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Updated December 5, 2017
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  1. "Teacher Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a fun job with minimal demands.

    Cons

    My superiors had unclear rules.


  2. "payroll manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chinese-American Planning Council full-time

    Pros

    nice co worker and environment

    Cons

    not so competitive salary
    office politic

    Advice to Management

    less personal bias

  3. "Management needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Kids were great to work with

    Cons

    - Poor management
    - Lots of drama
    - Low pay and not enough work hours (usually only 3 hours a day)


  4. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Case Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Case Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chinese-American Planning Council full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of free training, friendly co-workers, can help a lot of families, every case is different, can keep growing at your position.

    Cons

    Flexible working hours, a lot of paper works so that you have to work over time without pay, a bit stressful to handle with tough cases.

    Advice to Management

    No problem


  5. "Loved it"

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    Former Employee - Part Time ESL Instructor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Part Time ESL Instructor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chinese-American Planning Council part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Lots of support & freedom. Organized faculty, good students

    Cons

    Shared classrooms with children (sometimes you get little desks and chairs)


  6. "Definitely learned a lot but definitely not all good"

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    Current Employee - Teacher's Aide in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher's Aide in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chinese-American Planning Council part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to experience and grow with children and share moments that almost make it seem like it's worth it...They might buy you or make you a small cake for your birthday (however my director only gets her favorite flavor for every single birthday: double fudged chocolate, unless, you point out you don't like chocolate or your allergic)

    Cons

    Disrespectful people keep they're jobs no matter how it interferes with work and children's emotional state because the union makes it really hard to fire people without evidence or a lot of written complaints. There's a chance this women might finally get removed from a 8page complaint however she's worked there for more than 10years already and the director herself couldn't even get her to corporate 98% of the time-it shouldn't have taken that long. You work hard but aren't appreciated and before you no it you long to quit, if not for the unprofessionalism then for the suffocating atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Directors Don't be disrespectful because your having a rough day. You want to discuss something then be professional and escort that person to your office instead of making a scene before bringing them to your office and leaving your door open so everyone can be reminded of who's in charge as you raise you voice for everyone to hear, including children or parents that could walk past your office at any time. Misunderstandings happen all the time but the way to handle it isn't by assuming because 89% of the time you assume wrong. Talk to us like human beings.
    Also management, if you have employees and the director complaining for years about a certain somebody then make an effort to listen. Your ruining a school because your refusing to open your eyes and actually investigate why you keep hearing this person doesn't like helping out and constantly gives teachers attitude when she goes in to bring the food. Children don't need to be taught how to be polite just so someone can come in and start screaming and giving their home teacher attitude. On painting days or cleaning days (when no children are at school) she is asked if she can come in and help the teachers in the classroom, you know what she should say-no. Instead she says she can work and will help out and all she does is stand around and starts yelling about you got enough people helping and refuses to lift a finger. 9am-3+pm she was there, I left at 3pm and she was still there sitting and chatting it up in Chinese. Yet everyone in the school is aware of how she is and just lets it be to not get in a fight. I had to go all out to make my case and now they have no choice but to pay attention. Don't wait, if your getting information of how people are behaving and working in your schools then don't ignore it because it does matter. Your loosing me and half the teachers in the school and I'm pretty sure that's because of how you choose to run the school, union and system. The students deserve the best and you only seem to care about not having to go through the hassle of hiring new teachers and cafeteria ladies; my advise, get your priorities straight.


  7. "OK start for those looking to gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chinese-American Planning Council full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CPC is huge: it has many divisions and many staff so it really depends on the team. My team/division is great overall compared to others. Depending on the branch/team, sometimes you see really sloppy staff (i.e. not professional at all, way too chilled at work) or you see hardworking ones. It's definitely a decent place to start your nonprofit/public service career as the organization itself has been in the industry since the 1960s. The new CEO has been working on rebranding and partnerships so I think CPC is going towards a bright direction.

    General pros:
    - If you bond right, then your team would be like a family to you
    - Basic health insurance (you have to pay a premium)
    - Excellent vacation/paid/sick leave (double of the industry standard, for full-time staff)
    - Laid back in general / Most staff aren't professionally dressed (not even business causal)

    Cons

    - Too crowded / Limited office space for staff and clients; noisy environment to work
    - Low pay
    - No room for growth in general since senior staff tends to stay in the same position for years/life, or they only promote those who are already in managerial positions
    - Not stable. Some (new) positions are grant-funded so people often come and go
    - Out of the 3 branches, only the Queens branch is suitable for work as it's brand new so everything is updated. Manhattan and Brooklyn branch need a serious make over and technology update.

