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Social Impact Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "Evaluation Specialist"

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

    I worked at Social Impact (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Alot of opportunities for learning

    Cons

    needs to have a regional office in Africa

    Advice to Management

    Create a regional office in Africa


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning culture here at SI!

    Cons

    Not much really, I don't see why my experience here is bad

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Management Doesn't Care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Social Impact (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opens the door to great opportunities

    Cons

    They under value internal operations.
    Senior management has no clue what is best for their employees.
    Work/Life Benefit does not exist.
    Some benefits doesn't apply to certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Find some way to connect to the mid to junior level staff.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Social Impact is a youthful but professional company. Working at SI is motivating; everyone is diligently striving to improve the company as well as develop themselves professionally. I feel encouraged to grow every day and take on new challenges. My hard work is acknowledged and appreciated and my aspirations are fostered. This is truly a great place to start a career and grow yourself.

    Additional Pros:
    *Great lunch spots within walking distance
    *Extremely close to the Courthouse Metro stop
    *Free gym in the bottom of the building

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Interesting work just too much of it"

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    Current Employee - Program Staff in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Staff in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are a lot of positives, including a friendly staff, a really broad range of types of projects, and work in all subject areas. The firm has a good reputation and is known in the M&E community. It is also known as a place that is very selective in its hiring. So getting a job there is a real score. There is an emphasis on learning and you can easily find colleagues (though not always senior staff) will help walk you through something. The company also gives you a lot of opportunities to try things that are more advanced and not just occupy junior staff with busy work (though there is a lot of that too!). Staff also seem really committed to producing good work for the client and have a genuine interest in what they are doing. They really care.

    Cons

    The company is growing which has definitely caused a strain. There isn't enough support staff and overall people at the company seem to be working very long hours, nights and weekends. They really need to hire additional staff, but they have been slow to do so. So, even though staff really care about the work they are doing, it is a struggle to keep the quality as high as they would like it to be, simply due to so many demands on their time. The management claim that they are concerned, but been have been stating their concern without doing too much about it. The owners also seem to be less and less present and when they are there, only seem to turn to a couple of staff who they have known for a long time. Sometimes I think they overlook really good people.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down on proposals and take some time to really staff up. Also, be present. Show the staff that you believe in them and will put in the same hours to help them have the support they need.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Fun environment; high burnout"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Social atmosphere, opportunities for interesting technical work, and hard-working colleagues to learn from

    Cons

    Project portfolio satisfaction is the luck of the draw, and most mentorship and technical learning opportunities must be explicitly sought out. If you're not in the good graces of the company's upper crust, you'll be denied opportunities for growth. Relentless attention to client satisfaction comes at a cost, and staff burnout is common.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Social Impact Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wht Sphr Springs, MT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wht Sphr Springs, MT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Social Impact (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very energetic young organization
    Majority of staff is under 40; highly motivated
    Good benefits program: 401(k); paid time off; maternity/paternity/domestic partner leave; tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    staff works long hours due to amount of work and their sense of duty to do the utmost to please clients
    Senior management has yet to achieve the balance needed to create the optimal work-life balance for staff; they are working on it, but graduating from a small to medium sized business has created some stumbling blocks along the way

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great for International Development or Peace Graduate Students"

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    Former Employee - Program Management Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Program Management Intern in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Social Impact full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Given that their program assistants, associates, and managers worked an incredible amount of hours, interns were given huge responsibilities. So we learned a lot and got to leave while permanent employees were stuck with their contracts late into the night. It was a young office, so they got away with it. If everyone was in their 40s, they would have had to pay significantly more. Great contracts to build contacts in the international development field.

    Cons

    There's an obvious in-crowd--you know normal office politics. Every single employee seemed overworked and unhappy with work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure contract bids that better reflect hours necessary to complete the work.You'll reduce turnover and keep better employees in the long run. This will help you win contracts fair and square.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fast paced and engaging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is fast paced, and the work is highly engaging. The people are friendly and supportive. You will never be bored.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication between departments that can make organization a bit of a challenge. They grew rapidly and are playing a little catch up trying to organize the new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a better method of intra-office communication.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Mixed bag for junior to mid-level staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Social Impact full-time

    Pros

    Competitive starting compensation for people with a master’s degree relative to other firms like Chemonics
    Good exposure to project management, including budgets, contracts, supervising consultants, and client communications

    Cons

    Senior staff either tends to micromanage or be totally absent
    Few mentoring or professional development opportunities because the firm focuses on winning contracts
    Limited technical work or technical discussions
    Unclear job advancement path
    Poor work-life balance. 60+ hour work weeks are typical, including working on vacations, holidays, and weekends, which is expected by senior management

    Advice to Management

    Improve capabilities of senior management or risk losing less senior staff
    Increase transparency in how people are assigned to projects
    Hire more staff to prevent burnout


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