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Updated Aug 26, 2020

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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. 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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    3 people found this review helpful
  3. 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
  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

    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
  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Don't Let Yourself Be a Sacrificial Lamb for $32,000

    Dec 23, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very good health insurance that is not costly. Seven hour work day plus one hour of paid lunch. The job is a good stepping stone if you don't have any experience in the nonprofit sector and want to build your resume.

    Cons

    For many reasons, this job is just not sustainable. First of all, the pay is extremely low, especially in the DC area. The majority of people here have to work second jobs in order to pay their rent and the only people who do not have to do so, have partners who make way more money. Likewise, the only people who really have longevity at this organization are with more well off partners. The yearly raises here are abyssal, and with taxes come out to be an extra $60 or so each month. Despite being told that we don't have it in the budget to raise our salaries, somehow NAF was able to build a multi-million dollar office space and fill it with unnecessary conveniences like fancy coffeemakers. Meanwhile, our CEO takes lavish vacations on her yacht while the rest of us work two jobs just to pay rent and bills. In terms of work-place culture, some employees at NAF are blatantly disrespectful and downright abusive. NAF claims to be a feminist organization that wants to fight gender oppression, yet NAF continues to defend and protect sexual harassers and racists who work here. Despite multitudes of complaints to HR, these people still work at NAF and some even continue to take on more powerful positions. Speaking of HR, complaints are not confidential and sometimes you'll even get reprimanded by upper management for filing a complaint against someone. There's not a lot of written policy and protocol in place, which NAF uses in its favor to reward some employees while degrading others. For example, if you work on the Hotline, you are told that you can't negotiate your salary since the budget is too tight. However, some people in the past have been able to negotiate a multi-thousand dollar salary increase (which is unheard of here) simply because they are management's favorite, despite having HR complaints against them. Because of this, the turnover rate is very high. Making it to your one year anniversary is a feat, as many people leave within months of working here. If you're not burned out from the emotional labor, you're burned out from the salary. If you're not burned out from the salary, you're burned out from dealing with toxic people who are cloaked in a shield of protection. Management will want you to be a sacrificial lamb, who deals with abuse, taxing emotional work, and low pay because they know you believe in the cause. They use your altruism as a weapon against you. Believing in a cause doesn't pay the bills.

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    8 people found this review helpful
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