Taproot Foundation

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Taproot Foundation Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great culture!

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    Former Employee - Fellow
    Former Employee - Fellow

    I worked at Taproot Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a great collaborative culture. Very high impact office with very little people. Everyone in the office gets to interact with each other daily.

    Cons

    A lot of the work as a Fellow might be more focused on small tasks. You will always be busy, but many of the tasks are not tasks that require a lot of thinking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Taproot Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Mature, in the very best sense of the word, and professional organization. They attract a high quality group of talent, so you'll meet and work with some terrific people. They also screen the grant applications - too small, they're not yet ready to be receptive to the structure needed - too big, they're not in need of our help. Worked on two projects, loved them both; it's also a crash course in getting to know the intricacies of the cause you're helping. Get to choose what projects you would like to work on, in turn, the account manager chooses the team they want from the available talent.

    Cons

    Do have to make sure your schedule is clear on a weekly basis to focus attention on the team. The schedule does move along at a steady pace, some weeks that may be a lot of work on your end and others not so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Mission, Questionable Business Model

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Taproot Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Many professionals have found deep personal satisfaction by engaging in well-executed pro bono projects for nonprofits. Good mission.

    Cons

    Senior leadership and former CEO encouraged negative gossip and pitted people against each other. It was a surprisingly negative culture. Hope this has all changed with a more mature CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build a professional, mature acting organization while retaining the fun.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great professional development, management, and work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Fellow
    Current Employee - Program Fellow

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic core program
    New opportunities with energetic staff
    Connections with both nonprofit and corporate sectors
    Training and communication are great
    Strong emphasis on work-life balance

    Cons

    Be prepared to learn quickly and work focused on efficiency. There are always multiple important projects that need attention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a great Fellowship program and managers at SF.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Opportunity to Contribute to a Deserving Non-Profit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Taproot Foundation part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience in working with teams, great processes and continues to refine them. Team members are enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Projects never finish on schedule. Expect a project to go over the deadline. Also, occasional turnovers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work the full scope of your HR skills, meet new people, and give back at the same time.

    Cons

    Sometimes the blueprints do not match the project. I've learned that the blueprint is only a guide and that you can adapt the project guidelines as needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. It's a great organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Recruitment Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Taproot Foundation part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Encouraging and supportive manager, playful professional atmosphere

    Cons

    I can't really say much because I enjoyed my time at Taproot Foundation. But the only con I can think of was given my situation and role, I didn't get to spend as much time getting to know the only employees as much as I wish I could have.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sharp, motivated group of professionals with big social sector goals.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Being at the very exciting intersection of for-profit and nonprofit; working with a great internal team; connecting with excellent partners; leading the field.

    Cons

    Low salaries; too many goals; great disparity between roles but similar compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in fewer employees and reward the good ones more. You'll get more out of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity to change the world.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture that rewards smart, driven people who don't take themselves too seriously. I was given substantial responsibility and access to leadership. It's a great place for early and mid career professionals.

    Cons

    As a nonprofit, the budget is reliant on fundraising which can limit growth or make it feel unstable at times. As a small organization, you may have to get creative to find growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exceptional opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Taproot allows freedom for growth and creativity.

    Cons

    I think the non-profits should get more detailed instructions to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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