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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good cause, passionate employees.

    Cons

    Lack of resources and overworked.


  2. "loved it as a intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    friend learning new skills lunches

    Cons

    none i can't think of any right now


  3. "Unfortunate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Advocate for children and education.

    Cons

    Social club that never fulfills it's purpose as an advocate for children and education.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of upper management and add diversity.


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  5. "NPTA Review"

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    Former Employee - Communications Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Communications Coordinator in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National PTA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits Great Benefits Great Benefits

    Cons

    Poor Culture Poor Culture Poor Culture Poor Culture


  6. "Executive staff"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The President, Secretary-Treasurer and most of the board members believed in their mission and worked diligently to make a better place for our children.

    Cons

    Too many turnovers in executive level management. Being at PTA for only 2+ years, I experienced working with the change of the following senior level management leaders: 3-executive directors, 3-deputy directors of finance, 4-human resource managers/directors

    Advice to Management

    They should look more closely in the backgrounds of these executives prior to offering them a position at PTA. Knowing your skills and talents are scholar must line up with having the same mindset of the mission of the organization.


  7. "A Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    PTA offered a great working environment, fair supervisors, a flexible work schedule (at least in my department), excellent medical/dental/vision/retirement benefits, and I was able to keep busy and stay challenged.

    Cons

    It is a volunteer led organization, so sometimes the volunteers want things to happen that the staff (ie-experts in their areas) knows isn't possible or isn't a good idea. If the leadership of the volunteers has a vision that doesn't mesh well with the organization's overall mission, it can become a conflict.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more work from home time. Most of the positions do not require a person to be in the office every single day, and considering the commute time and congestion of DC staying at home would be a big help.


  8. "Good pay, needs innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working here is a really good trade off if you want a healthy work/life balance. There's plenty of time off for holidays and most employees are allowed to set their own core work hours. Being able to see the contributions to children's access to education and resources is rewarding. The organization carries a lot of brand recognition within the nonprofit world, making for some great partnership opportunities.

    Cons

    The entire governance structure brings a lot of dysfunction and drama. There are two versions of PTA, the mission-oriented version which is to advocate for children, and then there is the political machine that is all about the leaders who want positions of power within PTA. This is probably true for many nonprofits with a hierarchy of volunteer leaders- but it is disheartening to know that under the shroud of a charitable objective, there are many self-serving folks who just want to have leadership titles to advance their own political aspirations.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the mission; the political climbing of some volunteers damages the organization and the employee morale.


  9. "NPTA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at National PTA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, tremendous potential, grassroots reach could be huge

    Cons

    Dysfunctional culture, membership and governance model broken, need to re-invent the organization


  10. "Consider looking elsewhere."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of really dedicated and talented people working at PTA. Staff members seem to genuinely care about each other and the mission of the organization. The time off is generous, and benefits are sufficient.

    Cons

    There is a definite morale issue here. This is in large part due to a lot of flux at the association over the past several years, including multiple executive directors and an interim executive director. It seems that every time PTA is poised to make some meaningful progress, something derails it. At the board and executive levels, there is a lack of awareness about the work being done by staff, and a definite lack of appreciation for the knowledge and expertise the staff brings to the table.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Care about what is happening in the building with staff. Develop a long term strategic plan for the entire organization and actually use it.


  11. "So much potential"

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

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

    Pros

    Truly meaningful child-centered mission/cause that many on staff are passionate about supporting (caveat: some staff seem completely uncaring); flexible work environment (staff allowed to work alternative hours or telecommute periodically); great perks and some nice surprises (for all her faults, interim executive director can also be surprisingly generous: recently she announced that PTA would close between Christmas and January 5, as a paid gift to staff; she also closed the office on a random Friday in the summer as a bonus "gift" day off recognizing the hard work of staff on the recent convention -- but it should be noted she did that while *also* announcing that she had decided to revoke summer hours for the entire office, even though many were promised such flexibility in their hiring packets). Senior staff are trying their best to keep their teams from abandoning ship in the midst of all this transition and uncertainty and unpleasantness. Opportunities for promotions exist and do happen, which is nice to see. Opportunities for professional development exist but you have to fight for them every time. Some of the programs PTA does are extraordinary and make an impact in the lives of children. There is so much potential to do good here. There are days where I just love being a part of this organization and other days where I want to walk out and never come back. PTA is like the "girl with a curl" ... when it's good, it's really really good but when it's bad, it's awful.

    Cons

    Organization going through some seriously painful transition pains; wildly inconsistent and below-market compensation; inappropriate interference and (mis)direction from governance/board toward rank-and-file staff. At the moment, everyone seems to be on the verge of a breakdown from the stress and anxiety caused by certain leadership (really, one person) and we're losing amazing people because of this. Strained relationships between state congresses and national level. Certain departments are treated with favoritism while others constantly under a microscope.

    Advice to Management

    Culture comes from the top. If the person at the top acts like they think everyone is an idiot, it's felt by the staff and has an impact on morale. Trust the people you hired; these are good people who care and are capable of great things.



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