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Updated May 21, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent

    May 21, 2021 - Manager 
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    Pros

    Wonderful people and place to work.

    Cons

    Comp not as high as for-profit companies, but expected.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good care giving job

    Feb 22, 2021 - Direct Care Giver in Mount Pleasant, MI
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    Pros

    Good starting job decent pay

    Cons

    Not busy and a little boring after you get use to it

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Organization to work for

    Nov 21, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    A great environment for anyone to work in. The managers all the way up to the CEO have open door policies, and you can talk to them anytime. You really get the feeling that the organization cares about you as an individual. #1 is work/life balance. I've been in the workforce for 10+ years, and have never worked for a company/organization who balances life and work better than GuideStar.

    Cons

    Of course, you could say the pay or the upward mobility, but it's a nonprofit. I believe they stay as competitive with raises and promotions, as any other big nonprofit, if not better.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee

    It's a fun and engaging place to work, and you'll learn a lot.

    Feb 7, 2014 -  
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    Pros

    It's engaging work that gives you an opportunity to learn a lot about a specific field of interest you might have -- their studies of non-profits range from arts and culture to animal rights. They provide lots of opportunities for you to pick the projects you'll be working on, and the types of tasks that you do really vary, so it's useful experience for a number of contexts.

    Cons

    Much of the work is done remotely, which might not be appealing to some people. Internal communication is not always fast either.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Good and bad

    Aug 26, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Some teams are extremely high performing and maintain an enjoyable, productive work environment. There is often opportunity to investigate new areas/take on new roles. CEO is one of the most approachable, kind individuals ever.

    Cons

    Some teams neither are high performing nor maintain an enjoyable or productive work environment. There is an extreme over abundance of "thinkers" and not remotely enough "doers." The sales team environment is toxic. At the executive level, decisions are made in a vacuum when ample opportunity for relevant staff input exists, which results in clearly poor decision making. There is a giant and growing imbalance between offices/teams in terms of hours spent working.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great company to work for

    Jan 19, 2016 - Senior Software Engineer in Portland, OR
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    Pros

    GuideStar offers fantastic benefits, including generous insurance plans and plenty of paid leave. I feel the company actually cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Being a non-profit, the salaries aren't on par with most for-profit companies. In exchange you have a more laid-back atmosphere and job security. As it's a smaller company there aren't many avenues for furthering your career once you're in.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great Company to work for as an intern

    Jan 3, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Had a great boss who was very understanding of my being a full-time college doing part-time work and was very trusting of my ability to do the work.

    Cons

    A lot of busy work as a researcher, but the work is all necessary to keep the quality Philanthropedia's recommendations.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Product Manager

    Jan 12, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    GuideStar is full of passionate people, who truly care about the mission of the organization and making the nonprofit world more effective and impactful.

    Cons

    The Williamsburg location is a bit outside a major city / metropolitan area - but the Washington DC and San Francisco offices more than make up for that.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Data Services Coordinator

    Jun 3, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Liberal paid leave benefit Volunteerism is encouraged Casual dress - jeans are allowed Company paid a significant portion of health insurance Break room has 2 fridges and microwave. Nice for bringing your own lunch

    Cons

    Merit raises were sporadic. Compensation not upgraded as knowledge of the nonprofit sector and relational database skills were acquired. A commission component was added to my compensation. I had several different managers over the last few years. Each manager change resulted in my having to defend the commission component of my compensation.

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee

    All I can think of is...dusty

    Feb 7, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Most of the people are great.

    Cons

    As someone said when I first started and asked why something was still being done a certain (archaic) way......well, that's just how we've always done it. Ouch

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