Neighborhood Centers

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Updated May 6, 2014

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2.8 13 reviews

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Angela Blanchard

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Elementary Teacher (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThe work-life balance is better here than most charter schools in Houston. Competitive Salary, Great work environment

    ConsProfessional Growth, no evident salary scale

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your teachers to take on leadership/mentor responsibilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Neighborhood Centers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe coworkers are great, but that is the only positive aspect of the company.

    ConsThe upper management does not care about the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The experience was enlightening.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTraining and you meet a lot of interesting people.

    ConsEveryday was a different challenge both internal and external. No advancement potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe entire leadership needs an overhaul.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience out of college

    Family Caseworker (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsOpportunity to engage with the public and help families and the community. Provided a good foundation for future career experiences.

    ConsSmall staff, everyone vying for the same opportunities for advancement. These types of jobs typically offer low compensation because positions are grant-funded, so always having to fight for funding, and uncertain year to year if you would have a job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No Employee Moral

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    Pros-Very good salaries for a nonprofit.
    -Several different departments to work with, learn from OR move around.
    -A plethora of opportunities to volunteer in various communities with people from all ages and backgrounds whether your interest is kids, adults, education, or seniors.

    Cons-No employee moral.
    -No incentive to stay or grow.
    -No employee recognition
    -Very, very HIGH turnover.

    I have seen so many people be treated so unfairly and disrespected numerous of times. Let go without a warning, go on maternity leave to come back demoted or your asked to train your replacement and you don't even seeing it coming.

    For an agency that does so much in the community people really have no idea what's going behind the scenes: It's a MESS!

    Advice to Senior Management1. Listen to your employees: When a staff member is having an HR exit interview they do not hold back. Take that information and figure out how you can improve the agency so a similar staff member does not have the same experience.

    2. Give employees an incentive to stay besides a paycheck. Neighborhood Centers attitude to their employees is YOU'VE GOT A JOB, BE GRATEFUL. That attitude is creating a horrible work ethic, environment and a horrible word on the street.

    3. The agency will spend thousands of dollars on different consultants to come in and evaluate how they can get more business, contracts, grow but never once thought of bringing in a consultant or firm to figure out why they have such high turn over.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Neighborhood Centers operates as a model of social enterprise that is innovative and highly replicable.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are some awesome programs offered to the community and membership gives participants a vested interest in the centers.

    ConsThe administrative culture is very corporate and management practices are questionable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdhere to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Treat employees fairly and respectfully. Consider maintaining the standards of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, at a minimum.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rewarding experience

    Specialist, Manager, Coordinator (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsThis non-profit organization excels in overall operations and in accomplishing its mission. The work standard is excellence. Paired with a good manager/supervisor- you will have the opportunity to learn much and make a huge difference for individuals and the community.

    ConsRe-organization occured often, new management fractured the excellent HS program previously operated by the organization, some departments were toxic, upper management was fierce!

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsistency in ......management/leadership practices, leadership training for management/leadership staff, system to seek/analyze/take action with- employee feedback.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    On the surface you're cared for, but management philosophies are a joke.

    Feel Good About Working At A Nonprofit At Another Nonprofit (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsPay well above an average nonprofit.
    If you work 'in the field', away from upper management and directly with the clients, you get much more out of it.

    ConsWithin the support services, people operate under fear. "What am I going to be yelled at for next?" They say they have 'open doors' and you can have a frank discussion, but it's not true. Typically most upper management manipulate what you say and turn themselves into the victim. The ones that have realistic viewpoints don't ever seem to speak up.
    And it's not because of lack of talent. There are amazing managers and directors that are being squandered and becoming powerless by the day. Good luck to the good people. It's becoming more obvious to outsiders that mismanagement of good talent and disillusional leadership that think they know it all are bringing down the whole organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee moral IS important - communicate fast and often. Be transparent. Know that there is good talent being squandered, and stop the hypocracy immediately. If you have half-day sessions on 'owning things and taking responsibility', don't halt projects and criticize efforts because you don't take the time to brainstorm or help flush out the idea.
    Sure, you may get what you want if you put fear into people to get it, but you will get so much more if you believe in people and treat them as equals instead. Manage the projects, stop micromanaging the people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsFair treatment and equal respect. Promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Encourage and support higher education for non-college degreed staff.
    Diverse environment.
    Can uplift your sense of charity and community services.
    There's a lot more in this 100 y.o. non-profit organization.

    ConsIt's not for those who are not laid-back type of person.
    Salary is non-competitive. It's non-profit, and limited by projects, funding programs.
    For high-degree pursuit or career advancement, you have to hang in there for a long while.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience overall has been negative

    Lead Service Connector (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsMy co-workers are hardworking and dedicated.

    ConsManagement, recognition of hard work, personal vendettas

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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