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Its amazing they could make such a wonderful mission such a miserable experience.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

The majority of staff at the GBFB are smart, hard-working and dedicated individuals who were attracted to the mission of helping to alleviate hunger in Eastern Mass. Parking.

Cons

The work culture is oppressive and punitive. I witnessed staff being berated in front of their peers, or treated in a condescending and unprofessional manner, by senior staff. As mistakes cannot be tolerated, a culture of finger-pointing exists that rarely corrects the situation but, rather, perpetuates it. The GBFB will expect staff to give extra hours to their events but shows no willingness to provide its staff with a work-life balance. What is most concerning and deflating to staff moral is the high rate of turnover in staff. Either the work environment is causing people to say "enough" or the GBFB is really bad at hiring. I think its the former. The GBFB needs to ask itself "what would we do differently if we had competition?" The answer would be "a lot." Yes, it has a beautiful new building but the culture inside is miserable.

Advice to Management

Recognize how talented and smart your staff is -- and not just some sound-bite in a speech at an annual event. That's pretty rings hollow. There needs to be a focus on providing a culture of creativity, ideas and input from all levels of staff, not just edicts sent down from the top. People come to the GBFB because they want to be part of their incredible mission. They leave because the mission is lost in the oppressive culture that "leadership" seems willing to let go unaddressed.

Other Employee Reviews for Greater Boston Food Bank

  1. Anonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great support, positive work environment, lovely co-workers, focused and successful mission

    Cons

    Seemingly a lot of turnover because of salaries at upper-level


  2. Helpful (3)

    Good People - Great Mission- Bad Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Greater Boston Food Bank full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people. You will never find so many kind, smart, compassionate, talented, generous and selfless people willing to apply their experience and talent to an important cause for minimal pay and poor treatment in one place. The mission and the opportunity. This organization provides a tremendous opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others every single day. The Donors. GBFB has cultivated extremely generous and motivated supporters and donors.

    Cons

    The LEADERSHIP. Top Leaders (C-Team) are known to be Insincere. Insecure. Ineffective. Intimidating. Insulting. Incredible. The Board of Directors. Indifferent about the Leadership Issues (the same complaints have being made known for many years and the turnover of valuable talent continues).. The Missed Opportunity. It's a shame for the talented people who come, get excited, commit, try, try harder, get discouraged, push back, speak up, get more discouraged and give up.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership issues are too far gone for advice to help. They would not listen any way. the C-Team should be replaced. Yes, the numbers are great, but at what cost? How much of the donors money is spent on refilling and retraining posiitons vacated by frustrated talent? How many people who stay could be more productive and successful with effective and progressive leadership. How difficult is it to understand that you get what you give? For example, the warehouse "staff" is given less regard (financially and otherwise) than the "hungry" people "served" by GBFB.


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