Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
102 Reviews
3.4
102 Reviews
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President & CEO Pam Iorio
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You know you are working for the greater good to make a difference in the life of a child (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule where you can make a difference (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • It is not the most efficiently run non-profit in the world (in 10 reviews)

  • There is not a lot of room for growth (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Well run organization with a great mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I believe in the mission. It is a well run organization, runs like business. There are plenty of training and development opportunities. Flexibility with work schedule.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room for growth. Compensation has been stagnant over the last few years - however, it has been made up with more time off. Some management could use leadership training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to bring in more money so that the hard working staff get paid what they deserve. Programs is where the heart of the organization is and they are the most underpaid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to make a difference regardless of your Job Title

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    Former Employee - IT Director  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good blend of seasoned and fresh talent.The mission statement energizes you to do your personal best. The people genuinely cared about their work.

    Cons

    Salary is below standards, but then again, this is common for many nonprofit organizations. Can be a struggle to get budget approvals for new technology or applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monthly director and above meetings to keep everyone informed with current projects and budgets will increase inter departmental collaboration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Has its Pros and Cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The People
    Flexible schedule
    Benefits
    purpose of organization

    Cons

    Political hierachy
    Little room for growth
    Favortisim among Higher managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give room for others to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    BBBSA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The mission of this non-profit is outstanding and something backed up by research. BBBSA truly impacts lives and has a 100+ year history.

    Cons

    Finances, as with many non-profits, are a huge challenge. Definitely take time to do your due diligence and make sure you are comfortable with the reality of the situation. Internal communication during a recent major layoff was textbook "what not to do." People were not valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Director of Marketing

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing cause and mission that all employees are invested in. You know that people who work for this agency are working there because they genuinely care about helping children in the community. The experience offers a sense of reward that is hard to find in a corporate setting. The team is reliable and helpful when other employees need assistance completing a task. If the right management is in place it's run more like a business than a nonprofit organization. If you're interested in building a varied skill set, working for Big Brothers Big Sisters will expose you to a wide range of opportunities and roles.

    Cons

    The working environment can be very unorganized and hectic. Employees are significantly underpaid, especially because you can expect to work overtime frequently, without compensation. The turnover rate is high due to long hours, low salaries and lack of management. It's easy to get spread thin when you're wearing 10 different hats, but that's not uncommon in the nonprofit realm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    excellent mission and coworkers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time

    Pros

    everyone is working for a wonderful cause, making the people who work here fun and committed

    Cons

    the leadership seems to be out of touch with the jobs of its employees, making it frustrating at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your lower level employees' input-they know what they are talking about!

  8.  

    Great organization with great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people I work with every day are some of the most excellent individuals I've met. The culture is much more laid back than a traditional for profit company, however this agency is still the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affilliate in the nation. Work life balance is actively supported, the job is supremely flexible and we traditionally get two weeks off around Christmas every year on top of PTO. I feel like what I'm doing every day is helping kids.

    Cons

    My current pay is in the 10-12th percentile of salaries in my field according to the BLS. Form 990 shows executive pay in the agency much closer to the median. Morale has suffered a bit due to the lack of raises over the past few years leading to high turnover. We have lost several of our best people over the past two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise the leadership team to examine key employees and actively try to retain those people with more competitive compensation. Senior leadership positions are not the only ones worth proactively retaining.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Awesome mission - horrible employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

    Pros

    Working with the kids, families and mentors - seeing the success of mentoring on the youth of the community. Most co-workers are amazing, and become friends, and are in it for the mission.

    Cons

    Management is self-absorbed and full of baloney. CEO has been there too long (31 years) time for new blood. Benefits and time off are hideous. They should be better to compensate for low pay, which employees of non-profits expect but hope to have something else to balance the pay scale. Employees asked to sign off on false documentation to ensure grant payments are made. Good employees feel replaceable and management does nothing to retain them - reasons for resignations are not considered and are miscommunicated to other employees to make the employer look better. Accounting practices are inappropriate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something or more good and dedicated people will leave. Replace CEO with an OUTSIDE hire who might show employees that he/she really does care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Ever changing policies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The mission of BBBS is great and working with volunteers and youth is rewarding. Good cause and great way to meet community members and network. Parents often get in the way of the mission.

    Cons

    Every 6 months policies and systems change without training staff. No chance in advancing. Constant turnover of employees and often staff cannot effectively do their job with open positions. Compensation is very low. Not a livable wage and most employees have additional income sources.. Funding is often short and layoffs happen on a regular basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great potential and an opportunity to learn. High employee turnover

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time

    Pros

    The work you do has a direct impact on children in the community. Management is very vocal about a job well done.

    Cons

    The agency doesn't seem to value its employees. Managers are more focused on external numbers.
    Even a competent employee could buckle under the workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lack of leadership. Once a senior management member resigns, they are rarely replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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