SourceAmerica

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SourceAmerica Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
11 Reviews
2.4
11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at SourceAmerica full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SourceAmerica is a great place to work. In my department, they really take care of their employees and listen to suggestions for improvement.

    Cons

    There are a few folks that have been around a long time and should consider retirement and there is also some dead weight in the company. There is also no succession planning in place. The company is small so there isn't a whole lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding bonuses so that the high performers in the company have something to really push them toward achieving the company mission.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Mission

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission and exceptional co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor management and no leadership. Low pay and slow growth with promotion based on who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management would be company restructure. Develop a business organizational structure and scale down the top heavy executive level. Practice company retention by promotion and a fair pay scale based on the actual job description. Human Resources should develop a no tolerance policy for harassment and intimidation for management and not be scared to enforce it. It takes big dollars to hire and train new staff only to loose good people after 1-2 years of employment. Promote a work life balance along with Diversity and Inclusion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Company, does not value human life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SourceAmerica full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a good place for benefits. Some employees that are there were there for the mission as well. I cannot think of anything else as a positive.

    Cons

    Deeply entrenched in bureaucracy, 'yes men', hierarchy, all the nightmares and dysfunctional behavior you can imagine- it's all here under one roof. If you want to slowly die inside, this is the place for you. Many retirees from other industries come into this place to draw on the good healthcare and get paid bloated salaries. If you are young- get out. There is no way up the ladder as management positions typically get filled by outsiders. It's top heavy and there is no career ladder or progression for most. The only time you go up is if you are in bed with someone who champions you, and that's a tough fight to win. This company spends $5M a year on an 'institute' that researches god knows what (whenever we heard the presentations no one understood what the purpose of said institute was for) but lays people off (or fires them whichever suits them) when the revenues drop. There are hundreds of examples like this of incredibly poor management. Another is when they decided to apply the Malcolm Baldrige quality initiative to the company to try and improve internal processes, they told the MB committee that they would need to adjust their criteria for measuring the company as they were 'special' and 'different' and some of the things that MB did could not be used there. (Keep in mind this is a quality system that is a national competition- so everyone must compete on the same merits.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at SourceAmerica full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Friendly
    Great pay for a non-profit

    Cons

    Some HR issues are not managed well.
    Pay could be a little better considering the hard work people put in.
    Benefits used to be great, but have been going down (much like other companies)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear disciplinary action should be put in place and followed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too much burocracy, too political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at SourceAmerica

    Pros

    At times this can be a friendly envionment and offers more flexibility than the average corporate job in terms of one's work schedule. Job stability in an unstable world is probably the biggest benefit you get by working here. Many are also motivated by the mision of this workplace, but not everyone is here for that. This also seems to be a good place for people that were put out to pasture from a previous business or military career. You can come in at a high salary, collect good benefits, work less than you would at the equivalent corporate or military job. So if you are looking for a second career this may be a good place for that. Younger up and coming employes that need good experience to be able to increase their value in the marketplace will not get that here.

    Cons

    Company is stuck in the 50's, the mindset can be extremely hostile, controlling, focusing on issues that don't matter, zero creative thinking. This is a very stifling non-progressive environment . (Keep in mind we are talking about Federal Contracting.) You learn zero marketable BUSINESS skills as this place is all about politics, politics, politics and paperwork. All promotions are handled on a favoritism basis, so if you are good at sucking up and being a yes man, this is your place. Another problem is some of the customers you work with have zero skills or worse initiative to do anything on their own and so expect you to do all and be all for them. A lot of insane and irrational thinking occurs here very easily and management tends not to investigate or dig into any of the crazy claims made here and often throw employees under the bus (think expendable pawn.) Front line worker is loaded up with hostility and meaningless mind numbing non value added gruntwork, and managers do everything they can to cover their behinds and not solve any of the ineffeciencies. Managers often take the good ideas of the employees and claim them as their own and offer no recognition for the same. There is a lot of two-faced back stabbing. Also pay for average employees is a bit low. It is hard to make ends met and have to deal with the hostility, insanity, politics, burocracy, being taken for granted, used, and ground down all at once and not be able to buy a home or even have kids because your pay is too low. Not much to look forward to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anyone that has not worked in a normal productive corporate environment for at least 3 years should not work at NISH. Too many people here are a product of their environment and have been living in an insulated time capsule with zero exposure to the way the rest of the world works today in 2010. And how could you if you have been working in a 100% political environment for 20+ years that has no need to keep up with the rest of the world. These types of folks get in everybody's way and have no interest in outcomes and solving problems in an efficient, rational manner. Promote people more easily, stop creating so many road blocks to recognition. Here you have to sell your soul to the devil just to get a small ounce of recognition, a small pat on the back (very demoralizing.) Also, lose the arrogant I am the center of the universe attitude. Those that are in the DC environment have no clue how far behind the rest of the world they are and display frequent arrogance in their dealings with other regions of the country. Show the employees that you care about them by promoting them, protecting them when needed, recognizing their talents. Lose the old school higherarchical way of thinking.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    never ever ever work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hell (Norway)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hell (Norway)

    I have been working at SourceAmerica full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    none absolutely nothing none none

    Cons

    All I want to do is just say what the person below said who said never work here.

    This is a toxic environment, full of fear. Fear rules this organization, and yes every possible dysfunction that can exist in a workplace is here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is beyond saving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company with great mission

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

    I have been working at SourceAmerica part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission, Average Salary, Good People in Low to Mid Level

    Cons

    Promotion process, Some departments lack good leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some Leaders lack knowledge & experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good mission, but needs improvement.

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

    I have been working at SourceAmerica full-time

    Pros

    The mission is great, and there are many people committed and hard working. The benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    However, NISH has many employees who have been working there for many years, who should have been terminated due to ethics and or lack of productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior executive management should to retire; there is a lack of vision.

    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you are ok being a "follower"

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission, great individual contributors and well defined jobs. In today's economy this would be considered a safe job from layoffs. The individual job responsibilities are clear and you can accomplish the tasks.

    Cons

    The April, 2010, comment about being in the ‘50s still applies today. Management is not accountable, decisions are made slowly, and individual out of the box thinking is not encouraged. A good example of how out of touch management has become is the way employee objectives are created and handled. People have too many objectives and almost all the objectives and outside a person’s ability to influence success or failure. So when it comes to review time the results are mostly team results. Your individual rating appears to be influenced by the political stage than your contribution.

    There are many very good to good employees and then there are some dead wood. Everybody knows who the dead wood is. Management doesn’t address the dead wood.

    Policies – do you like an environment where you have to take a vacation day (4 hours or more) or a sick day (four hours of more) if you are going to be out of the office for more than 2 hours?

    Working at home? No – not unless you have a tele-work agreement. If you need to be home to meet that service guy that will arrive sometime between 8am and noon you’ll have to take a partial vacation day.

    Oh and if you come in late or leave early too often – doesn’t look so good and that will get’ya down the road.

    So yes, safe job, but still 1950s or 60s mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees. Let them do thier jobs. Reward the good ones, get rid of the bad ones. Provide serious management training for all levels of management and become more liberal on the policy front.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    NISH Unethical Practices

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SourceAmerica as a contractor

    Pros

    Great mission, and concept to help the disabled

    Cons

    Executives are more profit focused than mission focused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct quality assurance of all nonprofit affiliates

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