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National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Reviews

Updated Sep 26, 2019

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National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty CEO Maria Foscarinis (no image)
Maria Foscarinis
9 Ratings
  1. "Experienced and Motivated People"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about and experienced in what he or she is doing. A very good place to learn poverty/homelessness-related issues.

    Cons

    It is a little hard for an intern to understand the overall operation of the organization and ongoing projects. A lot of independent work so must be a self-motivated person.

    Advice to Management

    a little more training and instructions will be helpful to interns. Also, full-time staff might want to use more help from interns, even though they might think it is not worth the time teaching them.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2018-02-08
  2. "great experience as an intern - wouldn't do full time"

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    Former Intern - Intern 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty for less than a year

    Pros

    They provided interns with awesome opportunities. Very supportive environment. Staff and lawyers were eager to share career advice with us, take us to lunches, etc. I learned a lot and was given a good amount of responsibility.

    Cons

    Tension in management became obvious even to us as interns and there is a high staff turnover rate. If you can't get outside funding your internship will be unpaid.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2019-09-07
  3. "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty full-time

    Pros

    The Law Center hires talented staff, however, these staff members do not stay for long unless they are able to work remotely.

    Cons

    The Law Center's work environment is toxic. The Executive Director undermines and belittles staff, alienates donors, complicates simple tasks and discourages collaboration. The high turnover at the Law Center makes it difficult for current staff to be efficient and effective, creating a vicious cycle of ineffectiveness, stress, and inefficiencies. The Board of Directors is aware of the Executive Director's... management failings and does little to help current staff.

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    Advice to Management

    Replace the Executive Director.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2019-09-27
  4. "Not great"

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

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty full-time

    Pros

    -friendly, hard-working staff -good benefits (health insurance, 403b, paid vacation/sick, 35 hour work week) -long history of legislative and legal success -lots of connections to major law firms, corporations, and local/national homelessness organizations

    Cons

    -executive director micromanages and mistreats staff (sometimes in front of others) -organization often takes on more than it has the capacity to do -no reliable funding streams, resulting in cash shortages

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2018-10-22
  5. "Approach with caution"

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

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty full-time

    Pros

    Great, high impact work on addressing homelessness and poverty; talented, dedicated, hard working staff; good place for interns and fellows.

    Cons

    Reaffirming all the previous bad reviews of the executive director. ED micromanages, undermines staff, very condescending, not inspiring/motivating, challenging to work with; other organizations have complained how difficult it is to work with ED; organization has lots of financial issues and high turnover. ED is unable to secure and maintain steady, continuous, and reliable funding sources and partnerships with... other orgs. Low staff morale - staff are underpaid, overworked, unappreciated. Board members are either oblivious, unable to, or complicit in the org dysfunction.

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    Advice to Management

    Organization has a lot of potential under better leadership.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2018-09-26
  6. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing employees who are dedicated to making a difference.

    Cons

    More work load balance needed.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your expectations. Focus on the big impact issues. Praise staff regularly and publicly.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2018-08-14
  7. "I can work in any work environment after my time here."

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

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty full-time

    Pros

    Motivated and passionate staff, dedicated to the mission.

    Cons

    Outdated ways of doing and thinking by the ED. ED's big pride and poor leadership skills affect everyone in the org. If you work here, chances are your boss is unhappy and scrambling to make ED happy.

    Advice to Management

    Shooting staff down in front of each other is not effective. Staff should feel supported, not attacked.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2018-06-11
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awful"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

    Pros

    None at all. Benefits not even available to all staff (telecommuting, compressed work week, etc.)

    Cons

    Unfriendly environment, financial issues, unrealistic expectations at both the organizational and employee level. Quickly discovered the enormously high turnover at this org. TONS of former employees with less than 1 year of service.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust expectations and think critically about what is actually realistic.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2018-04-26
  9. "Approachable, collaborative, and passionate team environment"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I have been working at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about the issues The staff is small and therefore everyone works collaboratively and it is easy to reach anyone in the office. Opportunities to do the work you are interested in / signing on to additional projects to gain the skills you are interested in developing

    Cons

    Quiet office Slow computers There is a lot of work to do! But that's the nature of this work.

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2017-05-03
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Disfunctional non-profit"

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

    I worked at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work that is worth doing

    Cons

    Extremely poor management, financial issues, low employee moral

    National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty2016-10-05
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