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Paralyzed Veterans of America Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "Director"

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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 Paralyzed Veterans of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good opportunities! Great mission!!!

    Cons

    Travel and life/work balance. No parking.

    Advice to Management

    Look to younger people for advice. Concentrate on mission


  2. "Great mission and people"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paralyzed Veterans of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission of improving veterans lives through advocacy and direct action makes PVA a very rewarding workplace. I have the opportunity to travel to meet and collaborate with veterans and VA staff which has enriched my knowledge and experience. Management has treated me with respect and has supported my professional growth by giving me new opportunities. The diverse group of employees are all quality people who I enjoy working with as they understand how to balance working hard with the enjoyment of the camaraderie the mission fosters.

    Cons

    Office environment is mostly private offices somewhat inhibiting natural collaboration. Personnel would benefit from a facility modernization.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the organization and outreach primarily branding to ensure name recognition.

  3. "Many other better non-profits"

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    Former Employee - Meetings Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Meetings Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Paralyzed Veterans of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    you may help some vets

    Cons

    Dysfunctional,political, unethical and lousy pay unless you are in upper mgmt


  4. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Hypoluxo, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Hypoluxo, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Paralyzed Veterans of America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work. The people made PVA a top rate place to have a career. The mission of PVA is superb and I would work there again without a doubt.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is lack of identification of tomorrow's leaders today.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend that there be a formal employee step up program so that the continuity of their business and mission would be seamless with any transition of staff.


  5. "Wonderful organization, great place to work and learn, amazing people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paralyzed Veterans of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you want a fast paced fun atmosphere, this is the place for you. Every day brings a new challenge, but you will never a better team to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility in telecommuting and dress code.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a more flexible & casual work environment. Encourage more telecommuting.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paralyzed Veterans of America full-time

    Pros

    The mission and paralyzed veterans

    Cons

    The few bad apples in senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    The high turnover rate and multiple lawsuits and civil claims should be taken seriously and investigated.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Mission but lack of Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the veterans is an amazing experience. There are opportunities to meet and work with individuals who have shaped the nations view of people with disabilities. The benefits offered are very good and the salary is competitive.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and poor ethical and moral values of senior staff creates a negative work environment. There is an environment of fear and threats of termination are frequent and felt throughout the organization. Senior Leadership allows highlevel directors to go unchecked despite obvious signs of poor and unethical work values. Unfortunately this has gone on for years unchecked and is a well known fact in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to evaluate your senior leadership staff as the mission of the organization is suffering at the hands of a few individuals. Additionally, there needs to be a checks and balances system in place to prevent thissituation and to ensure that the donor dollar is used correctly and not wasted by poor leaders who create high staff turn-over.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Think twice before working for PVA"

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

    Pros

    flexibility, ability to work independently

    Cons

    no internal communication, no feedback on initiatives, little explanation of direction, little flex scheduling or telecommuting

    Advice to Management

    be honest with staff


  9. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility and project management skills

    Cons

    Downtown traffic; no room for growth or career advancement


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Paralyzed Veterans of America full-time

    Pros

    The altruistic mission, and some nice colleagues.

    Cons

    The organization operates in a shabby DC headquarters with a secretive, non-communicative, top-down 1950’s management style based on intimidation, micro-management, distrust, and antagonism. Collaboration and innovation are strongly discouraged, and employees are not valued. The overpaid, under-performing, and self-promoting department managers are sadly out of touch. Telecommuting is not permitted, and employee work schedules are not flexible. Vacations and personal time off are discouraged, and work-life balance is askew. The organization has a shockingly high annual turnover rate with a constant revolving door. Conscientious, enthusiastic, intelligent employees are regularly thrown under the bus, predictably leaving when the spirit-crushing PVA culture that seeks to destroy self-esteem becomes apparent.

    Advice to Management

    You must question why 50-75% annual turnover rates are the norm, and sideline the long term department managers who treat employees with hostility and disrespect. Value and trust your colleagues, encourage full collaboration, and take advantage of the organizational brain trust. Welcome innovation and new ideas to bring the organization into the 21st century. Incorporate modern HR and workplace practices. Top managers must open their eyes and realize that replacing valuable employees every six months is wasteful, costly, and destroys morale.


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