Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

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Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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  1. Great people and environment!

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    Current Intern - IT and Intranet Support in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - IT and Intranet Support in Palo Alto, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Located on Hewlett-Packard's campus headquarters, so you get to enjoy many of HP's perks (including the Cafeterias!). Enthusiastic, talented, and driven people looking to make a difference in the world. Small company (around 50 employees) = every contribution that you make gets noticed. Good pay.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth as an Intern, but that's partially due to the fact that ABI focuses only on a few massive projects.


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    Flexibilty comes with a price (lower pay).

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Employees come to the office 2 days a week (Tuesday/Thursday) -Management is supportive of working while traveling, understanding when family issues arise, etc -You make a real and measurable impact on the lives of women in tech -Great opportunity for travel, as ABI has events around the world (mostly US metropolitan areas and India) -Great place to take on additional responsibilities that are "above your paygrade" If you're passionate about it, and want to take it on, you can! -Employees are very passionate about the work that they do

    Cons

    -Systems are VERY outdated, and can make work process slow -ABI is growing very fast, and has about 30 people who work at the org (people are usually shocked when they learn that). Because it's small, lots of emergencies come up - it's hard to plan ahead effectively -Pay. It's a non-profit, so what you gain in flexibility you lose in pay. Make sure to try to negotiate for as high of a starting salary as you can, as raises really only keep up with inflation

    Advice to Management

    -Management should require and invest in diversity training for employees, especially senior management. Advancing "women in tech" doesn't mean "white women in tech." Staff (most of the unintentionally) says racist/problematic things. Diversity training would help this. -Drag email and other systems into the 21st century


  3. A great place to make an impact

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Small team with big impact. Great group that is focused on making real change in the tech industry. Focus is on programs that connect, inspire and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology as a strategic imperative. Liberal time off (vacation and holidays) Virtual office two - three days a week. Opportunity to work with many of the best and brightest in technology as well as leading organizations.

    Cons

    Lower pay then most for profit enterprises. Event management and production can create stressful time during run up to. Support systems and automation lag what is available at large companies but it is improving. In kind office space not the most wonderful - feels pretty start up like - not tons of office perks

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus efforts to manage workload for staff. Invest in staff skills and systems to improve productivity. Share the load when the going get's tough.


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  5. Most dysfunctional and abusive non-profit in existence

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    1. You work from home 3 days a week 2. Most of the staff are friendly and professional

    Cons

    1. The management team is abusive, especially at the very top. 2. There is no respect for the staff. They are not advised nor consulted. 3. They are all about money money money. They don't focus on impact of technical women - the senior managements bonuses are tied to revenue and revenue only. What kind of non-profit does this?

    Advice to Management

    The Board needs to get a clue on what is happening. Look at how many people left in 2012. Do you think that was a coincidence? Just because they are making revenue numbers doesn't mean they are doing the right things.



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