InterAction Reviews

Updated 11 Mar 2021

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  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good expe. working under highly skilled seniors

    23 Dec 2018 - Developer in Noida
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    Pros

    The management was nice. I got to learn so much from my seniors, it was all n all a good experiance to work under them.

    Cons

    Nothin till the time i was workin there.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good

    11 Mar 2021 - Policy Coordinator 
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    Pros

    Inclusive and responsive to staff concerns.

    Cons

    There is a lot to be desired from management.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good place to work

    22 Jan 2021 - Program Manager in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Challenging work where you will develop

    Cons

    Little upward mobility for entry and mid level staff

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    top in the field

    10 Dec 2019 - Content Manager in Tel Aviv-Yafo
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    Pros

    young driven people. Management embraces ideas and guides junior and inexperienced employees.

    Cons

    constant changes in management, strategy and workforce

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great exposure to int'l aid issues and a positive work environment

    11 Apr 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Committed staff, with a little motivation you can provide a valuable service, great place to learn how international NGOs work (and don't work!), good work-life balance, some (though a minority) of excellent managers, positive working relationships at the junior and mid management levels. The most interesting and impactful work is done in the public policy and humanitarian teams. In third, the Communications team is also trying to be more innovative.

    Cons

    Top level management (the CEO and all the VPs, with the exception of the humanitarian lead) is perpetually unable to work together to get things done. The CEO has generally surrounded himself with VPs who will support and defer rather than challenge him, let alone one another. Avoid working for the Membership and/or Strategic Impact Team (which focuses on international development) as the leadership is uninspiring and the work as a result is very constrained. There isn't great room for growth or increased responsibility. Though you may get promotions and raises periodically, the actual job rarely changes. That said, since you work with so many NGOs, many staff get the chance to get better positions with members.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    High expectations, lots of autonomy

    24 Oct 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    InterAction managers tend to give staff a lot of leeway and independence in their work. It's a very talented staff and there are high expectations for output, but there is room for self direction and creativity if you are able to manage the workload. It's a great place for young professionals in DC to get their start. A lot of junior staff have moved into management roles within InterAction's member organizations.

    Cons

    With the above comes the inevitable challenge of heavy workloads. The people that thrive in this environment are those who are willing and able to say 'no' when they can't handle any more and able to really force a balance of work/life. Staff who aren't as self-motivated tend to get buried under the expectations and burn out.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Full of good intentions and possibility but leadership unfocused

    8 Dec 2011 -  in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Passionate and intelligent coworkers dedicated to helping the world's poor Not too structured; can forge own path if inclined Good starting point for getting into international development sector Ideal for networking and making connections with other players (NGOs, government, etc)

    Cons

    Very top heavy Has an identity crisis; can't decide what it wants to be which results in mediocre output Things often seem to be made up as they go along Salary levels are low compared to others Understaffed for the amount of work they attempt to do

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great place for broad exposure to international development and humanitarian policy and practice.

    16 Sep 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Smart, hard-working co-workers; friendly, approachable and supportive CEO; excellent HR Coordinator who works hard to ensure InterAction continues to improve opportunities for staff. InterAction offers a broad view of the key international development and humanitarian issues, and is a great place for a young professional to start their career; offers unique experience in coalition management, membership politics, facilitation, and cross-sectoral programming; good for networking and working with different stakeholders from the INGO community, government, policy makers, etc.; in a highly competitive sector, offers an important space for the INGO community to convene and advocate together.

    Cons

    InterAction must navigate a rapidly changing sector and despite a heavy focus on this issue by senior leadership, organizational changes are slow to take hold, in part because of the consultative nature of coalitions, and the need for member buy-in. While InterAction staff understand these challenges, communication between the senior executive leadership and the staff is relatively poor, with final decisions framed often as consultative, transparent sharing, with little real opportunity for input. And while high level, existential conversations continue, day-to-day operational issues that have a direct impact on InterAction staff go unaddressed. Senior leadership is often pre-occupied with its external relations - members, donors, etc. - but needs to spend more time with their hard working staff who need leadership, stronger communication, and to be empowered to improve InterAction's work culture and opportunities.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Policy Summer Intern

    15 Oct 2015 - Public Policy Intern in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Incredible exposure to important work in the international development and humanitarian spheres. Also, everyone here is very friendly and willing to offer career advice.

    Cons

    My day-to-day responsibilities varied greatly. One day, I would be jumping to and from the Hill, producing research summaries for higher-ups, and create visualizations for the head of department. The next, I might be sitting at my desk for a few hours, just filling in meeting attendance sheets. However, grinding through the slower days are well worth the excitement of the busier ones.

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Great potential, but leadership lacks a clear and creative vision.

    19 Jan 2012 -  in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Despite its poor leadership, InterAction has some really talented people on staff who are committed to doing outstanding work. There are opportunities to gain significant professional experience in many parts of the organization.

    Cons

    InterAction wants so badly to be seen as influential by global development and humanitarian power brokers that it stretches itself too thin to have any real impact. Senior management seems to be building their own resumes at the expense of a tired and overworked staff. Has a very expensive senior management team. Severely limits the growth potential of middle managers. Staff lacks diversity above junior level.

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