Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
115 Reviews
3.2
115 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 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good mission overall

    Former Employee - Special Event Coordinator
    Former Employee - Special Event Coordinator

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it's nice to know you're working for a good cause. Staff are generally kind and helpful to each other.

    Cons

    Sometimes things take longer than necessary to resolve, but kind of normal stuff for the non-profit world.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Volunteer Work that is Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Big Sister in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Big Sister in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a positive influence on a child has lasting effect on both parties. Win Win! Realistic time and financial expectations.

    Cons

    Seems to have high turnover in Match Specialists. This can be frustrating to reacquaint each one to your unique situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are obviously passionate about the cause. What needs to change to keep them around?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    High Standards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enrollment and Match Support Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Enrollment and Match Support Specialist in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Office Culture, team work, benefits are very good.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth, non-profit= social profit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Big Brothers Big Sisters is the reason why I went into Marketing. I love everything they are about

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I loved working for Big Brothers Big Sister of San Diego because it was like a family. We all worked together to help each other with things even if it was not in their job title. The charity events they put on were always well planned and absolutely amazing. Tina, the Marketing Director is a hard worker and is very personable. She was one of the best bosses I've ever had.

    Cons

    Because it is a non-profit, there was not much money in the budget to try things out or to pay their interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were very lenient and flexible with time off. There are no complaints I have about management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    BEWARE! Sexism, lack of transparency, poor management, lies, and lack of direction!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The absolute BEST model for serving at-risk youth in need. Dedicated case managers who possess true passion and dedication to improving the lives of the families/children supported by their programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains a positive perception in the community and with the stakeholders. Great relationship with local business leaders and media (see their board of directors).

    -Good vacation and benefits (then again most non-profits provide good benefits to compensate for low pay).
    - Truly meaningful and impactful work

    Cons

    Ran primarily by women who have created an atmosphere of deception, personal vendettas/agendas, and an overall discriminatory environment. (To be clear I have no issue with the gender ratio or women in senior management - however, I do not appreciate ABUSE of power). Sexism/favoritism were both very evident when they laid off three individuals (including myself) all male - without reason. Mind you, I was let go before the 6 month mark, so as not to raise their unemployment overhead. I was brought in and interrogated by the head of administration & finance (via office politics) after my integrity was undermined by disgruntled employees. A true low blow and cheap shot. Their programs suffer because the organization is prone to turnover and re-organization (twice in 2014).

    - Low Pay
    - Unrealistic work expectations due to lack of resources
    - Disorganized departments
    - Terrible management
    - Lack of appreciation for hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Tacoma/Seattle offices need a complete overhaul of management. Think of incumbents in congress you've wished were thrown out for years! Top down approach is completely counter productive within the non-profit arena. Deeply saddened that management is not giving 100% to support/respect the staff that works so diligently to aid the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. You should not be concerned about the bottom line, but rather, the children/families that urgently depend on your services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    An organization in turmoil

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

    Pros

    The mission is compelling and needed.

    Cons

    Lack of moral compass and vision for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to what once made it a great organization, valuing the people who make up the staff. That culture appears to be a thing of the past. Ironic that an organization that has hung its hat on relationships can't get it together internally in that area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Program specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice to help others and have an impact. It's fun to see the impact this has on children's lives.

    Cons

    Limited budget, and lots of work to get done. If you are task orientated you will hate it, if you are okay with having many ongoing unfinished projects it will work for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees time to rest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for a first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Lubbock, TX

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very rewarding work, good holiday schedule

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Match Support Specialist

    Current Employee - Match Support Specialist
    Current Employee - Match Support Specialist

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

    Pros

    Working with the children in the program and seeing the positive outcomes is very rewarding. Generous PTO allowance and flex time.

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive. Small budget to work with.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful mission; dysfunctional agency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A mission-driven culture with research-based services that have a positive impact on children. Flexible work hours. Program standards are clear and program staff know when they are performing well. A well-respected brand that people want to support.

    Cons

    There is little autonomy in the local offices so each office is strongly affected by the state organization's dysfunction. The organizational culture is capricious; not transparent. Good employees are dismissed and those who are left must absorb their jobs without warning or input. This behavior would normally be driven by financial distress, but not in this case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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