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    Jump on the bus with the golden children, or see your way out!

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

    I have been working at KaBOOM! full-time


    Well-educated and diverse employees, many folks who have great ideas and visions for their work. Decent benefits offered. Casual environment. Monthly opportunities during work (lunches, birthday celebrations, etc.)


    While making every attempt to be a positive, upbeat, "playful", and inspiring organization, KaBOOM! is certainly missing the mark when it comes to morale internally. From underpaid individuals at the entry and mid-level, the senior staff are getting paid far more than is deserved. The CEO, who happens to be married to the CMO/COO are pulling in a pretty penny. Have you checked out the 990 form on the website? Perhaps they should consider spreading that wealth out a bit, because the majority of their staff is getting paid less than market rate. KaBOOM! employed a 14 week "manager boot camp", which wasted valuable time and money keeping all managers in a meeting for 2 hours per week in order to increase their management skills. Many of them may not have been paying attention, as nothing seems to have changed. Perhaps they should have considered hiring an external consultant to facilitate the management training, so that all managers could have a fresh perspective, instead of recycling the stale management practices that continue to be put into place. Speaking of recycling, a national non-profit organization that serves the community should be recycling in their office, right? Not this place! The amount of materials that are being thrown away on a daily basis, instead of being recycled is outrageous. They also throw away pounds and pounds of food out of the refrigerator each week! Many items that are unopened. Yet, they are attempting to serve the 16 million children living in poverty? Something is not adding up here. There are people in the organization who quickly move through the ranks, getting boosted to positions that they cannot handle; these are the same people who other staff refers to as the "favorites" or the "golden children" of KaBOOM! senior staff. If you share a concern about this, or speaking up about anything, attempting to fix or find solutions, will only get you into hot water. The "open office" style seating concept they have could be great, if the organization were truly collaborative. Many folks sit around and waste company time, interrupt others while working and even those who are verbally aggressive toward or around others. All of which goes unaddressed by management. With a high turnover rate, people seem to be fleeing KaBOOM! in droves. Perhaps KaBOOM! is not in fact as playful as perceived?

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look around! People are not happy! Instead of forcing "play time", get down to the real issue. Re-evaluate your managers, your overall work style, and come up with a solid action plan. People are leaving because of the work environment, and because of some of your managers. With employees feeling like their manager lacks common sense and awareness, and overall misunderstanding of how to treat those that work with them--it needs to change. Utilize your employees more There are people sitting there, asking for more--more work, more responsibility. Instead of constantly spotlighting the golden children, give everyone the same chance. While you can always spend time hiring new people because you are driving your employees out, why not try to promote within? Evaluate and restructure the system, because you are losing institutional knowledge left and right.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at KaBOOM! in October 2014.


    Submitted an application and received an email requesting a phone interview about a week later. Had the phone interview the following week. Phone interview lasted about 30 minutes. Received an email the next day saying I wasn't moving on to the next round. Appreciated the prompt response, even if it was a negative.

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Website www.kaboom.org
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 1995
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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