Greater Giving Reviews

Updated May 18, 2020

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  1. "Startup feel with big company benefits"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology Director in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Greater Giving full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great culture and terrific people

    Cons

    Inter-department communication issues create friction on projects

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    "Worst Software Development Dept I have ever experienced"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Greater Giving full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    if you are looking to be underpaid and overworked, with a horrible code base, you can make some fast cash

    Cons

    Mgmt is inept overall...problem is systematic Company treats developers like uber drivers Unpaid overtime Unpaid on call Unpaid requirement to stay up until 4am on release nights Code base is over 20 years old Highschool students in the 90's wrote a key piece of the system that is used to this day (not a joke) Dev Dept is basically abused by all departments with poor mgmt No room to learn or improve This is a place where developers go to be sent off to the glue factory The IT dept is the most lazy and incompetent group of individuals I have ever encountered Job is bad for your health Dead weight all over the place

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    "Reactionary, hair on fire, toxic work culture"

    1.0
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    Former Contractor - Technology Worker in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greater Giving for less than a year

    Pros

    The ground level employees doing the actual work genuinely try to make the organization a better place to work.

    Cons

    Not even sure where to start with this place. If I had to sum it up in a nutshell, the entire Information Technology department is a second class (more realistically 4th or 5th class) citizen at this company. From the top of the leadership food chain all the way down to the lowest level manager, they all consider the technology workers here as throw away cogs in the machine. Worse, I have not observed a single manager, product owner or business analyst anywhere at this company who has the slightest inkling of what the primary core technology stack (programming language(s), database, network, etc) is at this organization. I’m not expecting a deep level of technical understanding here, but the product owners, managers and executive staff lack any basic knowledge of how software is designed and built ... and more importantly how EXPENSIVE (in terms of time and resources) it takes to implement or fix software. This lack of technology knowledge clearly manifests itself with completely unrealistic project deadlines and goals. As typical with lots of other organizations who say they are an agile/scrum shop, it's just purely lip service. They perform the usual sprint ceremonies, backlog refinement, planning, retros, etc., but it's just going through the motions. The product team gets to decide how many stories get pulled into a specific sprint, regardless of the actual sprint velocity numbers and actual completed stories by the development team. Sprint retrospectives are pointless as any concerns the team brings up, and that require outside intervention from management or execs, is completely ignored ... in effect, it's just a gripe session at the end of every sprint and the same technical concerns get continually brought up over and over but never get addressed or resolved. There are constant sprint interruptions where the team or specific team members need to halt whatever important sprint activity needs to be done, in order to work on whatever technology related emergency comes down the pipe. Which leads to my next point, which is the overwhelming amount of technical debt that has accrued at this organization over the years. The code base and all the related technology infrastructure is utter garbage. Bad technology decisions which originally went into the original code base are still there, years and years later. A sprint story that is designated an 8 point story, turns out to be a 48 point story, because of how bad the underlying technology is to work with. And the saddest part is NOBODY CARES. Developers are just given marching orders to "live with it". Every developer is considered a lone wolf. Active team collaboration is discouraged around here and each developer is expected to work in isolation of each other. It's no wonder there are constant production emergencies. But in the eyes of management, they consider it more cost effective to constantly interrupt regularly scheduled sprints and find whatever developer happens to be around, to deal with the fire, and apply just enough of a technical band-aid to deal with the problem but never to deal with the root cause of the issue, which is to work on addressing the technical debt and refactoring the underlying technical architecture. Which also explains why they utilize so much offshore dev teams ... they can pay less money and get more band aid developers to throw at their production problems. It's obvious the technology division has no say in company affairs as product roadmaps are regularly published and sent out to the company, but never ONCE have I seen any sort of long term technology roadmap get sent out. Which I find extremely bizarre, considering the technology used at this company IS the main and primary revenue driver for this organization. Clearly the technology leadership at this organization have no power or clout whatsoever. Or perhaps the better description is there IS no technology leadership at this organization. Like a top down military organization, all power rests at the very top and marching orders continue to get filtered down to the actual people responsible for the actual work, no matter how unfeasible and unrealistic those marching orders are. And woe to the ground level technical employee who dares to try to question those orders and make things better. If I had to boil down the culture around here, it's "Every man for himself". For anyone considering any sort of technology position at this place, BUYER BEWARE. If you're absolutely DESPERATE for a paycheck, maybe this place is an option, but if you're looking for a place to grow and enhance your technical skills, this ain't the place. It's an ultra toxic, hair on fire, every man for himself work culture that is doomed for failure.

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  4. "Purchased Start-Up"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greater Giving full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company was owned by a global company so while it contained some of the more personable aspects of a start-up it had much more stability.

    Cons

    Lots of inertia preventing product improvements. Stakeholders in key roles focus on maintenance rather than improvements

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  5. "A great company with a startup vibe"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Greater Giving full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good mission, established company

    Cons

    Disconnects between departments, small development team

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Greater Giving full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Potential to be great, but, needs to listen to current employees

    Cons

    Model is currently setup for failure Management is inept to change

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  7. "Disappointing experience--company not living up to its potential."

    2.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Greater Giving

    Pros

    Adequate salary, good working conditions.

    Cons

    Passive-aggressive culture; a lifestyle company with employees interested in getting by rather than exceeding expectations and goals.

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