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Fund for the City of New York Reviews

Updated October 19, 2016
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  1. "Program officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting, relevant and challenging work.

    Cons

    (I was there before 2012, and don't know Mary McCormick, but that is as far back as this program will let me go. So my experience may be irrelevant. When I was there, this was not a financial institution. It was a foundation funded primarily by the Ford Foundation and supposed to make grants "to make NYC a better place". It was very cultish, elitist, arbitrary although the program staff and the Board really were intelligent and well meaning.

    Advice to Management

    I can't advise because I don't know the current scene.


  2. "Program Associate"

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

    I worked at Fund for the City of New York full-time

    Pros

    -great benefits and time off, especially for a non-profit
    -fair pay
    -opportunities to learn about city government and exciting non-profit work throughout the city
    -kind, diverse staff
    -reasonable hours

    Cons

    -senior management takes a totalitarian, abusive approach (frequent yelling, etc.)
    -archaic tech systems
    -creativity and teamwork not encouraged
    -staff seems largely motivated by fear
    -very difficult to receive constructive feedback

    Advice to Management

    Current management keeps core programs running but should vastly alter approach to interpersonal treatment of staff.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fund for the City of New York full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, salary is ok

    Cons

    C-level managemet is very aggressive

    Advice to Management

    leave immediately


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "project manager"

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

    I worked at Fund for the City of New York full-time

    Pros

    benefits are okay. vacation and sick time 20 + 15 days.

    Cons

    boss is very dictator. abuse employees.

    Advice to Management

    management should leave.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unchallenging"

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

    I have been working at Fund for the City of New York full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Annual Leave days, salary

    Cons

    Very old fashion work environment. Technology is not used efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Do not jeopardize employee's work.


  7. "Where "bullying" is considered "management""

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good vacation benefits if you can take the days (usually locked into taking long weekends rather than a block of time).

    Cons

    The most hostile work environment imaginable. Middle management paralyzed by senior management. No encouragement to support staff to share ideas, team work discouraged. Forget about work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Time for serious change.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "misled and deceived by interview"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fund for the City of New York full-time

    Pros

    - opportunity to work with diverse non-profit organizations
    - fair salary and benefits
    - fellow staff members come from great educational and professional backgrounds, many with master degrees

    Cons

    - 4 weeks vacation but can't use them unless accrued and employees have little discretion about when they can take vacations days, which is like not having accumulated them at all
    - agree with previous reviews about inflated job titles of "managers"-- it tells very little about the actual job description
    - no clear communications, expectation, or direction from management; however employees are expected to predict what is wanted from them

    - no clear "systems" since it changes constantly and no real formal training for new employees
    - very hostile environment from upper management and does not foster talent; instead most of the work becomes heavily administrative instead of strategic
    - employees are not encouraged to share thoughts; instead they are expected to simply execute orders given by the upper management
    - no real work culture because everyone is unhappy. Everyone stays in their cubicles and there is very minimal interactions between employees

    - little room for growth within organization, since all authority and decision making happens at the very top
    - high turn over due to extreme levels of micromanagement and thorough discontent with upper management

    Advice to Management

    There should be better communication with employees from upper management about expectations both in terms of content and method of delivery. Standard business practices should be set to alleviate confusion. Humiliation and bullying should not be used as management tactic, since it discourages professional growth. More emphasis should be put on work culture and boosting morale. Upper management should really reflect about creating a positive work environment.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "a heart-breaking waste of potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fund for the City of New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Exceedingly talented, highly educated, hard-working staff devoted to public service
    2. Competitive salaries and benefits for staff hired with advanced degrees
    3. Exposure to inner workings of city government and philanthropic sector

    Cons

    1. Extremely hostile and intimidating working environment; complete lack of accountability for behavior of senior-most management
    2. Inconsistent and often incoherent communication from senior-most management
    3. Top-down decision-making on all matters; incessant micro-management

    Advice to Management

    The organization's constituents and staff deserve new leadership for a new era.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Thoroughly Unpleasant"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    1. Outstanding healthcare benefits
    2. Opportunities to attend events
    3. Salaries are fare and decent

    Cons

    1. Senior leadership is, to say the least, lacking
    2. lack of communication between main organization and constituent agencies is frustrating
    3. rules, policies, and standards change on the fly, seemingly at dependent on mood or time of day

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership would be best served by working towards its strengths (community organization, outreach, and fundraising) and learning to delegate as opposed to not micromanage.

    Management could stand to do a better job of communicating expectations and intentions when meeting with local community groups seeking support. If a potential client comes reaches out to you about office space, this client probably wants office space, Not a referral an incubator service, or a pitch for web content management services. Doing so would save everyone time, money, and heartache.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "lack of organizational management and ineffective communications lead to unhappy staff and high turnover"

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

    I worked at Fund for the City of New York full-time

    Pros

    - good compensation and benefits for the nonprofit sector
    - little overtime required
    - large windows in the office space

    Cons

    - lack of transparency and communications from management to staff regarding organization development
    - severe and hostile micromanagement from management to program staff
    - internal processes are ad-hoc; not systematic
    - senior management consistently provide contradictory instructions and guidelines, making it hard for staff to carry out work
    - new staff receive little training
    - titles are inflated and misleading; most "directors" don't direct anything

    Advice to Management

    Develop and commit to a communications plan, such as regular staff meetings to inform staff of organizational development. There is no regular communications to staff, not even when staff leave or when new staff join the organization. Management should refrain from yelling and lecturing at staff on a daily basis, which fosters unhappy work environment and high turnover.