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Greater Chicago Food Depository Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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Katherine R. Maehr
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  1. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Greater Chicago Food Depository full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and vision in Chicago

    Cons

    The training process can be a bit learn as you go. Not much guidance


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Greater Chicago Food Depository full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not only the mission, but the people and the work. Everyone works together to make sure food gets to the community...where it is needed! Management listens to employees and cares about everyone! The teamwork is incredible, as well as the support for each other.

    Cons

    The 'old culture' is hard to get over. Stick with it, we are worth it!

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the track you are on and know that change does not happen over night.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Seeing a positive change in the org culture!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New members of the senior leadership team are making a difference at the workplace.

    Looking to upgrade critical systems we use to do our jobs.

    Cons

    None that I can think of......

    Advice to Management

    Keep going in this direction and let us know what you plan to do next.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Everything is moving in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Greater Chicago Food Depository (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission; incredibly well run organization; aligned objectives; management team committed to improving culture

    Cons

    baggage from old culture so there is still some skepticism that the leadership team is committed to change


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It's getting better, but avoid if you can"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator
    Former Employee - Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greater Chicago Food Depository full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission is great, they are a power-house in terms of fundraising, most employees are truly great people. There was a culture shift while I was there and I could tell they were trying to make improvements- that is great.

    Cons

    Conservative environment, not flexible, lack of work/life balance. Upper management team is getting better, but had been very problematic previously- that culture still left a residue. Transparency within the organization is very questionable.

    Advice to Management

    It is hard enough to work in nonprofits generally, pay employees more (the budget is huge), compensate for the fact the location is difficult for most, create more flexibility in working off site.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Production Manager"

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission statement
    Wonderful employee recognition

    Cons

    Too much emphasis and money spent on brand!

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your employees commitment!


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Solid mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are centrally focused on the mission and how to end hunger. The organization is thinking creatively about how to partner with other community organizations. They are very good about piloting programs and deciding if/how it makes sense to move forward. They want to hire people who are not just "looking for a job" and are serious about dealing with poverty issues. They are also good about hiring from within the organization and thinking about employees' interests. I think some people get overwhelmed when they join the staff because this is a large organization with many moving parts. People who are successful here continually consider the larger picture and the impact of their decisions across the Food Depository. As in any organization, communication with other departments is critical.

    Cons

    I would generally disagree with the other negative comments of former employees, however, I will admit that senior leadership has at times become disconnected with the staff, which is natural in any organization. They are understaffed, which leaves some departments stretched thin.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff and continue to explore new partnerships.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Think Carefully Before You Apply"

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Friendly staff who really care about the mission and are there for the right reasons

    Cons

    Unqualified management. Culture of intimidation and passive aggressive behavior. Takes well-meaning, hard working, qualified people and crushes their dreams of wanting to make a difference in this field


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Hourly Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I can think of a "pro" I will let you know.

    Cons

    Most employees make a few cents over minimum wage, yet are constantly reminded that they have it made be cause hungry people have nothing. Upper management has no idea what it's like to support a family on the wages they offer. GCFD is a Ponzi scheme designed to alleviate corporate guilt. Large sums of donated money are wasted for photo-ops, such as spending large amounts of resources to collect a donation from a politically connected donor, when a more sensible food acquisition could have been secured for a fraction of the price. The highest paid made 592K last year and thinks that the eleven dollar an hour employees have a fully stocked refrigerator. Asking employees that are themselves food insecure to donate time and money is yet but one of the insults that are beyond the mental grasp of upper management. Middle management is the worst. A director will tell you to your face that he "has your back" and is always "going to bat for 'yous' guys". The minute there is any discrepancy between his underling and an employee the employee will be tossed under the Lunch Bus without hesitation or breaking of a sweat. Forced "volunteer" days are expected, and employees are subjected to quarterly employee indoctrination days where they must endure insincere speeches and false appreciation by the Leader. North Korea may very well be a management model for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

    Advice to Management

    No advice needed. Management is fully aware of what is going on in the workplace. Treating employees like ungrateful cretins and openly displaying favoritism for a few and disdain for the many is obviously working for middle and upper management. Maybe this advice; continue to mislead the public that their donations are well spent and pat yourselves on the back repeatedly while endorsing enormous bonus checks.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Mission is why people apply, management is why they leave."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greater Chicago Food Depository full-time

    Pros

    Nonprofits attracted great people that are civic-minded and want to give back. GCFD's brand attracts great people.

    Cons

    CEO has never worked outside of Fund Development for the organization. She only cares about the brand of GCFD. If she only understood every employee and former employee is a brand ambassador. The organization lack the ability to execute change management, employee development, and needs a complete overhaul in the C-Suite. With nearly 33% turnover each year, the vast majority from middle management to entry level, the staff morale is always low and management's approval rating is worse than the U.S. Congress. Do not apply here.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Board, start executive search process.



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