First Book Reviews

4 Reviews
1.9
4 Reviews

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Kyle Zimmer
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unpleasant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at First Book

    Pros

    Working for good cause makes a difference.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics and unfair treatment of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Mission, Poorly Run Organization

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

    I worked at First Book full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The mission is great. The words "books to kids" are heard everyday. Amazing stories and thanks from the people First Book reaches. That's what kept me there for several years and keeps most people there.

    Cons

    Executive team of three are all extremely weak managers. They have great vision for the organization but internally nothing ever changes - I heard the same ideas for 5 years - the same ideas that never quite happened. The employees who most inspired me and who tried to make changes did not stay that long - they get frustrated and leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop traveling to India. Stop talking about the same ideas that never happen. Spend time managing the organization - encourage real conversation internally. I could never say what I am saying here at the office. Give staff opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great stepping stone, not a great place to grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at First Book

    Pros

    Exposure to creative campaigns and innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Plays favorites.
    Very flat organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent middle managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    National, growing to international, social enterprise organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at First Book

    Pros

    Exceptional mission and dedication to providing books to children from low-income families around the country. Flexible work environment, passionate leadership dedicated to providing resources to the hardest to reach children.

    Cons

    Fairly flat hierarchical structure, although that does provide some flexibility in work environment. Fast paced environment, often long hours to complete the tasks at hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide growth opportunities for upcoming and young professionals. Providing insight from senior leadership to lower level staff members is encouraging.

Worked for First Book? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.