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  1. "Wonderful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They are selectively funded by those who agree with the organization's values. Fast-pace working environment where everyone gets work done.

    Cons

    Some of the positions at the center are being cut due to funding concerns. Many people at the organization are required to wear many hats and perform many different jobs.

    Advice to Management

    The organization would be far more diverse if the interns were paid. Found the organization to be diverse, but could be helped by diversifying the interns you are training.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Typical women's org culture"

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    Former Employee - Outreach Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Outreach Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at National Women's Law Center full-time

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated staff, from the entry level program assistants all the way to the top policy experts. Most of the more senior staff are very nurturing and make great mentors. You can learn a great deal about a variety of issues that affect women & families, regardless of your level of seniority.

    Cons

    Very top-down management style, and the two principals of the organization (who founded the organization & don't like to relinquish any control) can be borderline hostile and verbally abusive to staff at times, but no one really speaks up about it. Leadership isn't always open to the perspectives of more junior staff (who are often much more connected to the issues & audience the organization wants to engage), & morale among the very bright, eager junior staff suffers as a result. Also, the organization doesn't always practice what it preaches in terms of work/life balance & making accommodations for single working mothers. Diversity among staff is not great, & that's evident in the org's communications, which often come across as tone deaf & appealing to an older generation of feminists.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your junior staff better. Something is wrong when the leaders of a social justice org make literally 10x what they pay their junior staff.

  3. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Women's Law Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff; great environment with driven and passionate women; great reputation

    Cons

    Internships are unpaid; Staff hierarchy is very rigid


  4. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay for a non-profit, passionate/smart people

    Cons

    Reluctant to change. Final approval has to pass through too many hands. Delays process


  5. "Not a bad place to work, but major management gap"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at National Women's Law Center full-time

    Pros

    No glass ceiling here! I enjoyed working with so many capable and passionate women. I didn't find the atmosphere to be intimidating or catty, as can happen at nonprofits. Depending on your department there were plenty of opportunities for lower level staff to shine by contributing to projects and efforts in unique ways, beyond their job description.

    Cons

    Major discrepancies in pay scale for upper management versus everyone else.
    Moderate turnover, probably due to low pay and "establishment" staff in upper positions. Many directors have been there for decades, with little movement opportunity for lower staff in their areas. Once NWLC gets an expert who fits into the org culture, they keep her there. Sometimes this manifests in an unwillingness to move out ineffective or obstructive employees simply because they've been around awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Growth is hard and generational differences are obvious here. Give your younger staff a chance to excel up the ladder and trust that though they may have a different perspective, the Center will be better for it if they have more influence. The Center must change with the times. Pay them what they deserve instead of harboring such vast pay inequities, and improve work/life balance flexibility, and you'll be able to hold on to your talent better.


  6. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative staff, really good location

    Cons

    Driven by funding, hard to choose own path


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, people there are so motivated for the mission.Fast-paced, get many chances to attend important meetings and seminars. Approachable supervisors and nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities, sometimes repetitive work.

  8. "Great group of ambitious and talented people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees are very experienced and knowledgeable, enjoyed hearing updates from different departments each week, lots of positive reinforcement and energy

    Cons

    I can't really think of any significant downsides - the Center is a small community with many friendly faces. Overall a great experience


  9. "Great for exposure to women's issues"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Women's Law Center as an intern

    Pros

    Interns were given a lot of opportunities to attend events and talk with experienced women's advocates. The experience gives you a good sense of current issues in the women's movements and the ways national advocacy organizations work

    Cons

    The actual work experience was more superficial than other internships I've had

    Advice to Management

    Offer a paid internship to attract a more economically diverse group. Interns are almost exclusively middle to upper class white women from private colleges