California Transplant Donor Network
3.3 of 5 7 reviews
www.ctdn.org Oakland, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Apr 21, 2014

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Cynthia D Siljestrom

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Tissue coordinator

    Tissue Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsFriendly coworkers and environment , mostly decent pay

    ConsEmotionally taxing , long hours, sitting extended periods

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great mission statement still going through a lot of change

    Administrative (Former Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsGreat mission statement, good benefits, reimbursed timely, support staff (admin) available as much as possible even in a 24/7 work environment. Provides leadership classes for all levels of management. All staff meetings worth going to.

    ConsThe company has been going through changes for the past 5 years. It is difficult to get things done when senior leadership is not on the same page, however in the last 6 months, things are getting done in a more timely manner

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet over your ego, its hurting the culture. Get rid of the silos. Show that there is room for advancement for all and act on in a more timely manner. We can't wait around forever. Keep the all staff meetings going. Cindy is doing great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Started out as an amazing job with purpose and flexibility... All that has gone by the way side.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Leandro, CA

    ProsPurposeful work. What you do each day makes a difference in people's lives... Literally.

    ConsManagement. Pay. Constant understaffing. Constant directional change. Do more with less attitude about everything. Micromanagement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your staff. Give employees autonomy and trust they know what they are doing. Stop trying to rule by fear and micromanaging; if you don't trust your staff fire them or don't hire them... If they are there leave them alone and trust that they know how to do their jobs and are capable of making good decisions in the moment. Break up the good old boys club and respect the employees that give... And give and give... Oh and maybe pay them what they are worth!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    In the non-profit world, the California Transplant Donor Network offers a lot of opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsMission-driven organization and culture. Most employees believe in the cause.

    ConsMost employees are spread out around the state working remotely and at variable hours. This can sometimes make it difficult to meet or work in teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have no advice or suggestions to offer upper management. The business strategy made sense and was geared toward rapid growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people to work with, just not a fun environment

    (Current Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsPeople are generally kind and caring
    Doing your part to save lives, it's nice to know at the end of the day your work is going to help someone live, not just make a couple bucks
    Small organization allows you to make an impact quickly if you work hard

    ConsBonuses and raises aren't competitive rarely match adjust living rates
    Little chance to move upward
    Older style management techniques: Work hard. Annual reviews don't affect salary changes or bonuses, nor are they consistent across departments.
    Support staff are neglected

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote teamwork throughout the organization. Increase communication with transparency. Not just talk about it.

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    Working for CTDN is the opportunity of a lifetime

    FRC (Current Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsHighly respected organization serving the needs of families and transplant centers related to organ donation. They are a premier resource for the community at large regarding organ and tissue donation.
    Management is highly skilled and have woked diligently to create a positive, supportive environment.
    Diversity is respected, creative initiative fostered and respect is present at all levels. Overtime is generously compensated.

    ConsIn many of the job catagories there is the possibility of needing to work overtime, although overtime is well compensated, the hours can be challenging. Travel occurs often and may involve fling in a small plane with a single pilot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with your excellent approach. Make decisions more open so that suspicions are not aroused

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company mired in difficult regime change.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has a strong message of helping save lives, and does enormous good in the community. Many departments are very well run, so long as upper management doesn't meddle. For many years, employee retention was incredibly high, despite the difficult nature of the work.

    ConsPersonnel hired for management are inexperienced, uneducated, and seem unable to extend board room ideas effectively to the workplace. Instead of trying for a collaborative approach, managers simply push to bring employees to heel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook long and hard at some of the mid-level managers that you have, and evaluate whether or not they are truly the problem. Chances are, the solution is simpler that it may appear at first glance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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