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Updated Aug 26, 2020

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Found 11 of over 26 reviews
2.2
13% Recommend to a Friend
National Abortion Federation CEO Vicki Saporta
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Found 11 of over 26 reviews

2.2
13%
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National Abortion Federation CEO Vicki Saporta
Vicki Saporta
4 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Good Overall

    Aug 26, 2020 - Security Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Interesting work at an organization doing important work

    Cons

    Sometimes the work was tedious, but the content was stimulating enough

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Distinctly Mixed Feelings

    Jun 4, 2015 - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Gave me great experience to take to my next position, I had a great direct supervisor who advocated for me very strongly when needed and gave great advice. Very cause driven environment, extremely passionate place where every other employee was as dedicated to the pro-choice movement. Inspiring to be around. I made a lot of life long friendships.

    Cons

    Poisonous work environment, which starts at the top. "Upper Management" is horrific to work with, thankfully they aren't in the office very much. A culture of disrespect and immaturity in terms of how interpersonal issues are dealt with trickles down. I have actually be screamed at in the office before, which I will never again tolerate. It can get unprofessional, which I dislike.

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    14 people found this review helpful
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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great work - Not a living wage in DC

    Oct 4, 2017 - Hotline Intake Counselor in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good, fulfilling work. Amazing benefits, insurance, etc especially for people who are looking for jobs right out of undergrad.

    Cons

    Not enough people working on the Hotline that represent our client base (all white people). The black people tend to get fired. The other part of NAF treats the Hotline like trash, probably because we get paid so little.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Good cause, Great people, Low pay like other non-profits

    Jun 18, 2013 - Hotline Operator/Counselor in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Dedication to providing abortion and pregnancy related services to women worldwide no exceptions Great co-workers and hotline managers

    Cons

    pay is just ok very stressful job/constantly on edge with patients

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    10 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Mission, Internal Structure Needs Work

    Aug 26, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great Mission! I loved working with providers in the community to help increase access to safe, legal abortion care. Great health insurance and retirement benefit, have yet to find insurance in DC as good as what they offer.

    Cons

    Communication internally is passive-aggressive, and sometimes outright aggressive and abusive. It takes years to fill empty positions and this means everyone is doing more than one job at at a time. Salaries are generally lower than even other non-profits, and you will be guilted and asked to martyr yourself if you ask for a raise or try to negotiate when taking on a new position.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Amazing colleagues, great mission, difficult work environment

    Jan 23, 2016 - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The mission of the organisation is fabulous and essential. The benefits package offered is one of the best available. Also, depending on your supervisor the organisation can provide a lot of flexibility. Much of the staff is impressive (background, education, previous accomplishments).

    Cons

    Internal communications between departments and within departments themselves is not always present. I would agree with a previous post about communication being passive aggressive and unclear. Salaries are not competitive while staff is overworked. No bonuses. Work-life balance is difficult due to upper management work schedules.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Hotliner

    Aug 3, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great entry work after college. Very thorough training and challenging work. I learned how to work well under pressure.

    Cons

    Salary is low given the DC metropolitan area high cost of living. Policies are sometimes not clear.

    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    If you are a toxic person and thrive off chaos, this is the place for you!

    Feb 8, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    GREAT benefits package Flexible schedule Self-starting work They'll promote you for being toxic They'll promote you if you're a favorite

    Cons

    Racism/White privilege Bad compensation Rumors GALORE Inadequate management across the board Poor communication across the board NO promotional opportunities unless you're a favorite employee For an organization who serves mostly POC, I can count the number of POC here on my hand

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    4 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Do Not Apply To Any Jobs At NAF! You will regret it.

    Jun 13, 2016 - Meetings and Events Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Some positions allow for travel which can be nice. The benefits are comparable to other non-profits in the DC area.

    Cons

    The CEO regularly yells, curses, and speaks in belittling fashion to the staff. The CEO has no respect for the meetings and events department and does not want you as a meeting planner to do anything proactive or creative. Everything is cut and dry - do this, do it how I told you to, and do not do anything else. Ask anyone in the office about their feelings or experiences regarding the CEO and they will each tell you a different horror story. If you make the mistake of accepting a position at NAF then expect to have zero autonomy. You can not make the most basic meeting planner decisions such as making food selections for meetings or deciding to serve coffee or tea during breaks. The CEO insists on making all decisions. You can not so much as suggest locations for future meetings without the CEO looking at that as you over stepping you bounds. If you are ok with being given very little direction, but being yelled at for not doing things correctly you will be fine at NAF. If you are comfortable with doing the same boring things over and over again, with regard to planning events, and having no autonomy then you may be happy in this position. If you can take being yelled at well and think that is not abuse then you will be ok at NAF, but if any of these things bother you then stay far away from this organization. The turn over is crazy there and it is 90% because of the CEO.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  11. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Please respect yourself enough not to work here

    Apr 2, 2018 - Hotline Intake Counselor in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    NAF's mission of "safe and legal abortions" is important, although not everything NAF does helps further this for all people. (They seem to mostly be focused on safe and legal abortions for white women). Most coworkers are decent Good benefits

    Cons

    1) Management will not respect you (the CEO or hotline management). If you go to management with complaints, you will be gaslight, belittled, and laughed at. 2) You are not paid well. $32000 in DC is nothing. Most people on the hotline have to work 2 or 3 jobs to pay their rent. Many people on the hotline live in situations that they are uncomfortable with, but they cannot change it because of their low pay. The CEO will buy food for meetings for guests and donors and then offer you the scraps if she's feeling generous enough. 3) If you ask the CEO about getting a raise she says that her salary is not up for debate (her salary is $365,000 but who even brought that up). 4) The CEO equated the office having a nice coffee machine to her respecting her staff???? 5) Conflicting messages about whether NAF's primary goal is to serve patients or clinics. (Most of the staff agrees that it should be the patients, but the CEO and hotline management seem to disagree). 6) Workplace sexual harassment and racism both go unchecked. Both of these have been perpetrated by people in positions of power at NAF. 7) Lack of communication from management to staff. (Management will change the policy on something, not tell anybody, and then penalize people for doing it incorrectly. Only after the person says staff was never told, is the staff told about the policy change. This is a very common occurrence). --------- To summarize: There is little to no respect or transparency at NAF, particularly on the Hotline. If the CEO and other management were to step down, I like to think that things at NAF would change. When the CEO doesn't respect other management, management burns out and can't properly lead their staff. I think at this point, it is too late for most of the management, they are complacent and complicit in the poor treatment of their staff. The turnover rate for staff is incredibly high and morale is incredibly low. Management does not even remotely care about the well-being of their employees. Every day you have to swallow your pride before going in to work. It doesn't matter what the day throws at you, you will be on your own. Management will not support you if you've had a particularly hard call or are having a particularly hard day. To management, the staff is just people for them to step on. Management will continue to get raises and respect in the reproductive justice movement, but those actually doing the leg work will go unappreciated and unnoticed.

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    5 people found this review helpful
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