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CAMBA Reviews

Updated February 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "It provides excellent an work/life balance (people leave exactly at 5 pm" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, and work life balance" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "No room for growth within youth development" (in 5 reviews)

  • "limited room for growth and low salaries" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Respected"

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

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

    Pros

    The organization has been around a while and is respected in the Brooklyn community. They really try to work with employees to respect clients and each other.

    Cons

    There's no centralized location, so the workers can seem far away from each other.

    Advice to Management

    Update your systems and bring us together.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Program Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Director

    I have been working at CAMBA full-time

    Pros

    Great Staff and Great People

    Cons

    Long Hours and Some Mismanagement

  3. "Working at CAMBA"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at CAMBA (More than a year)

    Pros

    The kids are lovely. Pay can be rewarded if you do a double shift during the summer.

    Cons

    No room for growth within the company. No freedom at all, must follow all lessons plans given even when they don’t have materials to supply.


  4. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The organization WAS professional, well organized and driven.

    Cons

    They are completely against what they stand for, it’s really sad and depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the message that you started with and get back to what made the organization wonderful.


  5. "Wonderful Company"

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

    I worked at CAMBA full-time

    Pros

    Human Resources are always on top of everything.

    Cons

    Favoritism and employee relations to common

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be Great


  6. "all love"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    family environment, steady hours, great if you love kids

    Cons

    no chance of getting a raise


  7. "If only offered Fulltime"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a comfortable position to be in you create your own lesson plans so you can make work as fun as you want it.
    Every site interacts with each other so everyone knows everyone, even down to the person you interviewed with they'll still know your name.
    You are included as an individual, not just an employee.
    The list goes on

    Cons

    Only cons it's part-time no benefits and seeing how some "teachers" talk to and/or treat the students; it makes you think how are your children being treated in school. Again SOME not all some.
    Also, you may get too comfortable and leaving your students is very hard.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you're checking in on every group, also evaluate employee's state of mind. These are people's children, people's babies.

  8. "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunities to be innovative

    Cons

    It can be stressful at times


  9. Helpful (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.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.