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Updated November 15, 2017
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  1. "Macfadden revoew"

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    Current Employee - Grant Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Grant Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great contract clients to work for

    Cons

    Not enough vacation days, and you might be forced to use profesisonal development funds for training then pay it back if you leave early

    Advice to Management

    streamline salaries across the board. Disparity between people with the same title.


  2. "Environmental Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Macfadden full-time

    Pros

    Good Company to work for good benefits and insurance

    Cons

    Compensation is not too great.

  3. "Decent Salary"

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

    I worked at Macfadden full-time

    Pros

    Always paid on time and my own office

    Cons

    No raises and no commuter benefits

    Advice to Management

    Offer incentives


  4. "Technical Support Specialist"

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

    I worked at Macfadden full-time

    Pros

    Great company and open communication

    Cons

    PTO was not enough but LWOP was an option


  5. "PSS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, career opportunities, that's about it

    Cons

    Shady company who doesn't care about employees

    Advice to Management

    Get better management


  6. "Poor management overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -decent salaries
    -interesting and large portfolio

    Cons

    Weak and insufficient management. Zero communication skills.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better leaders


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Do not work for this contractor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time

    Pros

    Pros are few:

    - Good leverage for later in your career, USAID experience will really count for something.

    - Nice team.

    Cons

    - Horrible benefits: Even though my salary increased from my last contractor, I actually lost money due to having to pay for everything. Some colleagues of mine purchase their health insurance on the open market due to it being cheaper. I also know of colleagues who have taken second jobs to make up for the difference in benefits. It is also a bit awkward when MacFadden does not take part in the Metro benefits for Federal Employees and contractors. It seems like every chance they get to cut corners and short change employees, they will take.

    - Ineffective management: There is incredibly poor communication from management, unclear roles, and employees are not given the tools to complete their jobs. For example,it took more than a month for our team to be given a scanner, even though one of most important tasks is to scan documents.

    - Micromanagement is rampant here: Everything needs to go through team leaders, there is little trust between management and employees. Bosses will mention how they do not want to micromanage and then do it anyways, which makes for a very odd acknowledgement that they are doing so, but not caring about it.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees better benefits.

    Make them more empowered to make choices that are necessary in order for them to complete their jobs and cut down on micromanagement.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Think twice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Macfadden (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close to Metro. Never missed a payroll. Accounting / Finance staff great. Nice office space, individual offices was the norm.

    Cons

    Human Resource not helpful. HR plays favoritism. HR has rules for them, and different rules for others. President is clueless, ineffective, and relies on advice from staff who have their own agenda, and doesn't acknowledge or reward the strong staff. Poor Business Development team ... not winning new contracts. HQ turnover is high and rewards for strong performance lacking. Corporate policies not well documented and change without notice.

    Advice to Management

    Look around the firm and realize the strengths and weaknesses of HQ staff. Consider selling the company while you have something worth selling. Retain Project/Program Managers who are experienced and know how to professionally work with Federal Leads.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Working for USAID here was a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work with USAID, decent professional development if you are proactive about seeking out training, and doors can open for you if you work hard and are a go-getter. Management is supportive although they can be a little distracted. Most people are very nice to work with. Very progressive telework policies.

    Cons

    Occasional awkwardness in the contractor role while part of a USAID office; no organized performance evaluation process (at least during my employment); there is paid leave but no dedicated sick leave (you can telework though).

    Advice to Management

    The positives of management outweighed any negatives. A standard process to evaluate performance would help staff and managers alike. I think a process might be in the works.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Decent not Good not Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Macfadden has had a fair amount of home office turn over but the CEO and remaining senior management are very employee focused. Good 401k matching (3%), for an ESOP. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Systems are ancient, decisions take forever, and their is very little strategic vision.


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