    Advice to Management

    - Needs better internal communication and training between different divisions and actually take action to improve things, not just talks. There are many people in the organization who still don't know what services their company offer to clients.
    - More opportunities for advancement

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great for seasonal/temp but go somewhere else for long-term."

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    Former Employee - SYEP Worksite Monitor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - SYEP Worksite Monitor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Chinese-American Planning Council part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good for entry level positions and temp/seasonal positions, especially if you have a contact within CPC.
    -Likes to hire/promote from within before opening opportunities up to public.
    -Laid back and no micromanaging. (see cons)
    -Good relations with organizations that provide grants, thus, a lot of program expansion and agency growth. (see cons)
    -If you have good relations with someone in management, you will be in good hands.

    Cons

    -Likes to hire/promote from within... which leads to sometimes hiring based on seniority. Unqualified individuals are promoted, and do not lead/supervise well.
    -Promotions only exist if someone leaves their position, which is often rare. Or it occurs if a new position is created, which is also rare.
    -No overtime pay but you get compensated time for chaperoning trips longer than work hours or working on weekends. Also, sometimes you're mandated to attend something outside of work hours.
    -A lot of paperwork (big con if you are working with a lot of staff that touches the paperwork because it can easily get lost and fingers are pointed).
    -Laid back to the point where employees sometimes to do not do work, causing them to stay unnecessarily late to finish work that could have been done a while ago. Some even show up extremely late to work constantly due to lack of discipline and supervision, and this goes unaddressed sometimes.
    -Some supervisors don't do their work or push their responsibilities onto others, show up whenever they want, disappear without telling staff what their schedules and whereabouts are - all while sitting on a potential raise or even their current salary they do not deserve. Some evaluation of supervisors from staff they work with/manage should be completed.
    -Not the brightest nor intellectually challenging people as coworkers
    -Can get extremely overcrowded during busiest programming seasons (like during summers) and there might not be enough seats for every staff which is ridiculous.
    -Terrible communication between employees so issues often arise and a lot of finger pointing and tension as a result.
    -Employees are disrespected and not appreciated. Some staff are also very immature/unprofessional and can get petty and passive aggressive about minor things.

    Advice to Management

    -Needs to have more agency-wide mingling opportunities. Worked here for years but am unfamiliar with all of the divisions we have and the work they do. (New CEO seems to be doing a good job so far on this).
    -Management should show up to events and other locations from time to time. Usually, management would show up at big events like the annual gala (agency-wide gala, or branch galas).
    -Don't take your staff as assistants and paper pushers. Help them to actually develop skills that can be used to help them grow into higher positions.
    -Provide more opportunities for training for staff that are not from the same old, generic partnering agencies.
    -Sensitivity training, sexual harassment prevention training, or even simple professionalism training is needed. Heard way too many sexist, homophobic, racist, ignorant, bigoted, lewd, inappropriate statements made by staff - sometimes in front of clients, too.
    -Some staff are very unprofessional (unable to send emails nor answer phone calls with professionalism), terrible relationships between employees that lead to hostile, unproductive, and unwelcoming environments, poor/rude treatment of clients sometimes. Train staff on how to properly send emails, answer/make phone calls, etc. because it seems necessary.
    -Look for more space especially if you're growing rapidly. More programming = more people to hire = more space needed.
    -Technology is old and should be updated. Often, wifi connectivity and speed are issues, along with phones not working properly. Laptops are somewhat outdated and slow. Limited wifi connectivity and not accessible through the whole facility.
    -More transparency on what the agency and programs are doing, what upper/senior management is doing/planning, etc. (New CEO is doing very well on this, and actually sends out emails to staff while welcoming replies from staff, too).


  9. "Good entry level jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chinese-American Planning Council full-time

    Pros

    Great for those with little experience and are looking to gain more knowledge. Opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Facility/technology needs to be updated to keep up with growing demands.
    Salary is low compared to similar positions in other organizations

    Advice to Management

    Invest in updating facility and technolgy


  10. "Nice colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chinese-American Planning Council part-time

    Pros

    Leaders and colleagues are nice.

    Cons

    Since it is the down Manhattan, there is no parking area in that place.


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