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National Fire Protection Association Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic organization in the midst of the kind of transformation that they teach about in business school"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Fire Protection Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working at the NFPA. If you join the team you will have an opportunity to have a positive impact on a 122 year old organization that has a noble purpose.

    Cons

    Change is hard for any organization. That is especially true for a very old not for profit. Bring your energy AND your persistence

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! The path that you are on will undoubtedly benefit all of your stakeholders and further your mission!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Membership allows you to get all of the NFPA Standards, Benefits from the company are exceptional, Coworkers help create a good atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership from management by not effectively communicating goals or being in the office, teamwork was also not effective due to members of the team being on vacation/out of state/working from home, communication between coworkers/management was awful due to the dynamic/layout.

    Advice to Management

    Train the manager on leadership skills and communication seminars, so they can effectively communicate goals/ideas to the employee to help with assimilation/progression. Not hire anyone in the summer because there will be nobody in the office to help work with.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting time to be here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NFPA is going through some positive change right now, thanks to a new vision, mission and direction from the CEO and the Senior Team. The senior team has a few new members that are very forward thinking and are encouraging open-mindedness and collaboration. The building is being renovated right now in order to provide a more open environment to help with collaboration. Previously, in my opinion, there were too many offices, making it easy to shut out, and even prevent conversations leading to new ideas and connections.

    There will always be those who want to keep up the walls and office door, not to keep out collaboration, but because that's what they're used to and that's what they're comfortable with. Right now, we are being asked to work differently, make connections, and have a stakeholder focus driving us.

    It is a VERY exciting time to be an NFPA and I can't wait to see where we are a year from now!

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of many negatives of working at NFPA. Everything we are doing is to better ourselves as an organization. Though NFPA is a relatively flat organization, they encourage learning and development with hundreds of training sessions on the Learning Management System, tuition reimbursement, and plenty of on-site opportunities for learning. All of the tools for owning your career are available to you at NFPA, you just have to own it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on. Senior team members should get out and collaborate with employees who are not in their respective groups, ask employees what they think more often, continue to be transparent. You are doing the right things!


  4. "Associate Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Fire Protection Association (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people , great place to star career.

    Cons

    Under-payed, and not the place to be in your prime

    Advice to Management

    Do not be afraid to rearward over performers and penalize under achievers.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A Sr. Engineer's Perspective"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Fire Protection Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The organization has recently hired a President/ CEO from the private sector. Since this has happened things have been looking on the up.

    Cons

    Slow-paced, not a lot of room for upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Focus on more qualified hiring Sr level Engineers instead of Associates.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Fire Protection Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many dedicated, intelligent workers who believe in the mission of the organization and work tirelessly to fulfill that mission.

    Cons

    Those who provide that tireless effort are not respected and can quickly become outcasts. The current management style is autocratic.

    Advice to Management

    There is a trust issue in this organization in part because management continuously solicits feedback from employees but then ostracizes those who provide that feedback. There is a great deal of fear in this organization. The mantra among the majority of the current employees is to keep your head down, appease upper management, do your work, and stay under the radar.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Gone down hill in the last 5 years; hopefully recovering soon with new leadership"

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    Current Employee - Engineer/Specialist in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer/Specialist in Quincy, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Fire Protection Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission is the best thing about NFPA. The (non-managerial) workers are all so dedicated.

    Cons

    To keep my job, I've become "silent". The managers, particularly some of the VPs think that their title makes them smarter than their employees. They penalize employees who want to make things better. If you're the type of worker who does the minimum, you'll stay below the radar. If you shine or speak up about making things better, if you're smart, you're a "threat" and you might be a target. The current level of trust is abyssal, as I've seen people just "disappear" from the building when they disagree. Once someone gave a 2-week notice, and they were escorted out the next day. Poor treatment of employees unless you're a "yes-man". Poor pay - people stay because of the wonderful mission. I hate having to keep quiet. Hopefully the new president will change the atmosphere. I am hopeful.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Trust is earned, and penalizing great people who speak up is not the way to earn trust. You hire great minds for a reason - let them use their brains to improve the company. People want to work hard and make a difference. Just because someone has an opinion on change doesn't mean they don't love the company. If those opinions are voiced in a respectful manner, and at the appropriate time with the appropriate people, this behavior should be applauded. Good ideas go unspoken.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great experience in many diverse areas of fire, life safety and emergency preparedness."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    NFPA's mission has set the organization apart as one of the most prominent and well respected organizations in the fire service and standards and codes industry. NFPA works with coalitions, federal, state and local governments to adopt stronger fire and life safety codes.

    Cons

    The capacity of the organization continues to grow, however, many employees are stretched thin across the many issue areas. The organization employs and works with committees of technical experts in all fields of fire safety, emergency management, nuclear safety, and all hazards planning.

    Advice to Management

    Employee training across the organization to ensure all staff members understand the technical codes and standards and are able to speak to a variety of audiences about the important work of NFPA.


  9. "Great community, mediocre work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Fire Protection Association full-time

    Pros

    Strong sense of community and the association works towards a great cause.

    Cons

    The work I was doing wasn't always engaging.


  10. "they are trying..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Fire Protection Association full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great mission, smart people, huge potential

    Cons

    not a very nimble organization, limited vision in middle management, upper management very removed, not very people focused


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