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National Cooperative Business Association Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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  1. "Administrative Assistant/Domestic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Cooperative Business Association full-time

    Pros

    Great boss
    Challenging tasks to accomplish
    Salary and benefits

    Cons

    Political in managing employees and roles
    HR was not forthright and transparent

    Advice to Management

    Seek the best employees
    Don't manage your staff based on politics with the BOD and membership's loudest voices


  2. "Great trajectory"

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

    I have been working at National Cooperative Business Association full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, engaged and friendly staff, very knowledgeable leadership team, mission-driven programs, appreciative of talent

    Cons

    Crushing workload, unrealistic deadlines, stingy with performance bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Less chasing of development dollars and more focus on building sustainability strategic programs at home

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Progressive NGO and Trade Association"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Cooperative Business Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Located downtown DC in new very modern office space. Represents the cooperative form of business and has a large international program that serves the worlds most underserved. Almost 800 employees world wide, 80 in DC, up to date equipment and some of its information technology more advanced than similar sized organizations - a wonderful opportunity to contribute on multiple fronts. A great place to work to make a positive impact on the world.

    Cons

    Other reviews point out growing pains so there is plenty of work to do. Good progress on collaboration and tools needs to continue to make NCBA one of the best places to work in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your roots and put your staff first.


  4. "Web Design"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off, office is located in a nice area, all equipment and software required to do the job was made available, benefits were very good, good range of responsibilities which provided fun challenges and learning opportunities, for the most part the beef councils are pleasant and easy to work with.

    Cons

    The online ticket request system was out of date, the cms was out of date by about 15 years and sometimes did not work, the IT department as a whole was pretty new and lacked the experience, knowledge, ability to make quick decisions and the integrity to properly manage an IT department. This was the lowest level group of IT professionals I have every worked with after 13 years in the field. The worst part was the awful office politics, managers that did not support their staff and actually lied about them instead of accepting responsibility, people in management roles that have no business having any authority over anyone due to manipulative behaviors, favoritism and basically running a team like a dictator. I can say in all honesty that this was the most toxic unpleasant work environment I have ever experienced. You get sucked in by the great benefits but most of the employees are miserable and just need to pay the mortgage. This is not a place for anyone in the IT field to get ahead, you will regress here.

    Advice to Management

    Your blood industry is on its way out, find a more modern way to make a living.

    National Cooperative Business Association Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – VP

    There are many organizations with the initials NCBA, this review appears to be for another organization and not the National Cooperative Business Association (WWW.NCBA.COOP). Reading the review... More


  5. "Trending Upward"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Cooperative Business Association full-time

    Pros

    small shop, everyone wears a lot of hats, opportunity to do more in your role, the work is meaningful, overall culture is accepting of who you are

    Cons

    no money for domestic programming, no real upward mobility, constantly changing management, lack of internal communication, board is too big and self-interested

    Advice to Management

    pick 2 - 3 priorities and do them extremely well, find funding for domestic research, don't overpromise on international projects, create a transparent culture of management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Cooperative Business Association (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a good cause to work for - support the cooperative movement.

    Cons

    Continuously restructured. Ever changing leadership, and poor leadership and management style.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Going off the rails"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Cooperative Business Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friday at 5:00 PM. Decent people who do jobs they care about, but a messed up board of directors and senior management team. Loyal staff. Loyal membership base. Overseas work being done is decent with some issues.

    Cons

    Power struggles that take away from the great work being done in the cooperative communities. Unfair pay structures. Backstabbing senior team who will sell out staff to protect themselves. No accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Find a CEO who cares about the work being done. Reorganization of internal senior management. Turn your attention internal and FIX IT.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly staff and very effective important work

    Cons

    Lot of power politics within the organization


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Work-life Balance Great, Management Terrible, a frustrating environment to work in."

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

    Pros

    There has been extremely high turnover (above 50%) so there may be new attitudes and opportunities coming in. Remains to be seen. Work life balance if great, as there is no accountability, people come and go as they please when the please and do the work they want if they want. The HQ staff is young and full of energy, and when allowed by senior management to move forward with new initiatives, come up with great innovate and fun projects. There is also a lot so community building going on at present.

    Cons

    The organization is fragmented and headed by poor leadership. Decision are made in non-trasparent ways, and often with zero strategy or follow up behind them. If part of the international team (90% of the business) you can expect to have to fight to get any required resources, as the board and organization constantlly deflect resources to other parts of the organization that do no support themselves. Middle management is often scapegoated for the failings of consistent mismanagement on the part of friends of senior management. There is zero accountabiity, until and unless there is a crisis, and then often, someone not responsable gets the blame on their soldiers. There is very little attention paid to M&E or measuring the impact of the work done. To change anything in this organization is a long and complicated process, that often doesn't even work. There is also no continuity. One plan is put in place and rolled out, and even before it is given the change to succeed or fail, senior management changes course out of no where.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Strong mission but requires better leadership to achieve it."

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

    Pros

    Great mission that supports an excellent business model. Great benefits for a non-profit association. Prime location for working in the city.

    Cons

    Salaries way too high at the top and take up way too much of the entire budget.
    Too many VPs managing less than 5 employees--it's a very top heavy organization.
    An oversized Board of Directors prevents the organization from enahncing its strategies to grow membership as decisions take too long to implement because the executives lack the ability run the Carver Model of Board ownership.
    Lack of accountability.
    Organization does not work to achieve its goals, it works to make payroll budget, which is a vicious cycle to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the entire senior leadership team with people who have had more direct experience with co-ops in recent years and who understand public policy and membership sales.


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