Root Cause

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Root Cause Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
7 Reviews
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    SIF: Great learning experience for Co-ops with great people

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    Former Employee - Social Innovation Forum (SIF) Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Social Innovation Forum (SIF) Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Root Cause as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Everybody is very invested in their work and it makes them great to work with
    - People are helpful and want you to learn (offer workshops in networking, software and resume review for the fellows
    - Make great connections
    - Fun events

    Cons

    - Pay is a little low but then again, it is a nonprofit
    - Not really a con, but you will not always be spoon-fed instructions so be prepared to work independently
    - Be detail oriented and creative

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    Doing really interesting work, but taking advantage of their employees/interns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Root Cause

    Pros

    Very strong and young workforce, although many people are very serious there are some people who make it a lot of fun, and there is unlimited food supplied in the kitchen.

    Cons

    Take advantage of their fellows/interns/volunteers. Some are offered way more benefits than others working on the same level (eg: some people got MBTA passes, some didn't). Also very high turnover of employees and interns so it is hard for some aspects of the business to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even interns need to be paid more than $250 a month and there should be consistency throughout that program.

    Recommends
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    Good mission and meaningful work

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    Former Employee - Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Root Cause full-time

    Pros

    Since its such a small organization you can really get in the work and make a difference, no matter how new/entry-level you are. I was lucky to get a really great team to work with. You will get a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to grow professionally a lot.

    Cons

    The office environment tends to be pretty quiet like one of the other posters said, and some of the people can come off as uptight. I was also a fellow, and it did seem like people outside of your own team didn't really want to bother getting to know you that well since fellows are so temporary. Plus the pay is low, but that's completely to be expected from working for a nonprofit. The CEO talks about his personal journey from for-profit to nonprofit so often it just sounds like he's bragging all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to encourage more people to work together with fellows so they don't feel excluded. Continue working toward your mission like you are now, its great stuff.

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    fabulous place to work, even if you're barely paid

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    Former Employee - Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Root Cause

    Pros

    really engaging and innovative work, small office means lots of face time with everyone, opportunity to attend lots of events as a RC representative/org is very flexible and interested in professional development of Fellows. Your work will be published, and have your name on it

    Cons

    extremely small stipend, confusion as to hiring process for Fellows afterwards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put more funds into the Fellowship Program! Fellows do so much for RC

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Interesting work where you can get a lot of responsibility

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    Former Employee - Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Root Cause

    Pros

    -supportive supervisors who are passionate about what they are doing
    -interesting work for small org, you know that your work is important and you get a lot of responsibility
    -office snacks

    Cons

    -everyone works long hours, office environment is a bit uptight (silent office- everyone quietly works at their desk)
    -constantly rotating cohort of fellows can make you feel replaceable, even though they try and give your ownership over projects. some staff don't want to take the time to get to know fellows (understandable since they are constantly changing, but also makes fellows feel left out)
    -low stipend can be frustrating for amount of work you put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely on fellows as such a large percentage of the work force, focus on hiring more employees. Hiring/training fellows takes too long and they get frustrated feeling replaceable and not fully accepted.

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  7.  

    Great company culture and growth for young staff

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

    I worked at Root Cause full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The team is smart and passionate. They do a great job at mentoring, training and growing junior staff. Young people get a lot of responsibility and can be sure to have a great learning experience. Root cause does a great job thinking about company culture and interaction.

    Cons

    Given it is a social enterprise, the salaries are lower than roles in other industries. While the senior leadership is stable, the turnover is overall high given the number of junior staff leaving for grad school.

    Recommends
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    Great starting point

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Root Cause

    Pros

    working in an innovative young organization
    assigned to a diversity of very interesting project topics - it's rare to get that opportunity
    having a fair degree of independence in taking on new projects
    staff are very upbeat, friendly and intelligent
    management is generally very respectful and friendly

    Cons

    lack of resources and not much professional development - similar to nearly all nonprofits
    organizational culture is not strong yet
    sometimes difficult to see the end results of the work you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop a stronger culture and sense of unity and purpose

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