I worked at Guide Dogs for the Blind full-time for 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 Senior Management – Keep dong a great job! Listen to your employees, look at ways to retain quality staff.
2012-06-09 13:38 PDT
I have been working at Guide Dogs for the Blind full-time for more than 3 years
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 Senior 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-03-15 19:30 PDT
I have been working at Guide Dogs for the Blind full-time for more than 10 years
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 Senior Management – Be ready to work hard, be creative and challenged, and to switch gears at any moment.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-06-07 08:28 PDT
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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 Senior Management – Be the change... be a model -- for direct communication, fairness, leadership, coaching, openness
2012-08-07 09:24 PDT
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