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Updated October 31, 2017
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  1. "Mostly good"

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

    I have been working at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are generally great although employees are now expected to contribute more to the health insurance premium. Mostly friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere.

    Cons

    HR is improving but overall management and structure needs improving. There are lots of unwritten rules and processes that change depending on who you talk to.

    Advice to Management

    Look to increase diversity of opinions and viewpoints. Work to bridge divides between types of employees and programs.


  2. "it's ok, i guess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time

    Pros

    benefits are great. work environment as a whole is very nurturing.

    Cons

    leadership is an "old boys'" club, not much room for advancement within the International Programs Department.

    Advice to Management

    encourage employee development as early on as possible so you will keep and retain qualified young professionals

  3. "Good place to retire"

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    upgrading network. great benefits. good location

    Cons

    New IT management. A lot of outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff. Own your mistakes


  4. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and opportunity.

    Cons

    Limited room for pursuit of personal stances


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Please don't waste your time here"

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

    Pros

    Work with is 35 hrs.

    Cons

    This is a horrible work environment. They are extremely behind the times in terms of technology and what their customers want. The meetings are old and dated and often very few legislators attend and if they do they often leave or fall asleep. The upper management is set in their ways and they do not like the idea of you voicing your opinions or giving new fresh thoughts. If you enjoy siting in a cubical and writing all day long or googling to find answers for legislatures this might be the job for you. Some teams are better than others but some are notorious for turning over staff. Just last year they turned over 6 people in one year. The pay is low and benefits are going away.


  6. "Good place to get started"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time

    Pros

    There are many smart and supportive people here. There are opportunities for growth if you push for them. Good health care benefits.

    Cons

    Discrepancies between programs. Outdated policies and lower salaries. Minimal remote work.

    Advice to Management

    High turnover in younger staff is problematic.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting Work but No Growth Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work; lots of independence

    Cons

    terrible leadership and senior level management; no ability to grow; very little opportunities for professional development; you better be a self starter/have a lot of initiative or else you will just be twiddling your thumbs at your desk all day. Very little direction from supervisors. Bad work culture. Management needs a week retreat to learn leadership and management skills. policy people who were advanced to leadership positions with absolutely no leadership skills.

    Advice to Management

    You are hemorrhaging young people. You need to start appreciating and giving opportunities to your junior employees or you will soon be a team of 2. There is no excitement in the office and very little respect.

  8. "NCSL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time

    Pros

    Many good people. Interesting to work with legislators. decent offices.

    Cons

    bad employees are not dealt with

    Advice to Management

    different rules for different employees create a work place where very negative employees cause many problems


  9. "Policy"

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

    Pros

    Nice people, healthy work-life balance, knowledgeable people

    Cons

    Childish relationships between departments where people will not work together to accomplish a common goal and instead compete with one another


  10. "Good Organization but Departmental Problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will gain lots of experience working at NCSL and have diverse opportunities. The mission of the organization is a great mission, and there are some truly wonderful people working there.

    Cons

    It all depends on what department you work in at NCSL. Some departments are great and I would recommend, others are not. I would never advise anyone to work in the Environment, Energy, or Transportation Program. There is extremely high turnover, you have insane workloads, and as people leave, more and more work is dumped on you without any acknowledgement. Often times, people are very siloed in their work and territorial, so there is little collaboration. The upper management of the Environment, Energy, and Transportation is lacking-there is no management or strategy within the department. While there are great people working there, there are huge problems that people choose to ignore.

    Advice to Management

    Please do some internal work by looking at EET and develop better strategies to retain good employees.


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