Out & Equal

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Out & Equal Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    An organization that could be so much more

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

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time

    Pros

    - Dedicated and competent staff working in earnest toward an admirable mission
    - Good work/life balance
    - Excellent retirement and benefits plan
    - Good salaries for a non-profit
    - Strong fundraising efforts ensure financial stability
    - High turnover entails opportunities to move up and gain new experience

    Cons

    - Organization prioritizes its resources to improve image of "key staff" over progressing in its mission
    - Organization focuses resources and programming on a population who are least likely to need workplace discrimination training and resources
    - Lack of creativity or innovation in programs and service offerings, which are repeated year after year
    - Board of Directors has a hands-off approach to managing the organization and maintains little or no interaction with staff
    - Limited internal and external accountability mechanisms; staff who raise issues are ignored, silenced or forced out of the organization; and when internal strife reaches a boiling point, staff are forced through an organizational development process to repair relations which simply mask underlying and more structural problems
    - Very high turnover among staff contributes to a workplace culture of frustration, fear and a two-tiered organization of "management" and "workers"
    - Organization is overly focused on avoiding retaliation from disgruntled former employees, rather than nurturing and empowering existing employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - A fundamentally new direction, with new leadership, is necessary for the organization to remake itself and shed existing problems
    - Stand by your commitment to accountability and transparency
    - Reward and nurture your current employees, and delegate decision making to your managers
    - Give staff the power to set long-term organizational goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Horrendous leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to create change and develop new models

    Cons

    Just throws a conference. No other scope. Misses great chances to actually do the work it says it's doing. Terrible leadership which is disengaged on all issues that do not pertain to the promotion of her image.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good mission, poor treatment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Out & Equal

    Pros

    *Good mission
    *Good retirement and benefits plan
    *Reasonable salaries for a non-profit

    Cons

    *Programming is targeted at the populations that are least likely to need help with LGBT workplace equality issues.
    *Extremely high turnover rate. Not uncommon for people to stay for mere months, which creates instability and lowers morale.
    *Pay and treatment is inequitable across people with the same titles and there is little opportunity for advancement.
    *Not mission-minded organization. The mission is rarely if ever even talked about. Working here feels like working for an events company, there is no passion and it very little time is actually spent on activities that benefit LGBT workplace equality efforts. Frequently just about making upper management feel good/put on a good show/have a fun party with their friends. Resources that could be put towards the good of the organization are put towards improving image.
    *Management unprofessional, at times bordering on emotionally abusive. Staff feel scared, unappreciated, and frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This organization would need extensive change to hope for success, and certainly new leadership.

    Take a step back and think about what you are really doing, does it live up to the mission? Expand the training program and make Summit less of a party and show.

    Actually advocate for changes within companies, don't just spend all your time and money on events to congratulate the companies who are already doing the right thing.

    Take a good look at turnover and consider why this could be happening and make a proactive and honest attempt to change it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Workplace Equality-for the few

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

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time

    Pros

    -e-z commute location
    -in a relatively safe office building
    -employer matching 401k
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    Cons

    -questionable ethics at the very top
    -poor business decisions-result in inadequate pay, no bonuses etc.
    -constant and very high turnover rate
    -the chosen few take advantage of lavish international travel and multiple vanity projects that siphon away the funds needed for the mission-the advancement of LGBT equality in the workplace.
    -the top clings to trotting out the same tired events year after year that cost millions to produce, don't even recoup costs and certainly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know how long much longer this organization can continue like this. If you are looking to work on LGBT issues, try some of the other organizations.
    If you are a corporation who funds this organization, isn't it time you take a long look at this organization? especially its books. Ask for a report on how many people your donations help.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Problems from the Top Override Good Mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Out & Equal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good mission, and the Training Dept does good work to support it. The yearly Summit does offer some important and worthwhile programming. There are some hard working staff members that have a lot to offer.

    Cons

    The ED's micromanagement of directors / lack of involvement with the organization have driven good people out. Because of this, some staff have been hesitant to want to be promoted to upper level management. Directors have not been allowed to do their jobs. Four directors quit within 6 months time. A few of these positions were not replaced, putting pressure on the rest of the staff. There has been a lot of turnover in general. Also, there is a very uneven playing field when it comes to staff. For instance, there are some folks that seem to be out of the office a lot and this effects overall staff morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good people and let them do their jobs. Do a better job at protecting directors and staff from an ED that doesn't value new ideas, and is more interested in looking good than working hard. Let the Deputy Director run the show - he is the most knowledgeable person about the organization and mission and cares about the staff. Develop a more level playing field - clarify policies such as working from home policies - so that there is a better feeling of "fair" in the office. Listen to staff members that have new ideas & nuture them. People are afraid to be targeted for making mistakes and not being able to read the ED's mind. Change from the top, and the staff will be happier, more productive and will work harder for the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Bring your whole self to work at Out & Equal

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Out & Equal

    Pros

    LGBT Workplace Advocacy
    Doing alot with a little
    Outstanding staff expertise and dedication
    Work/Life balance
    Opportunities to grow in a job
    Open communication
    Org. is always striving to get better and better-building on current excellence without complacency
    Professional
    Fun
    Exciting

    Cons

    After a shake up and some hard times a while, the place now has the right people in the right places and improvements happen every day.
    The only con is about resources-money, staff, --typical of non profits--can get frustrating striving for the excellence without enough tools-
    Yet, despite the terrible economy, top management strives to treat all employees fairly and rewards them with what they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Onward !!!

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission, poor employer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Out & Equal

    Pros

    The non-profit has a mission to support the equality of LGBT people in the workplace so their mission is valuable and necessary.

    Cons

    Management communicates poorly with staff, direction of a work project can change without warning. High turnover. Respect for employees is somewhat lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training for ED and general manager, better oversight by Board of Directors. Employee recognition is generally poor.

    Doesn't Recommend

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