Local Initiative Support Corporation

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Local Initiative Support Corporation Reviews

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  1.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be open to creativity from your junior employees.

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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Important work and great people to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Officer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation

    Pros

    The mission and the purpose of the organization. You're making real contributions to the development of underserved communities across the country.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great because it's a non-profit but better than most non-profits. There's limited room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of senior management positions that seem to overlap. It would be nice to consolidate these positions and open up more positions for other less senior staff to climb the ladder.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good company to work for, many long term employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Current Employee - Program Officer

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation

    Pros

    LISC has a supportive work environment with very intelligent staff. There is a lot of opportunity to learn about various aspects of the company's work and move around within the orgranization.

    Cons

    Small teams leave limited room for growth, although internal applications are encouraged it is rare that positions open up as so many staff have been here for many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR support for professional growth within the organization

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great inside look on how nonprofits can make a difference.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Officer
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Officer

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation

    Pros

    A way to help the community in a way that is both rewarding and educating, LISC is a great organization.

    Cons

    All nonprofits rely on the generosity of others; thus, a lot of the efficiency is halved by this issue alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology and social media is the new way of doing business and LISC has yet to fully transition into it.

    No opinion of CEO

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