Everytown for Gun Safety Employee Reviews about "work environment"
39% would recommend to a friend
(8 total reviews)
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- 5.0Dec 3, 2020Regional Political DirectorCurrent EmployeeNew York, NY
Very welcoming, accommodating, and encouraging work environment
It’s a large organization, so it was difficult to develop meaningful relationships with colleagues.
- 1.0Oct 3, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Good benefits and decent pay, especially for a not-for-profit. Important and highly relevant issue.
Extremely abusive workplace practices, including but not limited to: - Rampant racism - No valid reporting mechanism for harassment - Very corporate 'open office' environment inappropriate for highly sensitive work - Mere lip service paid to self-care - Poorly trained mangers prone to gas-lighting - High turnaround with very little structure to transfer work on a rapid basis - Little to no transparency - Constant meetings with no privacy - Little regard for the effects of long hours spent on highly traumatizing subject matter11
- 1.0Feb 28, 2021Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
I have met some of the most brilliant and talented people during my time here. It's a shame though how undervalued they are.
I left this organization due to chronic racism and a hostile work environment where there was no accountability for harmful behavior (among several other issues not all of which are mentioned below). This job almost left me to pursue disability leave because it exasperated my physical and mental health issues at one point and impeded my life both professionally and personally. Unfortunately, if you take a leave of absence at this organization you may not be guaranteed your job or role back (yet somehow those who went to work on the Bloomberg presidential campaign were allowed a leave of absence and received their roles back upon returning almost 6 months after...) There no ability to move up or across departments and in fact if you apply for an internal role they'll pretend they are invested in you, drag you along the process, and won't actually do anything to set you up in terms of professional development or growing into a role if you don't get it. Several departments are undervalued and it's demonstrated in meetings, budgets for each department, and pay discrepancies (some departments have almost $40K in pay difference for starting roles with similar qualifications). Compared to other departments we would have to share rooms on trips (without consent to do so) and I even had reimbursements denied on work trips for food I purchased because the provided meals did not meet my dietary restrictions or serve as nutritious enough meal. Lastly, this place also talks about self-care and that’s about it. The workload is completely unrealistic so either you set boundaries and prioritize or you work 24/7. Depending on your supervisor and department, taking PTO can cause great anxiety from having it approved to anticipating people contacting you on your days off. The organization is not supporting employees through the pandemic either. In fact, they see the pandemic as a way to get push employees to do more work instead of being strategic and investing in the well-being of their employees. The solution isn’t wellness Wednesdays (which frankly were borderline ableist and fatphobic) but rather paying people more, respecting boundaries, hiring more staff, etc.14
- 2.0Mar 29, 2017Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
Excellent benefits (fully-covered health insurance, cell phone reimbursement, 401K match, etc.); Knowledgeable co-workers who come from broad experiences; passionate and important mission; and plentiful resources.
Poor management - from team level to Senior management; inefficient Human Resources staff; lack of coordination and structure across the organization; and racism. Overall, an unhealthy work environment for many people, especially people of color.7
- 1.0Jul 30, 2021Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
I met a few amazing and talented people
Working at Everytown is similar to being in an abusive relationship. I do not take that statement lightly - I have experienced my fair share of abusive and manipulative relationships and I previously worked for a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center. Everytown as an organization and Everytown’s management really meet all the criteria. On the outside, (white) people love Everytown. Everytown has carefully created a brand of “gun violence prevention” that gun owners and non-gun owners want to stand beside, under the guise of “protect the children”! When you tell others where you work, you might hear comments like, “thank you for doing this important work”. But on the inside it’s a nightmare. I believe the folks who have positive things to say about the organization (at this point) are either a.) a part of the problem or b.) leave before they take off their rose-colored glasses. Similar to an abusive relationship, at first Everytown is appealing, great benefits, it pays more than most non-profits, work-sponsored travel, free branded swag, use of the word “team” so often heard that you really believe for a moment that you are in a warm and welcoming work environment, that cares about ending gun violence and your well-being. All the warm and fuzzies, until little by little, things change. Albeit there is a massive discrepancy in how you are treated based on your department and manager. If you are searching for a job within the Field Department, this will absolutely be applicable to you, should you choose to work at Everytown after reading through these reviews. The Field Team is paid the least within the organization, this team includes the SURVIVORS OF GUN VIOLENCE, Moms Demand Action, and Students Demand Action. There is cliquey energy within this team with the white women who have been around “since the beginning” aka since a white woman who had absolutely no connection to Sandy Hook decided to “take action” via Facebook and later profit massively from it. Spoiler alert: these women are now managers/directors and are part of the reason why talented staff leaves, especially staff of color. The Field is “leading the racial justice work” in the organization, with emphasis on how volunteers need education, with no intention of addressing it internally. The only reason why some race-based conversation