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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good org with terrible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IAVA full-time

    Pros

    Awesome mission, awesome colleagues, sometimes outside perks (event tickets).

    Cons

    Led by a self-obsessed megalomaniac who drives good people and ideas into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Paul.

    IAVA2018-12-11
  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at IAVA full-time

    Pros

    -The mission is great! -Flexible hours -Everyone gets treated with respect -Like minded individuals -Great overall benefits (30 days of paid vacation!)

    Cons

    Some staff members are always complaining about the smallest things and it is a distraction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work but there is always room for improvement!

    IAVA2017-10-27
  3. Helpful (6)

    "REAL review from a REAL former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The organization has been able to bring more media attention to post 9/11 veterans and help advocate for significant veterans legislation. The CEO is a disrupter and knows how to use main stream media and current events to keep veteran issues in the public spotlight. Employees bond quickly and commiserate over the chaotic organization, poor management, disruptive turnover, and constant feelings of frustration. Former...

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    Cons

    Employees are constantly made to feel inadequate. Motivation comes in the form of passive aggressive threats. If you disagree with anything the CEO says, then you are vilified. Someone that disagrees is considered "not loyal" and can no longer be trusted. This organization does not encourage other points of view or professional growth. The only way to succeed is to keep your mouth shut and never disagree with the...

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    Advice to Management

    The CEO should resign from day to day operations.

    IAVA2017-10-29
  4. Helpful (2)

    "IAVA Elevated my Professional Footing and I Made an Impact"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    IAVA is an organization that is built to be an external force to make government change ---and the public react to issues surrounding defense and veterans-- and it does this well. During my time with the organization I worked in the DC office as an external facing policy/spokesperson for the policy agenda. Having worked for other veterans groups I was attracted to the bold, out front, and to be fair, confident style...

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    Cons

    IAVA is a high energy place, and it is very very easy to get drained and I want to leave a fair review here, I had my lows. There is a lot of creativity and smart people that work there and the lines of authority tended to shift a lot causing arguments and at times unstable paradigms across the two main offices (NY and DC). Like any organization there are turf wars at times and I think that many of us feel the strengths...

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    Advice to Management

    Provide feedback honestly and just listen. Also realize, IAVA has gotten major legislation passed with a fraction of the budget of most old legacy big VSOs.

    IAVA2017-06-07
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible learning experience/ big-hearted staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at IAVA full-time

    Pros

    I worked at IAVA for 3 years and walked away with a) much more knowledge about cause-based advocacy, b) much more insight into managing a scrappy, edgy nonprofit (from leadership to fundraising to growth strategy) and c) relationships with several colleagues who have since become some of my best friends. Almost without exception, every person I worked with (staff, veteran members, civilian supporters) at IAVA was unusually...

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    Cons

    Like at any nonprofit, there are certainly frustrating personal and professional moments at IAVA. Mission-based organizations are renowned for being tumultuous work environments because the work is personal to everyone in one way or another, opening to the door to more emotionally charged interactions with colleagues and superiors. When you sign up to work at an ambitious cause-based org that relies on donor funds, you...

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    Advice to Management

    I can't speak to the current management environment, but I think every nonprofit I've ever worked for could benefit from more open dialogue (at every level of staff) about the challenges the organization is facing and what that means for staff as individuals and for the org as a whole. This is fast-paced, emotionally charged, long-houred work, and it's important to remember to take time to attend to every staff members...

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    IAVA2017-04-24
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible in so many ways"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people you meet and the rare glimp of the good the place can do for vets

    Cons

    This place doesn't care about its members anymore. They want to make it a political group instead. Staff treated poor and managers are an embarrassment to public. unqualified at every turn. Managers are catty and talk about other staff behind their backs constantly which makes distrust and fear everywhere and very unhappy staff

    Advice to Management

    Stop making knee jerk decisions that put the org at risk and only brings bad attention. Don't hide from truth and hire capable people to bring the place out of the hole in now

    IAVA2017-05-16
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great People doing Great Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IAVA full-time

    Pros

    Work with people who will inspire you everyday. Everyone at IAVA (civilian or Vet) puts mission first. You will have tremendous levels of exposure and learn an incredible amount. You will change people's lives and see the results.

    Cons

    It is a non-profit on a small budget (7M) and has a start up atmosphere. You will be asked to do more then that it is in your job description. No-one from the CEO down expects any different.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building on the past and trust in the people you hire.

    IAVA2017-02-22
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sink or Swim: The Choice is Yours"

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    Current Employee - FREEDOM FIGHTER in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you are self motivated and work hard you can chart your own path and create your own history. The internal structure of this org is one that lends itself to personal growth and personal success, of course if you want it bad enough. The CEO has done a great job in providing resources for staff to succeed.

    Cons

    There are Directors that make better bus drivers. Someone puts way too much coffee in the coffee maker when they make coffee. For some reason we like to play musical chairs with our assigned seating arrangement.

    Advice to Management

    6 figure employees shouldn't complain about the many hats they wear in a room full of 45K employees who also wear multiple hats and continue to "lean in" on a daily basis without complaining.

    IAVA2017-01-29
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IAVA full-time

    Pros

    The only pro is that I no longer work at IAVA.

    Cons

    Senior leaders, especially the CEO, lack integrity, transparency and human decency. The culture promoted lying, cheating and stealing while pitting staff against each other. Executives prioritized taking credit for the work of other organizations over doing the work ourselves. Hands down the worst organization I have ever worked at.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to be fired or resign.

    IAVA2017-02-18
  10. "Summer"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at IAVA

      Pros

      Met amazing, supportive people. Has good intentions.

      Cons

      Organizational problems, especially the difference between the NY office and DC office.

      IAVA2017-01-19
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