Pact (Washington DC) Employee Reviews about "good benefits"
83% would recommend to a friend
(20 total reviews)
93% approve of CEO
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- "The institution offers good benefits." (in 21 reviews)
- "Some great people with committment and energy." (in 14 reviews)
- "Senior leadership is expressing an approachable, cohesive style which encourages positive, open communication throughout the organization." (in 10 reviews)
- "Colleagues at Pact are committed and kind professionals that really want to make a positive impact in the world." (in 8 reviews)
- "Better pay than most comparable orgs" (in 4 reviews)
- "specifically the CEO, as well as other choice HQ staff and CDs" (in 8 reviews)
- "No work life balance" (in 7 reviews)
- "Culture is good but some units (Finance and new business) aren't 'on board and need to be changed." (in 6 reviews)
- "While a lot of recent reviews call out the CEO as the main source of this disconnect, it is more the systemic result of hiring a senior leadership team that operates in a bubble and appears to have little to no interest in taken the time to get to know the organization." (in 3 reviews)
- "Strong divide between technical and program management" (in 2 reviews)
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- 3.0Jun 5, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Good benefits. Some inspirational leaders and strong teams. Program delivery and program advancement teams are strong.
Some very poor leadership traits. One falls asleep in meetings (!) often. Another intimidates and threatens. There seems to be no come back. Weird dynamics.8
- 3.0Jan 23, 2021Country Office OfficerCurrent Employee
Good benefit. Very beautiful office. Things are getting better after the new CEO.
No career growth. Too many politic and turn over rate. I have been here for 1 year and 5 people have left the company.
- 3.0Aug 24, 2014Grants ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsWashington, DC
International exposure is great and some benefits are good (i.e. 403(b) contribution) although there has been an overall slash in benefits lately to reduce costs.
Upward mobility is non-existent. No formal staff development programs.2
- 5.0May 22, 2023Chief of PartyCurrent Employee
good benefit package small enough to be recognized and be supported input in bigger picture
currently tight in budgeting, brining some limitations
- 3.0Dec 15, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
Pact's field staff are excellent and there's a very high quality standard in implementation at the local level. We are lucky to have such talented people working in the country offices. At headquarters (HQ): there are great benefits (healthcare & good amt of vacation time). Great technical experts. Fortunately several major leadership transitions this year have meant that there's mostly new blood at the top. Case in point: the following positions (VP of Finance, VP of HR, COO, and VP of Biz Development) have all changed in 2014 alone. These people are slowly getting their footing. For example there had previously been major morale issues within the fundraising unit; this has improved dramatically, so congrats to the new leadership's accomplishments there.
- Maternity leave is very short and only applies after 10 or 11 months from your start date at Pact. So if you're pregnant when interviewing, well, you won't have maternity (or paternity) benefits... at least according to official policies. - Ongoing restructuring at Pact is leading to a lot of uncertainty. This situation is made worse by the purge of senior leadership ... while the CEO has managed to stay, surprisingly. The constant churn of staff is demoralizing; root issues aren't being addressed. - I agree with another reviewer's comments about the CEO: He "talks a good game but doesn't deliver. Something not believable about rhetoric". - There's a gender problem at Pact HQ. Senior leadership is dominated by men. Younger staff have had to raise the gender issue internally. For example, there's no official gender policy at Pact. How is that even possible in 2014?4
- 1.0Jun 7, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 3 years
Lots of hard working and caring colleagues. Awesome work, when we can do it. the benefits are good and salaries average for the industry.
A CEO who is vindictive, nasty and manipulative. Drinks in DC recently with some folks who were at Pact before me. We wondered how Mark Viso, CEO, survives. In 7 years there have been 5 CFOs, the 4th head of HR just resigned, at least 6 program VPs, a head of the subsidiary recently left after 3 months. Endless churn. Mark Viso talks endlessly of transformation but nothing changes. His ego, as others have said, dominates everything. Anyone who dares to disagree is frozen out. Yes he survives. Clearly the Board don't care.13
- 1.0Sep 5, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeWashington, DC
Good benefits. Some dedicated people, mainly in middle management. Some really good work in the field.
Work life balance is non existent. Little accountability. Lots of growth talk but companies revenue continues to shrink. All seem cowered by the huge ego of a CEO who, as someone hear said, talks a great deal but delivers next to nothing. Sexism prevails from the top too. Much talk about culture but no leadership from CEO.11
- 3.0Jul 25, 2018Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsWashington, DC
Pact may be one of the most commented-on NGOs on Glassdoor. Pros? CEO Viso does have some good days. Somehow, Pact continues to win projects, despite discombobulated proposals, and the work in the field is consistently strong and inspiring. Pact plods along, year after year, although it seeks to 'transform' year after year as well. Great place to be a warm body at a desk, if that's your thing, collecting a paycheck and enjoying good benefits.
CEO Viso has his bad days, mostly when he hires top executives. They rarely last long, often for good reason. The sloth-like COO du jour makes sure Pact remains inert.18
- 2.0Jun 27, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Some good leaders. I especially enjoyed working with the regional teams and program advancement. Benefits good. Very strong country teams.
CEO talks a good game but doesn't deliver. Something not believable about rhetoric. Pact really sucks every last inch out of staff. Lots of culture speak but it is really about increasing revenue from CEO.3
- 1.0Mar 25, 2016ManagementCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsWashington, DC
The people at Pact are truly dedicated to their work and implementation teams focus on quality. The institution offers good benefits. There's a spirit of collegiality among non-management staff.
As other reviewers have shared, the behavior of the CEO causes crippling dysfunction and erodes morale. Unrealistic goals are set without resources necessary to reach them. The CEO then points out failure without acknowledging his role in creating the conditions that caused that failure. There is constant turnover in senior management and other manager / director roles, which provides an excuse for the continued decline of the institution and toxic mood in the DC office. Processes, work flow, decisions and authority are unclear in a culture of fear and blame. There are swings between micromanagement and absent management. No work life balance.14