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National Governors Association Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  1. "Administrative Assistants"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere. Can be flexible if a personal problem cause problems with work schedules.

    Cons

    Very little communication between upper level and lower level staff. New policies are heard after the fact.

    Advice to Management

    Let staff know about changes. Review the evaluation process, its not working.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointment"

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

    I worked at National Governors Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers in a tense, negative setting.

    Cons

    NGA went from, literally, the best job I ever had to the worst. Years ago I anticipated staying with NGA for the long-term, but by spring 2017, handed in my resignation without any hesitation.

    Administration hires friends for top level positions, who are effectively unable to run their departments, and has removed nearly all avenues of institutional knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees.

    Pay your employees a competitive wage.

    When you have a revolving door, assess why.

    Tell your staff when policies change, not weeks later.

    HR is not trustworthy with confidential information. It was reported many times (and I experienced once) that individuals would speak with HR, then hearing the words come back, twisted, from supervisors within a day. This needs to be fixed.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "NGA"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Director in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and clients

    Cons

    Can be tough to engage


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Program Assistant"

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

    I have been working at National Governors Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really energetic, curious and mission-driven colleagues

    Cons

    Senior management is not very transparent or proactive when it comes to staffing changes, organization wide communication or new processes. There is extremely little focus on onboarding and developing new junior employees as well as providing paths to promotion for those individuals. Health insurance benefits are not very comprehensive or helpful.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointment"

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

    I worked at National Governors Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Access to state leaders around the country
    -Great networking opportunities
    -Good opportunity when you are early in your career to get exposure

    Cons

    -Very weak leadership
    -Micromanagement at all levels of org
    -Almost all decisions are made to play it safe, if you want to be creative stay away
    -Most of the work is about raising money or fulfilling grant requirements rather than supporting governors

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging the little things and actually provide vision and direction for the big things. It is worse to be unclear in an attempt to be safe with all involved than it is to be decisive and lead a capable staff. Create a culture that asking questions isn't viewed as a betrayal of bosses but rather an attempt to find solutions.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Stay 1-2.5 years and leave"

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Bladensburg, MD
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Bladensburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Governors Association (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong access to federal and state government in addition to foundations and other NGOs. Strong reputation. Excellent place to leave.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive.

    Flat organization with little potential for advancement.

    CEO is not entirely sure what he is doing and continuously hires his friends.

    Little to no policy analysis or lobbying by staff. Policy staff are basically management consultants and event planners. Government relations staff work with internal committees that work by consensus, which is very difficult to do in this political environment...so nothing ever gets done. Example: where was NGA during the healthcare debate?

    Advice to Management

    Cull. Create advancement for staff.


  7. "Good gig"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Governors Association full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work on meaningful policy issues.

    Cons

    Need to be comfortable with bipartisan approach and flexible hours.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unique mix of think-tank, association, and "lobbying" group"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Governors Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Large enough to have good benefits and HR, while being small enough to know most of your coworkers.

    Cons

    Lot of change occurring as part of leadership transition.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A long way to go toward being a functional organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Governors Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Occasional meaningful policy work
    -Access to large network

    Cons

    -A negative culture, where nitpicking and mediocrity thrive
    -Extremely hierarchical
    -Not producing policy that is either innovative or demonstrates any understanding of state policy context

    Advice to Management

    -Give employees more autonomy
    -Try to innovate around policy solutions
    -Focus on your product and outcomes
    -Recognize and develop internal talent


  10. "Good Access"

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

    I worked at National Governors Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience navigating state and federal political issues. Good team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Very political depending on current chair. Some gruff management

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries, foster an environment that is less reactionary


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