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The Washington Center Reviews

Updated August 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Washington Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You work with great people from all backgrounds. If you take initiative, you can can take charge of your own projects. You have countless opportunities to make a really positive impact on the lives of college students. The networking opportunities are amazing! I really grew and enjoyed my time working at TWC.

    Cons

    Can be a high-stress job during parts of the year. Some colleagues are territorial over their contacts, projects, etc. Need an advanced degree to be promoted beyond senior coordinator. Work culture can vary department to department depending on your manager/director.

    Advice to Management

    I wish there was more internal growth opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to jump start your career if you are young! Great mission, awesome co-workers, everyone is nice and a team player. If you do a good job you will be able to advance and they will appreciate your job and make sure you stay ! You get to do a lot of things and learn how to wear different hats. They like to promote people within the organization instead of hiring from the outside. Amazing work life balance which helps with the non-profit salary. New CEO is on his way in and will definitely improve the organization. It's an exciting time to join TWC,

    Cons

    Some of the upper level managers, directors, and VPs, have different visions and conflicting goals for the organization, thus creating a lack of direction sometimes. Some people in managerial or director positions don't have any management or HR training and don't know how to properly manage staff. If you were in academics you might get burned out quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring young smart and motivated people because you have a great team. Don't sacrifice the morale of the organization and employees just because a VP or director can supposedly get results. You will lose lower and mid level employees and those are who really drive the organization.

  3. "A nonprofit with a great mission!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    TWC is a great place to start a career, learn, and network all within a great city. TWC has an incredible mission that impacts students lives. If you are looking to work with students, but outside of a traditional college or classroom setting than TWC is the place for you. Working at TWC it helped me build a network and the skill set need to advance my career.

    Cons

    TWC has very defined positions making it a bit difficult to move up into leadership roles. TWC needs to do a better job providing professional development opportunities to its staff.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more professional development opportunities, be more innovative and do not be afraid to feed out the employees not performing.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Run away as fast as you can"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Younger staff
    Happy Hours
    Friendly Coworkers
    Health Insurance package was OK

    Cons

    Low Pay - Some of the positions are basically sales / business development but the pay does not reflect how much money the individual person brings into the organization
    No room for growth
    Lack of Innovation
    Terrible Communication
    Disorganized
    Nonprofit organization that focuses on the development of college students but they have no interest in actually helping the students. It's more about how much money they can make off each student with the tuition and scholarship dollars. It is such a scam.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the new President: Fire every single person currently serving on the VP, Senior Director, and Managing Director. They are running the company into the ground. They lack vision and bring nothing to the table that is unique or remotely inspiring.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Zero Star 'Education' Non-Profit: Here's A Hotdog!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Program Advisor
    Current Employee - Academic Program Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Washington Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's a small handful of dedicated and talented staff. The mission of the organization is fundamentally awful though and it becomes apparent with each passing academic semester. Eager students that want to advance their careers are actually referred to from some staff as "butts in seats" so trying to educate and help students gain valuable experience and have a "transformative experience" is in reality a scheme to make boatloads of money off of gullible vulnerable college kids. Limited curriculum options for teaching now since the focus is on making money off the upcoming conventions. Where this money goes I have no clue, for a multi-million dollar non-profit none of the money trickles down. People here are killing time until they can find another option.

    Cons

    Inability to change and improve despite annual staff feedback. I have given up hope now, the same complaints made before I started here are still ongoing.

    Top executive staff stuff their bank accounts and fund their vacations from exploited student money.

    Current and outgoing CEO/Mitch McConnell turtle twin ran this organization into the ground and is having his vampire squid Goldman Sachs buddy replace him in the cushy $400,000+ gig. There was no transparency, internal discussion, or active search for candidate replacements internally or externally.

    Lots of cronyism and nepotism (same family heading different departments despite lack of leadership and vision). No one dares speak out against it. If you happen to Google Search the Washington Center, a Washington Post article comes up outlining the practices and shady board dealings that summarize what this place is about.

    Entry staff will be chewed up and worked to the bone and receive no benefits or livable income for the first part of their time at TWC. High turnover at every level besides senior directors and up. It was and still is a policy for some staff to worked 37.5 hours for the beginning of their time here so they don't qualify for benefits.

    Lots of hypocrisy with reputation and relationships here. TWC does not consider cultivating a positive atmosphere a priority. The best thing to do is put on a blindfold and pretend to be friends with senior management and look for jobs elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    BBQs and baseball games every once in a while won't solve the main issues with this place. You've received negative feedback for five years and have done nothing but get greedier with the costs of programs and continued lack of support to the majority of staff. Middle to entry level staff are poorly paid and replaceable while deadweight remains in place.

    "Sorry for the low pay, incompetent management, toxic noisy work environment, directionless leadership, and general feeling you are indebting an entire generation of kids to line your supervisor's pockets ... here's a hotdog!"

    We might as well as just give the kids that come through TWC for an internship a hot dog, it is about as useful as the certificates and "experience" they receive.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Finance Dept"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Accountant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Junior Accountant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance. For someone who was fresh out of college and new to D.C. it was good and fun working with many who were my age and in same situation

    Cons

    Low salary. Each department is only concerned with their own goals and own budget but do not fully focus on what is best for the company as a whole. There are those that want to see their programs succeed but at the cost of other's programs.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great core staff that's about it

    Cons

    Open office plan which makes it impossible to focus on work. A president who announced his retirement in 2 years 5 years ago, has checked out, is often gone and makes over $400,000 while core staff are cut and overworked. Most executive staff are passive aggressive or down right jerks. Too many of them praise the mission in public but can't seem to stand students. Lots of opportunity though because everyone who can is jumping ship. Too many great people feel trapped.

    Advice to Management

    New president really needs to clean house and try to repair a lot of burned bridges.

  8. "Sr. Manager Accounting Services"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Finance department was a great team to work with

    Cons

    There was lots of work

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for ways to encourage staff


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Run.. To not be deceived."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Washington Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired if you but don't plan to stay. There are actually some really great people on staff but they don't have any power to improve or grow the organization.

    Cons

    Disorganized, unsupportive and close-minded. This place is a revolving door of staff coming and going which might be the reason that the staff don't really know each other. The management doesn't value honest feedback but passive aggressively uses it against you. They don't take constructive criticism. They don't take time to get to know staff though they make it look like they do ... it is all for show. They are disorganized and do not communication effectively within team or across teams which causes a very frustrating situation for all involved. The upper management is like a closed group and do not really want to grow those who are working below them.

    Advice to Management

    Work to create a better corporate culture where staff feels heard, supported and valued. Where everyone really is part of the team working together to be the best in the business. Make a plan for staff retention so that you don't keep reinventing the wheel over and over. Show honest care for your staff and they will do you proud because they are hardworking people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ok, hopefully it's gotten better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people, some opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    A lot of in-fighting, unethical behavior from some of the VPs...most of the good managers have left, but some bad ones have too...


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