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Updated Aug 2, 2021

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National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Founder & Executive Director Maria Foscarinis (no image)
Maria Foscarinis
9 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Intern

    Experienced and Motivated People

    Feb 8, 2018 - Anonymous Intern 
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    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.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Intern, less than 1 year

    Good Organization for Self-Motivated Interns

    Aug 2, 2021 - Policy Intern in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    kind and knowledgeable people exciting and informative workplace lots of freedom for independent research and projects

    Cons

    NHLC is undergoing some major internal changes, so there is a lack of organizational structure and clear instructions for interns, which is not necessarily a negative if you want freedom in your work. The internship is currently unpaid, but they are looking to start paying interns in the future.

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  3. 4.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    great experience as an intern - wouldn't do full time

    Sep 7, 2019 - Intern 
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    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.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee

    DO NOT WORK HERE

    Sep 26, 2019 - Acting Director of Development and Communications in Washington, DC
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    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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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Not great

    Oct 22, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Approach with caution

    Sep 26, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Anonymous

    Aug 14, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Amazing employees who are dedicated to making a difference.

    Cons

    More work load balance needed.

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  8. 2.0
    Former Employee

    I can work in any work environment after my time here.

    Jun 11, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Awful

    Apr 25, 2018 -  
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    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.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Intern

    Approachable, collaborative, and passionate team environment

    May 3, 2017 - Anonymous Intern 
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    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.

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