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Benetech Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "High tech and Non-profit industry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Membership Administrative in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Membership Administrative in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Benetech as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Friendly and supportive team
    *Flexible schedule
    *Working for a cause as the company is making a big impact in many countries
    *A diverse team
    *Opportunity for personal growth

    Cons

    *Parking is limited-not the company's fault but maybe this is something that could be worked on in the future


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Benetech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work from home and paid time off
    -Strong Mission

    Cons

    - Old guard
    - Lack of culture

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing tech company with a conscience."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - HRP in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - HRP in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Benetech as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship was really flexible and worked with my schedule, they also allowed me a lot of independence in working on my assigned project. My supervisor was always helpful and willing to answer any questions I had about the direction they wanted me to go in with the project. She also helped a lot with guidance but made sure I had enough independence to make the project my own. I really look forward to seeing what the company does with my work, I really feel like what I did there has the potential to actually help people in the real world.

    Cons

    The internship period is pretty short. I honestly don't have anything negative to say, except maybe the commute sucked, but that's not the company's fault.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "An amazing opportunity to give back to humanity with my professional skills."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Benetech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benetech tackles difficult problems with software that have scalable social benefit, but limited financial benefit to attract mainstream for-profit software companies. The company is a learning organization and has a great set of values or "organizational truths", which include catering to employee's personal needs. The engineering team is top notch and is a mature organization with an agile development process and a modest set of tools and infrastructure.

    Cons

    The nonprofit funding and financial model creates constraints around innovation, maintenance and technical debt management, seizing upon new opportunities and paying competitive software developer salaries, particularly in the SF Bay Area. The leadership acknowledges those constraints and is actively working on reducing those constraints.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pursuing unrestricted donor sources to fund innovation in new areas and continue exploring how to provide more professional development opportunities across all staff.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Good place to work but don't get starry-eyed about their 'socially beneficial' pitch. Its tough, tough work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Most people working there have the best intentions (except for money-driven managers)
    It is a good learning organization

    Cons

    Low Pay for the work
    Too many projects handled by too few people. Business chases the money and gets contracting opportunities that then passes onto Engineering to fulfill. This creates a skewed work-life balance where you give up a lot of your life. Since their motives and projects are 'socially beneficial' there is a lot of pressure to deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Dont chase the money, or try to do it more responsibly. This is tough since the company needs cash, but you are compromising the work and values.


  6. "combination of non-profit and tech company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Benetech full-time

    Pros

    mission of "tech for good", people, location,

    Cons

    salaries, not enough resources for the work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company genuinely focused on social change"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Benetech full-time

    Pros

    - You know your work impact's people's lives in an incredibly positive way.
    - Smart, charismatic, positive, and open CEO who is genuinely driven to make positive change in our world.
    - Leadership share the same traits and are generally aligned with CEO.
    - Good work life balance.
    - Friendly, positive coworkers, low drama.
    - Leadership strives for transparency and inclusiveness in decision making.
    - Market rate salaries.
    - 20 days of PTO, up to 25 days, a year.
    - Possibility of changing roles between departments.
    - Great location, plenty of food, post office, market, business nearby to run errands.
    - Near CalTrain.
    - Surprisingly, given the company's social mission, personal political affiliation does not come up much at work, which I think it shouldn't while people are on the clock.
    - Very, very strong sense of equality in employment, regardless of age, sex, gender, race, religion, etc.

    Cons

    - Depending on your role, not much room to grow your career vertically.
    - Sometimes management is too lenient and accommodating with staff; good for staff, not good for the organization; some staff do not put in full effort.
    - Administrative work can be slow.
    - Parking: need to get in early to grab a spot in the garage or park a few blocks away.
    - Evening commute is a bit of a pain if driving.
    - Sometimes there is a feeling that you are in a silo, separated from other departments

    Advice to Management

    Some team members are taking advantage of management's niceness and are not putting in their best work; you should find a respectful way to address this as it lowers morale for others and is bad for retaining talent.

    The draw and strength of the organization is its ability to make incredibly positive change in the world -- please continue to emphasize this to the team and show real world impact and return on investment.

    Do continue to exercise transparency.

    Do continue to factor team members' input into the organization roadmap.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly, but slow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Benetech as an intern

    Pros

    Laid back, people who are there are invested in the mission and promoting social good through technology

    Cons

    Lots of older members who are used to seniority equating to power and position. Not very fast turnaround on implementing changes. Not very many new projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change from more junior members.


  9. "associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Benetech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    easy hours, friendly atmosphere, nice location

    Cons

    no growth opportunity, salary not competitive with the marlet, too many clients per administrator

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to new ideas of growth


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpfule People
    Open Sourceod
    coding for social good
    best

    Cons

    nothing much, more responsiveness needed..
    no cons, no cons, no cons