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TechnoServe Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Pros
  • This is a very good place to develop one's self in the international development industry (in 7 reviews)

  • International working environment and great leaders (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "I love TNS!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TechnoServe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Technoserve is a one of the most fulfilling non-profit organizations I've worked with. This NGO teaches a fisherman how to fish, instead of giving them fish. You go out in the field, you will see the happy faces of the farmers growing their crops or a woman attending to her own business courtesy of TNS. While salary is not one of the best in town, even compared with other non-profits, they do have excellent benefits including a 9% pension employer contribution. They are also support working remotely or from-home, I like that a lot.

    Cons

    There seems to be a trend of management changes at Technoserve, plus the low salary rates, of course.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Grants and Contracts Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits and value a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Do not promote within. Depending on the department, management does not value professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Should be more open to communicating why decisions were made.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elon, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elon, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TechnoServe (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, everyone was really friendly and welcoming even though I was just an intern. Lots of flexibility in terms of when I worked. My supervisors were always willing to help and wanted me to get the most out of my internship. I would definitely recommend TechnoServe to anyone interested in international development.

    Cons

    No cons - overall had a good experience here


  4. "Make a Difference"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TechnoServe (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission an vision for international development

    Cons

    Not very many opportunities for growth


  5. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, fantastic colleagues, real sense of camaraderie

    Cons

    Siloed departments, difficult to grow internally

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent management and development


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult, but was very rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TechnoServe full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people who work there, and the people TechnoServe helps are amazing. I loved the vision, mission, and values. Also, great benefts.

    Cons

    The culture is to work long and hard hours, but most entry and midlevels positions don't receive high enough compensation. Of course, this is often the case in non-profts.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful if upper management tried to be more in touch with their subordinates.


  7. "TechnoServe does have the best solution for poverty"

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    Former Employee - Director of Major Gifts in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Director of Major Gifts in Norwalk, CT
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's the right model to make a lasting difference in the developing world

    Cons

    Government funding impacts how/where they work

  8. Helpful (2)

    "NA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission - TechnoServe helps entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth for their families, their communities and their countries. echnoServe founded by Connecticut businessman Ed Bullard. After volunteering at a hospital in Ghana, Bullard was inspired to start an organization helping hardworking rural people harness the power of private enterprise to lift themselves out of poverty. Climbing out of poverty in the developing world takes more than hard work; it takes economic opportunities. Entrepreneurs create these opportunities by identifying and capitalizing on good business ideas. TechnoServe helps them turn their visions into reality.

    Cons

    Tough to move up in organization without advanced degree from top 10 school.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  9. "office manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good benefits, interesting salary increase during performance review, loads of experience and skills to acquire

    Cons

    loads of turnover, focus on money from donors and not from projects impact on beneficiairies

    Advice to Management

    good management style overall


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great people & great projects but HQ Management needs an overhaul"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TechnoServe full-time

    Pros

    the people are great, in the field and in the office. Projects are amazing and the impact is immense

    Cons

    The HQ Senior Management is a boy's club, they don't care about the nonstop turnover at the junior level and have no middle management to help people grow and develop new skills.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your junior staff, be more transparent, provide people with opportunities, not just the senior staff


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