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ANTHONY KENNEDY SHRIVER
52 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great mission, great participants(in 6 reviews)

  • "Working with participants and seeing the impact is what made the job worth it(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay is low and doesn't account for the high COL here(in 11 reviews)

  • "Sometimes problems with communication and confusion with procedures due to the size of the non-profit(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good organization- great mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buddies International full-time

    Pros

    The mission is very powerful

    Cons

    The culture at HQ is very different than in the field

    Best Buddies International2019-01-05
  2. "A very unique workplace"

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    Former Employee - Director in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buddies International

    Pros

    Lots of time off. Great mission! Fun work culture.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Very cliquey. Very different when you work at HQ vs in state/field office.

    Advice to Management

    Complete salary/compensation review more frequently. Invest more resources in training managers to be managers. Improve HR/compliance processes.

    Best Buddies International2019-02-22
  3. "Cut Throat Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Best Buddies International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company mission of inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Cons

    If you’re looking to thrive in your career, grow under great leadership and make a great living while making an impact then Best Buddies is not the place for you. The Los Angeles office has a horrible culture that lacks support and leadership with aggressive unrealistic deadlines/expectations for fundraising and development staff. The company overall is very cut throat and if you don’t fit in (ex. skin color,...

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    Best Buddies International2018-12-28
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    "New Faces are Definitely Needed"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buddies International full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The mission of Best Buddies is to put it'self out of business and I believe that should be the aim of all nonprofits. For those who have families or kids (which honestly, is not most of the entry level PMS and ECs), the flexible schedule, generous time off and understanding directors and supervisors are all very welcome benefits to working at BBI. There are opportunities for professional development but not for growth...

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    Cons

    Diversity here is absolutely abysmal. Being one of a handful of POC in an organization in this day and age is unacceptable. We can not preach about inclusion when our workplace doesn't reflect that. Most state offices are in large metropolitan areas but staff doesn't reflect those demographics. Pay is low, especially for these areas and with the expectation that you work early mornings for events, evenings and weekends...

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    Advice to Management

    Market these positions to people without kids and just out of college. Upper management has largely been at BBI for 10+ years so it is TIME FOR A CHANGE. Allow for opportunities to grow so that young, diligent and CONNECTED employees at BBI have the opportunity to become heads of programming. Things are different now so having someone who was a PM 15 years ago lead us in the same way that they were lead makes zero sense.

    Best Buddies International2018-12-04
  5. "Great job out of college!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Best Buddies International full-time

    Pros

    Great job where you will learn a lot with amazing staff!!

    Cons

    The pay is low for graduated

    Best Buddies International2018-10-11
  6. "Mission First Nonprofit"

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    Current Employee - Program Supervisor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buddies International full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    -Excellent time off -Good benefits -Opportunities for growth and advancement (if you're willing to move in some instances) -A majority of senior staff have been with the organization for 10+ years -

    Cons

    I have no cons about Best Buddies.

    Best Buddies International2018-09-18
  7. "Great Job Becasue of Great Mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buddies International full-time

    Pros

    The mission of helping people with IDD find one to one friendships is a higher purpose that makes going to work special. Everyone is drawn by the mission creating a very kind working environment

    Cons

    Pay is not very good

    Best Buddies International2018-09-25
  8. "Awesome employer!"

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    Current Employee - Employment Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buddies International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I love working for a company whose mission aligns with my passion. I have enjoyed all the staff I have met, and love the family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Sometimes problems with communication and confusion with procedures due to the size of the non-profit. Takes time to learn.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Best Buddies International2018-08-16
  9. "great employer with an awesome mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Best Buddies International full-time

    Pros

    BB is awesome employer with an amazing mission. They support so many individuals with IDD and the staff is great to work with

    Cons

    Nonprofit so the pay is low

    Best Buddies International2018-08-16
  10. "Development-Events"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Best Buddies International full-time

    Pros

    Positive environment and amazing mission to work towards

    Cons

    The salary should be a bit higher but they have a generous amount of paid off time.

    Best Buddies International2018-08-16
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