Local Initiative Support Corporation

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Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Can be rewarding, but often slow to embrace change and can stifle creativity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart & socially minded people, competitive salary/benefits, great work/life balance, can see tangible results of work in communities

    Cons

    Experience almost completely depends on your direct manager and your location - some have more aggressive styles and make great community partners and some are highly conservative, far less transparent in their approach. Decisions can be slow and change comes very hard

    Advice to Management

    Allow for a completely anonymous survey of staff about management; train managers on effective leadership; more flexible in dealing with nonprofits - don't try to be a bank, you can be so much more

  2. Associate

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

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn affordable housing finance.

    Cons

    Difficult paths to promotion.

    The company takes on too much at times.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the in-house talent to develop the organization's future.

  3. DC office

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Mid Level Staff in Washington, DC

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation

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

    Pros

    Great morale; excellent location. Good diversity.

    Cons

    none. excellent vacation, etc.

    Advice to Management

    align salaries with peers in company BASED ON DC cost of living!

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    Positive Experience

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    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Ability to impact change on a local level while leveraging national resources, staff are very intelligent, creative and committed.

    Cons

    Program Officers involved in sustainable communities model are required to be experts in too many different areas. Negating the results that could be realized.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved beyond the times when there are problems. Connect to the local offices and stay grounded.

  6. A wonderful place to get hands-on access early in your career.

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Access to managers, officers, senior leadership and all people connected to the community development field.

    Cons

    There are weaknesses in organization, just like at any other big company. There tends to be many chefs in the kitchen at any given time.

    Advice to Management

    There is passionate and exceptional talent in the pipeline. Invest more in developing that talent. The organization does a wonderful job of making the impossible happen on a day to day basis; with more focus on in-house enrichment, the sky is the limit.

  7. Enjoyed the direct exposure to low income individuals

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very targeted in their work. The observable results are rewarding

    Cons

    Little room for creativity for junior employees. They seem to stick the way things are done which can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to creativity from your junior employees.

  8. Great Employer Fun and Exciting Place to Work Great Experience.

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    Former Employee - Client Services Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Services Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Since this is a non-profit you have the opportunity to fill many roles and gain valuable experience you may not beable to get at a for profit company.

    Cons

    Again this is a non-profit you need to know how to balance work and life if not you may suffer in both.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your precious staff go.....

  9. Unless you're a big fish or a complete suck-up, you get lost in the shuffle here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is pretty easy here and lots of very smart, nice people that work here. The atmosphere is very laid back and for the job, the pay is very competitive. The benefits are pretty good, too, and work/life balance could not be better. Very flexible working schedule.

    Cons

    There really isn't a structure for promotion or any type of professional development. Too top heavy and lots of bureaucracy to deal with. This company doesn't reward their worker bees that are on the ground actually doing the work. All the credit goes to big wigs. CEO very old school and resistant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Need to help mid-level employees to develop their skills and help them to progress within the company if you want to keep good, smart and eager employees. You leave them with no other choice than to leave by stunting their growth and leaving them bored.

  10. LISC - A good place to get started on a community development career

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

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization is mission driven and there is a commitment to neighborhood revitalization. Managers have good technical skills, but could improve management skills.

    Cons

    Most information about the organization gets transmitted through a rumor mill. There is some resistance to learning things not related to community development.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency around decision making. Do more bottom up listening. Improve organizational communication. Organization should better reflect communities served.

  11. Tough non-profit

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

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent community based programs, very warm network of regional offices with NY headquarters, good compensation for a non-profit

    Cons

    Typical complaints: management tends to be aloof with ongoing changes in the needs of programs and the officers who must deploy them; a lot of "training" is too long, too boring, and too repetitive; each department does not work well in concert with the next - this makes cohesive cross pollination nearly impossible

    Advice to Management

    It takes more than commitment to the mission to make a non-profit work, it takes effort and energy to groom the field officers and the ground zero folks to ensure proper execution of initiatives.

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