Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  www.siliconvalleycf.org
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Brilliant talent wasted with long hours and heavy workloads.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Silicon Valley Community Foundation full-time

Pros

This foundation is doing incredible things, largely because of the amazing talent it is able to attract. They also provide various training opportunities and even have an employee committee for health and wellness. Staff events are fun and meant to serve as a break from the fast-paced working environment. This organization also seems to burn brighter and brighter every year in terms of achievement and status in the nonprofit community.

Cons

Most of those amazing individuals are over-tasked with projects, portfolios and other miscellaneous items that either detract from their primary job description or cause burnout. Management does seem to be attentive to hearing from staff, but little to nothing is done to remedy the long hours and heavy workloads. Also, mid-to-upper-level staff are expected to be on-call via email 24/7 and tend to work more than 40 hours per week, but this is never explicitly stated. Even hourly staff put in great deals of overtime, though it is frowned upon.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Instead of piling more work on an already taxed staff, try hiring more administrative and coordinator positions to share the workload and promote an even greater atmosphere of teamwork. Really listen to your employees' concerns and try to advocate for them, not just note down on paper to file away. Acknowledge that there is too much for too few staff to handle, and take steps to ensure the brilliant minds you have hired want to continue working there and contributing their knowledge.

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    Change Favoritism, Over-Management, and Heavy Workload

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Silicon Valley Community Foundation part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff is highly competent and smart. Most truly enjoy what they do and care for the mission of fostering philanthropy. The main office is centrally located along the Peninsula/Silicon Valley and each work space is comfortable, modern and clean. Benefits are the best I've received from a nonprofit employer.

    Cons

    Your experience truly depends on your relationship with your supervisor. Promotions are rare but occur if you are willing to go above and beyond your job description AND be your boss' pet. Internal pay equity is extremely off - job postings for new employees post higher salaries than current, longer-term employees. There are also too many levels of management and a pervasive acceptance of a micro-managing style of management. Some processes are in place to maintain the high integrity and professionalism expected from the community foundation but most work-flow processes are frustratingly slow and just foster distrust and fear of making mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to respond to employees' concerns and not side with management as frequently. Fair treatment and employee empowerment can go a long way. Managers need to recognize and support the success of all their reporting employees. Simply announcing completed projects at monthly staff meetings is not enough recognition. Foster a work environment where employees feel comfortable asking for days off and for a raise.

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    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant
    Current Employee - Assistant

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Community Foundation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    SVCF has wonderful staff, an excellent corporate culture, and outstanding ethics. I've only seen positive things here, which is why I'd love to be a permanent employee. The people here are very, very well qualified for their positions, and there's an emphasis on delivering high-quality work. I love having the proper equipment and software to do my job effectively, and my boss is wonderful to work for.

    Cons

    Some people are overworked; other than that, I haven't seen any negatives yet.

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