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3.4
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Kenneth Wollack
61 Ratings
Pros
  • "The work that NDI does is vital and unique(in 30 reviews)

  • "Great junior staff, solid camaraderie, important work(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Generally junior staff are underpaid compared to other nonprofits in D(in 16 reviews)

  • "I worked with multiple teams at NDI and the story is the same across teams(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Democratic Institute for more than 2 years

    Pros

    One of the best place to work, be productive and learn.

    Cons

    I don't find any cons for now!

    National Democratic Institute2017-10-02
  2. "A Tarnish Star"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Democratic Institute full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    NDI is a mission driven institution that has a long history of stellar work NDI's staff are kind, driven, hardworking individuals In country staff and on the ground programs are of a high quality, for the most part

    Cons

    No one seems to be in charge here, there is no clear vision or strategy. Non-managers are treated as cogs in a machine and are not paid even close to their value and the amount of effort With a mass exodus of talented staff to IRI there seems to be no desire to even ask "why?" NDI is behind the times in terms of technology and allow people with ZERO tech background make decisions on the use of US tax dollars on...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay your DC staff what they are valued and figure out your policies Reward loyal, hardworking, competent staff with promotions and salary increases. We can't pay our rent in "prestige." Nudge those who have been at NDI for over three decades and have refused to change to move on Fire incompetent and unprofessional staff

    National Democratic Institute2019-05-09
  3. "Great Place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Democratic Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Place to work, and great people.

    Cons

    Work life balance is less than ideal

    National Democratic Institute2019-04-20
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful Mission, Terrible Management, Union Strong!"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Democratic Institute full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    NDI recently unionized. Perhaps the strong and engaged staff can save this great institution from going the way of the dinosaurs. Committed and engaged staff.

    Cons

    I worked with multiple teams at NDI and the story is the same across teams. Stick it out for a couple of years and NDI looks good on your resume. You will have to endure: Disconnected management Managers who barely know what their teams are up to yet reap the rewards Very lax cybersecurity - I have a friend on the tech team that tells me horror stories about compliance and security - many breaches go unreported...

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    Advice to Management

    Look hard at your managers and the story they tell you.

    National Democratic Institute2019-04-23
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible work, mediocre management, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Democratic Institute full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    The work that NDI does is vital and unique. Junior staff is amazing. I would recommend working here despite the organization's significant flaws.

    Cons

    Upper management and the board of directors have been gathering dust for decades. Many of them should have been fired years ago for incompetence though it seems like they have lifetime appointments. Compensation for anything but the most senior staff is insulting (but the benefits are good).

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the director level.

    National Democratic Institute2019-02-24
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great work, not so great pay."

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

    I have been working at National Democratic Institute full-time

    Pros

    You can work on great programs, and junior to mid level staff are generally good people. Recently started a union.

    Cons

    Low pay, crummy family leave, no comp time or comp for travel, telework discouraged, little transparency. Lots of turn over lately. Not a lot of room for growth for anyone other than junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    If you want and expect people to work as much and as hard as they work, you should be more flexible and provide better compensation and benefits. People burn out.

    National Democratic Institute2018-12-28
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Program Assistant"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at National Democratic Institute full-time

      Pros

      - well known in DC

      Cons

      - toxic work environment

      National Democratic Institute2018-12-13
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great People"

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      Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at National Democratic Institute full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Staff are, for the most part, extremely talented and hard-working people. Organization really cares about the mission. Most staff, even in administrative functions, really believe in mission and want to do good work. Working there gives junior staff a great ability to understand how to manage and run programs and operations. If you stay there awhile and work hard, there is a real sense of family with co workers.

      Cons

      Generally junior staff are underpaid compared to other nonprofits in D.C.. It can be heavy on beaucracy but largely because of donors. Not much ability to move up after manager level as senior management does not change much. Some managers are great and others are bad. Lack of formal training. Management is slow to respond to change. At times, management ignores concerns raised because it is against favored staff...

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      Advice to Management

      Increase pay for junior staff. Offer more management training. Move some of the senior directors who are poor managers out of management to more technical advice role. Offer more short term postings or temporary duty positions to permanent staff to give them an opportunity for growth. When hiring interns or project assistants, be honest that almost purely an administrative post.

      National Democratic Institute2018-08-18
    • "Great place to work"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at National Democratic Institute full-time

        Pros

        Junior staff is super smart, hard working and engaging.

        Cons

        Very hierarchical and promotions are not equal between teams.

        National Democratic Institute2018-07-04
      • "Relatively good first job"

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        Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at National Democratic Institute

        Pros

        Good exposure to the work of an international organization; mostly positive culture and good work/life balance

        Cons

        Few opportunities for training/professional development; lack of appreciation for contributions of junior staff; nonprofit pay

        Advice to Management

        Invest more in junior staff and show more appreciation for their contributions

        National Democratic Institute2018-07-01
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