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Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay, diversity, work/ life balance (in 13 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)

  • There is no room for creativity and developing business- the mindset is "if its not broken, don't fix it" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Opportunity and Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SHRM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, diversity, work/ life balance

    Cons

    Politics, stove piping, communications challenges

    Advice to Management

    Create a broader mechanism to foster collaboration and teamwork


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Practice What You Preach"

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

    I worked at SHRM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer great benefits so that they look good to the HR community they serve.

    Cons

    Too many people have been there for too long which causes people who are hanging on to get their pension, which then stops innovation and fresh ideas. Many leaders are allowed to behave inappropriately because there is a culture of looking the other way for those who have been there a long time and who have become "friends" with the right people. It is very political and getting promoted occurs with time put in and playing the political game and not skills or outside experience. There is little to no internal training and developing people is not a priority. You have to be willing to assimilate and "play the game." There is a lot of disparity from department to department.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking the other way and allowing tenure and friendships to cloud your view of bad behavior by leaders. Develop your leaders and staff. Practice what you preach. You spend so much time and effort in making the organization look good externally to the HR profession you serve to the expense of your own internal employees. Worry less about being sued and worry more about employees. There are a lot of great employees who suffer in silence because the pay and benefits are so good. So it is a good formula for retention, but not for the high performers. The high performers will and have been moving on, what are you doing to keep them?

  3. Helpful (3)

    "As an HR organization, SHRM should be a role model!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SHRM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great 401k and pension benefits.

    Cons

    Politics and backstabbing within the VP and SVP levels - including HR leadership. SHRM is expecting a new CEO in the Fall. VPs and SVPs are backstabbing each other to look good for the new CEO, and looking for promotions. All of this at the cost of their direct reports who are being overworked and underappreciated. SHRM, you should be a role model!

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about each other behind your backs. Your staff knows you are doing this! Focus on the organization, and your direct reports. Start leading, enough already with the office politics!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits, Constantly Changing Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SHRM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This place provided the best benefits of all the places i've ever worked at.

    Cons

    When I first started at SHRM, everything was pretty good but leadership kept changing and by the time i left, things were quite a mess. People back stabbing each other to climb up the ladder. There was also little to no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people instead of looking at them as dollar signs.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "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!.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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!

  8. "Solid Company"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "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.


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