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National Trust for Historic Preservation Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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National Trust for Historic Preservation President & CEO Stephanie Meeks
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  1. "A great place to work, but some changes could go a long way."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I greatly enjoyed my time at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The staff is overall extremely friendly, committed to teamwork, and inclusive. The office culture is great and the open office environment is conducive to collaboration and making friends. It's okay to make mistakes if you work to correct them and prevent recurrences.

    For the most part there is very limited micromanagement, you're expected to get your work done and the rest is up to you. If you're in the right department you can create a lot of your own projects and work - even if you're not in middle/senior management.

    You rarely need to worry about work when you're not in the office with the exception of a few busy times during the year: Conference, Capital Campaigns, Year-End Fundraising, etc.

    Cons

    Pay seemed to be a bit below average for mid-level employees but very high for senior management. This is obviously only a con for mid-levels.

    Professional development opportunities are dependent on department and there is a lack of mobility for low to mid level employees with a few rare exceptions.

    Staff time rarely considered when determining ROI on projects.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that starting a campaign isn't a victory, winning it is.

    Focus on projects and campaigns that have definable timelines, victory conditions, and strong public appeal.

    Be more vocal about campaign wins and losses and harness that momentum in subsequent projects.


  2. "Work to do"

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

    I have been working at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great mission. Offices around the country. Some very dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    Like many non-profits, spread very thin. Has high turnover from burnout. Senior management exhibits poor vision and execution. Grasping to maintain relevance. Junior staff feel the burden of keeping machinery working with limited resources or assistance.

    Advice to Management

    Scale back. Scale back. Scale back. Hire more junior staff to get the work done.

  3. "Great Organization"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at National Trust for Historic Preservation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very passionate and into their work

    Cons

    Long hours but good work too


  4. "Lots of energy and passion"

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    Former Employee - Development in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Development in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for the NTHP some years ago, just before they sold 1785 Mass Ave and moved to the Watergate. (The photos at the bottom of the profile page are no longer accurate!)

    I have great memories of my time there - smart, passionate folks who were really committed to the stories told by old buildings and places.

    Cons

    The Trust is now located in the Watergate. The staff is smaller than in the "golden era" and there were rounds of layoffs after the market crash in 2008. Very few of the people I worked with are still on staff.


  5. "Fun and easy place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Trust for Historic Preservation part-time

    Pros

    Plenty of training, scheduling is easy, work is fun.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons off the top of my head

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Same old"

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

    I worked at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time

    Pros

    Good cause. Smart coworkers. Interesting office.

    Cons

    Bloated, upper management who spend more time thinking about their mission than actually preserving buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Self-cull.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, good co-workers, good mission.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership / vision from the executive level on down has led to low morale in some areas. Potential is there though.

  8. "My view of the Trust"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've been working at the Trust for about a year and a half and I love it. It's the best decision that I've made in a while. Everyone is hard working and they encourage excellence, but I don't feel over-burdened. The work/life balance is great and I actually like working with everyone here. I would strongly recommend.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can really think of. I've worked in other places and it was horrid, but the Trust is awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Have always enjoyed my time at the National Trust"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Trust for Historic Preservation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Fair salaries. Great benefits, including 3.5 weeks vacation to start. Positive work environment at a great mission oriented organization.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great experience"

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, very good vacation benefits and 35 hour week, occasionally interesting work. Some very motivated and hard working staff.

    Cons

    Senior management is good at bad decision and implementation that affects the rest. Middle management is full of dead wood stuck in the weeds.

    Advice to Management

    Management: listen to staff, they probably know more than you do. Board: hold the CEO accountable for real results.


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