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"Mediocre place to work, but probably fairly standard for the Nonprofit world"

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Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Landover, MD
Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Landover, MD
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Epilepsy Foundation full-time (More than a year)

Pros

most coworkers were friendly, benefits were decent for a nonprofit, employees are pretty invested to the cause,

Cons

supervisors were not trustworthy, employee expectations and "exceptions" were extremely inconsistent from person to person

Other Employee Reviews for Epilepsy Foundation

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Epilepsy Foundation Employee Review"

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

    I worked at Epilepsy Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working with people in the community

    Cons

    Terrible management system. Leadership is awful. No support given.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and start looking at how your actions and professionalism harm the employees and most importantly your community representation and your clients.


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    "Sad, frustrating, disturbing"

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to initially feel like you're working for a worthy cause

    Cons

    Nepotism and sexism are rampant. The CEO hires/promotes male friends who are not qualified for positions they hold. Example: CFO who doesn't hold a CPA and lives in Iowa, traveling back and forth to Landover using Foundation funds. Example: Sr Director of Communications who was fired under previous management for incompetence. Example: Male junior development mgr who was promoted to senior director without proven fundraising track record, after female VP of Development with proven track record was fired. All male, all friends of the CEO. Meanwhile, managers on the Program side of the organization (90% female, degreed, experienced in their fields, not personal friends of the CEO) are given more work and responsibility with no adjustments in title and only a nominal salary adjustment (if any at all) after months of performing in significantly increased roles.

    And then there's the financial mismanagment. Take a hard look at the 990s published on Guidestar.org over the past few years and the dismal financial picture of this organization becomes very clear. The CEO claims that things are getting better and that money is coming in, but the reality is that funds merely are being shuffled around from government grants and redirected from restricted research bequests to cover exorbitant operating expenses. Individually incorporated affiliates are being duped into helping stop the national office financial hemorrhaging now through a "revenue building" scheme that requires affiliates to give 35% of funds earned in their territories to the national office. When those affiliates realize they are netting less money annually than before entering into this arrangment, it will get ugly.

    Bottom line: if you're looking to make a difference in the lives of people with epilepsy, your philanthropic donation or professional career is best spent elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    None. The CEO has made it very clear that his "leadership" is not up for discussion. And in reality, what kind of advice would people who are this ethically and fiscally irresponsible actually listen to?

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