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Carnegie Foundation Reviews

Updated 24 Oct 2019

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2.6
33%
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Carnegie Foundation CEO Anthony S. Bryk
Anthony S. Bryk
5 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring organization, intelligent colleagues, challenging environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Carnegie is great for people who enjoy challenges. If you like to be pushed, working for Carnegie is the place to be. You have to put the time in, get to know the culture, colleagues and everyone’s work style. Once you figure that out, the experience is fun and challenging. Not day is ever the same.

    Cons

    There is definitely room for improvement especially with the way projects are brought on and how staff and the budget is allocated. The structure of the organization needs to be improved, too much oversight by the president that tends to delay the process.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your business structure. There are some I efficiencies that can be resolved by making systems more streamlined and efficient.

    Carnegie Foundation2018-05-07
  2. Helpful (1)

    "High turnover, low morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    Lack of alignment between senior leadership, strategy, and capacity.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the expertise of others (and respect others in general.) The two fellowship programs in particular bring in brilliant, competent, highly educated people whose talents and perspectives are then undervalued and squandered. Simultaneous lack of role clarity and micromanaging from the top down eliminate autonomy and erode morale. The values are theoretically great, but are ultimately just that: theoretical.

    Carnegie Foundation2019-10-25
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits; smart colleagues; everyone is committed to improving education in the US.

    Cons

    You're basically a post-doc again, as the president dictates everything.

    Advice to Management

    Actually develop a management structure that allows employees to do their jobs effectively.

    Carnegie Foundation2019-08-19
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Post Baccalaureate Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Carnegie Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Education Benefits and somewhat flexible hours.

    Cons

    Ambiguous work portfolio and limited opportunities for growth

    Carnegie Foundation2019-01-04
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Hires great talent who then suffer. Top down leadership with no autonomy."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    + Beautiful but isolated location, near nature and golf course but not near any social areas such a shops, eateries for lunch and so on. + Good benefits. + Great dedicated people are hired, but they don't stay.

    Cons

    - Favoritism to particular programs or people who are close to leadership. - The elephant in the room, HR is really in favor of leadership and attacks staff rather than resolves issues that could be handled amicably if staff were given benefit of doubt. - Amazingly talented people are hired who are quickly dejected when they realize they have no autonomy, are told frequently that decisions to their projects... have been made by leadership. - Turnover can be as fast a few months or half a hear. Programs suffer because they lose good people. - Perks are not worth the loss of value staff feel working here. - Massive hierarchy. Culture and communication reflect this.

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    Advice to Management

    Agree with other post - "Do not take people's professional expertise as attacks on leadership or authority. " Staff will continue to leave if the reins aren't loosened because they feel devalued and unappreciated. Live by the values that are literally printed on the walls, "everyone matters" - Champagne thank you toasts don't help staff feel that way if the day after their opinions are shot down Listen.... Just listen. Staff want to contribute, and they are talented.

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    Carnegie Foundation2018-07-29
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Lots to rave about, some negatives too..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Carnegie Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues, fantastic benefits, great location and work/life balance. Access to leaders and revolutionaries from across education and related fields. A true learning organization. Proximity to Stanford and San Fran a major plus.

    Cons

    Sense that there is not a lot of upward mobility, especially if you don't hold a PhD from Stanford or similar. There are the chosen few who are in the inner circle, and everyone else is toiling beyond that sacred space. Leadership are (sometimes) approachable, but it's not always clear how the pieces/initiatives of the foundation fit together and why. Pay is not great, but benefits definitely make it a viable... place to work and maintain a good quality of life.

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    Carnegie Foundation2018-05-07
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Had great people, hypicritical mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Previous reviews were independently proven to be true: this place attracts great people, however they do not stay for a reason. If you are looking for a place to jump start a career, might be worth it.

    Cons

    If you actually believe in education more than self interest, there are better places to go to make a difference. Save your self the heartache.

    Advice to Management

    Do not take people's professional expertise as attacks on leadership or authority. This is 21st century, if making impact in education is truly the goal, traditional leadership style has to evolve, too.

    Carnegie Foundation2017-09-09
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great yet there is room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    + Opportunity to work with passionate erudite leaders in education related domain + High impact work + Free community lunch on monday + Excellent benefit as a non profit (insurance, education fund)

    Cons

    + Communication across the organization is an issue + Some teams are favored over others + Hierarchical bureaucracy - some seniors leaders are leaving due to higher internal conflict

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to people

    Carnegie Foundation2016-09-06
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Great people, poor internal communication"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the nicest, smartest people you could work for and with. Most are very driven and have passion for their work. The building is beautiful and there are nice amenities.

    Cons

    Leadership is not often present (lots of traveling to conferences) and there is a lack of transparency around staffing, budgeting, and forecasting. Many key pieces of information are found out through office gossip, instead of formal communications. Hiring often seems because a director or c-level executive likes the person, instead of the team that will work mostly closely with them.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive in communicating with staff. Say thank you more often.

    Carnegie Foundation2015-10-12
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, too many meetings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Carnegie Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing employee perks- beautiful campus, nice benefits, wonderful co-workers, challenging/engaging work. You feel like you're doing great work.

    Cons

    High turnover, lots of burn out. Too many meetings. Emphasis on theory over action. Not enough manager training. Too many projects.

    Carnegie Foundation2015-06-24
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