Playworks

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Playworks Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Internship Experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Playworks part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office at the National Office in Oakland has a relaxed atmosphere with hard working people that are passionate about making a difference in the community. As an intern, I received a nice balance between management instruction and independence of figure out projects on my own. My projects were both interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    One of the obstacles the office seemed to have was a lack of communication between different departments in the company and between the National Office and Regional Offices around the country. As a result, there was a lack of synchrony in the messaging and strategies between aspects of the organization ranging from marketing materials to donor approaches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Playful Professional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Director
    Current Employee - Program Director

    I have been working at Playworks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and is evidence based organization. They are open to innovation, idea sharing and building great relationships. The organization make a great positive impact on the communities they serve.

    Cons

    Can be a little slow to react to situations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Strong mission and passion at a unique work environment!

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

    I worked at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    The mission of this nonprofit is really amazing. They try to bring that both onto the recess spaces in which they work as well as in the offices of the staff.

    There was a great work/life balance that won't be easy to find elsewhere.

    Cons

    Not much strategy by leadership when it came to department growth. The HR department struggled and there was some misbehavior that went unhanded for a long time due to, well, it being HR. Lacking in transparency at times when it came to dealing with different challenges which made staff feel very left out and scared for what would happen to their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more. Support more strategic thinking across all teams. Keep working with the great passion you have!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of work and some play

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    Recess! Core values. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Always changing systems. HR understaffed so can't be supportive. Everyone has to fundraise, regardless of role.

    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Without exaggeration, best job I've ever had

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

    I worked at Playworks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get paid to play! As a Coach, you come into the school and help foster a positive change in school culture through games and heading recess. The Playworks Coach is the most popular person at school! Pay is decent, especially when you consider that you get paid days off for all school vacations and breaks, except for summer vacation. Believe me, after expending all of that energy on a daily basis, you'll need those days off!

    Cons

    After doing all that great work, there's no guarantee you'll have a job with them the next school year. I would have loved to stay on with them, but they brought in a bunch of AmeriCorps members that can be worked more and paid much less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe no company should allow it's best employees to become free agents. Find a way to retain coaches after the end of the school year.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great culture and work life balance!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    Playworks has great strategic goals and is working towards implementing the policies that will help get us there. There are always bumps along the way but the leadership at Playworks is focused and talented, and will absolutely continue to grow the organization's footprint.

    Cons

    The offices could be more productive if distractions were minimized. The playful atmosphere is fun but sometimes contributes to slow productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun, but challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I worked at Playworks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Constructive feedback, Great Support system, Summers off

    Cons

    Rate of pay not enough for amount of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Am I serving the kids or are they serving me?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Program Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Program Coordinator in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Playworks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely rewarding. VIP on campus

    Cons

    long hours if you are americorp

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bringing the power of play for every kid.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Playworks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Making a difference in childrens' lives.

    Cons

    Physically demanding, working outside in heat could be a challenge for some. As long as you take care of yourself by staying hydrated and seeking shade in the summer, you'll do great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Program Associate

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

    I have been working at Playworks full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun job, I liked doing it most times

    Cons

    Some of the tasks differ from members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more support, more community

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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