Fund for the City of New York
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    lack of organizational management and ineffective communications lead to unhappy staff and high turnover

    (Former Employee)

    Pros- good compensation and benefits for the nonprofit sector
    - little overtime required
    - large windows in the office space

    Cons- lack of transparency and communications from management to staff regarding organization development
    - severe and hostile micromanagement from management to program staff
    - internal processes are ad-hoc; not systematic
    - senior management consistently provide contradictory instructions and guidelines, making it hard for staff to carry out work
    - new staff receive little training
    - titles are inflated and misleading; most "directors" don't direct anything

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop and commit to a communications plan, such as regular staff meetings to inform staff of organizational development. There is no regular communications to staff, not even when staff leave or when new staff join the organization. Management should refrain from yelling and lecturing at staff on a daily basis, which fosters unhappy work environment and high turnover.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    misled and deceived by interview

    (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- opportunity to work with diverse non-profit organizations
    - fair salary and benefits
    - fellow staff members come from great educational and professional backgrounds, many with master degrees

    Cons- 4 weeks vacation but can't use them unless accrued and employees have little discretion about when they can take vacations days, which is like not having accumulated them at all
    - agree with previous reviews about inflated job titles of "managers"-- it tells very little about the actual job description
    - no clear communications, expectation, or direction from management; however employees are expected to predict what is wanted from them

    - no clear "systems" since it changes constantly and no real formal training for new employees
    - very hostile environment from upper management and does not foster talent; instead most of the work becomes heavily administrative instead of strategic
    - employees are not encouraged to share thoughts; instead they are expected to simply execute orders given by the upper management
    - no real work culture because everyone is unhappy. Everyone stays in their cubicles and there is very minimal interactions between employees

    - little room for growth within organization, since all authority and decision making happens at the very top
    - high turn over due to extreme levels of micromanagement and thorough discontent with upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be better communication with employees from upper management about expectations both in terms of content and method of delivery. Standard business practices should be set to alleviate confusion. Humiliation and bullying should not be used as management tactic, since it discourages professional growth. More emphasis should be put on work culture and boosting morale. Upper management should really reflect about creating a positive work environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    a heart-breaking waste of potential

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros1. Exceedingly talented, highly educated, hard-working staff devoted to public service
    2. Competitive salaries and benefits for staff hired with advanced degrees
    3. Exposure to inner workings of city government and philanthropic sector

    Cons1. Extremely hostile and intimidating working environment; complete lack of accountability for behavior of senior-most management
    2. Inconsistent and often incoherent communication from senior-most management
    3. Top-down decision-making on all matters; incessant micro-management

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe organization's constituents and staff deserve new leadership for a new era.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Thoroughly Unpleasant

    Program Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros1. Outstanding healthcare benefits
    2. Opportunities to attend events
    3. Salaries are fare and decent

    Cons1. Senior leadership is, to say the least, lacking
    2. lack of communication between main organization and constituent agencies is frustrating
    3. rules, policies, and standards change on the fly, seemingly at dependent on mood or time of day

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior leadership would be best served by working towards its strengths (community organization, outreach, and fundraising) and learning to delegate as opposed to not micromanage.

    Management could stand to do a better job of communicating expectations and intentions when meeting with local community groups seeking support. If a potential client comes reaches out to you about office space, this client probably wants office space, Not a referral an incubator service, or a pitch for web content management services. Doing so would save everyone time, money, and heartache.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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