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National Association of Manufacturers Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Not Your Typical Trade Association"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Association of Manufacturers full-time

    Pros

    First thing you’ll notice working here is the NAM's portfolio of issues is incredibly diverse, as manufacturing affects so many parts of our economy. So, this is a stable place to work.

    Board membership is high-profile and strong, and as a result it is an organization with lots of political and corporate influence, while being well-funded.

    Along with that, there is a strong appetite for innovation and change. Since the manufacturing economy can be volatile, the NAM is constantly evolving. There is a high value on folks who want to do more than their core responsibilities, and who are willing to interact closely with all stakeholders others in the organization to make members happy.

    I would also say sales teams here are treated like adults, which is rare. Management realizes people have lives, and are flexible if you are a consistent or high performer. Huge benefit. Extremely competitive compensation compared to corporate environments.

    Great place for self-motivated individuals who are looking for a nice change of pace from so many of the DC sales environments.

    Cons

    Selling an intangible can be a challenge, but you can do it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits for an organization with lots of history"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Association of Manufacturers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well designed employee lounge/break room with stocked fridge, coffee/teas, snacks, and fruit.
    Employer sponsored committee that holds various events through the year. There were even doughnuts on Doughnut Day!
    Driven staff that really work hard for the members of the organization
    Beautiful office space with a great fitness center in the building, free to use.
    Federal Holiday schedule (actually more) and great benefits
    Great family and work life balance.

    Cons

    The commute to downtown DC and no free parking
    Business Professional attire, every day, regardless of department
    Not much else

    Advice to Management

    None at this time

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced, high energy environment full of bright people. State of the art facilities, onsite gym, tons of perks for staff (employee picnic, holiday parties, employee softball league, fully stocked kitchen with tons of snacks, etc), great pay and benefits. Work-life balance is unmatched - core hours are 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch (35 hour standard work week). I hear hours vary depending on the department but for the mot part it is possible to strike a balance and separate work and personal life. Staff members are nice and many have been here for years.

    Cons

    None to report at this time.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Retention of Good Staff"

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    Former Employee - Former Communications Department Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Former Communications Department Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Association of Manufacturers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    An Extremely Financially Stable Organization With Dedicated Staff Who Tolerate Leaderships Reactionary Processes. Fancy Office Space.

    Cons

    Job Security. Micromanagement of Upper Management. Lack or Transparency. Reaction Based Projects. Unqualified senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit Employment Structure and Retention Plan. Stop using scar tactics to motivate staff.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Membership Development"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Association of Manufacturers (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great sense of camaraderie. Very team oriented and family friendly organization.

    Cons

    Not an easy job. Can be stressful at times.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (9)

    "well funded, competent focused staff. Sr Mgmt: poor mgmt, leadership, communication and HR practices; low morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Competent & dedicated line staff, well funded, focused mission, new offices, well respected, good experience for future career mobility. In some roles compensation seems relatively in line with standards; however other roles have been vacant due to unwillingness to pay market rates.

    Cons

    Similar to many nonprofit / association / political organizations senior management has not had any training in management, leadership, strategic planning, HR policies or organizational behavior. Decisions are made based on emotional, short term concerns rather than balanced, long term strategic vision. Career development does not exist resulting in turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Strategic plans lack quantifiable metrics. Goal setting and performance review process is 15-20 years out of date. Try 360 review system. Focus on attracting and promoting the best management and brightest minds rather than perceived expertise in niche specialties. Sr. Mgmt should actively evangelize organization goals and interact with all employees at all levels on a consistent basis rather than hunkering down.


  7. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Association of Manufacturers full-time

    Pros

    Clean and high tech office, friendly people.

    Cons

    Very strict formal dress code.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Very negative work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Association of Manufacturers full-time

    Pros

    Very passionate, dedicated and focused on advancing manufacturing and on members.

    Cons

    Extremely stiff, intimidating, and overall uncomfortable work environment. While some of the staff are very nice, there is also a large portion of the staff who are very pretentious, degrading, pompous, and stuck-up. The environment, processes and management all follow suit with these characteristics. Meaningful recognition is rarely received and promotions are sparsely awarded on a need to meet a developmental quota premise. Micromanagement, distrust, intimation, and throwing co-workers under the bus in an effort to save one’s self are common themes throughout.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Shiny on the Outside"

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

    I worked at National Association of Manufacturers full-time

    Pros

    Pockets of intelligent, driven staff. Beautiful overall office space.

    Cons

    My experience is based on the department I worked for and may not reflect other groups within the organization. Everything is an emergency and priorities are driven by emotional reactions. Policies are arbitrary. Constantly asked to do work which is then tossed out or forgotten because the emergency is no longer an emergency. Little appreciation for time and effort put into projects and little willingness or attention paid to individuals with industry expertise for which they were hired for. Salary disparity is very surprising. No exit interview. No authentic CEO engagement with staff.

    Advice to Management

    Re-do your "2020" strategic plan and develop it with your staff instead of trying to fit staff in after the fact -- that thing is a mess. It doesn't adequately represent the work that needs to be done to fufill the goals.
    Keep promises to employees, or don't make them.
    Saying "work/life balance" doesn't make it happen.
    Create an actual telework policy that is fairly implemented and not just given to people that live too far and are favored by management.
    Dispense with fake, unwritten policies like "must walk up stairs through the lobby" and "no eating at your desk" which inconveniences staff for fear that they'll get "caught."


  10. "NAM is a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Its a great trade association

    Cons

    Nothing to report at this time