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Birthright Israel Foundation Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. "Great Experience"

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

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, supportive management, and excellent vacation policy.

    Cons

    East side location for west side commuters


  2. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Birthright Israel Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, good work-life balance, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Shifting job titles and focus


  3. "Project Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation part-time

    Pros

    great mission and comprehensive benefits,

    Cons

    poor leadership and very political


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  5. "Trickle Down Incompetence"

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

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Respectable benefits
    Lots of holidays
    Relaxed office
    Candy at reception
    Connection to initiative with a strong sense of mission and purpose

    Cons

    Managerial incompetence reflecting discord among donors;
    Culture of political self-preservation over authentic collaboration;
    Just using buzzwords and jargon usually replaces real thinking or strategy;
    Management tends to spin a distorted, overly-rosy view despite flagrant problems;
    Epitomizes the problems of the Jewish community, but not enough of the positives.

    Advice to Management

    You're stuck so long as Israel is in the driver's seat, specifically because your audience is not Israelis. So you might as well at least be honest about the fundamental flaw in the organization's architecture.


  6. "Too much drama"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, opportunity to change lives

    Cons

    Petty politics, stemming from donors to executives muddies the vision


  7. "Development"

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

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and important program in the Jewish international community. Good professional development opportunities offered. Competitive salaries, in fact quite high for the most senior professionals.

    Cons

    Rocky leadership at the top with unclear goals and questionable management styles. Significant amount of turnover, perhaps due to management issues.

    Advice to Management

    The challenges of Birthright NEXT at the time presented a challenge to articulating the outcomes of the program and gaining clarity about follow-up activities and long-term goals.


  8. "Good cause but no direction"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Lots of Vacation per holidays
    Early leave on Fridays
    Great cause to support
    Fine atmosphere and pretty relaxed

    Cons

    Lack of training
    Lack of upper management and communication
    Lack of wanting you to succeed with no direction
    Unorganized as a company (Foundation side)
    Not technologically advanced

    Advice to Management

    Give more training to employees
    Communicate more


  9. "Lack of clear leadership and direction"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications
    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good salary
    - Great benefits
    - Calendar of holiday closings includes almost all Jewish holidays (this can mean an additional 10 days of time off or more)
    - Good work/life balance
    - Hours are not too demanding

    Cons

    - No clear direction or leadership
    - Three parts of Birthright Israel (Foundation, Taglit, NEXT) do not work well together. Frequently at cross-purposes. No alignment of common goals or priorities.
    - Very political work atmosphere
    - Promotions and advancement based more on office politics


  10. "Incredible"

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    Former Intern - Depends for Each Student in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Former Intern - Depends for Each Student in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All expensive paid fellowship internship in Tel Aviv for 10 weeks.

    Cons

    Very intense program, but worth it.


  11. "Wonderful Cause to Support... But Morale is TERRIBLE."

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

    I worked at Birthright Israel Foundation full-time

    Pros

    -smart people
    -almost a month of vacation
    -great benefits
    -wonderful cause
    -early closing for Shabbat/Other Jewish holidays

    Cons

    -moral is terribly low
    -upper management fails to lead
    -little opportunity for advancement
    -salary is in the lower end, but probably about what you'd expect from a nonprofit

    Advice to Management

    Remind yourself daily of what it is you're there for. Focus on the participants. Don't bully mid- and lower-level staff.