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Found 124 of over 133 reviews
3.5
64% Recommend to a Friend
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Found 123 of over 133 reviews

3.5
64%
Recommend to a Friend
90%
Approve of CEO
Pact (Washington DC) President and CEO Caroline Anstey (no image)
Caroline Anstey
16 Ratings

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Pros
  • "The institution offers good benefits.(in 16 reviews)
  • "Some great people with committment and energy.(in 10 reviews)
  • "Colleagues at Pact are committed and kind professionals that really want to make a positive impact in the world.(in 7 reviews)
  • "And as many others have noted, the benefits and pay are great.(in 5 reviews)
  • "Beautiful office space in the heart of Farragut West(in 4 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A great organization doing cutting edge work on localization

    Dec 6, 2022 - Director in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Transparent leadership, competitive salaries, cutting edge work, winning and implementing lots of exciting new work

    Cons

    The past group of senior leaders (all of whom were fired or resigned) left behind a number of problems for the current team to resolve. Change takes time and I feel like Pact is on the right path into the future. I hate to sound cliche, but people really do care about each other and the work they do.

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  2. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Improvements needed

    Dec 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Some progress in work life balance. Great project work and we have a lot of motivation in the field, Some teams have no culture

    Cons

    HR is horrible and lacks decision making and has poor leadership-No transparency or accountability at all and no support to global teams. Regional oversight is confusing for project teams. More leadership is needed BD should understand that decisions impact field work

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Pact is a great organization, BD is a tough department

    Jul 6, 2022 - Business Development in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Colleagues at Pact are committed and kind professionals that really want to make a positive impact in the world. It's a small organization and easy to feel at home.

    Cons

    Business Development at Pact has been going through constant changes, so process is (still) lacking. There is little to no onboarding, the team is siloed, and workload is poorly managed. High turn-over on this team, while other departments at Pact have great retention. Pact lacks internal mobility so BD staff get 'locked into' the job or have to move on when (not if) they get burned out.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Dedicated, Caring Colleagues and Transparent Leadership

    Jun 25, 2022 - Senior Program Specialist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Above all else, the people - dedicated, supportive, and welcoming - are what make Pact a great place to work. Transparent leadership, good benefits, meaningful work, reasonable remote/in person work policies, and some focus on employee wellness make for a healthy and constructive workplace.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, the workload can be quite heavy and portfolios can change with some frequency. However, the organization does make meaningful efforts to support employees in achieving some work/life balance.

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A business, not an NGO

    Jun 16, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Better pay than most comparable orgs Interesting programs Talented colleagues More diverse than most DC-based NGOs

    Cons

    Pact is heavily business-focused, not mission-focused. A lot of talk about money and growth and very little/nothing about impact and the communities served. HR is not supportive and hard to reach. Burnt out is common and accepted. The majority of the BD team has quit over the past year due to poor leadership and toxic team culture. Senior leadership is completely disconnected, in fact you’ll likely never interact with them.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    It's ok.

    Jun 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great mission and people. Good health insurance & professional development funds.

    Cons

    Work-life balance depends a lot on your manager. Some teams are way overstretched, others are ok. Management is doing a mandatory training but I'm not optimistic it will enhance skills much. I agree with one of the other reviews that the promotion & salary increase practices have been troublesome. HR has recently changed policies but they are applied differently by managers. Some are more supportive of growth than others.

    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    New leadership, new tone, continued great impact

    Feb 10, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pact does amazing work around the world and I'm proud to work here. A lot of positive change going on. We have new leadership across the board who are making needed adjustments. I love our new SVP of Programs. She is smart, experienced, authentic, transparent and open with information and seems intent on finding ways for us to work together better and have greater impact. And she is inclusive (at least so far -- still new).

    Cons

    A lot of change over past two years which is good, but takes time, learning. I wish Pro and con -- work with people from all over the world so sometimes meetings are early or late.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Successfully transitioning to new leadership (and leaving many of the old problems behind)

    Nov 14, 2021 - Director in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Pact is at a really good place now, having recently won a number of large and significant awards, and brought on some good new staff. There is (finally) a sense that we are all moving in the right direction. Some of the smartest and most committed people I have ever worked with are at Pact. Their governance and capacity development/localization staff are really cutting edge. And the benefits package is excellent!

    Cons

    There were significant problems with the past leadership team, which created long term deficits, but new leadership is proactively working to address these. It will take time for all the positive initiatives to be felt, but it is clear things are moving in the right direction. It is true that several staff have left in recent times, but that is happening at all of the organizations like ours in DC so it doesn't feel specific to Pact.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Strong Mission Strong Leader - right tone

    Feb 18, 2022 - Management in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Leadership has a complete picture of the direction of the Company and can provide a clear picture of where the organization is headed. As a result, the organization is revitalized, and staff who are not aligned are gradually leaving. In addition, many new policies and processes that were needed are progressively being rolled out. Impressive leadership team.

    Cons

    More flexibility on working from home.

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  11. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Typical DC international org

    Jun 10, 2022 - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good Benefits and average DC pay

    Cons

    Long work hours. Constant change.

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    1 person found this review helpful
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Pact (Washington DC) has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 133 reviews left anonymously by employees. 64% of employees would recommend working at Pact (Washington DC) to a friend and 66% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Pact (Washington DC) employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.9 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Pact (Washington DC). This rating has improved by 8% over the last 12 months.

64% of Pact (Washington DC) employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Pact (Washington DC) 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.4 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.

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