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Updated December 12, 2017
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Pros
  • People work hard but the company respects everyone's work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Great People, Lots of FUN, everyone is very helpful (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • LOW pay / unfair pay - people in the same position not compensated at similar rates / experience isn't a factor when giving people an offer (in 4 reviews)

  • They act like a non-profit, but they are still a private for-profit company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Smartest, Kindest, Funniest, Coolest Coworkers! Amazing Clients, Great Software."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I have worked in software for decades and have not found a better group of coworkers. All of them exceptionally good at what they do, at a company bound by purpose and passion. People who are friendly, have personality, a sense of humor, and also happen to be brilliant. I love love love my coworkers.

    - Our clients. They are the good guys. Democrats and amazing non-profits. We are not building software for military contractors around here. We build great products for great clients that we are super proud to partner with.

    - A place where you do you, and people appreciate you doing you, as long as you are also damn good at your job. Where there is no dress code (unless you count Cat Shirt Wednesday). Where there are free drinks (including social friday in office Happy Hour) and snacks. Where you can have a standing desk or not have a standing desk. Where we sometimes do yoga or do clay hand sculpting just because. Where people play on a softball team, or not, or sometimes organize paintball outings, or not, and it's all good. If you're gonna work hard, it's so nice to not have to spend time pretending to be someone else in order to fit into a scary corporate culture.

    - Have you seen the gender diversity we have at the top of our roster?

    - We work hard but there is a sincere and serious to taking care of one another. If you need to leave early or whatever to take care of the life you are expected to lead outside of work, it's not a problem because you are not a cog, you are a human being who is treated and valued as such. If you work many hours outside of normal business hours you will be proactively and sincerely asked to cut back because people care about you, don't want you to burn out, and want you to be part of an office culture that promotes work-life balance.

    - Our products! We are an agile software company. We are constantly updating our products. Our products are beautiful and do cool things for cool people. You should buy them. (seriously. I don't work in marketing or sales, I swear, but you should buy them). The greatest reward for all of us is when our clients use and love our tools, and achieve great results like exceeding fundraising goals, generating calls and letters to Congress from their supporters, or even telling us that our tools are so much easier to use that they are able to have everyone on their team use the tools themselves instead of bottlenecking work through that one poor beleaguered "IT person" who was the only person who could figure out how to use the old software.

    Cons

    - This is not a place for slackers. That's not really a con I guess...

    - I'm not a drinker so I want other choices on Social Friday and would like more fresh fruit so that I stop eating the tasty but less healthy snack choices.

    - The tendency towards collaborative decision making can help ensure decisions are made well, but can be frustrating and take longer. It is a challenge to balance inclusion with decisive action.

    Advice to Management

    - As we grow it might help us to scale up by having clearer authority. Sometimes it's hard to follow the chain of command / organizational structure. I think we can do this without damaging our culture.

    - Please buy us a new toaster. (kidding, not kidding)


  2. "Fun place to work."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Somerville, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate and fun coworkers.

    Cons

    Crappy office. Limited career development opportunities.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Very good company but could get much better with improved leadership"

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

    I worked at NGP VAN full-time

    Pros

    The mission is great. Most of the people are great. Excellent clients. Good culture.

    Cons

    Need to get better at long-term planning, prioritization. Need to focus on quality over growth and it will pay off long-term. It's a product company, need to be product-driven not sales-driven. Be a more open participant in the campaign ecosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Do less, do what you do better. Don't spread yourself so thin trying to be everything to everyone. Don't lose site of political side chasing nonprofit side. Pay entry-level employees better.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Action platform"

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

    I have been working at NGP VAN full-time

    Pros

    Left leaning software company with a progressive mission. Nice new office space in Washington, DC

    Cons

    Legacy codebase, too many dinosaurs in product & management. Bad HR department.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Company to Work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NGP VAN full-time

    Pros

    Great People, Lots of FUN, everyone is very helpful..everything is great about that place.

    Cons

    Nothing to pin point.

    Advice to Management

    Loved every day at NGPVAN.


  6. Helpful (1)

    ""There are easier ways to make a buck""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NGP VAN full-time

    Pros

    They try to keep their technology stack up to date.

    Cons

    This is a direct quote from the Company Culture page, which is only visible to employees once they have started working:

    "Welcome to NGP VAN. Before you spend any more time here, there is something you should know: There are easier ways to make a buck. There are other jobs out there where you will work fewer hours, do less work, and receive the same amount of money (we'll admit it: oftentimes even more)."

    Advice to Management

    Pay better, or be transparent with your employees during the hiring process by telling them up front that you are underpaying them and expect them to work harder.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Fun laid back culture but extremely poor communication"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NGP VAN full-time

    Pros

    Culture is very casual and comfortable

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible at giving constructive feedback, general poor communication throughout the office, disorganized. Very passive aggressive culture

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Client Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NGP VAN full-time

    Pros

    free beer, good people, a lot of upward mobility

    Cons

    some departments can be clique-y, overall not much to complain about


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Stay far away"

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

    I worked at NGP VAN full-time

    Pros

    Free beer: Hard liquor floating around the office, free beer Fridays, workplace trips with excessive drinking, and all the social drama and dysfunction that comes with it.

    Family atmosphere - for some: White males & Asians rejoice, you'll fit in wonderfully. Female, disabled, or don't fit in with the status quo? Prepare for a struggle to prove yourself. The daily progress monitoring and two week cycles implemented here are very tough on status sensitive minorities.

    Strong liberal egos: If this sounds like you and you want to work in a DC hyper-liberal echo chamber, this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    Bullying: This is an atmosphere that tolerates people repeatedly yelling profanities at women. You'll be pressured out of reporting such people to HR by your loving family with excuses like, "It's only the alcohol talking" or "If she doesn't complain then it's fine." Are you kidding me? How could anyone here possibly defend sexual harassment? If you choose to speak out against discrimination and bullying, prepare to be labeled as a problem employee. Bottom line: sexual harassment hurts more than the immediate target. It hurts everyone who sees it happen and has a conscious. This company failed to uphold the principals it claims to fight for. I am truly ashamed to have worked here.

    Low pay: You'll take a low salary because of the progressive cause. They act like a non-profit, but they are still a private for-profit company. They undercharge customers expect their employees to take the hit, yet private shareholders are still making money.

    Advice to Management

    Implement workplace sensitivity training / gender sensitivity training. Take a hint from Uber. Being a liberal company does not at all make you immune to discrimination, but it's certainly easier to pretend like it isn't happening at your company when you cover eyes and ears and act like you're saving the world.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Best place I've ever worked!"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NGP VAN is a company that lives and breathes progressive values, not just through the clients it supports, but in the way the company is run:

    - Benefits are good and continually improving - in the last couple years they have added generous parental leave, improved the 401k matching, and increased leave for everyone.

    - Despite being a successful company for over 15 years, everyone is willing to continually improve. Proposals and suggestions are evaluated based on their merits.

    - The people are smart, fun, passionate, and motivated. They enjoy working together and often get together outside of work as well.

    - The offices are laid-back. People work hard but the company respects everyone's work-life balance. The new DC Office is beautiful. There's no dress code. There's a softball team and monthly birthday celebrations. The entire company goes on a tropical retreat every two years.

    Cons

    As with almost all companies that are transitioning from being a small company to a medium-sized one, there are some growing pains. In particular, managers need to work on proactively communicating across the entire company, which is nearing 200 people.

    Advice to Management

    Management should invest in some more training and other efforts that would help the company to scale more efficiently as it continues to grow.


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