Turnaround for Children

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Updated April 5, 2015
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  1. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Turnaround for Children part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who are dedicated to what they are doing. Reasonable hours. Relaxed office culture

    Cons

    As with any internship, it was sometimes difficult to find projects for me to work on. Overall however I felt like management made a concerted effort to provide me with activities.

    Advice to Management

    As an Intern who was only in the office part-time, iit is hard to judge Management as a whole. My direct supervisor however was terrific!


  2. Change is the operative word

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turnaround for Children

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

    Pros

    Organizational goal-oriented review structure, which allows employees to reflect on how they can improve with support from their managers. The staff is lovely. The benefits are excellent (4 weeks paid vacation, etc.). Food is often provided.

    Cons

    Policies and protocols shift as this organization grows, so frequent clarification of job expectations are necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop changing the model.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great people, poorly organized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Turnaround for Children full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Turnaround's work is important and helpful for children.

    The vacation policy is generous, the pay is on par with other educational nonprofits (if not a titch ahead of other groups), and the employees are smart and likable.

    Time is pretty flexible (though you will definitely work a lot) so it's a toss up if you have kids - for some it works well but for others it doesn't work at all.

    Cons

    This place is very "dynamic" - read - things change all the time. That could mean decisions change, messaging changes, timelines change, job descriptions change, really anything could change. It can be rough dealing with that constant change. On top of that, it can be hard to figure out where changes are coming from or why changes are occurring.

    There are not clear priorities or ways of dealing with conflicts across departments so often you end up feeling like you're working against each other.

    Because there are a lot of smart people there, lots of people have ideas about how to make things better but it's not clear that people who run the organization are listening to those ideas and trying to make things better for employees.

    There is a also lot of turnover in personnel either because people choose to leave, or because a person is hired without a clear idea of what their role will be and how they'll fit in the organization so they end up being asked to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a clear system of communicating change, let change have time to sink in before changing something all over again, and come up with a good way for letting employees share their thoughts and then act on those shared thoughts.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Welcome to "Stepford".

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    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in New York, NY

    I have been working at Turnaround for Children full-time (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and friendly staff. Staff is friendly if they feel you are "one of them".

    Cons

    Unorganized, central office staff is a sorority that is so busy complimenting each other that they don't truly analyze how to turnaround schools. As a staff member, you won't be valued unless you work in the Programs department and in NYC, specifically.

    Advice to Management

    After 12 years, this company should be more diverse and have a full finance and operations department that is comprised of full time employees - not just contracted 1099 workers.

    The instructional program has completely steered away from its roots in social work and brain science. The instructional products do not fully support what schools need and aren't supported strongly by the social work.


  6. Some pros, some cons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Turnaround for Children

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, nice office environment (though the low cubicles contribute to easy distractions)

    Cons

    No organization, not enough support staff, many staff members have a big chip on their shoulder about working there which makes staying positive hard

    Advice to Management

    gotta get morale up some how


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Turnaround for Children full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, good salary

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance for higher-ups



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