Jewish Federation of North America

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Jewish Federation of North America Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
18 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspirational Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Marketing/Communications Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing/Communications Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, the company truly values it's employees, excellent time off policy.

    Cons

    Tasks are very mundane- not to much variety in day to day responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more experiences for training in other areas and personal growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A Once great collection of organizations, now merged and floundering...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Organizational mission is superb. Chance to impact the quality of lives around the world. In the past, some excellent and experienced colleagues.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and a lack of colleagues with credible experience inside the operations of its primary clients - the Jewish Federations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire (or rehire) some of the more experienced professionals with real Jewish Federation work experience and proven track records at the national level. Hire a CEO with Jewish Federation experience. Eliminate those volunteer leaders who serve for their own aggrandizement. Never allow personal vendettas to shape agendas, especially in the personnel area (both internal hires, promotions & firings and Mandel Center executive searches on behalf of client federations).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Nice, quiet, small local Jewish organization

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    Former Employee - Event Planner  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Event Planner in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    The coordinators, administrative and management staff are nice.

    Cons

    Co-workers are complacent and uninspired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to be more transparent and manage the Board and branding of the organization better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Service for Jews in Need

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Feeling of satisfaction that the work that you are doing for the Jewish community is making a difference

    Cons

    There is a whole lot of bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat a bit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Too many committees to get anything accomplished

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    There are some excellent people still there who have managed to survive the layoffs, people who do their jobs, respect others and truly want to make a difference in the lives of others.

    Cons

    Most of the staff is completely unaccustomed to good planning; shooting from the hip is the norm. Committees run amok and are allowed to change entire programs at the eleventh hour. People get hired out of pure nepotism, and favoritism causes poor morale throughout the organization. Some department heads are simply lazy and refuse to be accountable for their work and their decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish clear-cut boundaries and job descriptions. Let people do their work, and give them honest, straightforward reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Non- profit working to serve the needs of the Jewish community in San Diego and abroad.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A sense of community and the ability to stay connected with your peers. An opportunity to learn about Israel and the ways the Jewish community helps those in need across the globe.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth for those in entry level positions. The organization continues to follow traditional models.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try new approaches.

    Recommends
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    Opportunity to work for the organization at the center of the Jewish community in San Diego

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Connection with the community, meet many people qnd contribute to causes that you care about.

    Cons

    Very difficult to institute changes, bureaucracy, entrenched in models that worked in the past, may no longer be viable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve younger people in leadership, get input from all levels of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    They treat their employees badly, former employees worse.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Federation is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish holidays-- which isn't to say you won't be working Sundays and late every other night.

    Cons

    While one is employed there, Federation's supervisors will do everything they can to prevent employees from using their health insurance benefits (they boast wonderful coverage, but God forbid you try to use any of it), from taking sick/personal/vacation days-- or, frankly, from taking lunch or bathroom breaks.

    Federation pays support staff a pittance, while their many, many directors are payed quite well (evident from wardrobe and other showy expenses they'll take great pleasure lording over their support staff) and flown to Israel, Russia, etc. The target constituency is very affluent and expect to be catered to (which is fair); however, support staff are looked down upon for not being able to afford the most expensive designer clothing and are treated like personal servants.

    No matter the reason for leaving - whether you've been fired, quit, resigned to pursue another opportunity, health reasons, start a family - their unwritten policy is to burn your house down and salt the earth (something *several* former employees corroborated, contacting me after I left). A couple of recruiters put me on to the fact that former supervisors were giving harmful, poisonous and entirely untrue references-- illegal and something one wouldn't be aware of unless a recruiter or potential employer made one aware. They'll also go out of their way to block rightful unemployment benefits (flagrant lie after lie).

    It should be noted that while I was an employee at Federation, I worked seven days a week (taking work home for Saturday and Sunday), stayed late most weekdays (Note: I'm very hard-working, efficient and organized-- this was a two-person role, for which Federation only wanted to pay one employee). In the two-plus years I worked for Federation, I had no social life and only saw my parents once (see: *not allowed* to take vacation days). When I needed to go out of town for a close relative's funeral, I missed two days of work-- and was publicly dressed down and literally screamed at for missing those two days to bury my loved-one. By the time I left Federation, I was suffering from mental and physical exhaustion, walking pneumonia and a severe bronchial infection.

    Heaven forbid you're Jewish-- once you're a former Federation employee, you'll also find yourself effectively excommunicated from the Atlanta Jewish Community.

    Unless one is fortunate enough to score a department head position, one should avoid employment with this place. Actually, no-- avoid it altogether.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One would think a Jewish nonprofit would hold itself to a higher standard. Grow a soul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Wonderful outcomes, challenging environment.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    wonderful community & international non-profit. Hard working environment, never afraid of an aggressive fundraising goal.

    Cons

    Internal mis-management with little communication from senior leadership to the remainder of staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Sasone Program for Special needs

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Consultant in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    THe kids are great and this is a very fulfilling job with them.

    Cons

    There are different settings to work in. Some are well organized, others lack the organization and clarity of purpose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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