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Harlem Children's Zone Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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  • "If you're looking for part-time work expect to be responsible for more than your" (in 21 reviews)

  • "There is no clear direction and there is a lack of support from upper management" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Harlem Children's Zone part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, food, budget, assists you in the education field.

    Cons

    Mainly the coworkers and sometimes unorganized.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "HCZ"

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    Former Employee - Nutrition Educator
    Former Employee - Nutrition Educator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly rewarding, amazing mission statement and company to work for.

    Cons

    Low starting hourly rate with bachelors degree at $16/hr, 20 hours weekly. Very rare to ever get an increase in pay. Very unorganized company. Kids are misbehaved for the most part.

  3. "Only if you are liked"

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

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free benefits
    Ability to create policies and procedures

    Cons

    Retaliation and harassment are rampant in ALL departments
    Success is determined by likeability or personality
    Although there is an abundance of work, management refuses to pay staff. However, management is willing to give bonuses to Director who are in charge of failing programs.
    Lack of support from immediate supervisor
    If you are not willing to "tow the line", be prepared to retaliated against
    Speaking out about harassment falls on deaf ears
    Personality is rewarded
    Will let go of hard workers over personable one - phrase from supervisor
    Leadership not responsive to staff concerns
    Management is not qualified or trained to lead teams
    Employees are not treated equal
    Gossiping occurs even on the Senior level
    Missteps are met with passive aggressiveness - rolling of the eyes, heavy sighs, talking under breath and other child like behavior
    Little to no training and concrete guidance

    Advice to Management

    What advise can you give to a group of people who reads the reviews, receive timely feedback/complaints/concerns and does nothing to protect their employees?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Looks good on paper"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harlem Children's Zone full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary
    Site staff is dedicated and hard working
    Children are incredible

    Cons

    Extended work hours, understaffed, leadership not responsive to staff concerns

    Advice to Management

    Consider all stakeholders when making decisions, do not assign staff more duties and responsibilities than they can complete, improve transparency in communication of all information regarding the agency


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Awful management at all times.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Scam"

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    Former Employee - Dean in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Dean in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Children/Staff are great , Facilities are fancy. Staff appreciation the best

    Cons

    Prestige organization now run with scams and schemes. Almost run like a street organization. Employees are underpaid they work holidays or have to use their personal time off.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time developing the employees with useful professional development directed in the pathway of their careers goals and advancement.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Part Time Job with Full Time responsibilities."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone part-time

    Pros

    The kids are awesome.

    Cons

    If you're looking for part-time work expect to be responsible for more than your part-time share. You will end up taking work home with you, and not paid a cent over your 20 hours per-week. Coordinators are uncoordinated and Management can't manage efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your team like a coaches not like dictators.

  8. "Great Start to your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harlem Children's Zone part-time

    Pros

    Its a great place to start your career if you are interested in pursuing anything in non profit, art, or education.

    you build strong relationships with students and can actually make a huge impact on their lives

    strong community engagement

    You learn a lot about non-profit organizations and how they work

    The organization has a great mission and can really be of impact to its students and staff

    They hire a lot of diverse individuals

    Cons

    Some sites can be very unorganized, some of the staff are favored over others, rules often apply to only some people, part time staff have no security in schedules and they literally kick you out the building to keep you from going overtime.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    Very meaningful work; staff are dedicated and extremely hard working; most managers are supportive; benefits are good; exceptional programming for youth

    Cons

    politics and favoritism can be a turn off


  10. Helpful (1)

    "not good environment for staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harlem Children's Zone full-time

    Pros

    there is a free lunch

    Cons

    not good environment for a staff