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Social Impact Reviews

Updated Jun 8, 2019

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3.4
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Rolf Sartorius
30 Ratings
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  1. "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very knowledgable and very approachable. I would highly recommend working here.

    Cons

    At times it can be stressful.

    Social Impact2019-06-09
  2. "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Social Impact full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation; work life balance improved well; cares about employee input most of the time; benefits better than similar sized firms in the area; trains employees well

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in technical branch and can hit ceiling within a few years.

    Social Impact2019-01-29
  3. "Don't Work Here!"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Social Impact full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    We had great weekly business lunches.

    Cons

    Bosses who micromanage. Poor Business Decisions. Overworking employees on a regular basis. Poor Company Communications. Poor Business Operations. Poor HR Functions. Poor Diversity. Old and non-functional laptops given. Management by rumour mill

    Advice to Management

    You have LOT to work on. You have managers that don't know what they are doing. They micro-manage and listen to the rumour mill to access performance.

    Social Impact2019-02-19
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place to start your career"

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

    I worked at Social Impact full-time

    Pros

    HR staff are helpful, benefits are above average

    Cons

    SI works its junior staff to the bone, yet considers them expendable. Many PAs work 50-60 hour weeks but then are either flatly denied overtime or are pressured into not even bothering to ask for it, for fear of getting negative reviews from their supervisors. PAs also struggle to balance ridiculous workloads, have no say in what projects they are assigned, and watch their feedback about their unreasonable workloads be...

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    Advice to Management

    Why does a company running a 10% profit margin (after setting a target of 7%) still think it's appropriate to lay people off?

    Social Impact2018-11-27
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Jump in with both feet"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Social Impact full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Exposure to multiple types of work in different sectors. Interesting M&E assignments that keep you on your toes and give you a multitude of learning opportunities. During field assignments, the support from HQ i amazing, organized and proactive. Opportunity to work both independently and in more dynamic team environments. Prioritization of learning what staff want (collecting regular staff feedback, extensive goal...

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      Cons

      There can be limited oversight in taking on new tasks so learning by doing is the norm, and often the learning curve is steep. While there are many work types among staff, people tend to work/analyze/read/write quickly and it can often feel very sink or swim. While there are a multitude of work assignments you can take on. If you have a specific subject matter you specialize in or are passionate about, there is no guarantee...

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      Advice to Management

      I commend management for remaining steady under pressure and uncertainty with USAID funding, as well as staying transparent with staff about these challenges.

      Social Impact2018-09-18
    • Helpful (2)

      "Excellent gateway to international development consulting"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Social Impact full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Everyone is extremely smart, hard working and always willing to take time off their busy schedules to help you learn. The exposure to senior leadership The work is very meaningful and exciting for those interested in international development No matter how junior you are in the company, you are always encouraged to speak up and make your opinions heard

      Cons

      Work-Life balance is an issue for a lot of people

      Social Impact2018-08-02
    • Helpful (1)

      "Enjoyable Place to Work with Great People"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Social Impact full-time

      Pros

      -Dedicated staff across the company and different departments -Great opportunities for growth -Extremely engaged senior management team

      Cons

      -Work/life balance can be difficult, but there are efforts to improve it

      Social Impact2018-08-06
    • Helpful (2)

      "Exciting and meaningful work"

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      Former Employee - Management in Arlington, VA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Social Impact for more than 8 years

      Pros

      - Interesting and challenging assignments (especially for Programs staff) - Good mentors who possess strong technical knowledge - Hard-working, self-motivated, and fun colleagues - Excellent benefits - Very specialized work -- focus on development effectiveness allows one to contribute to an important organizational mission without just working in development implementation/programming - Leadership puts people (employees)...

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      Cons

      - Work environment is often stressful/fast-paced, especially during field assignments. - The current funding environment in Washington (as of 7/18) that has affected all development groups has also affected SI, creating some staff frustration.

      Social Impact2018-07-31
    • Helpful (3)

      "Good place to start your career in International Development or M&E"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Social Impact full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      - Good learning and growth opportunity for young people who want to start a career in International Development or Monitoring & Evaluation - Junior staff members can get a great exposure to project management and a significant amount of responsibilities - Great opportunity to work on evaluation projects in different sectors (public health, education, capacity building, agriculture, environment, etc.) - Lots of...

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      Cons

      - The company relies heavily on USAID work, and its ability to diversify the client base is unknown - Little training or guidance on how to manage a project - most project managers/assistants are learning by doing

      Advice to Management

      - Reduce the dependency on external consultants - Provide more learning opportunities and internal trainings (on contracts and financial management) to junior level staff

      Social Impact2018-07-18
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great working environment and openness for growth"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Social Impact full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Great people, continuous learning in technical and ops areas, forward looking, opportunity for quick (though sometimes painful) growth

      Cons

      Work/life balance can be difficult in certain roles, company mission/vision not always super clear, leadership could be improved at all levels above junior.

      Social Impact2018-07-03
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