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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Starting Point"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Relaxed atmosphere with casual dress code every day.
    - Supportive team that acknowledges and recognizes hard work and efforts.
    - Great place to kick off your career and learn tons.
    - Opportunities to Travel

    Cons

    - Not much room for growth - because it's a small organization there isn't much room to "climb a ladder." If you're looking to move up, it's a little difficult to figure out where you can go.
    - Low Pay - as with most non-profits, money is always tight. However, the pay here seems to be exceptionally low for some.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward and compensate hard-working employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Times Have Changed!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SWANA full-time

    Pros

    - November 2014 employee satisfaction survey resulted in 80% staff participation--100% of staff was 'satisfied' or 'very-satisfied' with their overall work experience. 94% of staff indicated that 'Teamwork is positively impacting SWANA's performance.'
    - Great staff; collegial association atmosphere.
    - Opportunity to make of your role with this organization what you want to get out of it. Excellent first job for new graduates as well as mid- and director-level positions.
    - Pay IS commensurate with your performance. GREAT performers and team players ARE valued and recognized by managers. Annual increases are average to above average--for those who are dedicated and work hard.
    - Comp days for working annual events that fall over a weekend.
    - Monthly birthday celebrations as well as staff recognition program offering free lunches and accolades for recipients.

    Cons

    - Every staff has it's quirks and employees with unique work styles/personalities; SWANA is absolutely no different from any other organization. Current staff wear many hats, works hard, and plays well together. SWANA is not without hiccups but such incidents are episodic and senior management address issues as needed.
    - Multiple events in spring and large show in fall means long hours for many staff during the planning and promotion of these events but given the salary and support of senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward and recognize GREAT performers and team players for their efforts.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Waste of a Time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Just graduated from college perfect place to get experience
    Travel to conferences
    Will give you any made up title you want

    Cons

    Upper Management needs total restructuring
    No support from Senior Management
    Internal structure does not support improvements to the business

    Advice to Management

    Restructure upper management completely and Value your employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Terrific Place - New Energy and Growing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SWANA full-time

    Pros

    New CEO has brought new energy to SWANA and membership is growing. Finances have improved which means compensation is getting better after several years of stagnation

    Lots of opportunities to do interesting work

    Casual dress code

    Telework/flexible work schedules

    Nice people in office - good mix of older and younger employees

    Cons

    Work very hard around their big events

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the recent improvements


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SWANA full-time

    Pros

    Extremely easy workload. The majority of the staff is near retirement age so most of what you do work wise is seen as cutting edge and brilliant.

    Cons

    Low ball low ball low ball. They don't pay anything worth staying more than a a couple years.

    Advice to Management

    There is not much advice I can give. I do not see them changing most of their practices in the near future.


  7. "In office department structure needs work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SWANA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice people

    Cons

    very unorganized, not receptive to change


  8. "Save Yourself a Headache"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SWANA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Causal dress code
    -great for experience fresh out of college
    -minimal supervision
    -travel opportunities
    -flex schedule

    Cons

    -Management is not open to new ideas
    -no structure
    -no sense of professionalism
    -poor management
    -low salary
    -low work morale (almost everyone was looking for a way out while i was there)
    -high turnover rates

    Advice to Management

    Restructure management. Pay employees their worth instead of offering entry level salaries to experienced workers.


  9. "SO/SO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SWANA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Can manage your own projects
    - Good staff
    - Decent Christmas bonuses

    Cons

    - No organizational structure
    - Low Paying
    - High Turnover

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and stop low balling. Also, please fix the organizational structure.


  10. "Don't be fooled in the interview"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    High staff turnover can allow individuals a ton of experience and quick promotions
    The members of the association are very dedicated and assist tremendously

    Cons

    Executive level management needs to be completely restructured. Those that are currently in charge are resistant to change and allow unprofessional behavior by Senior Managers to go unaddressed. Good workers are constantly driven away by the toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Address concerns raised by staff or leave the organization