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National School Boards Association Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. "Making progress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some progressive policies, like the 35 hour work week. It's a great place for work-life balance and people are generally friendly.

    Cons

    There are also some regressive policies, like no como time for working weekends. It's a pretty hierarchical organization that is pretty top-heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the org structure and don't treat lower employees like they have less to contribute. Invest in your staff with more PD and leadership opportunities.


  2. "associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National School Boards Association full-time

    Pros

    good paid time off, vacation

    Cons

    ineffective management, leadership; rewards not based on merit

  3. "Tough times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and location, mission of the organization is well meaning, but if you're looking to help kids directly, this may not be the place for you.

    Cons

    Changing leadership style, not concerned about employees, and indecisive strategy means a lot of change in a short period of time.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees, especially those who have stayed through challenging years.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Objective Employee"

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

    I have been working at National School Boards Association full-time

    Pros

    An organization filled with people who believe in making public education work for all.

    Cons

    A complete change in leadership is sometimes difficult and not always accepted by all.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff and generous benefits

    Cons

    Elevators need repair. Increase parking spaces for staff

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in staff


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Leadership is spineless, and demands coddling by staff"

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

    Pros

    Amazing staff at the director level and below
    Generous Benefits

    Cons

    Upper level leadership is paralyzed with fear of the board and demands staff jump to meet their whims and outrageous requests... regardless of the implications for the organization fiscally.
    Staff feel completely vulnerable and in turn have trust issues with leadership.
    Regular layoffs over the last few years keep morale low.
    Authority to make decisions resides with a few at the top.

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe the organization is sustainable long term, at least not under the current leadership.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be great, not anymore"

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay and most of staff

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations, lying management, hypocritical (says they are transparent but actions are opposite), poor infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Start all over. Current management does not have broad perspective and has no regard for staff.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "No longer a caring or friendly place to work."

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

    I worked at National School Boards Association full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice leave package, support of public schools

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management, low pay, association has large financial debt

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to detail and take the time to understand the purpose of the association.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Educational association that stands out in its field when it can stay focused"

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

    I worked at National School Boards Association full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talented staff, great benefits and PTO, great work/life balance. Strong and ethical culture when things were good. Long time senior staff generally supportive of upward mobility and staff morale in earlier times.

    Cons

    Continual infighting between membership, board and executive director. Staff; staff layoffs, turnover and financial uncertainty hurt morale. Turnover of senior staff brought in people less invested in long term employees and management.

    Advice to Management

    Right the ship. Focus on the mission and support the staff and insist that the board focus on the outcomes. Address the needs of the membership, but support staff when expectations are unrealistic.


  10. "Ok, but could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location. Great issues to work on. Great annual conference. Otherwise normal, decent set of co-workers.

    Cons

    For much of the last 15 years, until just recently, the place was run by a cabal of about 4-6 at the top that kept out anyone from within or below with new ideas and new skills and new energy. So most of those smart people who should have been running the place just left. And the rapidly aging pack at the top simply soldiered on.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Immediately.


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