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CAMBA Reviews

Updated September 21, 2018
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Joanne M. Oplustil
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Pros
  • "It provides excellent an work/life balance (people leave exactly at 5 pm" (in 4 reviews)

  • "very laid back, lot of flexibility, good benefits, diverse staff, not much pressure, good supervisros" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Favoritism, poor leadership, outdated systems, low pay, they suck the joy out of you" (in 4 reviews)

  • "No room to make extra money - Mostly restricted to 16 hours a week" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "A place "where you can" do great work & love it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Program Director in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CAMBA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a large nonprofit with a big heart. It respects its clients and staff is trained and expected to show that each and every day. Everyone is on the same page in being professional and cohesive. The pay and the overall employee package is quite competitive. There's room for growth and plenty of available training. You feel as if you make a difference every single day. You will learn a lot and will basque in the admiration CAMBA gets from all quarters, starting with the clients, government officials and community leaders. When you work here, you're considered the best at what you do.

    Cons

    The scope of what CAMBA does is huge. Work will can be tense and will take you throughout Brooklyn if you're not based at one place; it can be challenging. Even a simple desk job requires that you be on your game, because the demands from the field do make their way to everyone jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more to staff about new initiatives, even when it doesn't involve everyone. It'll make everyone feel that they're a part of CAMBA's efforts.


  2. "Mixed Bag"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAMBA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Three weeks paid vacation even as a new employee. Good number of paid sick and personal days too. A pretty good amount of training opportunities too. Quality Assurance takes workplace complaints very seriously, there's no corporate culture of issues being swept under the rug or anything. CAMBA seems to strive for an atmosphere of inclusivity and diversity.

    Cons

    To be honest, if you're reading this because you're about to interview or start at CAMBA and are trying to get a feel for the overall vibe, it's impossible to generalize. CAMBA is a huge organization with something like 95 different sites. Your experience is going to be 100% dependent on the people at your specific site. Mine was not great. Disorganized, high turnover, and poor management. But I don't think that's necessarily reflective of the organization as a whole, just my site. Also, CAMBA pays slightly less than some other NYC nonprofits.

    Advice to Management

    Need much more effective oversight of Program Managers. Also, requests for an exit interview should go out automatically when a person leaves the agency. I would have loved an exit interview but felt uncomfortable specifically asking for one. No one should have to be in that position, it should be expected that people want to say something about their time with the organization as they're leaving.

  3. "It Really Depends on Who Your Coworkers and Supervisors Are"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAMBA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids can be fun (though of course that depends on the type of kids you get).

    You get paid to basically have fun and do activities with the kids such as field trips, arts and crafts, and reading time

    Training opportunities to improve your skillset and even get paid CPR training

    If you luck out, you'll get some great coworkers and supportive supervisors

    Cons

    So much is dependent on which work site you're assigned to. Some run like clockwork and have attentive, supportive staff. Some are disorganized, filled with cliques, and have staff who do the absolute bare minimum. I worked at one site where group leaders talked with each other and played on their phones instead of doing their jobs (one even let their students do the same instead of following the programming).

    You're expected to do unpaid work. If you're a group leader, plan on creating lesson plans and curriculum off the clock. Also plan on coming in earlier and leaving later than your scheduled time to set up your room, get supplies, and prepare lesson plans. ALSO, don't be surprised if you need to come out of your own pocket for some things as either supplies will inevitably run out and they won't get more until it's too late, or they won't have what you need in the first place.

    This job is VERY similar to teaching in that you may be dealing with kids with IEPs/behavioral issues, rude parents who will dismiss everything you say, and unhelpful school faculty. However, most of the people working at these programs do not an education background (or, in a couple of cases, zero experience working with children!) and no knowledge of classroom management. This results in chaos that even observant parents can pick up on (i.e., parents complaining and pulling their kids out of the program)

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE give staff more in-depth classroom management training.

    Make sure all employees are actually following the rules of the programs and aren't just skating by due to favoritism.

    Hold site supervisors to higher standards (too many of them are having fun and chilling with staff instead of working).

    Pay more so that more qualified employees can apply (zero reason why someone with zero experience working with kids should be working with kids).

    Give staff the training and tools they need to succeed. Especially if it's known that certain kids require more attention than others due to behavioral issues.


  4. "Budget Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at CAMBA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small Community base organization, with many NYC and NYS funded programs. There is a lot to learn within this space.

    Cons

    Stressful environment in dealing with the mgmt team.

    Advice to Management

    There is a lot of good people work at CAMBA, mgmt needs to open there doors and reach-out to those that are not on the mgmt team to get a handle on the working atmosphere.


  5. "Group leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CAMBA part-time

    Pros

    They pay was okay and I loved the kids

    Cons

    They pay should be more for the amount of work you have to do and lesson planning


  6. "If High School was Your Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at CAMBA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing - health, life insurance, stock options absolutely amazing - Camba is well known in the Brooklyn community as respected as well. And so if you leave and go to another job folks will know about Camba. And think highly of the company.

    Cons

    The downside of working at Camba is that its a very small company and therefore it has a very cliquish vibe to it - its like being in high school but at work - and because of these personal relationship can get in the way of doing actually work.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional and do your job- would allow the company to flourish . Always promoting from within is not a winning strategy .


  7. "Supervisor"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CAMBA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely none at this time

    Cons

    No structure; chaotic; bad management; lack of support;

    Advice to Management

    It appears staff that is ready for promotions get overlooked and the one that aren't ready get promoted and this is a big reason why there is such bad management. These people are getting promoted to quickly and it also appears there isn't great over site by the Vice Presidents because its pretty obvious that the management is so poor.

  8. "Advocate Counselor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAMBA full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, comp time, students, trainings.

    Cons

    Manager, pay rate, hourly schedule.


  9. "YOUTH ENRICHMENT FACILITATOR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAMBA full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for beginning educators

    Cons

    No cons come to mind


  10. "Case mananger"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful coworker. The clients were nice

    Cons

    The managers are helpful but not supportive

    Advice to Management

    Good


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