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  1. Amazing place to work, very dedicated staff and a leader in the field.

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    Former Employee - Training Department in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Training Department in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Guide Dogs for the Blind full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Guide Dogs' mission is amazing. How staff rally together to get the job done is like none other. The organization is very generous with their benefit package. Amazing staff and dogs!

    Cons

    In the past, the upper management was not willing to listen to the people who were providing the product. With a new CEO now, hopefully this will change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep dong a great job! Listen to your employees, look at ways to retain quality staff.

  2. It's A Good Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guide Dogs for the Blind full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The mission is wonderful, the benefits are great. The pay is decent though there are few opportunities for increase. All of the staff at my level are interested in the mission and the level of personal values is high. New CEO brings hope and enthusiasm.

    Cons

    There's a sense of entitlement, like you should be grateful to have a job here. (Disability pay, which is a state and federal law, is listed as a "benefit") There is little room for innovation, individuality, or personal growth. Suggestions of change are met with barriers, and standards which could be exceptional remain simply decent.

    Advice to Management

    Let your lower-tier employees contribute ideas and innovate. The younger generation has a lot to say that makes sense. New technologies, new approaches, and the optimism and enthusiasm that come with that should not be squashed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great cause but not as great to work at as it should be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Staff in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Line Staff in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Guide Dogs for the Blind full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, very well-funded, good colleagues, wonderful volunteers, worthwhile mission that truly changes lives, and at least historically has been an extremely stable place to work. New senior management blood may reinvigorate the organization and improve some problems (too early to tell). You can bring your dog to work!

    Cons

    A lot of upheaval in recent years with multiple CEO changes and turnover on the board of directors, staff are jaded and distrustful of senior management, many people feel unappreciated, and currently rumors are rampant that layoffs are in our future. People who have worked here for many years have artificially high salaries after many years of automatic raises not tied to performance or market value, creating substantial inequities. Despite having more money than God in our operating fund, salaries were cut a few years ago and although that cut was reversed when the new CEO came on, only miniscule raises are planned for the next fiscal year. Myself and other line staff who have not been here 20 or 30 years are not paid enough to save for an emergency, let alone a home or retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the staff who would have been fired years ago if they worked in the private sector, stop promoting people who should not be promoted, and use the money saved to pay the staff who do the real work a living wage.

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  5. Not your typical non-profit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Guide Dogs for the Blind full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    GDB is a very professional business-like non-profit organization. Employees get the satisfaction of working to support a wonderful mission while also getting some perks not typical to many non-profits, like a good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    The leadership of GDB has transitioned several times in the last 5 -7 years. There is lots of work happening, but the environment for middle managment and above is pretty uncertain and stressful due to the almost constant transition in leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Be ready to work hard, be creative and challenged, and to switch gears at any moment.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guide Dogs for the Blind

    Pros

    Great mission, passionate people -- staff, volunteers and graduates, the best dogs on the planet, beautiful campus...

    Cons

    Tendency for departments to work in silos; for organization to be ivory tower.

    Advice to Management

    Be the change... be a model -- for direct communication, fairness, leadership, coaching, openness

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