Room to Read Reviews

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  1. Challenging work, smart and committed people.

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    Current Employee - Development Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Development Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Room to Read full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is top notch. People work and for the most part support one another really well.

    Cons

    Not a lot of space internally to advance.

  2. Burn out organization, 60% turn over and VERY little career/salary growth opportunities for non leadership roles.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - External Relations in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - External Relations in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Room to Read full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The staff in middle and lower leadership positions have a sense of humor and make the job fun. The entry level staff enjoy this fun culture and helps retain their commitment and loyalty to the organization. The Co-Founders and Board of Directors are passionate about the mission. This inspires great financial support from Boards of Directors in global markets and Major Gifts Donors to advance the work.

    Cons

    The organization hires very green staff at low salary levels and fails to create a culture nor organizational budget where people can advance in responsibility and particularly in compensation. This creates a revolving door effect and 60% turn over especially in the External Relations Department, and fund raising team. Many of the staff shared with me that they do not enjoy working with the Co-Founders and find them to be very inflexible, married to their jobs and unwilling to create work life balance for their staff. While the Executive Team members enjoy high salaries, line staff are often brought in under market rate, and move on in the pursuit of salary growth offered elsewhere since RtR is not competitive with the market. This organization is less than 10% supported by Annual Fund Raising, and unfortunately is dominated by the interests of handful of powerful large donors instead of being broadly supported by the public.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt a culture which HIGHLY values the contributions of lower staff, and provides them with solid career and especially salary advancement opportunities so as to avoid the reputation of being a "burn out" organization. People are energized to join and be part of a worthy mission, until they are too sick, tired, and or feel so undervalued that they move on. John Wood needs to be less involved in the day to day fund raising, and the organization needs to become only 70% dependent upon gifts over 25K. CREATE A MUCH STRONGER ANNUAL FUND and grow your base of the donor pyramid from donors who are giving gifts under $5K in very large quantities.

    Room to Read Response

    Feb 5, 2015Recruiting Associate

    We’re sorry to hear that this employee was so dissatisfied by their experience at Room to Read. As Room to Read values transparency and prides itself on being a learning organization, we take ... More

  3. Great place to work and contribute to a good mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Room to Read as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great environment with smart and hardworking staff who shares the commitment to a common goal.

    Cons

    Didn't experience any cons during the period I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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  5. Very exceptional opportunity for professional growth

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

    I have been working at Room to Read full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You will get to take on projects at Room to Read that you would never dream of at larger, more traditional non-profits.

    Cons

    Room to Read is for the passionate and ambitious so if you are not looking for continuous challenges to solve it can be stressful.

  6. Great Organization. Work is rewarding and challenging.

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

    I have been working at Room to Read part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun culture, really smart and dedicated people. You will learn a lot, be challenged and work with incredible people.

    Cons

    Not a lot of mentorship, professional development opportunities or growth opportunities. Very limited upward mobility.

  7. Excellent group of dedicated, smart people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Officer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Officer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Room to Read

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, great travel opportunities, if you love this work there aren't many places like it in San Francisco. High standards for quality of work, work ethic.

    Cons

    Very little mentorship (b/c there are very few truly senior people on staff), limited career growth. Can be very demanding depending on your team/position. You're expected to perform at 100% all the time.

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