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URJ Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
21 Reviews
3.3
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fantastic, smart colleagues. Excellent benefits and work/life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URJ full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family-friendly. Committed staff. Opportunity to make a difference. Generous time off and flexibility. Great for flexible and adaptable individuals who like to work collaboratively.

    Cons

    Transition can be difficult for some. Not for rigid people. Decisions can take a while due to consensus-driven culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training (especially supervision, project management and customer service skills) for this service-driven organization. Be thoughtful and decisive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of training and support for employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URJ full-time

    Pros

    Good mission
    Extensive time-off and generous sick days
    Flexible hours and the ability to travel.
    The option to staff a Birthright Israel trip and receive paid staff time and travel while doing so.

    Cons

    The organization has restructured for the third time in five years. Employees were falsely assured that the second restructure would be the last, at least for a while.
    The organization claims to strive for excellence, but I have yet to witness this. Staff members are not fully trained and there is no active ongoing support from HR or the management team. People are not encouraged to live up to their potential, but working overtime is the norm and modeled by others throughout the organization.
    As a Jewish organization, we should be promoting Jewish values. Often people will work and send correspondence on Shabbat. Employees are not always treated with the same kavod and kindness that are expected for member congregations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your workforce beyond the generous vacation and sick days. Provide greater resources to your HR department so that they can be in touch with your staff and help them succeed and grow professionally.

    Promotions are never discussed and people are expected to know about other opportunities in the organization. No e-mail is distributed to employees about open positions. I have not experienced that HR is tracking the skills of each staff member as there are no consistent systems in place for evaluating staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at URJ

    Pros

    Working with kids is great. Happy to see them grow as people and as a Jew. Worked multiple summers at URJ Camps.

    Cons

    They promote high pay and unionization, but they are stingy with their paychecks. I got paid 62 cents an hour.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Meaningful work, wonderful colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URJ full-time

    Pros

    Inspiring work with others who really care. Great camaraderie among colleagues at national events. Many extraordinary leaders throughout the organization who are top of their field.

    Cons

    No clear path to advance career.
    Headquarters lacks understanding of regional office staff, culture and needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Sometimes a great place to work but...

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The perks of this job are difficult to beat - lots of vacation days and personal time, the opportunity to travel to Israel without using vacation time, time off for Jewish holidays, great health insurance, family-friendly policies, and lax rules in terms of taking time off coming in late or leaving early when needed. Many of the staffers are wonderful people, and the rabbis and lay leaders who the URJ works with are effusive in their thanks to URJ employees. The Biennial Convention is great fun and a tangible opportunity to feel like you're making a difference and living Jewishly.

    Cons

    The URJ has become very dysfunctional, restructuring every few years. Senior leadership talks about how much it values its employees and I think most people believe them but still don't see them acting on it. Actually demonstrating it would go a long way. Instead, there are long hours and very little thanks or appreciation, even in the form of general kindness from higher-ups. Employees feel undervalued and demoralized, and morale is slim to none. Most managers aren't trained as such, which lessens their effectiveness and increases employee's frustration with them. Lack of clarity, vision, direction and management. Also, there is almost no opportunity for a real raise and this year, the URJ cut their yearly cost of living increase. And still, you'll be expected to work all hours and respond to your email on weekends and holiday!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Occasional speeches waxing poetic about valuing employees doesn't feel particularly meaningful when you underpay them and overwork them. People like working here but don't like feeling devalued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, good intentions - but also immense egos and a lot of conflicting interests

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at URJ

    Pros

    Most people work here because they care. The organization is in the process of improving, and seems more likely than not to end up in a good place. Most people work pretty decent hours, very few evenings and weekends. The org offers a lot of time off - Jewish holidays plus a decent amount of vacation days.

    Cons

    Being in the middle of a transition is tough! There's been a pretty constant fear for the last four years that there will be a big shakedown and a bunch of people will be laid off, which actually occurred about two years ago. The compensation isn't great, especially for young people who aren't rabbis (probably better at higher levels). Most leaders aren't trained as managers, so some managers are great and others aren't. At its worst, the organization has high expectations, and minimal training or support for achieving them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An important cause to raise money for

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    Former Employee - Development
    Former Employee - Development

    I worked at URJ full-time (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
  9.  

    Overworked and underpaid but if you like working with kids this is the place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff in Great Barrington, MA
    Former Employee - Staff in Great Barrington, MA

    I worked at URJ full-time (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
  10.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at URJ full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    My time at URJ Eisner Camp was life changing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Regional Director in Great Barrington, MA
    Former Contractor - Regional Director in Great Barrington, MA

    I worked at URJ as a contractor (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

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