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Center for Urban Families Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "Lead Career Development Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center for Urban Families full-time

    Pros

    Family oriented and a great place to work. Community, family, and fatherhood focused.

    Cons

    The vision is huge and may intimidate the faint at heart.


  2. "Intense and Proficient Career Development Training"

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

    Pros

    Family orientated, excellent job resources, and very professional environment

    Cons

    always has an open door for anyone that needs help

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Beware! Great mission externally. Clique driven internally"

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

    Pros

    Worthwhile mission, good employees on the ground doing direct services.

    Cons

    Definitely a biased environment in terms of recognition and advancement. You will not be rewarded based on merit but on your perceived distance to the COO.

    Advice to Management

    It's not about your tribe it's about the mission. Leadership should be more self aware. Your biases are killing the organizational culture. Fairness is obsolete.


  4. "A Facade"

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

    I worked at Center for Urban Families part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -benefits (health, 401K)
    -free food (from the various programs)
    -a worthy cause (helping those who are making life changes)

    Cons

    -high turnover
    -management is still trying to figure out their strategy
    -need for funding
    -cliques, especially in management
    -not efficient


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Model, Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Center for Urban Families full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    they help people find work
    men are helped with child support
    they help families

    Cons

    turnover is high
    CEO is not in charge
    COO is a bully
    management is not effective
    leadership is non existent
    they have favorites who they promote for little or no work

    Advice to Management

    COO should not be a bully. Develop staff more. Stop making friends and enemies and just develop a good team to do the work.
    High turnover is a management issue, not a performance issue.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "fast paced, innovative, family enviornment"

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    Current Employee - Department Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Department Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center for Urban Families full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you are looking for a place that values family and work-life balance, this is it. The office culture is very family oriented. Managers and Leadership Team are interested in the personal and professional growth of their teams. The company is innovative and not afraid to take a chance on an experimental process or idea. If you want to work some place where you can really flex your creative management muscles and try new things this may be a good fit for you. Time off policies are flexible and benefits are great!

    Cons

    The fast paced environment can be challenging because it creates a culture where thriving under chaos allows the mundane to be a success. Innovation is wonderful but the fast pace of innovation at CFUF can often mean that you are building while implementing with little strategy behind it.

    Advice to Management

    Allow staff to invest in IRA immediately to allow for rapid asset building. Invest in a company wide professional development program that allows staff to grow their skill set. Salaries are often low in the nonprofit field and it is often difficult for people to remain in low growth positions. Build in a cost of living increase and performance based raise structure to include a comprehensive employee and management evaluation program.


  7. "An opportunity to expand your skill set and professional portfolio!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Center for Urban Families full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, opportunity to grow, a company that cares about its employees

    Cons

    They should offer a succession plan for employees that want to grow with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a mentor-ship to assist employees that want to move up in the company.

  8. "Good leadership and vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    * strong leadership and vision for the organization and its programs
    * the scope of organization is growing
    * opportunities for advancement
    * supportive work environment

    Cons

    * as in all non-profits, sometimes projects are bigger than the resources available so workloads can be high and bigger able to multi-task and re-prioritize rapidly is necessary

    Advice to Management

    The management of the organization is solid and pretty forward thinking. Advice would be to succession plan and identify next generation of talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Negative Culture"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Organization attempts to aid the community
    Great employees with exceptional skills

    Cons

    Negative Culture
    Poor leadership / No Clear Direction
    Financial challenges
    Low Employee Morale
    High Turnover

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the strengths of current staff and promote based on skill not on perception and relationship to senior management. Offer a pay for performance structure to praise those who are dedicated to the organization.