are spread throughout the office. In the Summer, it can get to a sweltering 82 degrees with no air circulation. There have been cases of staff leaving due to dizziness and nausea. The furniture and equipment is old and recycled from the 30 year tenure of the President. The safety and comfort is not a priority for staff. There is a reoccurring rodent issue. Recommendation: Notify OSHA.

    Staff. A staff of 30 that is probably now hovering around 20 or less, not including contractors. About 10+ staff have left this year with more anticipated to exit as soon as the opportunity arises. There is a good group of staff that are knowledgeable and accountable. Then there are the bullies and this term is not being used loosely. They think they are immune to accountability and they rule the office. The President allows them to do so, little does he realize that this handful of staff have a distaste for him. CAO is/was Human Resources. This position was not able to provide the safe harbor, confidentiality, ethical and lawful processes to any staff because he was not given the support or tools needed to act on staff grievances. Recommendation: Outsource a Human Resource group, a lawful HR group with no biases. The staff has the right to have a voice and the option to confidentially and legally document complaints and concerns without fear of retribution.

    President. He operates in grey, nothing is ever black and white. This is a control tactic and allows him to change what he wants, when he wants, allowing him to blame who he wants. This leaves staff pining for his feedback, strokes his ego, and empowers his bullying ways. He is a likeable man until you work for him. He prides himself on his LinkedIn 4.76 billion connections. To the Board of Directors and the members he portrays himself as a kind upstanding man. To the staff he is belligerent, accusatory, racist and sexist. Sadly, those on the outside don't see the inner workings of this man and how he treats those who work so diligently to provide members and the Board quality projects and events. Why won’t staff speak up you may ask? When you are in this situation on a daily basis, you first try to become numb to it, second there is a true underlying fear. This man holds your livelihood in his hands whether you are a dual income household providing for your family, a single parent trying your best to raise a child or a single person trying to make a living in this area. You too, would have reservations to speak up. When you see a man like this strong arm various people and companies, it is frightful knowing that you could be on the same receiving end. Recommendation: Board of Directors needs to get involved and realize how things are truly run behind the scenes. Unbiased outsourced Human Resource group needs to get involved and protect the rights of all employees, unfortunately from a man who is supposed to be their leader, mentor, President.

    Advice to Management

    Since there is no management, this is for the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the members. There is validity to these reviews. Unfortunately and sadly we speak from experience and commonality, trying to make things better for the staff that remain and for those unsuspecting new staff. Read this, hear us. Staff needs help, now.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IEDC full-time

    Pros

    The office is near some tasty food options for lunch. Also, nice staff will occasionally roll through, but they usually leave within a couple of years.

    Cons

    When you make your staff feel bad very day unless they're in your inner circle, you're going to have rapid turnover. If you let your inner circle of staff treat their colleagues terribly, you're going to have rapid turnover. If you run the office like it is 1970, you're going to have rapid turnover. If you say racist and sexist stuff and laugh about it, you're going to have rapid turnover. If you have horrible HR policies, you're going to have rapid turnover. If you don't pay people enough, you're going to have rapid turnover. If your executive level staff is incompetent, you're going to have rapid turnover. Correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation... but this company has the highest turnover rate I have ever seen.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid if at all possible! Awful CEO ruins everything."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IEDC full-time

    Pros

    Some colleagues are the saving grace in this dumpster-fire of an organization.

    Cons

    So many cons to this place. On the façade, IEDC looks like any other well-intentioned association. On the inside, it's a chaotic, toxic, and downright awful place to work. Turnover rate is insanely high as no sane person can stand this place. The happiest employees are the ones who work remotely as they can avoid most of the CEO's awful management. Also, there are no standard operating procedures and the office is very much a sink or swim situation with onboarding.

    The CEO has been in the job for 30 years and his policies and treatment of staff are stuck in the 70's. Often makes inappropriate comments to staff. A class action lawsuit on sexual harassment could easily happen. He micromanages often and flip-flops on things, so work is never easy. Most people who leave cite him as the main cause.

    Most people try to keep their heads down and work. Office loves to gossip, so interaction can lead to gossip, so better not to interact. Well known bullies in the office also make work toxic and unenjoyable. CEO does nothing to prevent this and actually favors the bullies. Even with your head down, CEO's fury hits the fan so often the stress from work can be over whelming.

    Oh, and pay is so awful. Some people make far less than others. If people saw what others made, many would quit.

    Advice to Management

    Fire CEO and the bullies. Change the work culture and care about your employees.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Awful Work Environment"

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

    Pros

    The only real pro of IEDC is that management rarely pays attention to the activities of staff, meaning you can literally do next to nothing and still have a job.

    Cons

    Where to start. This is one of the worst trade associations I have ever worked for. From the top down, the organization was a complete mess. The CEO is a petty man and an awful manager. He would often yell and demean staff not only in his office, but in front of others. If anyone ever left, he refused to speak to them calling them disloyal (unless they had been there for 5+years). His hiring practices and instincts for talent were also atrocious. He had hired two managers during my time there. Both were completely inept at their jobs. One would rather be friends with his staff, failing to manage anyone well. Staff consistently showed up extremely late with no repercussions, work straight up wasn't completed and no action was taken, etc. Just terrible. The other manager was more concerned with her own status than managing her staff. The staff, while some were friendly, were mostly comprised of people who had resigned to the fact that they were going to work at IEDC for an extremely long time. For the most part, they were unhappy, frustrated and unmotivated to excel at their positions, content with doing the bare minimum to get by.

    Functionally, the organization was a mess with the CEO making terrible business decisions on a fairly regular basis and taking it out on staff. He was also extremely money hungry with a high level of self importance. All in all, absolutely terrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    They should learn to actually manage and keep talented employees rather than turn and burn them.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Reporting to CEO? Run. Not reporting to CEO? Decent gig."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location and cool work if you're interested in the field of economic development or in conference planning. Colleagues are some of the nicest people you'll meet. Some of my former colleagues are friends I'll keep for the rest of my life!

    Cons

    The CEO is god awful. I mean just god. Awful. Here are the extent of his staff management activities: 1. Demand a specific (and usually unachievable) outcome and then express your dramatic disappointment that employees didn't achieve this desired outcome OR (this one is his favorite) 2. Demand specific outcomes and then swoop in at the last minute and 'save the day', when all along, the organizational chaos he does nothing about is what meant you couldn't achieve that outcome. Good times.

    If you would have to report to the CEO, avoid IEDC. If you wouldn't have to interact with the CEO, go for it because most staff is super nice, smart, funny and supportive.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO *IS* management, so there's really no advice I can give that would be helpful. Conference Planners, writers/content creators and Legislative folks are a dime a dozen in DC, so his approach works for the organization.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "IEDC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly work environment, able to own projects and programs, hard-working staff, members are generally great and pretty nice benefits

    Cons

    silo effect in office, lack of communication in some instances, compensation can sometimes be on the lower end


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Dysfunctional and Frustrating"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IEDC full-time

    Pros

    The people who work here are great coworkers and there is a great camaraderie that comes out of bonding over the office craziness.

    Cons

    The head of the company is unpredictable and a bully. He takes great joy in sending nasty emails, sometimes while you are on your way back to your desk from talking to him. It creates a fearful and anxious environment that is very hard to handle.


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