Enterprise Community Partners

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Enterprise Community Partners Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    People stay because of the people and the mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission driven, some of the smartest people you could find, culture where people care about each other and often treat each other like family.

    Cons

    "Entrepreneurial" spirit leads to mission creep and lack of focus. Weird competitiveness among senior program leadership is detrimental to the success of the overall organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to consultants and and listen to some of the lower-level managers who understand and care about the best wishes of the organization.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great organization, but...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who work here are very passionate about the mission that the company stands for. The work itself is fun and fulfilling. Vacation and sick pay are generous.

    Cons

    Salary is by far not competitive. I was paid vastly below what others with my job title and location are paid. I was overworked and underpaid, and brought this up repeatedly, but nothing was done about it. Corners are cut to mitigate costs, but frugality comes with the territory of working at a non-profit. Zero room for growth – my role was very cut and dry. No space to take on new responsibilities or learn new skills. Communication regarding performance management could also be more transparent. My colleagues would give me one tone of feedback while my supervisors would give me another. Receiving a dismal employee review after what I had thought was a stellar year was very discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    As stated above, communicate more clearly with your employees about their performance while there is still time to improve. Know what your employees are worth, and treat them as such.


  3. Unethical firing practices

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Director in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Operations Director in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The rank and file workers are great people that really care about the mission and their work.

    Cons

    Employment at will, and they will fire you without any notice, warning or feedback whatsoever just before probationary period ends.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your people professionally, and giving employees feedback every step of the way is a good ethical business practice. It may be legal to fire people at the 89th day with no warning or notice, but it certainly is not ethical! If you have to fire someone it should never be a surprise to them if you and your HR are really doing their jobs.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Clean House at Top

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission. Solid benefits. Some smart people.

    Cons

    Most SVPs and CEOs can't make decisions. Only care about their agendas. Just a bunch of egos beating others down who are courageous enough to speak up.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You are your own worst enemy. Hold people accountable for poor behavior. You will continue to lose good talent.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Administrative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, wonderful benefits and pay. Some pretty great friendships made in my years of service.

    Cons

    If you are administrative staff don't expect to be promoted often. Not much room to grow in that category. Get ready to be marginalized and looked over. Doesn't matter how many years of service you have your job could be gone in a moment. There have been some wonderful staff people let go for budget purposes!

    Advice to Management

    Treat your administrative staff better. Allow for better growth in the company for these hard working staff members. Make sure they are treated as part of the team, especially if they are remote.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Going from cubicles to open space even more of a disaster than the original offices-to-cubicles disaster

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location. Competitive pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very poor physical work environment. An excellent story from the Washington Post and other reliable sources recently noted studies showing numerous drawbacks of open-space arrangements--less work done and more ill people. Research has shown time and again that workers get less done in open-plan offices and that colds, flus, etc. spread much more readily in such environments too. The benefits in building camaraderie simply mask the negative effects on work performance. Not good.

    Advice to Management

    Open spaces are destroying the workplace. Help your employees to be able to be more productive, happy and stay healthier and admit your errors in the physical design arena. The millennials that work there don't know how good we had it before. They do not know any better and think it's "normal" and "ok" in such an environment. Is that really the best you can do? Customers and employees deserve better. Columbia is not New York City, where office rent is outrageous. All of this his applies to Enterprise Community Investment also.


  8. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Socially motivated enterprise. Great people, great benefits.

    Cons

    Varies by department. Generally speaking the company is not growing and few ever leave willingly, so not many opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    More leaders, less managers.


  9. Good culture, creative visionaries who are passionate about housing, plus good work-life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on so many interesting policy topics, and there are positions for folks with a range of interests and skills within the company. Good work-life balance, salary, benefits. Strong leadership.

    Cons

    Lots of interests can lead to shifting direction often - new ideas every week!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Stay focused, rather than bouncing around. When you've got a good thing going, stick with it and dive deep.


  10. Great place to work for socially minded individuals who want to contribute to a greater good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Contributing to the creation and preservation of affordable housing/fulfilling work, working with interested, committed professionals, national scope with local focus.

    Cons

    The multiple business units have competing interests at times which contributes to confusion and difficulties for the staff

    Advice to Management

    Align goals and priorities among all the business units. Be realistic about the number of hours in a day, trust your team!


  11. It's an interesting place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part, the employees are considerate and competent. The organization has a worthwhile cause.

    Cons

    Although its tagged as a nonprofit organization it operates more like a for profit company. There is more structure, process, rules and regulations than I'm used to after working in the nonprofit sector for 20+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a method to share ideas and comments.



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