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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at United Way

Pros

United Way dwarfs it's closest human service competitors in terms of amount raised, the number of professional staff and volunteers, relationships with corporations, and geographic footprint. As such, it has a lot influence over the sector at large. Employees often find themselves elbow to elbow with the best and the brightest corporate leaders.

Cons

Senior executives don't challenge the CEO and have a hard time sticking to a plan. Culture of consensus makes it slow/difficult to advance ideas.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-The movie didn't start when you got here.
-Pretend you have no staff, no budget and no time and try to get your work done. Oh wait, you don't have to pretend.

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Positive Outlook

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    Not your typical nonprofit organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Way

    Pros

    Because of it's international reach and size, UW provides better than average resources than most nonprofits. It's a great way to connect with Fortune 500 companies if you're located in a big city, and allows you to see how to connect with corporate philanthropy.

    Cons

    Definitely lots of hierarchy in the leadership structure because it functions very corporate-like. Lots of very structured process that is not always amenable to change. Sort of got a "do what's always been done" kind of philosophy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with your employees all the way down the line. I never felt like the senior management's doors were open to me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at United Way full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is rewarding and leadership is willing to seek to improve the organization all the time

    Cons

    Too much work; too little resources. Typical for a nonprofit of any size

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure upper management and leadership receives the training they need to effectively manage all employees and set them up for success

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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