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National Endowment for Democracy Reviews

Updated Mar 20, 2019

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Carl Gershman
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  1. "Amazing team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, friendly staff, overall very good experience

    Cons

    small salaries unfortunately but I believe they have started to raise them a bit

    National Endowment for Democracy2019-03-20
  2. "Mission-driven, rewarding work, but limited advancement"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission-driven; rewarding work; friendly, diverse staff

    Cons

    Institutional administration can be dysfunctional; low turnover at higher levels means less opportunity for advancement.

    National Endowment for Democracy2019-02-18
  3. Helpful (2)

    "inspiring organization, little upward mobility for junior staff"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time

      Pros

      Values oriented, some of the kindest, warmest people who make you feel at home, experts in their country/region of specialty, good non-salary benefits.

      Cons

      Office politics were brutal. Personal favoritism clearly drove who would be up for promotion, and smart junior staff didn't drag out their stay as a result. Very 20th century office practices. Old, outdated systems. Pay is on par with first foreign policy job in DC (ie expect under 40K).

      Advice to Management

      NED is very reactive to the evolving challenges in democracy promotion, in part the leadership team has been more or less the same for 30+ years, as have many of the regional directors. New people/fresh ideas who can bring the organization into the 21st century are badly needed.

      National Endowment for Democracy2018-08-13
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great Work Place"

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      Current Employee - Grants Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Very supportive supervisor Learned a lot of useful skills Overall healthy, safe and functional work environment Flexible hours, great benefits

      Cons

      Work can get monotonous and slow Can be overly process oriented

      National Endowment for Democracy2018-06-18
    • Helpful (1)

      "Program Officer"

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

      I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      the work itself is full filling working with activists around the world and supporting great causes

      Cons

      incompetent management and very hierarchical. Unfortunately, the office politics can kill your spirit the place as a gossip culture.

      Advice to Management

      the place needs to be reformed from the top down with new leadership representing the diversity and new generation more accurate

      National Endowment for Democracy2018-03-20
    • Helpful (1)

      "World Movement for Democracy - What a waste of my time!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Great benefits start from day 1 The HR person who does the hiring process was on top of things

      Cons

      - Technology is so behind - NO Transparency - The director seemed OK but needs to be more organized and structured - Stuck up culture. - If your staff didn't do her job of changing the form of payment in your reg portal. And my card got all the charges, A SIMPLE APOLOGY will go a long way. Btw, the charges incurred on my card needs to be reimbursed by your organization. But I refused to deal with you anymore and...

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      Advice to Management

      Please don't play games and waste people's time. You can't just hire people then have a plan B waiting just in case the person you picked was not the good fit.

      National Endowment for Democracy2017-12-08
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great mission but inefficient organization"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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      I have been working at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      The mission of NED is worthwhile and exciting to be a part of. Benefits and PTO are not bad. Staff is friendly and diverse.

      Cons

      There are a lot of talented intelligent junior staff doing menial administrative work due to poor training of the higher level staff on the organization's own database and general preference for inefficient practices. Many junior staff feel that there is no room for advancement (or if it does exist it is prohibitively slow). Pay is very low and when junior staff are promoted they often receive significantly less that...

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      Advice to Management

      Focus on training your senior staff so that they don't need to rely on so many inefficient practices and a huge amount of administrative support. It will benefit the entire organization, Cultivate your junior staff. The organization needs fresh ideas and to prepare for the next generation of senior staff.

      National Endowment for Democracy2017-11-05
    • Helpful (2)

      "Great non-profit org"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      - Coworkers are friendly and intelligent - Diversity - Location is great - Lots of informational workshops

      Cons

      - Print and waste an extreme amount of paper - Not much team building in certain departments - Slow with technology - Not much mobility to higher positions unless someone leaves

      Advice to Management

      Get everyone up to speed with technology. There's lots of intelligent people who spend hours printing and arranging paper. Make sure there's an appropriate amount of people in each dept to handle work.

      National Endowment for Democracy2017-09-22
    • Helpful (3)

      "Mission focused staff"

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

      I worked at National Endowment for Democracy full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      The people here truly care about making the world a better place. They are all polished, intelligent, have extensive global experience and have attended reputable universities.

      Cons

      There is a bit of division among departments.

      Advice to Management

      Find ways to create cross department collaboration and ensure all staff feel appreciated, not just program.

      National Endowment for Democracy2017-09-10
    • Helpful (3)

      "Meaningful work"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at National Endowment for Democracy part-time

        Pros

        The work, mission, and the team are all pros. The people are a definite strength; everyone is professional, incredibly sharp, and easy to work with. The environment is welcoming and you can tell everyone is on the same page with the mission.

        Cons

        The work can be challenging but fulfilling, and sometimes the amount of work can feel daunting.

        Advice to Management

        Continue to encourage continued employee education and to stretch and grow their capabilities.

        National Endowment for Democracy2017-09-10
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