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Big Brothers Big Sisters Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. "Enrollment Specialist"

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers, fun place to work great mission, flexible hours and lots of pto,

    Cons

    Low pay, when I worked there it was $36k but may have increased. Can be difficult to maintain work life balance and reach match goals since you need to make 6 matches a month which occur mostly on nights and weekends

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear and transparent goals that staff need to meet in order to be promoted


  2. "Great First Internship"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant Intern in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Program Assistant Intern in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    relaxed work environment, supportive supervisor and coworkers, flexible hours, valuable work experience, important work to help children find mentors who can change their lives for the better

    Cons

    slow paced, internship is unpaid

    Advice to Management

    NA

  3. "Employee satisfaction is key"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work the organization does is really needed for the community that they serve. The youth in Essex, Hudon, and Union country strongly need mentors and this program gives them that with proven results.

    Cons

    The organization is disorganized and unable see they are typically their biggest hurdle and challenge. There also is high turnover due to unhappy employees and they need to self-assess to rectify their employee grievances to make sure they have continuity in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your human resources. Most people don't leave because they don't have a passion for the work. They leave because of mistreatment and neglect of your staff due to to your desire to make goals but that's impossible with an ever-changing staff.


  4. "You have to be in it for the cause, not the money"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great cause, compassionate & hard working colleagues, flexible hours, work from home on Fridays

    Cons

    little funding (low budget), low salaries

    Advice to Management

    higher salaries


  5. "Lone Star Affiliate: Great mission, poor organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time

    Pros

    Awesome mission to work with day in and day out.
    More time off then you could ever need

    Cons

    Almost every executive at this organization is new to leadership and it shows throughout the organization. Poor communication, lack of follow through on vision, generally unhappy middle management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't be fooled by the non profit description"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time

    Pros

    Worthwhile, quality relationships with colleagues that will last longer than your employment here. Great opportunity to engage with many different parts of the Miami-Dade community through schools, through families and individually.

    Cons

    *Awful leadership
    *Promotion based on "yes-people" or being liked not based on productivity or ability to lead successfully/manage others/collaborate
    *Poor management & team building which leads to high turnover and resentment
    *All about the partnerships with very little care for the kids/students/Littles
    *Child safety concerns by matching Littles with Bigs who are high profile but have record of substance abuse or problematic background results
    *Stretching the program staff thin/overworking
    *Overtime not allowed to be reported even though it is required to meet the demands of the job

    Advice to Management

    Avoid wasting time in meetings that are scheduled just to have leadership talk but not to encourage honest dialogue and resolve conflicts efficiently. There is no reason that these should be major issues for an organization that has been around so long. If leadership won't look in the mirror don't expect any other staff to do so.


  7. "Area Manager"

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

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time

    Pros

    Making a difference in children's lives

    Cons

    There were no Cons working at BBBS

    Advice to Management

    None at this time

  8. "Changes going in the wrong direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and a sense of purpose working for a company with an assumed great mission

    Cons

    Upper and middle management makes little effort to be flexible with hours. Jobs are salaried so that there's no compensation for overtime, which is inevitable for almost every position on a weekly basis. The Chicago branch is too focused on business partnerships, resulting in the sacrifice of quality for quantity. Managers can't seem to find the balance between giving no support and micromanaging. Professional development does not seem to be a strong value of the company, so the HR trainings seem half-heatedly put together. The agency claims to be mission-driven, but below the surface, everything is about which partnership will make BBBSMC the most money.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with leadership skills instead of basing promotions on seniority. Consider being more flexible with your employee's time, it'll reduce the burnout and high turnover


  9. "Just okay...?"

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    Former Employee - Match Support Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Match Support Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely co-workers for the most part, great entry level position, able to learn about my community, networking with other non-profits, passion for helping children.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by supervisors, directors, and mostly CEO.

    Potential child safety risks with new Service Delivery model

    Not paid much with little sympathy from management (Directors stated to staff "if you do not like it, I really don't care. You can leave.")

    Zero room to move up in agency coupled with extremely high turnover.

    Lots of drinking by upper-management leading to less than professional conversations with public and/or corporate sponsors/public figures.

    CEO not friendly/approachable and will shut down constructive feedback.

    Weak leadership skills in middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They have valuable input and experiences that could positively impact your agency.


  10. "Great place, but little room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big Brothers Big Sisters full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, but little room for growth.

    Cons

    Little room for growth; hard to move up.


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