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Public Affairs Council Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "Great People, Great Connections"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Affairs Council full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to make any position your own, plus it is an organization that is well positioned to connect with hundreds of other trade associations in D.C.

    Cons

    Smaller outfit, so salary is sometimes not as competitive. People who work there are very loyal so they tend to stay a long time, prohibiting upward in-house mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Continue expanding, reaching out to an international audience with government affairs needs is a start, moving into grassroots and fundraising in an international environment would also be very helpful.


  2. "Events Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Events Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Events Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Affairs Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company provided great and cost efficient medical and life insurance plans.

    Cons

    The toxic work environment has lead to high turnover rates in all entry level positions within the company. The culture is very passive aggressive and scapegoating is a normal practice. Entry level employees are often overworked and underpaid. Middle management is condescending and often times unprofessional when dealing with internal dynamics. Senior level management is oblivious and HR is hesitant to make changes. Employees are not evaluated based on the quality of work they produce or the work ethic they possess. They are evaluated based on the personal opinions of others. Often times you will hear many employees as well as supervisors gossiping. Office politics dictate how successful a candidate will be in any position within the company.

    Advice to Management

    High turnover rates are often the result of unresolved issues within a companies internal structure. Evaluate the way in which work is divided among teams so that the work load is distributed evenly and fairly. Create an environment in which employees are rewarded for teamwork and helping each other achieve company wide goals as oppose to the current culture which promotes competition and scapegoating. Evaluate employees based off the merit of the work and time they put into the company as oppose to the personal opinions of others. When formal complaints are made, follow-up with HR and make sure action is taken so that accountability can be established and clear consequences are communicated.


  3. "Best Place toWork"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Public Affairs Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional environment, exelent management team, very good benefits, Good pay.

    Cons

    Small company, not room for growth with in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job!


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  5. "Great place to work, staff expects a lot"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Public Affairs Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good community/atmosphere
    Collaborative working environment
    Room for promotions/growth

    Cons

    Communication between departments is difficult
    Administrative and support staff are relied upon very heavily, and staff expects a lot out of those positions
    Lots of staff transitions make moving up from entry level jobs difficult


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not many career advancement opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Affairs Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits package, nice office environment, great convenient location (located centrally downtown with access to restaurants/lunch spots), surrounded by hard-working individuals. There is a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Hard to move up within the organization, organization is split between upper management and entry-level positions, with not many ways to move up, unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more career development options, create plans for employee's professional improvement


  7. "Best Avoided"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Practice team is a great resource for members.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't possess strong leadership skills. The organization isn't evolving and modernizing, causing it to be less of a sought after resource. The board of directors is an old boys club.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Cliquey, and well-intentioned, but unpleasant."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Public Affairs Council full-time

    Pros

    Important work in the public affairs community. Some very kindly and talented people. Nice location. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Advancement is based on who likes you and who doesn't. When you are not well liked, regardless of the quality of work, you will have problems. Management turns a blind eye to incompetence and unprofessional behavior as long as the perpetrator is willing to curry favor. Scapegoating is a regular occurrence. Beware.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to talent, not just popularity. Vetting directors should include they way they handle their staff.


  9. "Wonderful Overall Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Public Affairs Council full-time

    Pros

    The office culture was very friendly. Employees often attend retreats and host events in the office to boost morale. The training upon arrival was very helpful. Management is very helpful as well. Office is located in central DC right by food trucks. Half-day fridays!

    Cons

    Despite the friendly culture, office is very political, promotions often not based on skill but by who you have as friends. Interns are sometimes hired for full positions and advancement is possible if you're close with the right people.