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I had a great contractor experience
Executive Assistant to President (Contractor) (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXAugust 5, 2017
It's exciting to work at GHP and be a part of the development of Houston and its businesses. The team was great, and I had the opportunity to meet interesting leaders in business and government.
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A "Mini-Beast" of an organization with diversity
Human Resources Assistant (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXAugust 3, 2015
I have highly enjoyed working at the Partnership and have learned a tremendous amount. There are many different branches to work with and although it is a Non-Profit organization it has the look and feel of the Corporate world. My main responsibilities were to: Assist the SVP of Resources by owning the calendar, process payroll, process and give orientations for company benefits, handle all new hire onboarding and act as the Chair to the Partnership's wellness committee.
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Continual diversity with the different divisions with in the Orangization
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Great learning experience and a chance to work on something that matters
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 30, 2015
A wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in learning how most business gets accomplished in the Houston area or wanting to expand their professional network.

You will have to have a great deal of patience and be savvy enough to navigate some of the holes in the decision making process.
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Fun place, and great for networking
International Business Assistant (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 17, 2015
I would recommend this place to someone wanting to work for a great non-profit company that is social and eager to learn about Houston and Economic Development.
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Challenging energetic business focused work environmment
Director (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXDecember 9, 2014
The Greater Houston Partnership is great place to contribute to the future of Houston by participating alongside Houston business leaders to create the positive change we all want in Houston. GHP is a great place to build professional skills that can translate across industries all over the country. Personal development is encouraged and supported by leadership.
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Mismanagement and disorganized leadership
Manager (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXSeptember 2, 2014
GHP is not a good place to work, and it is not the best platform to secure your next job. New leadership is messy and uninterested in employees and their prospects. HR will always prefer to hire outside than promote from within and help employees grow.

Overall, the only interesting part about the job is engagement with the movers and shakers in Houston. Unfortunately, because of the internal dynamics there will be little opportunity to actually move any project forward. This is very frustrating as it goes against the whole purpose of GHP, and what the members and employees are looking for in this organization.

The job culture has become one of distrust. I would not recommend working here: your work will not be recognized, there will be little chance for growth, poor compensation, and a lot of work.
Pros
Meeting Houston's leaders
Cons
Poor compensation, poor leadership, little recognition, culture of distrust
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You Deserve Better
Manager (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXAugust 26, 2014
The Greater Houston Partnership is a really dreadful place to work for so many reasons. While many will say that the connections you make will help you get your NEXT job, the internal politics and manipulative games will make your life miserable in the meantime.

First, in some departments you are often purposely placed into situations where you are pitted against another co-worker - this has created a severe lack of trust that has pervaded the entire organization and prevented meaningful work and projects from being completed.

This type of manipulation happens often with the bigger projects with everyone grasping at the opportunity because the remaining work is simply pushing papers through a bureaucracy thicker than most government agencies.

Second, directions and tasks are often poorly communicated leaving many employees crossing over into each other's "lanes" due to confusion and bad leadership. In many cases, employees do not even have official job descriptions further muddying the waters.

The general culture at GHP involves an incredible amount of turnover due to the reasons listed above and many many more. Employees feel very undervalued and are not treated as professionals. Major organizational announcements are rarely communicated to the staff and rumors run rampant.

Perhaps the most disheartening issue at GHP is the fact that no one can trust HR - it is no secret that HR keeps nothing secret - often sharing personal information on employees with other employees including salary, hire and fire confidential information and other gossip. HR should be
  more... the final sacred place where an employee can go to get some resolution and resolve. It is devastating that GHP's HR is the opposite of this - only exacerbating the trust issue even more.

I hope that one day GHP will have a leader that drastically changes this culture.

Accept a job at GHP if you must, but know that you were warned and go in with eyes wide open.
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Pros
It's the Houston Chamber of Commerce
Cons
everything
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GHP needs a lot of work!
Manager (Former Employee) –  HoustonAugust 26, 2014
GHP has a lot of issues and they start at the top. Executive leadership is nonexistent in work life and are hardly seen. They never attend staff meetings and never engage the "little people". I know executives are busy but GHP is hardly an Exxon or Shell -- there are 80 employees.

Communication at GHP is by far the worst I've ever seen. Staff finds out things after they happen or right before. Leadership hates gossip but talking to your colleagues are the only way information gets out. New staff are hardly ever announced. You get embarrassed when you ask someone if they need help and they are actually an employee.

The morale at GHP was at an all time low. Staff is undervalued and overworked. They expect a lot and give little back. It's been proven that when employees are treated well, they will work hard for you. GHP didn't get the memo.

The ONE good thing about GHP (and why people stay longer than they should) is that the life work balance is great.
Pros
Free parking and work life balance is great.
Cons
Office politics and poor communication
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Not a place for the faint of heart...
Manager (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 19, 2013
GHP is a great place to work if you're looking for another job. It's a high profile organization that looks good on your résumé. You'll eventually have to look for another job as compensation is poor, work load is ridiculously heavy, and opportunities for promotion are nonexistent. Beware, turnover is very high so you'll be doing two and sometimes three people's work for months until replacements are hired (IF they're hired). Employees are very undervalued.

The politics within the organization are the worst I've ever experienced and make working there very unpleasant.

On the positive side benefits are very good and like I said, you'll have no trouble getting another job when you eventually start looking.
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Heavy workload, poor compensation, too much office politics, good luck getting promoted
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A very thick glass ceiling
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJune 19, 2013
A lot of distrust, politics and smoke and mirrors. Can make a wonderful Vegas magic show. As a designer my expertise wasn't valued.
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High profile organization that allows you to have your finger on the pulse of business community.
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 6, 2012
The most enjoyable part of my job was that fact that I was helping the business community succeed and flourish. Every GHP committee meeting, event, and member benefit contributed to the prospertiy of the overall Houston economic environment.

It was an honor to be the governing entity to host elected officials, heads of state and C-level guests in their quest to spread their message of commerce and business. I also had the pleasure to work with an amazing and dedicated staff that always brought their A-Game.

The Greater Houston Partnership is a phenominal organization that is leading Houston as one of the most prosperous metropolitan cities in the United States.
Pros
access to business leaders in the city, state and federal level. free world class luncheons.
Cons
non-profit compensation, lack of resources
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