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United Way Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
193 Reviews

3.8
193 Reviews
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United Way President and CEO Brian A. Gallagher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Positive work/life balance, networking opportunities, excellent benefits package (in 13 reviews)

  • UW is positioned to be a hinge between the for profit entities in a community and the non profit entities (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The benefits are terrible too, but it is a non profit agency so it's not really surprising (in 18 reviews)

  • I believe the experience comes down to the Senior Management of the local United Way where one is employed (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very supportive staff.

    Former Employee - Campaign Manager
    Former Employee - Campaign Manager

    Pros

    Great experience. Learn to help people in your own community, while fundraising for a great cause, very rewarding.

    Cons

    Meeting campaign goals as assigned for the year. Much like a sales position in a large company. Expectations are sometimes too high.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Volunteer for United Way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a great experience helping those in need that you will always remember when looking back.

    Cons

    To have more guest speakers come in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep their positive energy!

    Recommends
  3.  

    Felt good to work here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Center  in  Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Volunteer Center in Toledo, OH

    Pros

    Laid back office setting, helpful community.

    Cons

    Didn't always have the amount of work I'd require to be useful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very first internship, treated fairly, the environment was welcoming

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research and Development Intern  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Research and Development Intern in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    I was given lots of freedom to conduct my research, I was given fair amount of hours per week and also got free parking. I received lots of essential skills in using all the MS programs.

    Cons

    None that are glaring. The building was shared with other smaller companies, so the cafeteria didn't offer much and only included a few vending machines and seats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you already do, I felt very welcomed since day one and I was properly introduced to everyone throughout my internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    United Way Team NFL Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team NFL
    Former Employee - Team NFL

    Pros

    Great experience working with civic, like-minded individuals. Passionate professionals willing to provide for the community and give back.

    Cons

    Being hired by corporate, I feel they need to communicate better with local United Way's across the nation and vice versa. This certain educational initiative needed all parties involved on the same page and that was not the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs to extend from corporate all the way down the ladder to local United Way's.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Campaign Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    Pros

    Great company that really does a lot for its community. great work life balance.

    Cons

    lack of direction from management. not the greatest pay but you know that going in - after all it is a non-profit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The UW agencies with positive reviews are with trained and experienced leadership and a solid, believing, active Board.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interim Director  in  Thomasville, GA
    Current Employee - Interim Director in Thomasville, GA

    Pros

    The UW still has a fairly resonable reputation, however they need to find better ways to include and moniter new agencies, and while some staff have a excellent ear and insight to feasability of local agency leadership and could be supportive of building agency competency along the way, the opportunities just do not seem to be there.

    Cons

    Very little, if any, national or regional support for small local programs, nor did it seem that the support was apparent over the previous ten years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked as a Loaned Executive for the United Way for one campaign.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - United Way Loaned Executive
    Former Employee - United Way Loaned Executive

    Pros

    It's very fulfilling to raise money to help out the community. You get to meet with many of the agencies that the United Way funds, and it is clear that these people all are deeply committed to their work.

    Cons

    It's a small organization with a small budget, so some things don't run as smoothly as one might expect coming from a larger organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The staff here have been doing things their way for a long time, and are not very open to new ideas or perspectives.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Tax Preparation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Coordinator  in  Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Site Coordinator in Toledo, OH

    Pros

    It was free for mid-low income households. Good to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Too many people signed up for the time slot where volunteers were not present.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    14 amazing years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    United Way is the most business-like nonprofit and leads the sector thanks to an unparalleled local network. It's also a great place to work because you have family all around the world.

    Cons

    It's a big organization with more than 2000 highly autonomous affiliates around the world. Save for less than 1 cent on every dollar, all money is raised and spent locally. That makes it difficult to standardize programs and services. Also neighboring organizations are notorious for fighting about who gets the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is so much turnover in staff and volunteers but no standard onboarding process. People reinvent the wheel far too often and most have a hard time articulating the mission and role of United Way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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