Action For Boston Community Development

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Action For Boston Community Development Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
11 Reviews
2.9
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Employment opportunity

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Data Entry Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Action For Boston Community Development as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great company to start building working experience with, as both a jumping point to higher positions within the company or moving on to other organizations. And you're working for a great cause in general if you have an altruistic bone in your body.

    Cons

    The pay could be more, but they're within the constraints of government funding, both on the state and federal level. There's a lax hiring also, which is great, but you really have to be able to work with people of all types. You're in contact with with people from the entry positions (which can be interesting) to upper management. The con goes more for the entry positions (on occasions) than upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is great. Only good things to say about them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Entry level assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Action For Boston Community Development

    Pros

    Good camaraderie. Young staff, very sociable and fun community to work in. Easy to form relationships with staff and clients. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers. Poor direction from young managers. Questionable business tactics from certain employees who are given too much power. None of the employees plan to stay for very long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ABCD has mission is to empower families to overcome poverty yet the pay, benefits and culture tell another story

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Action For Boston Community Development

    Pros

    Working with youths and families to access services is important work. Families genuinely appreciate the support as the need is great.

    Cons

    Management is verbally disrespectful, resources are wasted at an ad nausium rate. Perhaps more attention to monitoring waste could lead to pay rates that actually do lift people out of poverty. I'd like to see their leadership live the model of kindness and respect and reward supervisor's and managers for this type work ethic. Also, more attention needs to be paid to nepotism, workplace relationships.I swear, if you're not related to or in relationship with someone, you can just forget about working there or getting ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak and act in a respectful manner towards employees and discourage nepotism or work-place intimate relationship's. Hire people that can actually empathize with the population you serve, stop wasting resources and improve pay. I mean, $12/hr for a position requiring a college degree? Seriously, it's shamful. Get it together!

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  5.  

    Great place to do good

    Former Employee - Youth Services Specialist, SummerWorks in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Youth Services Specialist, SummerWorks in Boston, MA

    I worked at Action For Boston Community Development full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    ABCD does a lot of different things so there are many opportunities to join the team that most interests you. ABCD employees are fun to work with and care about what they do. Good place to help create meaningful and positive social impact in sustainable ways, to form valuable relationships and to feel a part of the Boston community. Also a good place to network.

    Cons

    You're working to make a positive difference for others in the community, not to bring home huge bucks. Also, though most employees are highly qualified and dedicated, some are more capable than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My relationships with upper management were always quite positive, engaging and down-to-earth. Keep it up.

  6.  

    Great mission and solid organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Action For Boston Community Development

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities for those who push to do well and want to exceed

    Cons

    Not as innovative as they could be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Worst place I have ever worked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Action For Boston Community Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really can't think of any.

    Cons

    Benefits are awful - 2 weeks vacation no sick time. Employees have negative outlook.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly work environment, no room for growth

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Action For Boston Community Development full-time

    Pros

    ABCD offeres incredible services and programs. Everyone truly cares about the causes and the clients they serve.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the organization is poorly managed. Staff are not given the proper resources to succeed (e.g. working technology, number of staff members). Staff are not given a fair opportunity to voice their concerns are provide input. Also, there is no opportunities for growth within the organization and staff is not encouraged to grow or develop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more transparency and include staff in decisions that directly affect their programs. Invest in young people. Many young people have great ideas and are passionate about the programs they work with however they are not reasonably compensated and have to leave in order to earn a decent wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice people, tough organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Action For Boston Community Development

    Pros

    Nice people work here, great location

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, low pay,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good Entry Level Internship Experience-- complete with challenges and frustrations.

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    Former Employee - Elder Services Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Elder Services Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Action For Boston Community Development as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -the team is composed of a great group of individuals who truly care about the welfare of others
    -it's refreshing to be surrounded by selfless people

    Cons

    -it was difficult to adjust to a nonprofit's limited funds and labor
    -with short staffing, you often do a lot of menial busy work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Would like to see this agency really live up to its potential.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Action For Boston Community Development

    Pros

    ABCD, Inc. has the best benefits in the Human Service sector. Your skills do not have to match perfectly to be considered for most positions in the agency. The agency offers considerable professional development opportunities for early childhood teachers and teacher assistants. Employees are friendly and management is very approachable.

    Cons

    The agency is wasting money by guaranteeing yearly salary increases for everyone regardless of performance. Some supervisors could use more training in providing effective supervision. Consequences for poor performance appear to be non-existent in some departments. Opportunities for external applicants to be considered for management positions are very few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider a tiered salary increase scale based on job performance. Management needs to have better expectations of all employees.

    No opinion of CEO

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