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National 4-H Council Reviews

Updated December 29, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Accountant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National 4-H Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people were very friendly and the company lived by their mission, we were a very family oriented organization that took pride in what we did. 4H is a great place to work.

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons, my work experience at 4H was nothing more than awesome.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Churn & burn"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at National 4-H Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    free parking, on site cafeteria, mission believers

    Cons

    Unprofessional executive leadership. Lack of transparency. Lack of line-worker value. Constant lurching for the almighty dollar with no real business acumen implemented, resulting in needless lay-offs, low employee morale. Need educated, with an MBA, higher-level experienced leadership, versus in-house promoted fundraiser who has no idea of how to move the organization forward, creating constant chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Management won't take advice that doesn't support their own ideas.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Could be a great place to work and do good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National 4-H Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    National 4-H Council has many truly dedicated and smart individuals focused on helping youth become leaders of tomorrow. I loved learning about the different programs available to youth and how youth engaged in helping their peers other youth. It's a proven process - whether the youth were in strong agricultural areas or inner city urban youth - the message is powerful.

    Cons

    I think the biggest downside is learning that the organization seems to go on hiring binges where they woo people away from their current jobs with their strong message about youth development - only then to be let go within 6 months - a year after jumping on board. It seems as though the organization does not know what resources to focus on so will purge staff in one area so they can boost staff resources in another area. In the meantime lots of good, talented people left.

    Advice to Management

    The organization is in the nation's capital where there is a wealth of talented people - tap into those resources instead of seeking to hire those from similar organizations outside of state to save money and to develop business relationships locally as well as nationally. Management should be more methodical about the staffing departments - rather than creating and loading up a marketing/graphic design department. Utilize vendors that are close by and more cost effective.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Just no..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization has a Great mission with dedicated people. The program team is smart and the connection to USDA to strong. The org has big vision.

    Cons

    Where do I start. So many people left- great talent! Major challenge are the Management team, the disconnected CEO, high turnover. Culture walks on edge.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen and heal the culture.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Nice place to work at the start or end of a career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    4H Council attracts many smart and talented people. They have a great and noble mission. The campus in Chevy Chase, MD is very beautiful with free parking and discounted lunches for staff.

    Cons

    The arguments against working at National 4H Council are considerable. 4H cannot retain those smart and talented people they work hard to recruit. Turnover is high, e.g. they had 3 HR directors in a one year period and the Marketing department turnover was so high they couldn't even stop contractors from leaving.

    Similar to other comments, 4H has a senior leadership team that seems uncertain how to accomplish its goals and it is often at odds with its own staff. A power point presentation is not a business plan which instructs a cross functional team on how to achieve complex business goals. Staff are then left to figure how to implement plans with little guidance and even less money. Available money should go into programs and services with less for senior leadership travel, domestically and internationally.

    Advice to Management

    The composition of the senior leadership needs to change. They have to incorporate the knowledge and experience of mid career professionals they recruit and create pathways for young staff to progress. As a previous reviewer noted, "Invite your staff to punch holes into your existing plans, and empower them to build those plans back up into something amazing, realistic and attainable."


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, but poor execution by senior leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The organization is very well known and has a great mission. The benefits package was very good compared to other nonprofits in the area. All of the 4-H field staff that you meet are wonderful. There are some really bright people with great ideas at the manager level and lower.

    Cons

    There were a lot of power plays among senior leaders that made it difficult for teams and individuals to function. Poor project management & collaboration on projects that involve multiple teams. Poor allocation of necessary resources for projects. Management and human resources are out of touch with industry standards, their employees, and the organization on the grassroots level.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and utilize wisdom from lower level employees who are subject area experts. Youth-led programs need to happen within Council too, by allowing younger staff to lead & collaborate in decision making. Senior leadership needs to demonstrate respect for their employees.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great mission; execution needs work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD

    Pros

    Opportunity to work towards a socially responsible goal supporting youth development. Name recognition and respect for organization.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth, opportunities for advancement or promotion. No performance review; no way to understand achievement of goals or job success. Lack of desire to promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a meaningful performance review process; even if it is not tied to promotions or monetary gains, it is necessary for employees to understand if they are achieving goals or need work in certain areas.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Be wary of working for non-profits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some great people at the lower levels (Managers and below). Good overall mission. Decent location. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Non-profits are going through very difficult financial times due to pension funding laws and drop in giving by individual and corporations. Marketing Dept has a revolving door. Questionable decisions being made by top management. Direction of organization (local vs. national vs. international).

    Advice to Management

    Decide what is the most important direction for the organization (local vs. national vs. international). Focus on a message. Reward great employees.


  10. "Gaining stability and focus"

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

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time

    Pros

    The employees at National 4-H Council are genuine, caring and for the most part, very humble. The campus is beautiful and free parking is a plus in DC. The organization is on a steep growth curve and the pace is very fast. The mission of youth development is more important than ever.

    Cons

    National 4-H Council has been in transition for 3-4 years since a CEO change. There have been changing priorities and many staff changes. The leadership team has changed many times in three years. However, it seems that the organization is gaining stability. Not everyone works well in a fast paced growth environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with priorities and communication. Be genuine and realistic. Be leaders not micromanagers.


  11. "Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National 4-H Council full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful mission, free parking, beautiful campus, great employee benefits with free lunch on Fridays and interesting outside speakers

    Cons

    Need more sharing of ideas between departments

    Advice to Management

    Keep up open communications and follow-up to commitments


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