Rockefeller Foundation Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    It's a great place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockefeller Foundation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people are absolutely lovely and the hours and benefits are terrific.

    Cons

    Lower salary than other industries; not a lot of opportunity for advancement


  2. Helpful (4)

    A very bad time for a once great organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good pay and benefits
    -Still a smallish core of very qualified staff
    -Some very good and highly skilled grantees
    -A legacy of very impressive past work

    Cons

    -Very top down, hierarchical management structure with very limited scope for decision making or initiative outside of a very small circle of senior leaders. Even senior managers have very little scope to take initiative.
    -Internal debate is actively discouraged.
    -Any informal contact between the staff and board members appears to be forbidden.
    -Not a meritocracy. While some well qualified staff get promoted or recognized, a significant number of poorly qualified staff are also promoted.
    -Very strong focus on communications, at the expense of an effort to undertake thoughtful programming.
    -Increasing reliance on generalist management consultants, both as staff and grantees.
    -Very heavy focus on internal process, often as a substitute for deeper knowledge of specific topics.
    -Consistently high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    -Empower your staff
    -Enable constructive debate
    -Think about your legacy


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great to good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Intelligent and supportive colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and beliefs. An intellectually stimulating environment.
    - Collaborative, collegial teams.
    - Amazing grantees; the ability to work closely with them.
    - The opportunity to learn and drive interesting areas of work.
    - Some flexibility and space for innovation.

    Cons

    - Top-down culture.
    - Highly centralized decision-making; the process for making grants and major investments is not transparent.
    - The place is being overrun by management consultants with little technical knowledge, both as hires and grant recipients.
    - Easy career advancement for some.
    - Significant resources placed on outwards communications for the purpose of sheer publicity.
    - The Foundation and its top staff being perceived positively always takes precedence over our effectiveness and impact.

    Advice to Management

    Reexamine your mission


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  5. Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockefeller Foundation full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow and collaborate with colleagues; interesting and friendly culture.

    Cons

    Little to no upward mobility; environment sometimes too relaxed.


  6. Helpful (2)

    My experience was good but the organization has changed.

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

    I worked at Rockefeller Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a great opportunity to work with intelligent hard working individuals on a wide range of problems.

    Cons

    long hours and lots of soliciting from grant seekers.

    Advice to Management

    RF used to be a great place to work but feedback on the RF today is largely negative.


  7. An excellent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Rockefeller Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The work the Foundation does is excellent and really motivating. The benefits offered are great. The work environment is beautiful. There is a real sense they value their employees.

    Cons

    There is not a great deal of mobility but it is being addressed by the organization.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great institution frought with poor leadership and management

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to engage with intellegent, very dedicated colleagues working to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. It's an intellectually stimulating environment. Great benefits package.

    Cons

    Decisionmaking is completely centralized, and often opaque and sometimes shows questionable judgement. Even very senior staff have little control over basic resources. Staff morale is quite low due to a lack of career progression opportunities and an operating model that results in frequent thematic shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Empower staff more to make decisions. Consider the value of retaining staff and create meaningful career profession opportunities.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Amazing place for intellectual growth around global thematic issues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to join global decision-making processes and work with many leading global policy actors.
    Access to influential leaders across all sectors including academia, government and private

    Cons

    Clarity around promotions and career advancement; limited mentoring capabilities of the senior management team both due to time and depth of knowledge around particular areas of focus.

    Advice to Management

    Better define job positions/descriptions; Ensure transparency around decision-making around career growth and organizational restructurings.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart people working on interesting projects, with an interest in innovation and big problem solving. Great benefits and friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Hierarchical, and there have been numerous complaints that it's not that easy to rise in the ranks. Usually people leave for other organizations, then return for higher positions.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Interesting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator

    I worked at Rockefeller Foundation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Fantastic exposure to talented colleagues and global opportunities.

    Cons

    Low employee morale. Limited mobility and opportunities for advancement. Lack of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Value the program staff and the unique perspectives and experiences they bring. Hold initiatives more accountable for their impact.



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