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American Jewish Committee Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. "Gold Standard for American Jewish Organizations"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at American Jewish Committee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work at the most effective, forward-thinking, resilient major Jewish organization, this is the one. The high-quality staff works within a warm and collaborative environment that sees around the corner for the next big idea without losing its respect for 111 years of history; embraces new technologies and media; models lay-professional partnership; allows staff access at the highest levels within the field, and offers opportunities to run with the latest winning project. There are many wonderful examples of promoting from within and empowering younger staff members.

    Cons

    This is an organization that expects a lot from its staff, and for professional staff that sometimes means long hours, be they in the office or beyond (on line, etc.).


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Jewish Committee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Workplace culture-challenging and important work-never boring-get paid to discuss what others speak about over dinner; freedom for personal development and pursue interests professionally-promotion largely from within-HR is excellent always sensitive to individual situations and needs; candid relation with supervisor (CEO) willing to listen to criticism and areas for disagreement; salary reviews and merit increases always up for discussion; opportunities to interact with other departments (silos between departments largely have been broken in recent years

    Cons

    small staff-not enough hands on deck when necessary
    challenges inherent in a complex lay-staff relationship
    pressures of crisis management needs that arise from time to time

    Advice to Management

    Absence of department head staff meetings to discuss late breaking crises and programmatic challenges; department heads need to understand agency positions and why they are taken

  3. "Great mission and people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I looked forward to going to work everyday and had incredible opportunities to meet and work with local, national and international leaders.

    Cons

    The National office was at times disconnected from the differing needs/environment of local communities.


  4. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Jewish Committee (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Holidays are plentiful. More so if you are Jewish.

    Cons

    Some of the people are not the nicest. The process is outdated.


  5. "Assistant Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Jewish Committee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours (3 pm on Fridays) and holidays are great bonuses; CEO is incredibly passionate and smart (as are many of the department heads); if you prove yourself, AJC takes care of its own and promotes from within

    Cons

    Very hierarchical structure; senior management does not seem to care about younger/more entry level staff; incredibly archaic policies (ie. no work from home policy, which is very frowned upon); CEO's way or the highway


  6. "There is work to be done"

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    Current Employee - IT ASSISTANT in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT ASSISTANT in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Jewish Committee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    AJC has a great Holiday Schedule

    Cons

    upper Management does no support its employees.

    Advice to Management

    AJC was a wonderful place to work, it was truly a family atmosphere however in the past 10 years the attempt at making a wonderful Non for Profit into a Corporate atmosphere has lowered moral. Everyone is a chief and the Indians are not appreciated.


  7. "I wouldn't recommend it"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in West Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Jewish Committee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The content of what employees work on is interesting and engaging. If you are interested in the organizations mission, then working on these items will be enjoyable.

    Cons

    Employees, particularly those in the union, are not compensated well and have limited mobility. Management often emphasizes that they want employees to grow within the company, but when employees seek out growth opportunities they are usually shut down. Growth only comes to those who work in New York City.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to their employees, particularly those who are not based out of the main headquarters in New York City. There is a complete disconnect between management and the employees conducting work on the ground.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Potential But Dysfunction Structure Can Get In The Way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    In SOME positions, there is room for growth and advancement. This seems to VERY much depend on your manager and on luck (in terms of funding for new positions etc).
    Generally, strong, pleasant, collaborative culture amongst colleagues.
    Fun opportunities to interact with foreign diplomats and other movers and shakers in the world.
    Engaging, challenging work- there's always something to do, something to fix etc.

    Cons

    HR and other policies over the last few years seem to try to squeeze every last bit of juice from the employees, mimicking the corporate world, but without the perks of the corporate world. Plus, extremely top-down approach to HR, organizational goals etc. Too much across-the-board type policies and rules that don't apply well to a lot of departments, creating confusion and chaos. No one seems to be on the same page about things, like conference calls, routine reports etc.
    Some departments can be dysfunctional to the point where some days you just want to bury your head in your hands, exasperated, and wonder what all your efforts are for.

    Advice to Management

    - The "cons" above may indicate why there is so much turnover of young people at AJC.
    - Bite off what you can chew.


  9. "program coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, nice office, lots of interesting things going on, exposure to incredibly smart people

    Cons

    low salary, lack of cohesiveness among staff members, low staff morale and general high turnover, little room for growth

    Advice to Management

    increases room for growth and educational opportunities for all staff members. make sure senior staff members interact with non senior staff.


  10. "Great mission and culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO is very gracious and thoughtful. My boss took me out to lunch when I was new. It is nice to work in a place that lacks an office caste system between the support staff and senior staff. Everyone loves your questions and highly encourages them, even if they are silly.

    Cons

    There are clicks among the support staff.

    It is a non-profit so the pay is not great.


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