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Greater Chicago Food Depository Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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  1. "Incredible Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Working united for a cause that is so important in Chicago

    Cons

    There is genuinely nothing poor about the organization

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the incredible work


  2. "Positive Change Is Happening"

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

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

    Pros

    Over the past several years I have been able to experience the positive change taking place throughout the company. They are more open to hear from employees at all levels, communicate more openly, and appear to really want this to be the best work place for everyone. The people I work with are great and are committed to serving the community.

    Cons

    You still have some people that are stuck in the past and don't realize that change does not happen overnight - but it is happening - and has actually happened pretty fast.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with your employees at all levels. Some of the best ideas come from your "front line" employees.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Autocratic leadership"

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    Former Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Communications Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I wanted to do work that benefited society and helping to feed lower-income people seemed to be a good way to do that. I liked my colleagues very much.

    Cons

    I worked ridiculously long hours trying to do a job that should have been done by several people. The place was then run by a general who considered us the troops and took credit for any accomplishment for himself. I heard there had been several communication directors before me, some who left without giving notice.

    Advice to Management

    Heed the mission of the food bank founders, not your own needs.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Seeing a positive change in the org culture!"

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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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. 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!


  10. 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.


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