URJ Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
15 Reviews

3.2
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    My time at URJ Eisner Camp was life changing.

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    Former Employee - Regional Director  in  Great Barrington, MA
    Former Employee - Regional Director in Great Barrington, MA

    I worked at URJ as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You learn so much about yourself and about other people, you learn the skills you need to be successful in your life, and how to work with children. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how many thanks you got, it's all about how you made a difference in someone's life.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great- but no one does it for the money! and the hours are long- but it is so worth it!! It's like you can be a kid again,and really make a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An important cause to raise money for

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    Former Employee - Development
    Former Employee - Development

    I worked at URJ full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful cause. Important work. Some nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Understaffed for fundraising. Doesn't set people up to succed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Overworked and underpaid but if you like working with kids this is the place to be

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    Former Employee - Staff  in  Great Barrington, MA
    Former Employee - Staff in Great Barrington, MA

    I worked at URJ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experiences working with kids and staff

    Cons

    Overworked
    Long hours
    Minuscule pay
    Little free time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Normal hours should be put into place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A very top down organization, little room for creative thinking.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at URJ full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Passionate about sustaining the Reform Movement in North America.

    Cons

    Narrow minded with regard to employee advancement. Often heard that ideas were outside of the job description and therefore not available to the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good start, difficult end

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at URJ

    Pros

    It was good to work at supporting an organization that I grew up within.

    Cons

    Over the years the organization became chaotic, reorganizing multiple times and changing leadership often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URJ full-time

    Pros

    Access to great mentorship. Ability to take on additional responsibility outside of your immediate work. An organization that has leadership that cares about employees, families, and the community. Great community of peers. An organization that seems dedicated to making positive change for the future.

    Cons

    Like any organization with a large remote population and many segments there can be challenges when trying to implement programs, policies, and procedures.

  8.  

    Can be a difficult place to work.

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at URJ part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you love working in a Jewish Environment or with kids/ teens it is very rewarding work.
    There is plenty of room for creativity.

    Cons

    Very low pay and very little down time.
    If you do not have a personal investment in the camp, it can be a very trying place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to pay the camp counselors more. Around $1000 for about 10 weeks of work in the summer is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Established organization moving toward improvement

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

    I have been working at URJ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    After just 3 months on staff, I feel senior management knows me and is invested in my professional growth. The URJ has recently undergone a major transition in senior leadership and in that process, certain departments/people were eliminated. Overall, the changes make sense as part of a new vision and the organization is clearly committed to moving forward.

    New staff are supported and veterans are eager to help people learn.

    Cons

    There are still some challenges ahead for the URJ as they figure out exactly what it means to be a liberal Jew in the 21st Century and as the new vision and programs are implemented.

    I experienced some difficulties with HR and Payroll when I was first hired, but those employees have recently been let go and the new staff seems much more competent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to front-line employees and leave as many lines of communication open as possible. Your ideas are great - now we just all need to make them happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Committed Staff, Great Benefits, Excellent Location

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

    I have been working at URJ full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart staff who are truly mission-driven. Exceptional benefits, generous paid time off and flexibility. Senior leadership who regularly solicit input and who are approachable and incorporate staff members' suggestions. Every staff member has direct access to senior leadership. Entrepreneurial culture with the opportunity to take on varied roles within a discipline. Conveniently located in Midtown.

    Cons

    As with any non-profit, there is always more work to be done than hours to do it. Resources are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to actively listen and incorporate ideas and suggestions from all areas of the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work - in between major restructurings

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

    I worked at URJ

    Pros

    Wonderful staff who care deeply about their work and the mission of the URJ.

    Cons

    Historical job insecurity due to major restructurings every few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The URJ should retain more staff who provide direct support to congregations.

    Recommends

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