Taproot Foundation

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Taproot Foundation Reviews

Updated March 28, 2014
Updated March 28, 2014
13 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Opportunity to Contribute to a Deserving Non-Profit

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Taproot Foundation part-time for 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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    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 for 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
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    Recruitment Associate

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Taproot Foundation part-time for 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
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation full-time for 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
  6.  

    Once in a lifetime opportunity to change the world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Taproot Foundation full-time for 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
  7.  

    Exceptional opportunity

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    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 for 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
  8.  

    Great place for you to understand pro bono work

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Fellow  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Recruitment Fellow in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation as an intern for less than a 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity to Contribute

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    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 for less than a 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Development Associate

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    Former Employee - Development Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Taproot Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative, fast-moving, supportive environment. A great organization to be introduced to philanthropy, nonprofit, and for-profit work. Potential to contribute to a large scale movement.

    Cons

    Many different focuses and directions. High turnover. Average salary for a nonprofit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Volunteer Pro-Bono Consultant Project Opportunities

    Current Employee - Pro-Bono Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pro-Bono Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Selective application process leads to working with great, talented groups of consultants incl graduates from selective institutions and strong prof profiles. Organizational profile is strong. Projects are comprehensive and stimulating for those with business and consulting backgrounds. Offers reasonable sense of fulfillment in contributing toward deserving, reasonable causes.

    Cons

    Non-Profits aren't always ready to submit sufficient information to make projects more practical and substantial. Sometimes non-profit contacts are too busy to be very responsive. Commitment by volunteers isn't always strong with some dropping out early causing disorganization. Taproot could promote itself more, as many employers don't recognize its reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have non-profits contribute more background and organizational info to analyze. Othwrwise, many of the analytical outcomes can be less focused/useful. Have volunteers recognize commitment such that if they incur 3+ 'drop-outs' in a, for example, 18 mo period, they should be suspended from future projects for at least 6-12 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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