Girls Inc Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Facillitator

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA

    I have been working at Girls Inc part-time (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Always learning something new great staff great program for girls

    Cons

    not enough planning time 14 students/1 teacher ratio

    Advice to Management

    With such high expectations for detailed, hands-on activities, facilitators need more time to plan.


  2. Onsite Coordinator

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

    I worked at Girls Inc full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very strong commitment to the mission statement. Draws in experienced individuals. Serves many families throughout the age spectrum 6-18. Strong focus on intentional and compensatory activities as well as high school graduation and attending college. The passion is clearly there and if this is the right fit for you, there is the potential to work in many areas of direct service in the agency. Collaboration with many other agencies and companies with a new Downtown Oakland location. Media attention, exposure and branding increasingly present in the community.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is often out of touch with what group leaders and coordinators need at the program level. Compensation for direct service staff is low for what is expected of them, without pay increases over many years of service. Promotion and other opportunities seem to be saved for certain people and not always accessible to others. There is a strong sensitivity when staff speak up and provide constructive criticism, ideas, and requests for change. It is not always received well, but that varies. The culture of the agency is not one that promotes work-life balance, although certain managers may emphasize it more to their team. Budget is large but program budgets stay the same, even when trying to expand programming. It takes a great deal of advocating to get what you and our program need to get to the next level. Evaluation is inconsistent at best but they are working on improving the system. New building layout does not currently maximize program space for girls. The organization has been around for well over 50 years and many traditions are set in senior management's minds although they strive to have a culture of learning. It's a challenge to bring newness to the agency and can take a long time. It is a challenge to provide equal amounts of accessibility and learning for donors and families; they are two completely different groups and they need to be catered to equally in terms of information and marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff at all levels. Provide more opportunities in different ways to show appreciation. Evaluate staff evenly and consistently. Visit programming when there are not special events happening to get a sense of the groups throughout the year, both onsite and offsite. Remember that constructive criticism is not personal and be open to listening to what staff have to say. Figure out how to offer more incentives to stay if pay raises are still not an option. Continue to grow but remember the capacities needed to sustain the growth.


  3. Not great, not terrible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Girls Inc (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer hours and relaxed atmosphere in terms of dress code.

    Cons

    Supportive environment with people who are on your level. Upper management is snarky and uninformed. No room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for your employees to grow instead of leaving. More supportive coaching for department heads.


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  5. Culture and Heritage Faciltator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girls Inc part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome organization that really works for the girls they provide services for

    Cons

    Needs more roles for employees to advance in


  6. Working at Girls Inc of Alameda Co allowed me to inspire girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold while I developed leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Girls Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A mostly female environment that encourages open communication and empowering young girls and women. An organization that values its employees through professional development, training and mentors. Working with passionate and like-minded women to address education and social justice issues with girls of all ages.

    Cons

    As it is a nonprofit, the salaries and positions available are limited. It can be difficult to move up within the organization because of the limited Manager and Director positions. The salaries are competitive with nonprofits in the area but not comparable to the cost of living in the Bay Area and the for-profit companies.


  7. An excellent volunteer experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girls Inc

    Pros

    Feels like family. You grow very close to the girls in a very short amount of time

    Cons

    The same as the pro. Sometimes can be hard to fit in


  8. Great place to work with girls

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

    I have been working at Girls Inc

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

    Pros

    If you like working with children and believe that there is a serious need for female empowerment then you should join this organization.

    Cons

    There was very little training and compensation for extra time and resources is not available.

    Advice to Management

    Consider seeking funding to compensate employees for their above and beyond efforts.


  9. Great place, top notch, but...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Temporary in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Temporary in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at Girls Inc

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

    Pros

    The satisfaction of knowing that while working for them you are helping change the lives of young women in your area is awesome enough, but there is more. The staff is loving and kind and really want to get to know you personally and about your life. No one working for this company is mean or vindictive. They also take volunteers for their events and around the office and such which is a great way to intern!

    Cons

    Sadly if you work for them you don't get paid what you are worth. I worked in many different areas in the office such as IT, graphic design, labor, etc. for them and should have been making at least $15 an hour. I was being paid half that. Sadly part of the reason was I was hired through a temp agency, but it unfortunately wasn't enough to live on and I eventually had to take a higher paying job... that after three years I regretted. This is a con, surely, but after all they are a non profit agency so I took this in stride. While I was not pleased at how much I was making I do have to say I helped changed people's lives and to me personally what more could you ask for?

    Advice to Management

    None! Management at Girls Inc. is amazing. Maybe, just maaaaaybe... tone down on the religious stuff? Some people were a little too much into Jesus for my tastes.


  10. I loved working for Girls Inc.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Girls Inc

    Pros

    I was able to learn a lot and enjoyed the laid-back environment

    Cons

    Because it was a nonprofit, there was no salary


  11. Love Girls Inc.

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

    I worked at Girls Inc full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great mission and very effective programs

    Cons

    pay on lower end, could be bigger than it is



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