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Updated April 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Working for USAID here was a good experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Think twice"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Program Grants Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. A lot of opportunities to move around and learn about USAID/ OFDA. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Limits to what can and cannot be done since you are ultimately a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear during the interview process about the limits of being a contractor.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Systems Support Analyst/Information Technology Analyst in Temple Hills, MD
    Former Employee - Data Systems Support Analyst/Information Technology Analyst in Temple Hills, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Macfadden (More than a year)

    Pros

    Corporate office are helpful and able to assist with benefits and any other administrative needs.

    Cons

    Some Contract site manager needs to work on how to better communicating with Staff and Government Clients.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good government contracting company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Macfadden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Macfadden is a fairly painless way to work with government agencies without going through the long federal hiring process. They handle the admin stuff, you do the actual work. They are also pretty flexible within the confines of the contracts they have with government offices. Good benefits too like health, medical, dental, vision and $2000 for education/courses/conferences. It's employee owned so there is employee stock ownership. And they work at a lot of good agencies and offices doing good work.

    Cons

    They are sometimes not super helpful with security clearance or HR issues, but generally get the right thing done. The pay is pretty decent, though you often can't bargain because they are a contractor and the government office sets the pay. Because most jobs are contract jobs, getting promotions and raises is not easy. The recruiting people are not the best if your team is trying to hire somebody, you have to hold their hand to find the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep expanding to more offices and agences


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Could be better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Corporate provides OK benefits (telework and I believe 2-4 weeks off per year).

    Cons

    Corporate will bend over backwards for clients yet underpay its actual workers. There is a large pay gap between what contractors earn v. what direct hires and PSCs earn. This creates an awkward power dynamic.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a salary equivalent to their PSCs counterparts who have the same duties. Perhaps this is an OPM thing, but provide a regular clearance status update: Many are waiting on their clearances to take on more job responsibilities and there is, once again, an awkward dynamic between those who have/ don't have clearances to access Reagan building.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Top of the line consultant for USG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Management Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Management Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you play your cards right, there is always room to move up.

    Cons

    Will do whatever the client wants without reservations

    Advice to Management

    None. Great senior leadership.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Worst experience ever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Macfadden full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about USAID efforts and work with other great team members, not including senior staff

    Cons

    Deceitful and abusive senior PM and HQ is completely clueless

    Advice to Management

    Clean up house before more staff leave or get smart enough to file claims


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Task Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Task Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Task Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Macfadden full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good Company, very friendly people.

    Cons

    Every 4 years to renew the contract.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much to advice . I was very please to work for this company until the management changed to another company that I lost my job.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "It was ok"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Environmental Data Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, compressed work schedules

    Cons

    Pay was really low, no room for advancement, work is not very challenging

    Advice to Management

    Management should create more challenging oportunities or do more to show employee appreciation


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