UJA-Federation of New York

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Great for Entry Level

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Current Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
Current Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY

I have been working at UJA-Federation of New York full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Level Headed Management, strong leadership, good training for entry level professionals and great communication.

Cons

Some times things can get complicated because of the size but all in all things can get done. Not to much room for quick advancement

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Keep it up

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    UJA Federation of New York

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    Former Employee - Fundraiser in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in New York, NY

    I worked at UJA-Federation of New York full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn about fundraising.

    Cons

    A lot of red tape and office politics. Senior Management protects themselves. No work life balance. UJA does a lot to maintain outward appearances.

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    Listen to lower ranking staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    For people looking for a career in fundraising at a Jewish non-profit, this is the place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UJA-Federation of New York full-time

    Pros

    UJA-Federation is a great place to work, provided you know what you're getting into. Lately, the organization has been hiring lots of talented, professional, and sometimes overqualified staff, many from Ivy League schools. This is beneficial for the institutional culture, which is very friendly, collaborative, and mostly easygoing. People coming as low-level fundraisers or commission workers have a near-automatic opportunity to be promoted, as there's a clear hierarchy for that and time spent on the job becomes synonymous with experience. Most employees are very attentive about the 35-hour work week rule, especially union members, so you'll see a lot of people coming in at 9 sharp and dashing out the door at 4:50 pm. The prestige of UJA is hard to over-estimate. I think it's pretty easy to get hired at most other Jewish non-profits with UJA on your resume.

    Cons

    First of all, if you are hoping for a high-paying job at UJA just because it seems more corporate than most NPOs, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. The compensation structure here is preposterous, and union meetings can get pretty out of hand. The executives here are making mid-six figure salaries while entry-level staff are barely making a minimum wage for New York City. There's an implicit assumption that new hires have their parents to fall back on financially, as it's next to impossible to get by on $35k per year on your own.

    Second, UJA suffers from an extremely conservative approach and an overloaded board of directors, plain and simple. This is because UJA basically stands for "establishment" in most people's minds. Outreach to young people is poor, and the most effective arm of that seems to be children of major donors. UJA's presence is not exactly "cool and hip;" its target demographic is basically old high net-worth Jews, and the annual campaign does well when those donors are making money in the stock market. As others have mentioned, this is not a place where you come in and start making waves and changing things around. Almost all power is consolidated at the top and everyone else is left to essentially follow their job descriptions.

    Finally, like many other Jewish non-profits, there is a HUGE gender gap here. Women outnumber men maybe 7-to-1. Ethnic diversity is very low, as would be expected. Unfortunately, many employees fall into the old stereotypes: clique-y, loud, consumerist, and obsessed with where you can find the best low-calorie salad in the area. Men, proceed with caution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    John Ruskay has been a stellar CEO for the past 14 years. His replacement will have huge shoes to fill.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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