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"The president of BCLI ruins the company."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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I worked at Bert Corona Leadership Institute part-time (Less than a year)

Pros

BCLI has a wonderful mission and hardworking employees. The company does an excellent job of reaching out to migrant youths, bringing them from their hometowns to D.C. to experience democratic processes through firsthand learning. The employees and interns here are very driven and passionate; they manage to form a strong, functional family despite the fact that their employer is absolutely poisonous.

Cons

The President of BCLI is inappropriate in every sense of the word. Driven by an unbelievably sexist attitude, he treats male employees with little respect and female employees with absolutely no respect at all. He hires beautiful young women, often immigrants, to work for him. The president makes lewd remarks towards these women, belittles them, and even curses at them. Working for this man creates an unbearably toxic environment, and this is the reason BCLI continues to lose employees every season.

Advice to Management

For a company that totes the title of a "leadership institute", the leader of BCLI himself is a fraud and a nightmare to work for. The upper management desperately needs to be replaced if the company is ever going to grow.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Run by a scam artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The ethos of the organization is fundamentally good-- it aspires to create leaders out of disenfranchised youths by teaching them about the U.S. political system.

    Cons

    The CEO, Francisco Lopez, of the BCLI is the opposite of a leader and it is unfortunate that an organization with a positive mandate is managed by him. He exploits his workers and berates anyone that dares to question his dubious activities. In a word, this man is a bully and will go to great lengths to maintain his image and his stronghold over the BCLI. He uses the BCLI's money to fund his own personal expenses but refuses to pay his employees a reasonable wage. The CEO of the BCLI epitomizes what is absolutely wrong with individuals that hold any shred of power in our society and it is a catastrophic irony that he is the head of a "Leadership Institute."

    Advice to Management

    Although this man is trained as a lawyer, he is reckless with his contracts and holds no respect for the law, civility, or anyone besides himself. The board MUST undergo a stringent investigation against this man and his activities or the taxpayers' money (yes, the U.S. Government is one of his clients) will continue to be squandered.


  2. "The Opposite of Leadership and Ethics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bert Corona Leadership Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    On the surface, the Institute has a good, commendable mission: political inclusion and leadership training for disenfranchised populations.

    Cons

    Any one who has ever worked for this company for even a few weeks can testify to the incompetence, lack of professionalism, and unethical behavior shown by the CEO. As one of the other reviews indicates, he goes out to bars (even other countries!) and hires some of the beautiful girls he meets there, regardless of experience (much less qualifications!). He has no respect for employees in general and simply does not know the meaning of punctuality, following up and accountability. Some international candidates who made upfront payments to later have their visas denied by the US embassy, never got their money reimbursed to them (as stated by contract). These and countless other examples really make the work atmosphere incredibly negative and demoralizing for all employees.

    Advice to Management

    The board really needs to step in and do a thorough intervention.

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