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National Rural Utilities Cooperative Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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  1. "Records Admin"

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

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, mostly great people!

    Cons

    Raises are not large unless you change position.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company with a well-defined purpose. Strong culture that takes some time to "figure out." Once you get a feel for the cooperative/consensus driven culture it becomes easier to get things done.

    Cons

    You're a big fish in a small pond. Promotions don't come easily since there isn't much turnover. You may have to leave to get a title that comes with taking on more responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Give people every chance to grow and develop if you want to keep them engaged. Since the company is small, get creative in providing opportunities for talented hires to develop.

  3. "Honest review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has great health and wellness benefits, and they have a flexible work schedule to accommodate home life. They even have a gym onsite.

    Cons

    The business is not centered around keeping the younger generation with small (if any) raises and rare advancement opportunities. You can get paid a significant amount more with the same experience at other companies.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, Flexibility, Independence

    Cons

    Slow to adapt, Pace, No skills developmental program at the start.


  5. "NRUCFC Review"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely laid back hours, laid back work environment, low stress, everyone takes a standard 1 hour lunch break

    Cons

    low pay, little room for advancement, culture of complacency, work becomes routine

    Advice to Management

    Create more incentives for employees to work hard


  6. Helpful (1)

    "CFC Offers Great Opportunities Across the Board!"

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    Current Employee - Communications in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Communications in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management at CFC gives new employees the opportunity to jump right into projects outside of their respected groups.

    The headquarters is amazing and the staff represent the definition of hospitality.

    The member-focused nature of working at a cooperative really adds a unique personal attachment and care for the work taking place.

    Employees with little experience in the electric industry or with cooperatives are given all of the tools needed to be successful at CFC!

    Cons

    Located north of the Dulles Airport, CFC offers great scenery around the workplace, but the commute can be a little long at time if living south or east of the headquarters (typical for DC metro).


  7. Helpful (5)

    "One of the Worst companies to work"

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

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time

    Pros

    Office is new and well-maintained, with on-site gym.

    Cons

    Company is now being ran similarly as Fannie Mae, where you will find More Politics and bureaucracy (Not what you know, but WHO you know); Top-Heavy Org Structure (8 IT managers for a small organization with approx. 200 employees); Inconsistent execution of leadership practices and Poor management; Lack of effective and timely decision making; Low employee morale; NO support from HR; Actual culture is inconsistent with corporate culture; NO Advancement unless you are connected to the right people (especially in IT); Some contractors getting away with poor quality work because they are 'friends' with the right people; or individual contractors enriching themselves by coursing other contractors through their company.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes!

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Horrible Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    401K, Pension plan, on-site gym with shower

    Cons

    Awful managers who do not know how to manage, promotes gossiping, backbiting, scheming, conniving, & throwing others under bus to advance, discriminatory practices, advance per who you know not what you know, bizarre organization/department structure, HR of no use to employees

    Advice to Management

    Teleworking, hire/promote most qualified persons, cease/desist with favoritism, promote/increase pay of well qualified persons in order to retain


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Don't Come to work here"

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    Former Employee - Corporate IT in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Corporate IT in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Workspace new and well kept. The members are really great to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of ex-Freddie/Fanny Folks have brought in the 'Government' view into workplace requiring processes and systems that serve no purpose. Definitely a "good old boys" network in IT with new management without regard for employees who have been doing a good job, but don't have the past employment history with management. Too many contractors who have the run of the house including the ability to work from home when employees are not allowed to do this. The bonus structure is nice that everyone gets it, but it is unfair. If you are a rock star you will get the same % as a low performer.

    Advice to Management

    Change the bonus structure to align with individual performance. Explain why contractors can work from home and employees can't. Control IT - they are running your company now, yes the systems need to be improved but too many contractors who are Not being managed by BTS. The management staff have no consideration on the amount of money these contractors are costing the membership.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Rural Utilities Cooperative full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small company that its easy to get to know a lot of people from different departments.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued for their contribution to the company, especially in IT where morale has dropped. Top talents are paid too low or not treated fairly so they leave the company. The culture in the company is changing from a family-oriented place to an every-man-for-himself mentality. Human Resources only sides with the managers, regardless if there are reports of unfair labor practice or unequal treatment at work. The company tries to mask itself around a new building and skewed rating, instead of addressing the real issues. This is not a place to build a long-time career growth.


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