Taproot Foundation

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Taproot Foundation Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
15 Reviews
4.2
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great professional development, management, and work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  2.  

    Good Mission, Questionable Business Model

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great Opportunity to Contribute to a Deserving Non-Profit

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Recruitment Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  8.  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity to change the world.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Exceptional opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  10.  

    Great place for you to understand pro bono work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Recruitment Fellow in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Pro Bono is a new and meaningful business

    Cons

    Sometime they get really slow down. Many targets unreached.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase efficiency!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Opportunity to Contribute

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Pro Bono Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Pro Bono Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Taproot has provided a great opportunity to give back to the community. Having the ability to pick from a broad set of available projects based on my own interests make project experiences great. Flexible schedules make it easy to contribute.

    Taproot projects also represent a strong networking opportunity. Finding like minded professionals is worth a lot.

    Cons

    Project onboarding can be a little confusing. Initial project definition and scope runs the risk of creeping based on the needs to client. It is tempting to want to do more beyong the defined scope.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time in the onboarding process (initial orientation) walking through the process of an actual project rather than just looking at the results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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