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  1. "A Unique Opportunity!"

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

    I have been working at Management Leadership for Tomorrow full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, intelligent, fun, and passionate people.
    Real impact and real results at an organization that is moving the diversity conversation forward.
    Tremendous opportunities for growth as the organization continues to expand programming.

    Cons

    Since it is a new organization, infrastructure is an opportunity area, however this will change with time.

    Advice to Management

    Visibility is important at all levels. Maintain and continue to grow the organizational culture by hiring the best and most passionate people to make sure that MLT is a high performing organization.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting, challenging work"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Management Leadership for Tomorrow full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I planned to work at MLT for a few months during a transition period in my career and I ended up staying for nearly a year because it ended up being a great fit for me and the organization. People at the organization are very welcoming and were very open to having me contribute on whatever project they needed help on despite the fact that I was a consultant. It was rewarding to be able to add value right away, which I wasn't expecting, across various areas including operations, analytics, and data collection. I also was able to work on program creation and project management, which were areas I wanted to gain more experience in and my supervisor carved those out as opportunities for me. I definitely enjoyed my time at MLT, which was both challenging and fun and would recommend it to others.

    Cons

    It's fairly entrepreneurial (since the organization is only 12 years old and has been growing), so there's a lot of opportunity to add value and contribute. But people need to know how to prioritize effectively and regularly, because there's always more that can be done. Also, it is important to communicate across teams / managers in order to move things forward, so skill in prioritizing and communication are key. People who have experience managing their workflow and managing up effectively will probably be most successful here. The people who seem to be most successful there have business backgrounds with strong communication skills.

    MLT could do a better job of establishing clear "ownership" of different initiatives. There can sometimes be too many cooks in the kitchen on new work, which can slow things down (though there are benefits to having various people collaborating / contributing).

    Advice to Management

    Management could work on how to handle lower performers - hold them just as accountable for their performance since it can be demotivating for high performers.


  3. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Management Leadership for Tomorrow (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Helps with career development and interviews

    Cons

    Not enough one on one coaching


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Great Mission, Horrifying Management"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Management Leadership for Tomorrow full-time

    Pros

    MLT brings together truly interesting and motivated young people who are dedicated to creating a true culture of inclusion in corporate America. An important community of minority leaders in the making.

    Cons

    MLT is an incredibly poorly run organization. Putting to the side the irony that none of the senior leadership includes minorities (except for John Rice), MLT has serious problems with staffing and turnover, problems that are readily explained. MLT hires incredibly competent people and then simultaneously overworks them while making it clear to them that they cannot be trusted to do their jobs. Every work experience was laced with unnecessary micromanagement. Intelligence and creativity were devalued as a central management tenet. Hierarchy at the organization is established for the sake of having hierarchy, not for advancing the mission of the organization. The organization itself was basically run in absentia, and yet no decisions could be made by the individuals who were "in the trenches" and most acquainted with the needs of their respective MLT populations. The general vibe of undeserved organizational self-aggrandizement was at once shocking and comical, and the utter disregard of staff and their important contributions was disturbing.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the power of an engaged and intelligent staff. Appreciate that the goals of the organization should apply to the organization as well. Allow staff to do the jobs you hired them for. Hire an Executive Director to actually run the organization.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place, but not for everyone"

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

    I have been working at Management Leadership for Tomorrow full-time

    Pros

    Org is growing pretty quickly and there are always opportunities to do new things or get involved in new projects. You also get a good amount of autonomy in terms of how you choose to get things done. There is a lot going on and the org moves at a fast pace, which can be a pro or a con, depending on your personality. The amount of autonomy can also be a pro or con depending on personality, especially for people coming from a larger corporation where you would tend to have a very well defined job with a narrow scope.

    Cons

    Org is very focused on metrics, which is certainly unique for the non-profit sector and can be a difficult adjustment for some. Any decisions are asked to be backed up with numbers and analysis, which some people struggle with. Other orgs might ask people to just be good at running programs, but MLT asks them to also understand analytics behind programs which pushes some people out of their comfort zones. MLT is like a start-up in a lot of ways, so people work hard and work/life balance isn't always great during busy times of year.

    Advice to Management

    Need to spend more time working with people on some of the areas mentioned above that tend to be out of people's comfort zones and be willing to slow down the pace when people are on a learning curve.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Stay 2 years, move on"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For junior/ midlevel ppl who have the ability to interact with partners, great exposure and networking opportunities with recruiters/ reps from great companies. Possible to network with alums, can offer good opportunities. There are always lots of projects so a junior person could take on leadership roles.
    Some managers are great, good advocate, very flexible/ chill. Casual dress in office everyday.
    Junior/ midlevel ppl seem to encourage each other to think about their next career steps. Many managers willing to mentor younger staff.
    If you ar ea junior/ mid level person coming to work here, you should see and use it as an opportunity or stepping stone, don't expect to advance in the long term though.

    Cons

    Senior Management is totally shut off in their own world - no communication regarding vision and some significant initiatives with rest of company. It sometimes feels like they work at a separate company that happens to be co-locating with the company all the junior and mid-level people work for.
    Additionally, there have been a couple of initiatives that are announced and then nothing comes of them, or are very slow or bungled. The senior level as a whole takes too much on instead of doing a few things right, and it's hard to take seriously.
    Hiring has been very slow, and when there's a vacancy everyone else is left to suffer.

    Advice to Management

    One thing: Involve staff more. Communicate and be transparent. This doesn't mean showing up at a happy hour and asking people How was your weekend. It means opening up about new projects and initiatives, being accountable, sharing what you're thinking, what direction the company is headed, and doing that on a regular basis with all staff, not just a select few faves people.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Staff"

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

    Pros

    They hire talented people who care.

    Cons

    People starved for recognition resulting in overworked staff. Always demanding more without giving credit and appropriate rewards/pay for contributions made.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking staff members to write good reviews on Glass Door. Do what's right by people and good reviews will come naturally. Stop chasing the money. Hire a management team with people skills.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people to work with, leadership needs improvement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at Management Leadership for Tomorrow full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven
    Great team of ppl

    Cons

    Management
    Little opportunity for growth
    High turnover


  9. "Average Experience"

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

    Pros

    Lots of new experiences in understanding the Non Profit sector and it management.

    Cons

    Some slight disorganization and office tension I could have lived without.


  10. "Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Great training and soft skill development

    Cons

    Clarification of managerial intentions in conferences.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the training program


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