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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, needs to work on culture"

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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

    Pros

    - competitive salary/great benefits
    - great vacation/pto
    - flexible work environment

    Cons

    - communication amongst departments suffers because most employees are remote
    - certain staff were pitted against one another when I was there making for a toxic work environment
    - lots of turnover for a company with such a great mission

    Advice to Management

    - Communicate with your staff and focus on transparency. The Institute has a wonderful and important mission. As advocates for women in computing you should be advocates for one another and your staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work for White Females over 50 - not so great for everybody else"

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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

    + Employees are only in the office Tue/Thur. Mon-Wed-Fri everyone works from home
    + Doing work that most people perceive as making the world a better place

    Cons

    - Only a real opportunity if you're a White Female. Anything that deviates from this isn't treated so well
    - When you really get in to ABI, it doesn't really feel like it's making any changes happen. The only bright spot is the Grace Hopper Celebration. GHC does help pair female engineers with their first jobs. ABI has tried several different programs outside of GHC with middling results. It's basically a one trick pony. ABI takes big checks from a bunch of different tech orgs that want to do something about gender and ABI uses those checks to pay big salaries to leadership and SVP. Is ABI really moving the needle or effecting change, as a perspective from behind the scenes, I don't think so.
    - Top leadership can't reign in the Senior VP level. There is such a level of infighting and incompetence that nothing important can really get done.
    - Growing pains - to reach the next level, ABI needs new leadership and needs to transition some of it's current SVPs and employees. They were great at a certain level of development, but they're not the people to take ABI to the next level.
    - Whiplash changes in strategy and direction. Some of the sloppiest program/project management I've seen in my professional career. It largely comes from the SVPs trying to manipulate the projects for their own agenda.
    - Too many 'silos'. ABI ignores cross functional opportunities which leads to poor implementation and fighting across groups.
    - People who are truly talented or who really want to make a difference often get frustrated and leave.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of the SVP and look at these teams. Some of the people really need to go and are hindering the growth of the organization.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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 (2)

    "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. Helpful (2)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. 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


  10. "A great place to make an impact"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Small team with big impact. Great group that is focused on making real change in the tech industry. Focus is on programs that connect, inspire and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology as a strategic imperative.
    Liberal time off (vacation and holidays)
    Virtual office two - three days a week.
    Opportunity to work with many of the best and brightest in technology as well as leading organizations.

    Cons

    Lower pay then most for profit enterprises.
    Event management and production can create stressful time during run up to.
    Support systems and automation lag what is available at large companies but it is improving.
    In kind office space not the most wonderful - feels pretty start up like - not tons of office perks

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus efforts to manage workload for staff. Invest in staff skills and systems to improve productivity. Share the load when the going get's tough.


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