Open Society Foundations

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Open Society Foundations Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
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  1.  

    Great Place

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    Former Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Communications in New York, NY

    I worked at Open Society Foundations

    Pros

    There are lots of smart people trying to change the world. The benefits are amazing and the willingness to take risks is definitely there.

    Cons

    It was hard to move up or around in the organization. It wasn't like I was being held back or anything, but there were definitely constraints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of your people as being more like consulting resources - they don't just perform a function to keep the machine lumbering along - they're your greatest resource (besides money)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    good, but could have been better

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -great benefits
    -intelligent and committed colleagues
    -good work/life balance (generally true junior staff positions)

    Cons

    -poor management, poor but changing human resources support, extremely limited opportunities for growth and development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While OSF has started to pay more attention to professional development, it still has a ways to go. Most significantly, the organization has many times turned a blind eye to terrible, controlling or simply incompetent managers. There is desperate need to bring in managers who know how to MANAGE, instead of just being experts in a particular content area, which is often the case.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Open Society Foundations

    Pros

    Great Human Resources benefits, lunch

    Cons

    I was so unhappy at OSF, I left just months before being vested in a good retirement plan. I had never before been so poorly treated by management, performing far below level after being relegated to administrative tasks. The issue was extreme micromanagement, and it took a toll. The atmosphere in US Programs is cut-throat and I didn't feel I could trust my superiors. Some are known to get in the way of promotions and professional development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your ambition and remember it is about the grantees, not your individual careers, follow through on opportunities for employee professional development, don't let internal politics inhibit the ability of mid- and associate level staff to do their job, control managerial infighting and abuse of subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Great platform to grow and expand

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - good compensation for senior level staff
    - good work being done
    - great colleagues

    Cons

    - hard work/life balance
    - expectations sometimes unmanageable
    - need more professional development
    - no clear growth structure

    Recommends
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    Human Resources

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Open Society Foundations

    Pros

    Free lunch, great work-life balance.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow.

    Recommends
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great people, mediocre management, little professional growth

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employs some of the smartest, interesting and passionate people that I have ever met. Works globally on some of the most challenging social and economic development issues. Strong focus on human rights and justice.

    Cons

    Management mediocre at best. Compensation lower than at comparable organizations like Gates and Ford. Organization has been undergoing substantial and prolonged change under new senior management, staff morale has suffered from sub-par communication and missed engagement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better professional growth opportunities and revise policies that make international hires challenging (i.e. benefits only accessible for US accounts, small relocation reimbursements, limited ability to move internationally between offices). And yes, organizational change is always stressful but it needs to be better managed and communicated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Open Society Foundations full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Kind, smart, hard-working people. Excellent, careful, contextual work.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to move up within the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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