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NAFSA Reviews

Updated December 20, 2016
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  1. "Public Policy Intern"

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

    I worked at NAFSA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, paid internship, access to to the best, brightest and most influential professionals in the industry. Has a wide network of associated organizations and allies. If you intern here you can intern here, you can use as a launching pad into international education industry.

    Cons

    Can sometimes feel unneeded or inessential to what the full time workers are doing. They are often so busy that sometimes the best they can do is give you busywork.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to integrate interns into the work flow more


  2. "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NAFSA full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to get into the field of international education. There are a lot of opportunities to network with members and get exposed to different areas in the field. Staff are friendly and globally minded. Not a high stress environment with a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to similar international education nonprofits and membership associations.


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    "NAFSA = Spring Board to Better Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Assistant/Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant/Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits (vacation, summer hours, professional development). Most people are nice and liberal and 'globally minded' - many speak more than one language and almost all have lived, worked, studied and spent lots of time abroad. Also, NAFSA puts on a superior Annual Conference and almost all colleagues who have left have gone on to greater, better positions - so if anything I think NAFSA serves as an intermediary career stepping stone for most staff. Also the most members are incredible people.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover, low salaries, very 'top heavy' with way too many people on the Senior Management level. Senior Management is stuck on 'old ways', the HR department is an absolute joke and almost all policies are poorly written and out of date, very secretive/closed door policy with hiring and firing of individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving us cheese as a holiday gift, invest and nurture the talents of entry level staff, get rid of 'intern row' - it's demeaning to the interns, HR needs major improvements.


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  5. "The politics will get to you along with the salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Summer hours 8:30 am - 5:30 pm M-Th 9-12pm Fr
    Most of the people are very nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Low salaries
    Promotion potential is barely there, or only there for the men. (and there is only 10 of them)
    The politics in the office can be stiffling

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your lower level employees. They have great potential to do something good for the company, but you shut them out by only believing they should work here for 2-3 years.


  6. "Negative culture in staff office with a few good managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NAFSA full-time

    Pros

    I had a supportive, thoughtful boss, which made a difference here; there are good benefits and vacation time; and a great annual membership conference. The members make the organization special.

    Cons

    Negative office climate with extremely high turnover and firings; ineffective HR department; higher ups who talk behind backs; communication silos; "this is how we've always done things" kind of culture.

    Advice to Management

    Please: Trust your employees, treat them with professional respect, and allow them to take risks with innovation in order to advance membership outreach. Do not reward managers who have a bad reputation from lower staff for being unsupportive and emotionally abusive—you will only lose good staff (and I speak not of my own experience, but for that of many of my colleagues). The organization will thrive when all our treated as smart, trustworthy team members with something great to provide the staff.


  7. "Good place to start international education career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a good place to learn about the field and industry, make connections and network. Good org for entry level, fun like-minded people. Offered professional development opportunities (attending sessions/meetings/conferences/$for job related class) that helped to off set low pay. Good entry level benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is low but that is reflective of the field in general.

    Advice to Management

    This was short term job for me, so don't have any advice to management.


  8. "Ineffective CEO and management"

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

    I worked at NAFSA full-time

    Pros

    A great annual conference because of the hard work of staff and the members.

    Cons

    The CEO has outlived her usefulness. Isn't 17 years long enough? Also, a lot of distrust in senior management and poor communication makes for a very ineffective environment.

    Advice to Management

    Isn't it time for the board to look for a new CEO?


  9. "good people, lousy mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NAFSA full-time

    Pros

    hours are great, across departments the people are generally friendly. nice office environment and benefits.

    Cons

    if you want to work for an organization that makes i difference, I'd look elsewhere. Unfortunately you see this a lot in DC, especially with the education sector. 20-30 years ago NAFSA was probably relevant. Since then most of its objectives have been realized. Now its an organization desperately trying to look like its still relevant-- and failing.

    Advice to Management

    seriously rethink your mission statement and prioritize your resources to areas most relevant/beneficial-- public policy is not one of them.


  10. "Experience at NAFSA might depend on your department."

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

    I have been working at NAFSA full-time

    Pros

    Hosts a wonderful annual international educator's conference, which is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues and meet members of the organization you often only collaborate with by phone or e-mail. Excellent benefits (insurance, vacation, etc.); opportunity for growth; great facility in convenient downtown location. Great values and passionate people.

    Cons

    Organizational changes can be secretive at times; low morale; not great collaboration between departments. Some people are stuck in old routines and are very resistant to change. A few difficult personalities. Lots of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent with your employees; give consistent feedback; work toward open communication with employees and regular collaboration between departments.