Enterprise Community Partners

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Good company. Great mission.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time

Pros

- Talented and knowledgeable staff
- Social purpose. We make a difference in the lives of low-income people.
- Grounded in a clear and goal-oriented strategic plan
- Solid benefits overall
- Good work/life balance depending upon your direct supervisor

Cons

- Not enough focus on discipline and planning. The organization wants to maintain its entrepreneurial environment from its early days, but given our current size and the complex work we do, we need greater discipline.
- Need greater focus on creating the right culture across the entire organization (parent company and all its subsidiaries)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Keep recruiting top talent but also focus on retaining the great talent you already have
- Revisit compensation system to ensure equity and the promotion process to create more opportunity for deserving staff
- Clearly outline values of the organization and expected behaviors and then hold people accountable, regardless of their level
- Remember that you set the tone for the entire organization

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    Great mission, good people and sprawling complexity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great mission, if you understand exactly how your job or team supports it. The founder Jim Rouse was a great visionary. His vision is still intact and alive at Enterprise.
    - Lots of concerned, passionate and moral people work at Enterprise. Social justice and ethics is a big deal.
    - Depending on the time of year, work-life balance is usually very good.
    - Partial work from home schedules are tolerated by most in the org, and accepted by many lines of business. The IT infrastructure supports telework fairly well.
    - Superb benefits.
    - Nice onsite Gym (in Columbia)
    - Robust and generally well-organized IT department. Enterprise uses an offshore team of programmers that allow the onsite IT team to focus on solving business problems and creating value.
    - Lots of exciting projects are happening at any given time. If you can keep up with the volume of projects and work to understand the politics of the organization, it's pretty easy to make an impact and be noticed for your efforts.
    - Great training and volunteer opportunities. Each department seems to be funded well enough to allow employees to learn new things and grow in their careers and give back to the community.

    Cons

    - At times, the organization feels needlessly sprawling and complex. It can be hard to understand exactly how you are making a difference. There's a lot of baggage that remains from the recent merging of two disparate organizations, including two CEO's and clashing cultures (non-profit and corporate).
    - This is an acronym and buzzword-heavy company. Lots of ideas and "thought-leaders" - lacking in the execution department sometimes.
    - Enterprise's non-profit salaries are typically well below median for Howard County, except for VP's and up.
    - Leaders seem consistently unwilling to connect the homelessness/housing problem to income inequality. There's a paradox with the mission and funding sources; Many of the same corporations and foundations that are complicit in the housing and homelessness problems are major donors. The focus on individual or grassroots donations seems pretty small in comparison.
    - In Columbia, the newer cubicle environment can be difficult to work in for those people who absolutely have to think, focus and concentrate to do their best work. There's an emphasis on constant collaboration, multiple meetings, interruptions and water cooler chit-chat over real work, getting down to brass tacks and resolving big challenges.
    - A handful of supervisors don't (or can't) do the work that their subordinates do. This puts them out of touch from time to time with real obstacles to progress for their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Encourage innovation and R&D at all levels.
    - Consider collapsing departments instead of creating new ones.
    - Simplify and take risks with your message. It's okay to be a provocateur.
    - Continue to encourage employees to work remotely - and continue building the infrastructure that supports collaboration between offices and remote employees.
    - Get employees out of the office to see the work and witness the impact.
    - Continue with the forward momentum that you have with the IT & KIS departments. Enabling and measuring are keys to success.
    - Do what you can to bring up the average median salary for your non-managerial employees.
    - Loosen up on the corporate culture and dress code - If an employee isn't meeting with a donor or making a deal, there's shouldn't be anything wrong with wearing jeans or a t-shirt.
    - Practice what you preach (be green as an organization, not just on the annual report. Encourage transit. Innovate, etc.. )

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  2.  

    Great place to work with room for improvement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good compensation packages, good benefits, nice people, reasonable hours with solid work-life balance, all for a good cause.

    Cons

    Overly complicated structure, minimal new employee orientation (aside from HR/benefit basics), can get lost in your department and never meet other company employees, sometimes feel disconnected from outcome of our affordable housing work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a solid orientation program that runs quarterly and includes seeing some company buildings/projects out in the field so employee feels connected to organization's common goal. Hire from within more often.

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