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SHRM Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Depending on the department/manager there can be very good work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay, flexible work conditions, good benefits (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Even though being the largest HR Association, the HR department needs an overhaul (in 5 reviews)

  • SHRM admits that advancement potential is extremely limited for those below the director level (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SHRM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong management; workflex schedules; free parking; very goal oriented; all work is tied to the overall company mission, vision, purpose; great opportunity to learn a lot of new technology; promotes a diverse workforce; data driven; merit pay and bonus is tied to performance; can be very fast paced; high expectations; variety of work tasks and projects.

    Cons

    Provide more opportunities for career advancement within the company for those who are interested.


  2. "HR Department Stunningly Disappointing (for an HR association)"

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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 SHRM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair to great compensation, some very nice people, flashes of brilliance on leadership team

    Cons

    Mostly a very short-sighted leadership team, people managers are awfully unprepared for role, innovation is not actually valued

    Advice to Management

    The HR department is stunningly disappointing, grossly incompetent and infamously cold-blooded. Believe it or not, our members notice this. Fix that area first!


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Just not the same"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at SHRM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    SHRM offers excellent benefits and some departments offer flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    The culture of SHRM has significantly changed. As the leader of HR Organizations, we are no longer following our guiding principles.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to employees. People leave managers, not companies!.


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  5. "Practice what you preach in HR"

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    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SHRM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, casual atmosphere, good pay, diverse workforce. Used to be a great place to work where people cared about each other. Close to restaurants and Starbucks. Underground parking. About a block from the Metro.

    Cons

    Secretive management, bully bosses in multiple departments, long-term outstanding employees are fired or forced to quit, staff in some departments live in fear of being let go over minor or fabricated issues, very political. People can do very little work and move up the ladder if they are liked by their bosses, others can work hard with little positive feedback or promotion. Management doesn't know how to manage employees, HR is worse than any place I've ever worked. SHRM doesn't walk the talk. What is recommended to members is not practiced. Job security is low. It's all about the money, not the members. Cube farm environment; very little upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach in HR. Allow employees to provide feedback on their bosses, and then act on it. Fire all the bully bosses--listen to staff when they come to HR.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Those were the days my friend"

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    Former Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SHRM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Prior to the curent leadership, SHRM was an amazing organization that truly cared about the rank and file.

    Cons

    SHRM is a hard working environment and oftentimes individual or team efforts are not recognized equally.

    Advice to Management

    Dial back the clock to the culture that Losey and Messinger built and fomented.


  7. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility and great team members.

    Cons

    None that are major issues.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Relentlessly Focused on Revenue"

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor/Senior Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor/Senior Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SHRM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits (pension + 401k); decent health and leave benefits. Many (not all) departments allow some degree of telecommuting.

    Cons

    C-suite drives relentless focus of increasing revenues. Many people are fired for not generating a large enough annual increase. Never worked at an association were firings were so common -- sometimes disguised as early retirement (generous severance if you say you're leaving voluntarily). Great stress -- you never know who will be next, including you.

    Minimal promotional opportunities in many departments. Culture strongly favors bringing in "new blood" when openings occur at director level or above. Below director, everyone is in a cubicle, and recently cubicles have gotten smaller as more space is let out to rent, to generate revenue.C-suit promotes message that open floor plan/cubicle culture is good for productivity, but it's not. And VPs and above all have offices while they're peddling this "open is better" line.

    Advice to Management

    Let SHRM again become a place where employees feel valued and that their jobs are secure if they work hard.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "They fail to understand the outcomes of their prioritization"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SHRM (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    The Leadership Team has focused too many resources on one initiative, while starving other programs. Every business, of course, struggles to do more with less. But this is head-in-the-sand willful ignorance and la-la-land expectations.

    Advice to Management

    It's fine to set your priorities, but understand that when you withhold resources from one group in favor of another, there are natural consequences that you're not magically immune from.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "An HR Association"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SHRM full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic event management and social media learning. Very experienced not for profit staff in most departments

    Cons

    Even though being the largest HR Association, the HR department needs an overhaul. Onboarding and exits are handled very insensitively

    Advice to Management

    Training and Retaining is always better than hiring new people


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Still pretty good but not what it once was"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SHRM full-time

    Pros

    Depending on the department/manager there can be very good work/life balance. The benefits remain fairly strong compared with the average offerings available today.

    Cons

    There is less of a united, family atmosphere than it once had. Layoffs in the past few years have eroded a sense of job security, the valuing of employees and trust in the senior management team.



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