Taproot Foundation

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Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. An amazing experience and highly recommended

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with other talented individuals with a variety of backgrounds for a good cause. Only a few hours per month makes it easy to manage on top of a full-time schedule. Work is for non-profits who need help.

    Cons

    No pay. It's non profit and volunteer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! An amazing company!


  2. Good!

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Taproot Foundation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great people, fun

    Cons

    Office, Office, Office, Office, Office,


  3. Their heart is in the right place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pro bono work that makes you feel really good helping non-profit organizations.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, most of the team members on our team were not experienced; they were looking to learn and gain experience by doing pro bono work for Taproot. This made it very difficult to deliver the required Wordpress website to the non-profit client organization. Also unfortunately, our client ended up doing most of the design and Wordpress work.

    Advice to Management

    Please better scrutinize volunteer applicants to ensure they actually have the experience for the role they're taking on.


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  5. Good Mission, Questionable Business Model

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Taproot Foundation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Recruitment Associate

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. Great Opportunity to Contribute to a Deserving Non-Profit

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Once in a lifetime opportunity to change the world.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Development Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Taproot Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.



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