National Urban League Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Working for NUL

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Urban League full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collegial atmosphere Offers professional development opportunities Flexible

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the organization


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor organization, Knowledge, and Treatment. Focus on the students!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Aurora, IL

    I worked at National Urban League full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work with students that need support and patience. Able to develop relationships that promote students to earn credits and prepare to transition back to their homeschools.

    Cons

    Mistreatment and lack of support for staff, inconsistent expectations and implementation of policies, understaffing, poor compensation.


  3. Important non-profit with typical non-profit challenges.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Urban League

    Pros

    You will be directly addressing some of the most important issues around race and poverty in Madison. If you aren't successful it will have a direct community impact - the work matters.

    Cons

    ULGM has a history of inconsistency and poor management decisions. It is also way too dependent on grants. That means it has a tough time changing its program mix to address the most pressing community needs today. Finally, most salaries are in the bottom quartile compared to like sized organizations in the community. A lot these issues are driven by funding. Have not hired the strongest managers as CEOs.

    Advice to Management

    Easier said than done - but diversify your funding, next time you hire a CEO the board should look for talent with management and desire to work through systems instead of personalities.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Many ups and many downs, but still gained a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at National Urban League full-time

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

    Pros

    Great impact. Great Friends. Overall, the people who work there have wonderful intentions and huge hearts. There really is an air of empowerment and those who were served can sense it. Camaraderie is strongest among direct service and non-managerial staff.

    Cons

    The workplace culture that is established, feed and driven by management is -- in a word -- horrible. If you're aware of the news stories that have circulated in the African American community about the leadership challenges being faced my HBCUs right now, then you can imagine the issues staff are experiencing. Enough said.

    Advice to Management

    The turnover you all are experiencing should never be passed off as a consequence of general trends in the nonprofit sectors. No. The workplace culture really is just that horrible. I can't even begin to list recommendations. Hire a consulting firm. This is not something that can be fixed internally without assistance and intervention.


  6. Fair

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at National Urban League full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great people and good culture

    Cons

    -no clear path for advancement -women and men are paid differently

    Advice to Management

    -Don't lose valuable talent -Treat everyone the same across the board


  7. Helpful (1)

    between 2009 and 2013 this company had severe leadership issue creating a toxic work environment that continues today

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Program Director in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at National Urban League full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    the staff are motivated to assist clients

    Cons

    leadership is poor and financial position makes it difficult to work


  8. Educational

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various Programs in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Various Programs in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at National Urban League full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I loved working with the community to help make a better life.

    Cons

    Employees are more worried about helping themselves then helping the community

    Advice to Management

    We are all created EQUAL - and that we should treat each employee by their expertise instead of what race we are from


  9. PRODUCTIVELY INTERESTING

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Trainee in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at National Urban League part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    the attempts to work and support personnel with limited resources

    Cons

    obtaining the required programs support towards efforts needing real assistant

    Advice to Management

    THE NEED TO RESEARCH THOSE AREAS OF LIVING CONCERNS THAT KEEP THE TRAINING MORE SUPPORTIVE


  10. Being a case manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Aurora, IL

    I worked at National Urban League full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    QCUL can give you experience in working with youth, understanding career development, and learning program management (budgeting, building partnerships, etc.)

    Cons

    Leadership needs to change ways. There is little value for professional development. I never was supported for wanting to attend a conference, for example, and had to hide the fact I taking courses. I think its because they don't keep staff members very long. Three years or so, and you're usually out.

    Advice to Management

    Good management can add value. Pay attention to programs so that crises don't occur. The culture is a bit too stifling. Encourage innovation and understand that risk sometimes mean failure.


  11. Great organization that has a great mission. Very supportive working environment, just like a family!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Urban League

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The ability to help those in need and the flexibility to get things done the way you think is best

    Cons

    Because it is a non profit organization salaries and job stability are very dependent on the amount of funding available from year to year



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