Mission: Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
I worked at Feeding America full-time (More than a year)
Competitive pay grade, fun culture, highly intelligent people, flexible work locations. Really loved the people I met there. I was given a lot of responsibility and learned a great deal. Invaluable experience.
Politics create internal alliances and unfortunately drive business decisions, including the hiring and firing of people. Very difficult to grow there for this reason. Not a cohesive organization, and not everyone can be trusted. Talented new hires are sometimes undermined by longer-standing employees who are threatened by their success. Difficult to stay long term if you have ambitions to grow and get promoted.
Advice to Management
Give credit where credit is due. Invest in your employees' growth rather than fearing it. Create an environment of mutual support and trust rather than suspicion and "dog-eat-dog" mentality. If an opportunity comes up for an employee to showcase their hard work and get public recognition, make sure he or she gets it. If senior management disagrees with an idea or an outcome your team generated, don't blame someone who isn't in the room. Take ownership- if you have confidence in yourself and your team, it will instill confidence from others as well. Overall, the politics need an overhaul.
I applied online. I interviewed at Feeding America (Chicago, IL) in March 2017.
The process was completely misrepresented. I was told via email there would be three separate 30-minute, one-on-one interviews with three different individuals. I prepared accordingly, including several hours of research and review of the organization's website. Instead of what I was told in writing, the actual interview included all three of individuals in one conference call. I was not, however, told that this would be my only interview session. Instead, I was told about 25 minutes into the conference call that the interview was about to end. I responded, politely, that I had been told the interview process would consist of the three separate one-on-one interviews. I did not get a response beyond asking me to "wrap up." This was a disgraceful waste of my time. At the very least, I should have been told at the outset that there had been a scheduling change. With all due respect for the great work this organization does for the needy, there is no excuse to mistreat prospective employees in this manner. Anyone interested in working with this organization should be aware that you may not get the opportunity as promised in writing.
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