New Sector Alliance Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Great Professional Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sumer Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sumer Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Sector Alliance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great professional development opportunities through mentor, New Sector staff, trainings, host site project, etc. - Project-based work at a host site. Given an opportunity to do high-level work if you are have the right project. - Cohort of other fellows that you can learn from to discover your fit within the social sector

    Cons

    - New Sector experience is highly variable. Depending on your mentor, host site, project, learning team, etc., you could have a great or poor experience. You have to be proactive and intentional about what you want to get out of New Sector in order to get the result. I had a great experience, however.

    Advice to Management

    - Increase the number of events dedicated toward team-building. It is mostly up to the fellows to get to know one another and while there are a few social events planned, they are much too late into the program.


  2. Great Formative Career Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident In Social Enterprise
    Former Employee - Resident In Social Enterprise
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Sector Alliance full-time

    Pros

    This fellowship kickstarted my career in the non profit sector. It placed me at a very impressive national nonprofit I wouldn't have found otherwise and set me up for success at the host site and beyond. The fellowship experience gave me a solid career and social network especially as someone new to my city. RISE is also among the highest paid, most prestigious, and well run AmeriCorps programs out there.

    Cons

    Experience varies based on placement site. Some placements were not ideal because of workload or misalignnment between host site and resident. Month long waiting process to get place is stressful for recent college grads as you're not sure where you will end up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the revised mission. You're doing a great job stewarding the fellows when they are in the program, but I'd love to see a stronger alumni outreach!


  3. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident In Social Enterprise in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Resident In Social Enterprise in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Sector Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The fellowship provides fellows with a wide range of experiences, most importantly, full-time placement at a non-profit. While New Sector matches Fellows with non-profits, and while placements may seem random at first, most Fellows grow into their roles and make significant contributions to their host sites.

    Cons

    Being that there are 25 fellows in each city with a wide variety of interests, every training is not as relevant to some fellows as others.


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  5. New Sector Summer Fellows

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great cohort atmosphere, mentor wonderful.

    Cons

    Trainings were sometimes dull and felt like a waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the speakers and decrease lectures in trainings.


  6. Senior Summer Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Summer Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Summer Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great support network and it's great how involved New Sector is with individual fellows and with promoting a strong cohort. Really good opportunity for job experience that is hard to get otherwise.

    Cons

    The matching process took a long time for some people. I wasn't matched until the fellowship had already started so I felt rushed to make a decision. The projects and host sites are not well vetted by New Sector and that experience can be hit or miss. I had a terrible host site and project which made work stressful. It was hard to engage with the work and overall my experience wasn't nearly as positive as others in my group.

    Advice to Management

    Vet out the projects and organizations you're placing fellows with. If there was a stronger evaluation of programs before fellows were placed, a lot of the resulting issues would be mitigated.


  7. RISE Fellow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Sector Alliance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The training is great, they cover many must-knows in the non-profit management world and give you tools to one-day manage an organization with success. The cohort is a great support system throughout the residency and an amazing opportunity to learn from other like-minded, smart people.

    Cons

    The host site placements are really a hit-or-miss. Some of the training topics have been ill timed (either too early or too late in the residency). Support from the Boston team is lacking. Values of the cohort have been scarcely represented and valued by the program.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporating the cohort's values into trainings and focus of the program would probably help maintain interest and impact of residency.


  8. Senior management role

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Sector Alliance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top-notch organization with a compelling mission, vision and programs. New Sector has a solid history and track record, many exceptional strategic partners (e.g., consulting firms like Accenture, Bain & Co, BCG, Bridgespan and McKinsey, government partners like AmeriCorps/the Corporation for National and Community Service, and social sector partners like New Profit, Year Up, Tipping Point, and hundreds of others). New Sector has been a leader in its field since it was founded in 2001, and it has lots of potential for future growth. New Sector has an exceptionally strong alumni network. This is an organization to be proud to join, and an organization to watch in the future.

    Cons

    Like all nonprofits, New Sector is unable to compensate its employees at private sector/for profit market rates. I wish that New Sector could pay its people more - but this has not been possible to date because it is a nonprofit that runs AmeriCorps programs. I hope that New Sector (and all nonprofits!) can increase compensation and benefits for its employees to be closer to the private sector in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow core programs including the Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) and Summer Fellowship. Leverage success to date to raise money from new funders (e.g. big funders like Gates Foundation as well as individual high net worth partners) to diversify funding base and serve additional organizations that fall outside of AmeriCorps focus areas. Continue to develop earned income streams and focus on the organization's long-term sustainability. Bring on new senior executive board members from the private sector who can help the organization raise new funding, form new strategic partnerships, and grow in the future. Look at building out board in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly in Silicon Valley - as well as in Chicago. There is a ton of potential to increase impact nationally, and also in Silicon Valley/the San Francisco Bay Area and in Chicago/the Midwest.


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    Social sector leadership development

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good opportunity to get exposure to dynamics of the social sector. Grow your network and learn about how to be effective in mission-driven organizations.

    Cons

    Host sites and projects are hit or miss -- lots of uncertainty and ambiguity. Leadership development curriculum is geared toward undergraduate-level.


  10. Enjoyable, stimulating opportunity to learn about working in the social sector and specifically nonprofit consulting

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Sector Alliance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Go to work everyday knowing that your efforts are helping people who can most benefit -Develop an applicable, useful understanding of how nonprofits operate -Highly intelligent, compassionate people -Fun cohort aspect in which fellows spend scheduled time with other fellows discussing their work experience -High opportunity for ownership of work product and significant responsibility

    Cons

    -The quality of the experience is largely tied to your host site where you do most of your work. Thankfully you have significant control over this outcome. -You don't make much. However, ironically this can be valuable for letting you see what it's like working in many non-profits before making the jump.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great


  11. Hit or Miss

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow
    Former Employee - Summer Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Early exposure to the non-profit industry. Great opportunity for personal growth. Sharp group of people.

    Cons

    Projects can be hit or miss depending on your host site and supervisor. Take the matching process seriously. Don't be afraid to be picky.

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation. Training sessions can be shortened to fit the current curriculum, or the curriculum can be expanded to include more skill-building activities.



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