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Combined Jewish Philanthropies Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. "Project Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, ability to move up within the organization as a young person, lots of mentorship available

    Cons

    Working for "the man" of the Jewish non profit sector


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time

    Pros

    Decent salaries for a non profit. Opportunities for job growth and promotion if you're a hard-working and top-performing employee.

    Cons

    A little too top heavy in some departments.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that salaries are commensurate with job responsibilities.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Big goals. Bigger hearts."

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

    I have been working at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time

    Pros

    Are really starting to drive innovation.
    Work hard to hire very smart people.
    Are willing to invest money in people and ideas.
    Has actively worked to increase work/life balance.
    Has the heart of a non-profit organization but the head of a business.
    Has done a great job in moving out folks that aren't engaged or contributing.
    Very transparent senior leadership and decision-making.
    Open, bright, comfortable, personalized workspace.

    Cons

    Not enough people to do the incredible amount of work.
    Tries to focus on the "strategic priorities" but at the end of the day EVERYTHING needs to get done and is important.
    Did I mention, not enough people to get the work done?

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to find the right balance of personnel and priorities. Recognize that even if we say we will do 20% less this year, we never do.


  4. "Senior Development Officer"

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

    I have been working at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time

    Pros

    Community and work-life balance are great!

    Cons

    Need some better communication between departments


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Collaborative, smart, caring colleagues"

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

    I have been working at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for learning and growth if you are a team player and proactive, hard worker. Colleagues care deeply about each other, are friendly, door is always open no matter what level you are at or tenure in the organization.

    Cons

    Amount/pace of work can be intense.


  6. "Good company"

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

    I worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great co-workers

    Cons

    Development department takes precedence over all others


  7. Helpful (1)

    "happy place to work"

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

    I have been working at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time

    Pros

    Working at CJP is a joy because of the camaraderie and empathy among colleagues and cross-departmental shared goals. It is truly a pleasure to come to work day to day

    Cons

    growth opportunities could be stronger

    Advice to Management

    consider stronger succession planning

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, minimal advancement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Officer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Development Officer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of holidays off, fun/young staff in bulk of department, dedicated coworkers, they will hire for development jobs w/ no development experience (very, very, very rare).

    Cons

    Tons of red tape/bureaucracy, very fundraising-focused (which means donors can call the shots on lots of things), minimal advancement opportunities (small promotions within job, but not a ton of upward mobility)

    Advice to Management

    Look outside the bubble for talent and ideas.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Caring Atmosphere, Good Work, Needs Some Help"

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

    I have been working at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance
    - Great benefits
    - Good camaraderie
    - Lots of Jewish holidays off
    - Great vacation & sick time
    - Laidback dresscode
    - Good professional and personal support from colleagues
    - Really working toward good, life-changing (and sometimes life-saving) goals

    Cons

    - Very bureaucratic in some ways
    - Weak HR department that hesitates with decision making
    - Unengaged employees stay for years (HR doesn't like to terminate employees)
    - Lots of people who started their careers at CJP and have no frame of reference for business outside the walls
    - Salaries are high for a non-profit, but still low for roles in their industry
    - Company is supposed to be moving towards a system that focuses on engaged, hard-working employees, but after the announcement it never happened; low performers are still given the majority of the time/effort/attention, which hurts morale across teams
    - Too many cooks in every proverbial kitchen when it comes to decision making (of any kind)

    Advice to Management

    CJP is a great company with great people and great goals. They do great work and can really make a difference in the world. To make employees equally as strong and engaged, ensure you're really supporting those that want to grow and learn and thrive. Drop dead weight, and stop being so afraid of change. Sometimes, you have to make difficult decisions to reach your full potential.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Well oiled machine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission
    Strong CEO
    Good benefits
    Good location

    Cons

    Only hire good looking development officers
    Backstabbing
    Cut throat culture
    No growth

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees!!


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