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Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Reviews

Updated December 28, 2016
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  1. "Great Mission, but Under Engaged"

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is great; getting women into technology is critical to the success of the industry. The Grace Hopper Celebration conferences is an incredible event to work on.

    Cons

    Employees only come into the office 2 days a week. If you want a fully engaged work environment, you won't find it here. Everyone works from home MWF so it's tough to be an intern working mostly by yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get more people in the office more often to get more out of the incredible people working for this organization. Collaboration is most effective when you are in person.


  2. "Unhealthy work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Important mission
    - Working with people who care about the mission
    - Telecommuting 3 days a week
    - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Management team lacking management and leadership skills
    - Bullying behavior allowed. See the resource for how a culture of bullying is fostered at Workplacebullying, how bullying happens.
    - Focus on organizations, not women

    Advice to Management

    Reboot. Hire new management team with management and leadership experience who have a strong track record of developing teams that cooperate rather than compete.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Practice what you preach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet interesting people in industry. Being a part of a mission driven company and its growth is rewarding.

    Cons

    Replicates the worst cultural traits of Silicon Valley: scale through burning out employees, confusing impact with money and PR, and aggressive Type A culture.

    Advice to Management

    Massive change needed to be a credible voice on culture change for women in tech.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunction rampant. Not a good company for women or anyone..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Working from home some days of the week
    The mission is important, but largely ignored
    Get to meet interesting community members

    Cons

    Abusive and completely dysfunctional management - they have hired so many coaches to solve their leadership problem it is a running joke.
    ABI does the opposite in their own culture and policies they are suggest to sponsor organizations
    The Board doesn't care how people are treated. It is all about who is seated next to them and their own self benefit.
    Numerous references to why global networks are not important - its all about the US - don't waste time with others.
    Anita Borg would be ashamed at what this organization has turned into - with her name on it.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO should resign. She has been at the helm and left a wake of bodies in her path. There is a lack of integrity and respect to do the right thing. The Board completely ignores what is happening. As long as they make the revenue, they don't care the harm it is creating to good people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A women's organization that does NOT offer paid family leave."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None. Unless you thrive in a dysfunctional environment.

    Cons

    Search for infographics on their website about "How to Retain Women Technologists" and "Why Women Leave".

    All the advice you read here is the opposite of the experience you receive as an employee of the Anita Borg Institute.

    Advice to Management

    Find a direction, treat your staff well and hold yourselves accountable.


  7. "Great purpose, wonderful people"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone is working towards an important goal, so everyone feels motivated and excited to go to work every day. Flexibility in work hours/telecommuting is really nice too.

    Cons

    Some communications problems between departments, but in the middle of sorting those out. Same cons as would be found at almost any company.


  8. "The Downton Abbey of Women in Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about changing things for women in technical roles.

    Cons

    They are too well funded to really be considered at non-profit. All of the executives are white and privileged. Good luck getting career guidance or support- the leadership doesn't practice what they preach internally when it comes to supporting women or advancing anyone who isn't like them.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach and really tune in to what your employees have to deal with in order to make it happen. Chaos should be the exception and not the rule. No HR and no systems is unreasonable considering what is demanded.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Practice What You Preach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great cause, great programs focuses on progressing women in tech
    HP campus; work at home policy 3 days per week.
    Exposure to some of the world's most tech savvy multinationals - progressive and exciting.
    Some really great people on board.

    Cons

    ABI is a company that focuses on diversity & inclusion, HR transformation, aspects involving HR, HR metrics, HR policies, retention of women in tech, and more. The irony: ABI is extremely poor at incorporating its own recommendations. ABI has no HR team (the last head of HR stayed three weeks). ABI offers little to no HR management. ABI experiences constant revolving door turnover. No rhyme or reason for why some great employees are walked out the door. Pay is low; employees overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Train upper level management on management practices. Start practicing what ABI preaches by internalizing the advice ABI offers to others.


  10. "Great people and environment!"

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    Current Intern - IT and Intranet Support in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - IT and Intranet Support in Palo Alto, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Located on Hewlett-Packard's campus headquarters, so you get to enjoy many of HP's perks (including the Cafeterias!).
    Enthusiastic, talented, and driven people looking to make a difference in the world.
    Small company (around 50 employees) = every contribution that you make gets noticed.
    Good pay.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth as an Intern, but that's partially due to the fact that ABI focuses only on a few massive projects.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Flexibilty comes with a price (lower pay)."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Employees come to the office 2 days a week (Tuesday/Thursday)
    -Management is supportive of working while traveling, understanding when family issues arise, etc
    -You make a real and measurable impact on the lives of women in tech
    -Great opportunity for travel, as ABI has events around the world (mostly US metropolitan areas and India)
    -Great place to take on additional responsibilities that are "above your paygrade" If you're passionate about it, and want to take it on, you can!
    -Employees are very passionate about the work that they do

    Cons

    -Systems are VERY outdated, and can make work process slow
    -ABI is growing very fast, and has about 30 people who work at the org (people are usually shocked when they learn that). Because it's small, lots of emergencies come up - it's hard to plan ahead effectively
    -Pay. It's a non-profit, so what you gain in flexibility you lose in pay. Make sure to try to negotiate for as high of a starting salary as you can, as raises really only keep up with inflation

    Advice to Management

    -Management should require and invest in diversity training for employees, especially senior management. Advancing "women in tech" doesn't mean "white women in tech." Staff (most of the unintentionally) says racist/problematic things. Diversity training would help this.
    -Drag email and other systems into the 21st century