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3.1
57%
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Pact (Washington DC) President and CEO Caroline Anstey (no image)
Caroline Anstey
5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good and professional staff in DC supporting the country offices(in 12 reviews)

  • "Pact is able to attract some good people by paying well and offering good benefits and a good office space downtown(in 8 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "I was shocked that Mark Viso CEO was rated as highly as 25% favorably(in 15 reviews)

  • "Work life balance needs improvement(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Awesome

      Sep 2, 2021 - Program Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Place to be at

      Cons

      Nothing at the moment really

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Country programs are outstanding

      Aug 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The innovation and impact of programs in Colombia, Tanzania, DRC, Myanmar, the Southeast Asia region and elsewhere are testimony to strong country leadership.

      Cons

      The DC office continues to spin. Many staff are unhappy and looking to leave.

      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Wonderful country teams and HQ support staff

      Jan 21, 2021 - Program Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong ethical spirit among employees and focus on improving the lives of the people and communities engaged by the organization.

      Cons

      Difficult year of leadership transitions at HQ.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      You can build a fascinating career here

      Jan 11, 2021 - Senior Program Officer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Travel and field deployments for junior-mid level employees is common

      Cons

      Open office environment proves distracting

      2 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Not Recommended

      Jan 11, 2021 - Program Officer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The organization is well known for its success in health (reputation)

      Cons

      The organization is going through many changes and it is a very unstable place to work at the time.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Negligent Board

      Aug 10, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Hard working, committed colleagues. Good project delivery led by strong country office staff.

      Cons

      Pact has lost 3 strong female leaders at HQ in the past 2 months. Is the Board asking why?

      7 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Difficult culture to work within. They are taking steps to change it.

      Mar 24, 2020 - Technical Writer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Dynamic teams. The organization has embarked in a path to change and improve. Results are not clear yet.

      Cons

      A culture that allowed for favoritism, nepotism, and lack of responsibility.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Moving forward

      Feb 15, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people at Pact are the truly the heart of the organization. Dedicated, passionate, and friendly, both those in DC and around the world make coming to work a pleasure. Pact as an organization is moving forward to improve its culture and impact. Great to see.

      Cons

      Work life balance needs improvement. This is a challenge across our sector but senior management can help to improve this by setting a positive example.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Things have improved significantly, tho there is still work to be done.

      Jan 29, 2020 - Custodial Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some recent posts with overly dramatic headlines were most likely written by disgruntled staff out to damage the org, so read them with a hefty grain of salt. I've been here for a while, through all the transition and things are MUCH better now than they ever were. The new exec team is very approachable and transparent about decisions and seem to want to make this a better place to work. Upper mgmt coordinates together more often to chip away at the silos. The work is rewarding and the pay is generally fair. I don't find the hours to be bad at all but I understand some people do work long hours. Then again, Pact has flexible work hours and policies, so you rarely see anyone here after 6 PM. Even Fridays are generally quiet, with most people working from home. All in all, there seems to be increased accountability and improved morale. Even when I have been low, the people with whom I work make the days go by fast, often with a lot of laughs. Like anything in life, an organization is what you make of it. If you are frustrated, speak up and get involved to make change (isn't that the whole point of working at an NGO?) There are ample opportunities! And if you aren't happy at Pact (or any job) then you might want to reevaluate your expectations. No place is perfect and life is too short to sit around complaining on glassdoor.

      Cons

      1) We are still paying for some of the past messes that other posts allude to, but we are making progress. I'm surprised the Board hasn't been more humble based on their role in the issues. 2) I wish there were clearer (and more) career paths. Most people are hired for a role and don't go much further or higher without a lot of pushing (though this is getting somewhat better). 3) Pact does try to do a little too much of everything, I wish we could focus more and do a better job prioritizing projects, but that does make it an interesting place to work - there are a lot of smart, motivated people here. 4) There are depts that are short-staffed, but management is flexible with goals and objectives and we are told directly to be mindful of work-life balance. It is up to us to make it happen for ourselves. 5) Yes, there are a few people who still recite HBR articles as their own thinking, but their numbers are dwindling.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good people and unhealthy place

      Oct 9, 2019 - Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, who really care and make work fun

      Cons

      Really unhealthy work/life balance. People work way too many hours, and people do not like the CEO Mark Viso. People are expected to work crazy hours, and teams have worked 60 hour weeks without anybody in Senior Leadership thinking there is a problem.

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      6 people found this review helpful
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