happened was because George Floyd was murdered and it made the organization look “woke”. It’s hypocritical on the inside and the outside once you start paying attention. The point of Field leading DEI work is used to gaslight Field staff seeking greater change. The actions that happened following George Floyd’s murder were also used to gaslight staff because “look how much has changed” or “this is the most change I’ve seen in the 7 years I have been here” and “change takes time.” If you are working for the Political team, Federal team, and some of Law & Policy team, you will definitely make more money, and will likely be just fine if you are a white man. There is a lot of Ol’ boys club energy and culture between the white men, who all definitely protect and uplift one another. They seem to be immune from consequence or feedback and people tiptoe around them out of fear of disrupting the status quo and losing their job. There is a general culture of working hard “for the cause” which looks like overworking employees, with tasks and responsibilities that are impossible to accomplish in a 40 hour work week. Gun violence prevention is used to justify this continued treatment (gaslighting) and if you can’t keep up then you just are doing enough “self-care”. In addition to the long hours, over time your managers will continuously add on responsibilities, including tasks that you might have no expertise in executing. Some examples: A group of white people should not be responsible for creating anti-racist trainings for the organization and volunteer base; non-clinicians should not be creating trauma-informed trainings; managers with absolutely no experience should not be claiming “conflict resolution” approaches when they have never participated/won’t pay for legitimate conflict mediation; and department managers talking about characteristics of white supremacy when they have no intention of changing the white supremacist culture and policies that harm and push out BIPOC staff. Also, so many staff facilitating and developing training content with no experience with the topic, but also no experience facilitating and creating content. I want to circle back to this idea of working “for the cause” - in Everytown’s case, senior management actually has no intention of ending gun violence, especially outside of gun violence that white children might experience. This organization is used as a shiny, feel good, star for the wealthy, white folks at the top. It’s all politics. Instead of investing millions or hundreds of thousands of dollars into communities, with violence intervention programs that have been proven to work, they will literally donate millions (y’all can look it up) into political races and into the hands of legislators to get what they want. Again, not based on what a community wants - it doesn’t matter if Black and brown folks will be over policed by a policy Everytown paid to come to fruition because Everytown does it to look “good” (to white people). Remember, saying “police violence is gun violence” was a highly radical statement until they needed to look woke in their listserv when George Floyd was murdered. Are you still reading? I’m sure some folks have already made a decision after reading thus far, but let me continue just in case. Gaslighting is the major characteristic of abuse at Everytown. There is absolutely no transparency in how decisions are made (hint: it’s personal interest, favoritism, and nepotism) then management is “confused” about the “rumors” that lower staff “come up with.” They have offered virtual forums to address staff concerns, but talk so much that there is only time for one question and don’t think about using that chat box because management can’t answer verbal questions and read/respond to the chat box in the same meeting (fyi, Field does this getting paid a third or a quarter of their salary). During the pandemic, many of the staff, especially women, were on child care duty, homeschooling, etc. while trying to work. For the staff who utilized the Federal COVID relief policy to have a reduced schedule, they were expected to do the same amount of work in less days aka working three 13-hour days and getting paid 24 hours per week. During and before COVID, so many of us prioritized work (especially the perfectionist/seeking approval types), leaving our families, our homes, our relationships, and our personal and physical health behind, similarly to the isolation that occurs over time in abusive relationships. Personally, I got to a point where I was contemplating completing suicide out of the dread of going to work every day. (But remember, it’s my fault for not taking care of myself because I didn’t self-care hard enough). I had countless meetings with my supervisor, my supervisor’s supervisor, my supervisor’s supervisor’s supervisor, HR, other departments even. Feedback doesn’t go anywhere or doesn’t change anything depending on who you talk to. There is truly so much more I can say. I haven’t touched on tokenization of marginalized staff, particularly Black, latinx, and LGBTQ staff. I haven’t touched on the Planned Parenthood to Everytown pipeline. I haven’t touched on the ableist policies and work culture. I haven’t touched on how managers have blocked staff moving into higher paying roles because they didn’t like them. The pay or recognition (you will never get) is not worth it. This organization is like a black hole. By the time you realize how horribly you are being treated because you are tired, overworked, and you feel crazy, like it’s your fault you feel this way because you are not doing enough self-care, you have absolutely no energy to get out. It takes a lot of energy to apply and interview for jobs, and I know at least five people who are actively trying to quit, in the process of interviewing, etc. but still have to show up. For others, the beginning charm of this abusive relationship flares up and keeps them going like a free lunch, a new sweatshirt, working remotely for many Field staff, or maybe they just need to keep the good benefits for their family. I know even more folks where this is the case (over 20). This organization is beyond change, beyond saving. This harm is intentional. Do not waste your life like so many of us did.48
- 3.0Mar 7, 2021PoliticalFormer Employee, more than 1 yearNew York, NY
Fun work environment and focused on a good cause.
The organization goes too far to appease leaders vs doing what is right.1