TechnoServe Reviews

Updated Dec 30, 2020

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  1. "great place"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at TechnoServe part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible. location. mission. work life. meaningful work

    Cons

    budget. budget. budget. budget. budget

  2. COVID-19

    "Good work/life balance and job security"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has been performing very well, despite the pandemic. Competitive salary compared to others in industry

    Cons

    Very corporate work environment even though it is a non-profit. Very business-focused. Disconnect between each country office- no effort made by SMT or HR to connect staff from different offices, despite working together over emails. Few opportunities for those not wanting business admin or development role.


  3. "Good place to work"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at TechnoServe full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable work setting for employees

    Cons

    Significantly low benefit and professional development

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Do NOT recommend working here."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TechnoServe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful supportive colleagues, but many have left due to one particular senior manager.

    Cons

    I can’t speak for the entire organization, but one of the VPs that I worked with at HQ is extremely toxic, unethical, and filled with fear, which made for a difficult and unsettling work environment.

  5. "Mission-driven, hard working people"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TechnoServe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people who are mission-driven and very focused - working here you feel like you are actually contributing to some sustainable change. Many staff come from the private sector, so it feels different than a traditional NGO.

    Cons

    As a non-profit, there are limited resources and a lot of work - people at TechnoServe end up working really hard (for not as much pay as in the private sector). Also, there is a bit of a disconnect between the work on the ground and the HQ in DC - all the teams feel very separate and far apart.

  6. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Officer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, supportive environment, flexible hours

    Cons

    Some organizational inefficiencies but otherwise good

  7. "Youth Program"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TechnoServe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work at.

    Cons

    My boss used to call me on weekends.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Kind-hearted organization, but a questionable model"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TechnoServe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - There are lots of smart, talented people who work here. - Many leaders seem to genuinely care about making TechnoServe a good place to work.

    Cons

    - Like any nonprofit, this place is stretched pretty thin. - TechnoServe is extending the reach of capitalism, a system that can lift millions out of poverty but is also clearly making the planet uninhabitable. - Is it OK for TechnoServe to take money from institutions to help the poor when that charitable giving is probably meant to whitewash the institution's misdeeds?

  9. "Effective mission, operational pain points"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TechnoServe full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Extremely dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable staff, both in the field and at headquarters. Pragmatic, grounded approach to solving poverty. With the right champions and support, entrepreneurial culture enables you to carve your own path.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to progress within the organization, internal processes vary from highly structured (veering on bureaucratic) to undefined.

  10. "Intern"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TechnoServe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -work is really interesting, and coworkers are clearly passionate about their projects and the organization's mission -CEO genuinely cares about the interns and makes time to talk to them about their experience -Interns are expected to do real, high-impact work, and get a real firsthand look at the nonprofit world

    Cons

    -can be a bit disorganized, since everyone tends to have a lot on their plate and turnover is a bit high

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