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Enterprise Community Partners Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Director in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Columbia, MD

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  2.  

    It's an interesting place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time

    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.

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    Offer a method to share ideas and comments.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company. Great mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time

    Pros

    - Talented and knowledgeable staff
    - Social purpose. We make a difference in the lives of low-income people.
    - Grounded in a clear and goal-oriented strategic plan
    - Solid benefits overall
    - Good work/life balance depending upon your direct supervisor

    Cons

    - Not enough focus on discipline and planning. The organization wants to maintain its entrepreneurial environment from its early days, but given our current size and the complex work we do, we need greater discipline.
    - Need greater focus on creating the right culture across the entire organization (parent company and all its subsidiaries)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep recruiting top talent but also focus on retaining the great talent you already have
    - Revisit compensation system to ensure equity and the promotion process to create more opportunity for deserving staff
    - Clearly outline values of the organization and expected behaviors and then hold people accountable, regardless of their level
    - Remember that you set the tone for the entire organization

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  5.  

    Great mission, good people and sprawling complexity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great mission, if you understand exactly how your job or team supports it. The founder Jim Rouse was a great visionary. His vision is still intact and alive at Enterprise.
    - Lots of concerned, passionate and moral people work at Enterprise. Social justice and ethics is a big deal.
    - Depending on the time of year, work-life balance is usually very good.
    - Partial work from home schedules are tolerated by most in the org, and accepted by many lines of business. The IT infrastructure supports telework fairly well.
    - Superb benefits.
    - Nice onsite Gym (in Columbia)
    - Robust and generally well-organized IT department. Enterprise uses an offshore team of programmers that allow the onsite IT team to focus on solving business problems and creating value.
    - Lots of exciting projects are happening at any given time. If you can keep up with the volume of projects and work to understand the politics of the organization, it's pretty easy to make an impact and be noticed for your efforts.
    - Great training and volunteer opportunities. Each department seems to be funded well enough to allow employees to learn new things and grow in their careers and give back to the community.

    Cons

    - At times, the organization feels needlessly sprawling and complex. It can be hard to understand exactly how you are making a difference. There's a lot of baggage that remains from the recent merging of two disparate organizations, including two CEO's and clashing cultures (non-profit and corporate).
    - This is an acronym and buzzword-heavy company. Lots of ideas and "thought-leaders" - lacking in the execution department sometimes.
    - Enterprise's non-profit salaries are typically well below median for Howard County, except for VP's and up.
    - Leaders seem consistently unwilling to connect the homelessness/housing problem to income inequality. There's a paradox with the mission and funding sources; Many of the same corporations and foundations that are complicit in the housing and homelessness problems are major donors. The focus on individual or grassroots donations seems pretty small in comparison.
    - In Columbia, the newer cubicle environment can be difficult to work in for those people who absolutely have to think, focus and concentrate to do their best work. There's an emphasis on constant collaboration, multiple meetings, interruptions and water cooler chit-chat over real work, getting down to brass tacks and resolving big challenges.
    - A handful of supervisors don't (or can't) do the work that their subordinates do. This puts them out of touch from time to time with real obstacles to progress for their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Encourage innovation and R&D at all levels.
    - Consider collapsing departments instead of creating new ones.
    - Simplify and take risks with your message. It's okay to be a provocateur.
    - Continue to encourage employees to work remotely - and continue building the infrastructure that supports collaboration between offices and remote employees.
    - Get employees out of the office to see the work and witness the impact.
    - Continue with the forward momentum that you have with the IT & KIS departments. Enabling and measuring are keys to success.
    - Do what you can to bring up the average median salary for your non-managerial employees.
    - Loosen up on the corporate culture and dress code - If an employee isn't meeting with a donor or making a deal, there's shouldn't be anything wrong with wearing jeans or a t-shirt.
    - Practice what you preach (be green as an organization, not just on the annual report. Encourage transit. Innovate, etc.. )

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  6.  

    Great mix of private-public environment!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enterprise has two sides: the for-profit Enterprise Community Investment side and a not-for-profit side, Enterprise Community Partners. Combination of both cultures makes for a fantastic learning environment. Very smart people, who are passionate and engaged about their work tend to work here!

    Cons

    Promotions, though well deserved, have been a bit sparse on the Investment side. This is not at all a reason not to work here, but something to understand about the culture.

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  7.  

    A terrific set of talent coalescing around a compelling cause -sometimes with
    unneccessary complexity.

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    Current Employee - Director of Programs
    Current Employee - Director of Programs

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and lots of opportunity for growth and advancement. Far reaching.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a bureacracy about relatively minor things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Create more opportunities for staff to learn outside of their box. For example, many people in Solutions would want to learn about finance. The people in Columbia's desk jobs could get out and meet peers and see the work, etc.
    2. One market does not equal one market. Some are small and really just one medium sized city. Others are 2 huge regions with sizzling hot real esate markets. The resourcing and staffing of these different markets should more accurately reflect the nature of and magnitude of the challenges in each place. (Can you can tell I don't think we have enough in ours?)
    3. The salary increases are a little flat. I've been recruited for two jobs out of the blue since I've been here and haven't been tempted (despite their salaries being 25% more than mine here now) to take them bc I love Enterprise and the work so much. But, in a couple years, these sorts of offers will get much more tempting if the distance between my salary and alternatives continues to widen. I imagine this is true for others and wonder if there's a way to create bigger increases or bigger bonuses. I worry about loosing talent and great staff -which I've already seen with colleagues I've enjoyed working with only to find they've left mostly for salary reasons.

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  8.  

    Great place to work with room for improvement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation packages, good benefits, nice people, reasonable hours with solid work-life balance, all for a good cause.

    Cons

    Overly complicated structure, minimal new employee orientation (aside from HR/benefit basics), can get lost in your department and never meet other company employees, sometimes feel disconnected from outcome of our affordable housing work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a solid orientation program that runs quarterly and includes seeing some company buildings/projects out in the field so employee feels connected to organization's common goal. Hire from within more often.

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    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Current employee, and we do have "cubicles"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Enterprise Community Partners

    Pros

    Company is where it wants to be as we head to our short and long term goals. We have cubicles, just not the tall ones from the 1970's that an earlier post indicates we went away from. New set up encourages engagement and communication amongst peers and is not a problem, is the new trend of this decade. Awesome benefits and mission that has a purpose. Laid back, great culture, smart and intelligent individuals

    Cons

    some recent changes which are never easy but is all for the good. Wish we still had deli in building but that's manageable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and keep leading us in the right direction. Happy with the recent changes and glad to be in a position to grow

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change in Direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners

    Pros

    Mission Driven organization for the underserved

    Cons

    A disconnect between the mission and those they work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an honest, open and responsive look at the partners they work with

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  11.  

    Now they do not even have cubicles, even worse

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Enterprise Community Partners full-time

    Pros

    Office is in a good location.

    Cons

    In the move to the new building, now there are not even cubicles, just open office areas! It's like a funeral wake now. Everyone has to be absolutely quiet so as not to interfere with their neighbor's listening. Very sad in an environment that in the early 2000s used to have offices that encouraged lively conversations within them. Very sad.

    Very corporate environment, have gotten away from the basic mission that started Enterprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.Please consider more privacy for your employees. You can trust them, they are very hard workers and having an open area to "keep people on their toes" actually discourages trust. This is not a newsroom, where open areas are needed. .

    Doesn't Recommend

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