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The Asia Foundation Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "Good development org"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Asia Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good reputation, great institutional knowledge, good benefits

    Cons

    Amateurishly run which is typical for dev orgs


  2. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Asia, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Asia, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Asia Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A very employee friendly place , good staff selection , high ethics and good policies...

    Cons

    In spite of all that is provided a very fast turnover of staff do not know why ...


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Professional and Engaged Workforce"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Asia Foundation full-time

    Pros

    - Passionate coworkers and a mission-driven company
    - Extremely intelligent scholars
    - Friendly and down-to-earth colleagues
    - Learn about international development and world affairs
    - Work for an organization that is truly doing good in the world
    - Good work-life balance

    Cons

    - May not be the most competitive salary but you also have to consider that you're working for a NGO
    - Because you are working with colleagues in Asia, there may be delays in communications due to the time difference so may need some flexibility on working hours, occasionally


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good for when you want to settle down."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generally regular hours, allows for good work-life balance.

    Cons

    More concerned with preserving status quo.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Junior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly staff, good environment to learn, freedom to be creative, prospects to full time staff

    Cons

    - less pay, under resourced, prospects to full time staff but limited


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Asia Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with the brightest people and will have many opportunities to grow your network. Plus, you are working on great causes.

    Cons

    Not much career-boosting training opportunities available and climbing the ladder is very difficult. You go in to one position and you stay there without much room to grow out of it.

    Advice to Management

    Younger staff want more training opportunities to grow, and be able to meet with other TAF staff from field offices.


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    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Asia Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are intelligent, interesting, proactive, hard-working, and personable. Staff diversity is excellent: race, ethnicity, gender, and age. Performance is recognized publicly. Civility prevails, even in times of stress and change. For a 60-year-old organization, the Foundation doesn't rest on its laurels; there is active strategic self-examination necessary for staying current and relevant in a changing landscape.

    Cons

    As with every good place to work, there is change: people move on, shift positions, units reorganize, budgets get cut. It's hard and the Foundation isn't immune. My observation, however, is that such changes are made thoughtfully and kindly here.

    Advice to Management

    More access to career-boosting trainings for all staff. Not everyone will take advantage of them, but for some, it will contribute to retention. (In all fairness, trainings are available to those who push for them, and plans are afoot to share training results across the Foundation.) Continue to appreciate and nourish staff in tangible ways.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Work on pressing development issues in a sector undergoing change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Asia Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The local networks of partners in Asia are strong and the Asia Foundation brand is well respected, the work in policy advocacy and reform is cutting edge, good to very-good benefits in US offices, some great travel opportunities for Program staff. Due to the foundation's size and how long it has been around, there are clear and expedient processes in place for most work tasks.

    Cons

    Though it is called The Asia Foundation, the organization more closely resembles a fundraising-oriented international NGO. The industry is changing, with a decrease in funding from traditional sources and increasing pressure to show value-for-money. The Foundation is addressing these challenges by adding new positions, revamping fundraising tactics, and conducting a strategic review and planning. Other cons include the prevalence of contracts over full-time offers, and relatively low compensation for the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of countries and variety of thematic areas covered. Increase communication and knowledge flows between offices. Strengthen the capacity of US offices to direct strategy and implement projects Foundation-wide. More professional development opportunities and travel opportunities for more junior staff or non-program staff.


  10. "Mission driven international development in San Francisco"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Asia Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Asia Foundation is a premiere international development non profit in San Francisco. I have been here for 12 years and it's been a great place to work. I've seen a lot of changes, many more recently, but the core of the Foundation is still the work of our amazing field offices. Great opportunities to travel, work on meaningful and innovative international development programs, salary is competitive, benefits are outstanding. I've had regular promotions and opportunities to stretch my skills. Over all I've been really happy here.

    Cons

    The pace is fast. Individual departments can have very different styles. The travel can be a lot. Change is hard for everyone.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Changing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Asia Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on meaningful programs in the US and Asia, with dedicated local and international staff. Good benefits and nice office.

    Cons

    Management has far less practical experience than many of the staff. Seems rudderless. Changing from a traditional operating foundation to a academic think tank like organisation. A freshly minted Phd is perceived as more competent that a local professional with 20+ years experience by management.

    Advice to Management

    Re-focus on development. Value experience and expertise and ability over academic credentials alone. Too many people have been in the same positions for too long and are getting stale. Move them around some.



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