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  1. "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


  2. 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.


  3. "Great benefits but hidden dysfunction. Management plays favorites and makes some people work harder than others."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work at times
    Providing an important service to state lawmakers
    Great benefits
    Some travel
    Work-life balance
    Moderately friendly staff
    "Just get your work done" mentality

    Cons

    Poor pay
    Cliques
    Clear hierarchy among staff
    Lots of management talking about employees behind their backs
    Backstabbing
    Unequal work loads based on popularity
    Lower level staff do not have a voice on the job

    Advice to Management

    Pay better
    Give more rights to lower level employees
    Allow employees to rate their supervisors
    Provide honest feedback


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  5. "Director of Media and Public Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Director of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Conference of State Legislatures part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial work environment, good quality of life and work-life benefits, work load is equal to pay and supervisors provide timely feedback.

    Cons

    Lots of traveling and long work days. Deadlines are a constant with writing and web content updates.


  6. "Unless you are a left-leaning Democrat or Libertarian DO NOT apply here."

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    Former Employee - Policy Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Policy Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting issues to work on; some travel to conferences and meetings.

    Cons

    Very clique-centered environment: If you're not in sync with the progressive agenda, you won't have any chance at advancement. My issue writing was edited to make it more compatible with the progressive agenda. They're strongly for Obama, Global Climate Change, abortion rights, gun control and other liberal causes. They also require you to consult with your group director if you are interested in working on a political campaign - even as a volunteer. This shouldn't be a problem if it's for a Democrat. Some work on Sundays required depending on your group director.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce transparency in performance evaluations and require that half of the group directors be Republicans. Make the Executive Director a term-limited position (four years max) and make it alternate between Democrat and Republican affiliation just like the President currently is.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to work if you want to stay comfortable with little advancement."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Conference of State Legislatures full-time

    Pros

    -Laid back environment
    -Employees are usually treated fairly.
    -Good work is recognized
    -Flexible

    Cons

    -Inter-office politics. This is one of the most political office environments I've ever worked in (I guess it should be expected since the service of the organization is in politics). One certain director is literally feared by some.

    -High school-like gossip and drama.

    -Once you leave the organization, managers and directors make it a point that they don't want anyone to be a reference for you. Even if you left on good terms.

    -There is little room for advancement. Either have to wait until someone leaves or retires.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great for the Resume, Not So-Great Long-Term"

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    Former Employee - Policy Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Associate in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Recognized by others as a reputable organization.
    Opportunities for professional growth.
    Overall well-intended employees and supervisors.
    Flexible work hours available.
    Travel to great conferences.

    Cons

    Poor communication between programs and between the two offices.
    Little to no opportunity to move up.
    Compensation does not match employees’ skill-level.
    Not flexible on working from home even in poor weather.
    Huge gap (in age and pay) between program managers and associate-level employees.
    Organizational chaos and poor ability to adapt.
    Has done things the same way for years and inflexible in changing procedures.
    Little support for grant-based positions.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between programs and between the two offices.
    Reward talented, innovative and loyal staff.
    Allow employees to work from home.
    Provide support for positions that are dependent on funding from grants.
    Just because you have always done something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s for the best. Look for new means to best communicate with and serve state legislators.


  9. "For public policy career, think states first."

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interested in State policy? NCSL is an amazing place to make a genuine difference in policy at state and national level. WOrking with state legislatures around the country and colleagues at NCSL is an amazing privelege. Meet tomorrow's leaders--and todays.

    Cons

    Entry level pay scales are lower than comparable but the career opportunities more than compensate. As a senior staffer, that means more turnover in junior staff than I'd prefer. Organiztionally somewhat flat so it is hard to advance. Howver, if one is entreprenurial and willing to find funding for one's own projects that is encouraged and then anything is possible.

    Advice to Management

    Look for better ways to improve the career ladder and retain young talent/


  10. "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


  11. "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


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