Taproot Foundation

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Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. An amazing experience and highly recommended

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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. One of the best non-profits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Freelancer - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Account Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Taproot Foundation (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging work, accomplished, smart staff. You get to work with other pro bono consultants who are highly accomplished and very smart. Add to your experience with non-profit projects.

    Cons

    Some projects may take a little more time than expected.

  3. Their heart is in the right place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. Great experience as a Taproot Fellow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Advisory Services Fellow
    Former Intern - Advisory Services Fellow

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great, smart people; fantastic exposure to public and private sectors

    Cons

    All fellows at Taproot are unpaid

  6. Great culture!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Fellow
    Former Intern - Fellow

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

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

    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.

  7. Great Company

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

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

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

    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.

  8. Good Mission, Questionable Business Model

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great professional development, management, and work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Program Fellow
    Current Intern - Program Fellow

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

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

    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 Management

    You have a great Fellowship program and managers at SF.

  10. 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 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.

  11. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    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 Management

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

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