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  1. Good place to grow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at DoSomething.org

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back office. High energy and people are pretty dedicated to the cause. Take in lots of interns. Encourage people.

    Cons

    Can get weird if you are not close with anyone in the office.


  2. Helpful (13)

    I still have PTSD flashbacks

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

    I worked at DoSomething.org full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You're give a ton of responsibility at Do Something. If you're competent (and masochistic) you can really own a program and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Once, a few of us took our the DSM-IV and read through personality disorder descriptions. It was like reading bios of the management. I've never worked somewhere that was more aggressive and abusive. It's all smiles and jokes and LET'S HAVE FUN CONSTANTLY, but beneath that sad, trite veneer is a sadistic streak that turns and burns employees. Everyone I knew who worked there cried at the office at some point. This is all driven by management. There were some good people in there, and like (I imagine) friends you meet in a war, you can meet up with them and joke about the good times over cheap beer, and quietly wonder if they too, years after leaving, wake-up in the middle of the night to dreams that the CEO is punching them in face.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on real impact, not just brand building. Stop hiring young, gullible people who you pay dirt. Find top talent and work to keep them. Check the ego at the door. Develop a relationship with a foundation, not just corporations. You look like the desperate girl who wants to sit at the cool kid table. And throwaway that stupid Hello Kitty bike.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Good but not so good at times

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DoSomething.org (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great startup environment. Good for a starter job. Nice place for grooming yourself about issues related to teens

    Cons

    Favoritism , no clear expectations, politics. Have to go with the flow.

    Advice to Management

    Give new folks a chance to progress to management as well or have clear paths to progress , do not apply different yard sticks for employees in the same role. Also honor employees who just let their work do the talking rather than the one's that just talk.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DoSomething.org

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really friendly people working there.

    Cons

    There are obvious favorites in the company.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Disorganized on so many fronts. No thank you.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at DoSomething.org full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission of inspiring young people to "do something" good is, well... good.

    Cons

    -Disorganized -Was thrown to the wolves -Annoying fake-happy vibe -Childish environment -Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Create a meaningful on-boarding process and provide the tools needed for the success of new hires (based on their individual positions)... and not just one day of lip service about the organization and show-and-tell games around the offices.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Outstanding environment to learn, contribute & make an impact!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Entrepreneurship Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Social Entrepreneurship Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at DoSomething.org full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You won't find another non-profit with smarter staff or more passionate players than at Do Something. They make work fun and change in the world achievable. It's an inspiring culture that really values good people & work!

    Cons

    So much passion also means that a work/life balance can be difficult at times. Emails will come in at all hours of the day and night but it's not impossible to set boundaries. With so many big and exciting projects, you may not want to though. And at the very least you're not bored like at your previous job, right?!


  8. Helpful (4)

    Unprecedented place to learn and grow professionally.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY

    I worked at DoSomething.org full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + The staff cares for each other and enjoys hanging out. + The young, fast-paced environment allows you to see a variety of experiences related to different cause campaigns. + Learning is encouraged and the team is incredibly smart + The opportunity to impact millions of young people through social issues is addicting. Ideas can come from anyone in the organization and then be shared to the largest audience in the US. + Volunteer sabbatical after 2 years is incredible. + Matching 401b helped me save $

    Cons

    - As the organization has grown there have been some growing pains with hiring the right people. As can be seen by other reviews here, people that are not a culture fit do not enjoy themselves. - With so many talented people it can be hard to be noticed by management for good execution as a team member. - Neutral pay, even with NGO

    Advice to Management

    Keep experimenting as you grow, align the team under a single focused goal.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Great learning environment. Sadly is pretty bureaucratic.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DoSomething.org

    Pros

    You can gain lots of experience in a short time frame Respectful, smart and interesting colleagues Lots of paid time off Great office location Ability to move between departments Generally a positive and supportive environment with a great cause

    Cons

    Same, small group of people are highlighted and praised by management frequently and are able to travel, go to events and conferences Blatant favoritism High pressure to constantly have wins and showcase them to staff breeds a competitive environment Meetings are often unproductive because everyone wants so badly to take credit for an idea Employees are expected to conform to an over-the-top always on personality type

    Advice to Management

    Transparency.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Great on the surface and in theory

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

    I have been working at DoSomething.org

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -young, amazingly talented co workers who work their butts off to make things happen, even with crazy deadlines -leading the way with social media/web strategies in the non profit world -large learning curve (if you get a chance to take in what you're learning before you're off on the next project) -relaxed, informal and quirky environment--great for being yourself and for being creative

    Cons

    the staff operates on a "yes always" policy. No matter how irrational or unreasonable a project can be, it will be done. no structure--everything is always changing with very little, to no warning. titles of jobs, the roles within jobs, the way departments communicate. there's not one process projects are changed (usually at the last min) on the whim of the CEO no real strategy behind projects, campaigns or organizational direction. a lot or risk factors are being ignored (high attrition of staff, lack of real marketing partners, burning through subscribers in lists due to asking them to forward information to their friends on a constant basis) no honest feedback to management--the culture is to act like everything is fine when it's not. even if there are concerns, it falls on deaf ears no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    be open to feedback from employees, and respect their opinions, even if they differ from your own. culture shouldn't be about making carbon copies of personalities and trains of thought


  11. Awesome culture, face pace learning environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at DoSomething.org full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers from top to bottom and well networked,

    Cons

    Non-profit salary is a drawback in an expensive city like NYC

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the good work



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