Neighborhood Centers

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Neighborhood Centers Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive Leaders

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Neighborhood Centers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Professional Growth, no evident salary scale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your teachers to take on leadership/mentor responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unrealistic Expecations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neighborhood Centers full-time

    Pros

    The company compensates their staff well. The company offers benefits immediately upon hire and benefits are fair to their employees. Vacation and sick days are earned automatically.

    Cons

    Management has unrealistic expectations. They don't listen to suggestions or acknowledge scope of problem. Tend to do what has been done in the past even though unsuccessful. Does not support their team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a team that is dedicated to creating training material that can be used globally or allow the team protected time to complete. Work as a team and as an individual person. Listen to the team and show results to suggestions not just allow one person to make the call. Especially when that person does not know the culture of each specific area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unrealistic goals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neighborhood Centers full-time

    Pros

    The company has good benefits.

    Cons

    Company does not provide adequate training and has unrealistic goals for their employees. Management is not supportive with ideas or changes presented. Wants to fit a square peg in round hole type of mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide adequate training, listen and support your staff. Work as a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Neighborhood Centers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Neighborhood Centers

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The upper management does not care about the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    The experience was enlightening.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neighborhood Centers

    Pros

    Training and you meet a lot of interesting people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The entire leadership needs an overhaul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience out of college

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    Former Employee - Family Caseworker  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Family Caseworker in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Neighborhood Centers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Small 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No Employee Moral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Neighborhood Centers full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    1. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Neighborhood Centers operates as a model of social enterprise that is innovative and highly replicable.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Neighborhood Centers full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Specialist, Manager, Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Specialist, Manager, Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Neighborhood Centers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    Re-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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

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    Former Employee - Feel Good About Working At A Nonprofit At Another Nonprofit  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Feel Good About Working At A Nonprofit At Another Nonprofit in Houston, TX

    I worked at Neighborhood Centers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay 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.

    Cons

    Within 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 ManagementAdvice

    Employee 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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