Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 3, 2017
Busy schedule, especially when preparing a conference which would be for five persons to 2,500. Learned to organize events, travel, hospitality. Management, not the easiest, if you were lucky and had a great boss that helped. Workplace culture, coworkers were friendly, helpful in many aspects, interested in getting to know you. The hardest part of the job was the big responsibility about your assignments and you were on your own. The most enjoyable part, meeting the members, helping them, traveling, the excellent benefits.
Office Manager (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 31, 2017
The environment is fast paced, customer oriented, noisy and sometimes unstructured. I have learned that managing an office the manager has to be the organized, sensible one. The culture is one of young, vocal, opinionated semi professionals, who at times get very loud. The hardest part is keeping everyone in balance and focused on the job. I enjoy working, helping people customer service is in my DNA.
Library Student Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 30, 2015
My internship was amazing. There are a few rude employees, they are a lot of nice ones also. Working there at an young age made me more aware of what a labor union is about. I had a wonderful experience.
AFT is an organization which represents teachers, paraprofessionals, healthcare and public employees in the United States. It is a great organization
Executive Assistant to the President, AFT (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 27, 2015
I was at the AFT from 1975 to 2008. I started as a Secretary in the Office Managers office. Promoted in 1977 as Secretary to the Legislative Director. In 1991, promoted to Human Resources secretary. 1992 promoted to Confidential Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer (elected official). In the next few years, the S/T was elected as President and I continued to be his "right hand" person until 2008.
A typical day could be business as usual or could become stressful. AFT represents over 1.5 million members, over 400 employees in the Washington, DC (based) building.
Most co-workers were exceptional and we worked as a team. Team work was essential when I worked in the Executive Office -- we had to be ready to jump into any situation. Even if the President was on travel, when needed, this special group that I was part of would go into action by assessing a situation and then report to the President and other elected officials wherever they were. I am very confident working in stressful situations.
The most enjoyable part of my job was scheduling high profile type of meetings which included White House staff, congressional leaders, etc who had a special interest in education. I was responsible for preparing agendas, talking points, possible web meetings or reserve conference rooms at large hotels, in another city other than Washington, DC etc.
I also prepared the expense reports, daily activity logs, arranged all transportation for the President etc.
It was my responsibility to supervise two secretaries and make sure that the office ran smoothly.
salary, pension plan, health insurance, sick/vacation leave etc.
Parking in the building was very expensive. The only con.
Intern (Current Employee) – Van Nuys, California – January 21, 2013
Fantastic internship opportunity for any involved student. They are committed to giving you the tools and information you need to achieve in student activism and help you apply them. Networking is a plus and it's a valuable experience for any student seeking to improve their communication skills as well as organizational and wish to serve their community.