Presidio Trust Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. who wants to work in a national park?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Presidio Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Presidio sits on 1500 acres in the heart of San Francisco at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Great work environment. Great co-workers Interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Pay is not up to market

    Advice to Management

    Run this place more like a business, welcome the public, but keep the infrastructure sound, spend money on the support services that run the place.


  2. Art Programs Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Presidio Trust as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Positive attitudes, wonderful support system, professional atmosphere, free housing, beautiful environment, inspiring work

    Cons

    Job not guaranteed after internship, Could have had more hands on experience with supervisor

    Advice to Management

    More problem solving in project management experience


  3. Transportation Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Presidio Trust

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interning at the Presidio Trust was probably one of the best internships I've held thus far. The office space is packed with friendly staff who are all open to mentoring you. Times are flexible; i was encouraged to take mini breaks outside if necessary. I was also given the opportunity to work on graphic design software I've never used before.

    Cons

    It can sometimes get repetitive working on the same tasks every day. It's easy to get lost in the Presidio.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing? I don't think I associated with management much, so I can't give a definite opinion.


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  5. Decent Internship Program

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    Former Employee - Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Presidio Trust

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - beautiful location, housing provided, exposure to many different areas of work

    Cons

    - low pay, low responsibility

    Advice to Management

    Greater cohesion between all departments could improve the progress of the Trust!


  6. Beautiful location. Rotten politics. Not sure if this might be typical of gvt Jobs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Presidio Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful location. Rich history. Great weather. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Ugly politics amongst employees. Advancement very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Manage employees better. Promote those who deserve promoting.


  7. Honorable mission, but management focused on politics and kingdom building, not utilizing staff to advantage

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Presidio Trust full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Presidio Trust's mission is to manage the Presidio of San Francisco, a former Army base, as a national park, without cost to the tax-payer (meaning the Trust has to generate the revenues to cover its operating costs). The Presidio is a beautiful setting to work in and staff are generally talented and dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    Senior managment is very political. There appears to be significant kingdom building. Staff promotion is based on who you know. Positions not always filled by a competitive interview process. There is no published organization chart, and reporting structures change frequently. Macgregor's X theory seems to prevail. Sister agencies, the NPS and the NGO, Parks Conservancy do not always support the Trust's mission. Management's response to the added political pressures has created a culture that is unsupportive of staff and often hostile.

    Advice to Management

    Mature the organization. Communicate the business logic for organizational structures and funding priorities. Lobby for a Board of Directors that represents the nation, not SF politics. Hire a 'city manager' to run day to day operations, leaving the executive officer to address the political challenges.


  8. Great people, beautiful location

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    Former Intern - Real Estate Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Real Estate Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Presidio Trust as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    office culture was inviting and warm, upper management gets involved without taking over, office is located in a beautiful setting,

    Cons

    As is the case with most government jobs, the salary/pay was low, did not appear that there was much room for career growth


  9. Great Mission, challenging job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Presidio Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can't beat working in a National Park. The mission is great and the projects are interesting

    Cons

    It is the Federal Government


  10. Stewards of a National Park

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Presidio Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Presidio is still a wonderful park to enjoy historical and natural beauty. The work that the Presidio Trust has done and continues to do is impressive and the efforts to renovate and maintain hundreds of buildings in addition to restoring many acres of landscape are extremely noteworthy.

    Cons

    Maybe not surprising for a Federal organization, the Presidio Trust values its bottom line over its employees. The loss of Federal funding was long awaited and expected, but rather than plan for the inevitable and keep good working people doing good things, 30% of the staff was reduced and there are continued steps towards downsizing and outsourcing. The Presidio ship took and turn and sent it's employees overboard.

    Advice to Management

    The damage is done. The Presidio has lost some great working people that won't ever return. Those that remain are overworked and frustrated. I suspect it was worth it to the bottom line and the future of the park, but you may find it challenging to find talented people in the future given this record.



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