ClassWish Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern

    Pros

    The place is really convenience, and it is good for Long island people to work there. The location is so good. The culture is relaxing. You can wear casual.

    Cons

    Unpaid job and no benefit. You need to pay everything yourself. No one teach you how to work, so you need to figure everything by your self.

  2.  

    WORST INTERNSHIP EVER

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    No one, it was the worst internship ever. I am a French student, it was my first experience abroad and it was awful. I left the company two days after I started. Robert Tolmalch is a selfish, egocentric man, and very mean too! And I'm not sure that his association is legal. Anyway, don't do your internship there, it was a waste of time and money. The only thing positive was to meet two interns who were very nice !

    Cons

    First, the office was dirty, no one cleans it. Then, I did nothing, I asked him to have my friday afternoon to visit New York and have some time to work on my memory, he said no you can work the week ends and on the evenings, he wanted me to work 40H a week because he told me we had a lot of works to do ( wasn't true at all), first day I did nothing except looking for a font... I let you imagine.
    HE was mean, never explain anything ( i still don't understand what he's doing all day...) because he doesn't use the work he gave us ( by work I mean the researches he wanted us to do about I don't know). Anyway, worst internship ever, He didn't introduce you the offices, the interns, the restrooms ( lol big joke he locked the restrooms of the office and if you want to go to the restrooms you have to take the elevator and go downstairs... I think that he's living in the office because some of the doors were locked and behind his office there is a door, I think he made a little room there with a handmade shower ( ewww) Never seen that in my whole life.
    You have no benefits, you have to bring your own computer, own food ( don't do that, I am sure that the fridge is not clean at all.
    To resume, i was so disappointed and so upset that I pretented to not understand English and he spoke to me like I was a stupid girl, I am sure he is a racist too. He treated the Asian interns like slaves ans he spoke really badly to them.

    I ended the internship just 2 days after the beginning, I sent him an email to explain the situation he never answered ( and it was a polite email), he's so rude, mean and everything bad, he doesn't know anything about marketing, financial or anything about a company, he lives in his little world and I hope that someone will close this association for good !

    The website of classwish with the positive reviews is a lie, I am sure that Robert Tolmach wrote it himself because nobody can say that Classwish was a good experience, it is not true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do something to close this association, I don't know if it is really legal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Complete Mess

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

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Free time to do whatever you want. Aside from that, there really is nothing good about the company.

    Cons

    You learn absolutely nothing. They get way too many interns and just have them do nothing. Literally nothing, not even clerical work. So the internship is unpaid and you learn absolutely nothing. Worst place I've interned at ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually have projects or something for the intern to do. When you have 20 interns who have absolutely nothing to do for several weeks and just sit there, there is something wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Stay far, far away

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

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Not one pro. I'm serious.

    Cons

    EXPERIENCE:
    ClassWish is run by one man, and one man only and has been since its inception in 2008. This man, Robert Tolmach, directs an ever-changing group of interns who enter and exit ClassWish through a perpetually revolving door. He has no staff and seems to value the quantity of interns over the quality of them as individuals. Because of this, individual skills are never utilized and no one feels connection to the cause in a capacity that makes them want to work to promote it. There are so many interns that you rarely see the same intern twice and many of them do not speak English (they are lovely European college students who he has manipulated into getting their visa and coming to the United States for the purpose of the internship). There was even a site created by some of these European students dedicated to discouraging other European students from being tricked into making the same mistake. When I was there, Tolmach mentioned that someone had posted a poor review of ClassWish online which he "couldn't understand" and thought was "absolutely crazy." This lack of self-awareness is one of his many fatal flaws, and you will suffer for it.

    THE OFFICE SPACE:
    The office space, which has been graciously donated to him, is huge and right across the street from Madison Sq Garden/ Penn Station. However, the place is in a state, as he appears to live there. The water from the tap comes out grainy and undrinkable, the trashcans are never emptied and always overflowing, and it is overall depressing and disgusting.

    THE WORK (OR LACK THEREOF):
    Tolmach is absent-minded, egotistical, and, it appeared to me, delusional. He has grand ideas which he will assign to you as a "project" to pursue. For example, he asked me to work on getting Beyonce to place an ad for ClassWish in Rolling Stone Magazine. This made no real sense in terms of branding (why would Beyonce want to align her brand with a long-term education charity?) and was near impossible to even begin to work on (where and how does one start on such an endeavor??).
    Furthermore, he will assign the same project to three or five people, then forget who he assigned it to. Then he will call you in to his cubicle to discuss for two to three hours that same idea you have already been assigned. This conversation will leave you in the same confused and exasperated state as when you walked in. Frustrated by this way of working, I eventually began to walk in to such meetings (which happen once or twice daily) will bullet points of what I thought I was to work on. I would then review these points with him and ask him for more concrete points to work on for the remainder of the day. Despite my insistence, these points never materialized. If they did, they were repetitive and incongruous - "find musical artists that we want to work with" or "could you interview these new fashion interns for me?" This way of working cultivated confusion among interns, resentment towards him, and, most importantly, a lack of progress on any and every front.
    In the six weeks I interned at ClassWish as an intern, I was asked to recruit new fashion interns, edit images in an already existing powerpoint presentation, and accompany Tolmach to one meeting with an executive which he managed to set up through a family connection and which produced nothing. I literally did nothing else but futz around on my computer and question my time there.

    COMPENSATION:
    No pay, no travel stipend, no free lunches, no snacks, no office supplies, nothing. Once he had us go buy 2 pints of ice cream because it was someone's birthday.

    BOTTOM LINE:
    At ClassWish I learned close to nothing and didn't feel respected as someone dedicating their time to be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am shocked that this gained and retains 501(c)3 status. It should be shut down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Generally poor experience

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

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Amazing interns to work with; all of them are bright and engaging
    - Convenient location

    Cons

    - Boss is very slow and a poor manager of people
    - The work is not challenging in any way
    - You will learn basically nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns projects and follow through with them, don't just sit there and pretend they know what they should be doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Learn a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bookkeeper Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Bookkeeper Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The working place is really convenience, it is just opposite to Pen Station and you can learn a lot from CEO. You can also get a reference letter from the CEO if you do a good job.

    Cons

    Unpaid jobs and no benefit. You could not even get a free lunch or a free drink there. You have to take your own laptop to work there. Most work are boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a little bit benefit to interns and buy some laptops for them to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Book keeping intern. Also help with other projects

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ClassWish

    Pros

    Use your own initiatives to learn, work and make friends. You can make a difference to execute a project with groups of people. Lots of discussion. Direct communication with the boss

    Cons

    Sometimes you may find people losing their passion. More ways to help interns to get to know the function of his work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To organize weekly or monthly meeting of all interns to communicate with each other information of projects undergone

  9.  

    Worked there as a summer intern.

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

    I worked at ClassWish

    Pros

    Good culture, and good people

    Cons

    lack of supervisor and barely any team work

  10.  

    Run, don't walk.

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

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    If you end up getting on Robert's good side (and that is not easy, he's irrationally picky and subtly racist) you can make a lot of the internship for use in a future interview.

    Cons

    Classwish is run by one man. He works you relentlessly, makes absurd demands, and never follows up on things he asks you for. Egotistical and delusional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't hire fifty interns with no other supervision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Warning (Internship)

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

    I worked at ClassWish as an intern

    Pros

    Pretty easy work, and you are able to work off your computer.

    Cons

    This company seems to hire you as an intern, gets you to do a project, and after you're finished with a project, they do not contact you back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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