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This organization possesses some of the hardest-working, talented and passionate people you’ll find in the non-profit industry as well as a truly inspiring (and often neglected) mission. Among other initiatives, the organization is best known for spearheading the volunteer construction of approximately 200 playgrounds across North America every year. No matter your role in the organization, you contribute to the fact that, in any given year, the organization is responsible for building playgrounds that serve tens of thousands of children – that’s pretty compelling. My experience from a salary standpoint was quite positive as it increased by more than 40 percent during my tenure (approximately five years). I received a raise every year I worked at KaBOOM! – even during the economic downtown. In fact, in 2008 or 2009 (I can’t remember which year), the senior staff froze their salaries so that the rest of the staff could receive raises. I suspect that some employees received more compensation and others less over the years, but I viewed it as a reward for hard work (consistently 50+ hours per week and substantially more on occasion). Vacation time is accumulated fairly quickly and though there are incredibly busy times during the year, there are also slower times and it’s not uncommon for people to take two straight weeks of vacation to travel abroad, etc. Depending on your position, you may have the opportunity to work closely with key decision makers at a host of Fortune 500 companies, which enables you to grow your network of contacts/colleagues. I’m unsure of the current status, but during my tenure, the organization was extremely flexible toward a wide variety of working arrangements (working from home, allowing people to work from remote offices across the country when forced to relocate, etc.). The culture of the organization is infectious, even if you tend to be a bit reserved as I am. If/when you’re able to view one of the playground builds, you’re able to see first-hand how the culture tremendously affects the volunteers and organizations that benefit from those playgrounds.
No organization is perfect and KaBOOM! certainly isn't an exception. As others have mentioned, in order to succeed at KaBOOM!, you must work hard – there are really very few exceptions. You are expected to work as long as necessary to perform your job functions – some people can accomplish that in 40 hours per week, but most work 50+ and some are more than 60+ on a regular basis. Staff turnover is a consistent issue and, in my view, is a driven by two key factors: burnout and employees brought on board who don’t fit the overall culture particularly well. Though I was rewarded with substantial salary increases, the possibility for position advancement was limited in my department. It’s admirable and born out of a desire to be on the cutting edge, but the organization tends to shift priorities on a regular basis (both conceptually and procedurally), which can have a negative effect on staff and morale (also a contributing factor to staff turnover).
Advice to Management
Keep on keepin’ on (and, maybe, give some programs/initiatives a bit longer before pulling the plug!).
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – 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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