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Winrock International Reviews

Updated Feb 18, 2019

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Found 89 reviews

3.1
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48%
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Winrock International CEO Rodney Ferguson
Rodney Ferguson
51 Ratings
Pros
  • "Really great work/life balance with flexible telecommuting options etc(in 9 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, at least 18 days for annual leave(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Friends/former colleagues of senior management are hired for leadership positions without due diligence(in 13 reviews)

  • "Also, the work environment and culture leaves much to be desired(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Organization to work for!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, great leadership, great benefits, great flexibility to help you work remotely, great learning opportunities to help you develop in those areas that you really want to focus on those areas. Company is not that big so that management do not see the good work of employee and is not that small so that it get you busy in more unnecessary details. I am liking every single day of my work at Winrock...

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    Cons

    There is no Cons but one for lazy people. Don't come if you want to a time pass place

    Advice to Management

    With any change prepare a very great success indicator for the change, short term and long term. If you do not see success in a short term, change your strategy and if you do not see success in a long run based on success indicators, either revert or find great alternative.

    Winrock International2018-10-23
  2. Helpful (11)

    "Wouldn't do it again"

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    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Winrock International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some good people working there and there is an opportunity to get your foot in the door in development (since turnover is so high.)

    Cons

    Arrogant and ineffective mid-to-senior level management. Self-promotion rewarded more highly than effective work. (You'll run into some extreme personalities.) HR and some ops functions not very together. Communication between departments would make things run more smoothly. Salaries and benefits not that great, so you will run into a lot of unhappy people.

    Winrock International2019-01-23
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Good technical people, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Development Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good technical people, good benefits

    Cons

    Too many strategic advisers, lack of accountability in senior management. Fewer and fewer people to do actual billable work. Where is the energy practice going? Where is the forestry NRM practice going?

    Advice to Management

    Do we need a full-time lobbyist? If so what are the targets? Do we need several private sector specialists? What are the targets? Do we need so many strategic/leadership staff/consultants/advisers? What are the targets? Check out if our same size competitors have similar positions... Are we trying to get more contracts or to be more of a fund collection NGO? (nobody does both!)

    Winrock International2018-10-24
  4. Helpful (12)

    "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Winrock International full-time

    Pros

    Some good people there, and some good work still being done. Positive history.

    Cons

    Current management has lost its way with the organization’s vision, priorities and work focus. Top heavy with senior managers. A lot of turn over in the past few years and still feels unstable.

    Winrock International2018-07-19
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Forward thinking Org making changes to survive in a new landscape"

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

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

    Pros

    New leadership, Open to changes, Great work life balance, Great benefits, Flex work schedule,

    Cons

    Transition period for some departments causing process chaos, slow to change some processes that need to be addressed asap

    Advice to Management

    Review processes, change to be more streamlined - there is still unnecessary bureaucracy based on USAID regs that needs change. Focus on winning new business, ignore the old-guard complainers. Without winning new business, the organization won't be able to survive. I am genuinely shocked at some of these negative reviews, I read them and don't know where these people work because its not at the same organization I...

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    Winrock International2018-06-06
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mission Driven and Progressive Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Winrock International full-time

    Pros

    Winrock operates like a mission driven consulting firm, bringing the best of the NGO and for profit worlds. The environment is conducive to learning and innovation, and provides young professionals with a unique opportunity to have a say in program implementation and business development. The Executive Team is quick to embrace and support new ideas and innovations, and is field oriented. Over the last three years there...

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    Cons

    The organization has grown exponentially over the past three years, and internal management systems need to catch up with this growth. Some units have above average staff turn-over rates which merits a re-evaluation of unit leads.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in systems to sustain growth, and invest in staff, at all levels, that share a commitment to our mission and growth objectives.

    Winrock International2018-06-06
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Director"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Winrock International full-time

      Pros

      Great pay and retirement and work life balance

      Cons

      worst management ever since the titanic went down. Never have so few let down so many and failed to deliver to the poorest people in the world. Shameful .

      Advice to Management

      move on and save everyone the embarrassment of seeing you fired within a few years. You are a confederacy of dunces

      Winrock International2018-06-08
    • Helpful (13)

      "Great people, terrible management"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I have been working at Winrock International full-time

      Pros

      The people below lower management are amazing to work with.

      Cons

      Senior management is lacking in intelligence and far too high in numbers. Winrock continues to hire senior management personnel. To pay for these individuals, they lay off lower staff members and have their current staff do the job of two people.

      Advice to Management

      Cut back on senior management. You’re a nonprofit, let’s worry about helping others and less on the first class plane tickets.

      Winrock International2018-05-13
    • Helpful (10)

      "Possibility to flourish, if there was qualified senior management."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Good benefits and competitive pay

      Cons

      Negative work environment (lots of internal fighting. "Us" vs "Them" politics), Overpaid, top-heavy senior management.

      Advice to Management

      Organization is very top heavy. Does not distribute resources well. Lots of "vision" without any follow-through action. New Business Department is paid lots without any results.

      Winrock International2018-02-13
    • Helpful (8)

      "Unclear executives who are unwilling to learn existing processes or listen to staff"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Winrock International full-time

      Pros

      Flex time, some telecommuting, great benefits

      Cons

      No clear direction. Execs with great titles, but staff doesn’t know how they help mission. New directors hire colleagues and devalue senior employees who know the existing systems and Winrock history. It seems that every week someone else is fired or resigns, and there is continuous reorganization. WI has a rich, people-centric history that appears to be no longer valued.

      Advice to Management

      Bring true transparency to meetings. Value staff opinions. WI can do so much good throughout the U.S. and the world if the focus is on its mission.

      Winrock International2018-02-10
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