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National Trust for Historic Preservation Washington Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. "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!


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Organzation"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Trust for Historic Preservation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people committed to the mission and work. Management handled a major overhaul of organization well. Good communication and change management. Very good at engaging employees in solutions

    Cons

    typical non-profit issues of scarce resources, but staff was good at making what was available work well.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. "Good place to work but still needs fixing"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mostly great people to work with. Truly dedicated to saving historic structures.

    Cons

    Low pay (expected). Clubby environment.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Highly talented professional preservationists who are passionate about their work and wanting to make a difference.

    Cons

    No cost of living increases, only merit increases. So many management systems in place for work planning and budget planning that you spend all your time dealing with those plans and not actually saving places. Planning process, targets or systems are often changed without explanation that it isn't worth learning the current process because it will change before you figure out how to use the current one.

    Advice to Management

    What worked for The Nature Conservancy may not work for NTHP. There is a reason there is high turnover in some areas of top management of the organization. Pretty big sign that the best change might be to stop changing so often. Make sure the managers you hire know how to manage, if not train them because they need it. Promotion and job experience do not equate to a good manager.


  10. "Making Good Progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Young, friendly staff. A real effort to strike a good work-life balance and be proactive in office culture. Mostly smart and engaging colleagues doing excellent, mission-driven work. Breaking the mold on historic preservation and non-profit stereotypes.

    Cons

    Low pay, some deadwood that needs to be shaken-off. More work than a non-profit of this size can handle. Too much focus on rapid improvement and doing it all at the expense of staff capacity and bandwidth.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic priorities and expectations. Help strike a better balance between divisions that have vastly different work-life balances.


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