ITHAKA Employee Reviews about "great benefits"

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  • "Non-profit, transparent management, great benefits, interesting work(in 8 reviews)

  • "Everyone takes work-life balance pretty seriously; I was never pushed to work more hours than I was comfortable(in 6 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Pay is slightly low compared to the profit-companies but can be understood as it is non-profit(in 3 reviews)

  • "I struggled with upper management(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Software Engineer

      Aug 21, 2020 - Lead Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Non-profit, transparent management, great benefits, interesting work

      Cons

      Not a _ton_ of advancement opportunities (big but not massive engineering unit, relatively flat org structure)

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great and supportive company culture

      Sep 12, 2019 - Web Applications Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
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      Pros

      Good pay, great benefits, great people

      Cons

      Maybe a bit too laid back

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good benefits don't outweigh poor morale and suffocating hierarchies

      Mar 4, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The benefits are great, to the point of possibly being too good - with 12% employer retirement contribution, 20 days of vacation, and solid insurance, it's irrational to leave, even if you find that the organization is not a good fit. There are a lot of talented people at ITHAKA who not only want to better the organization, but truly want to put their all into the organizational mission of broadening access to academic research worldwide.

      Cons

      There's a wide difference in culture between the Ann Arbor and New York offices. Ann Arbor is a much more enthusiastic and supporting culture, aided by a flatter and more casual hierarchy. New York is very hierarchical, with heavily siloed departments and a lack of lateral or upward mobility. Starting pay in many departments is just barely livable in New York City, and it doesn't get much better - very good performance yields an annual adjustment below the inflation rate. The presence of a significant pay disparity between management and everyone else goes a long way toward crushing your non-profit idealism. There seems to be little interest in developing internal talent beyond surface level gestures, at least at the New York office. There is a partial tuition benefit for grad school, but it's nigh-impossible to utilize with New York's inflexible 9am-6pm schedule. Showing enthusiasm for developing skills and a desire to attain certifications to better the organization is generally met with organizational indifference. This is not a place for dreaming.

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      17 people found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Open floor plan office=can't focus on work

      Apr 26, 2016 - Programmer in Ann Arbor, MI
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      Pros

      Pay is good, benefits are great, work is interesting, and coworkers are very knowledgeable.

      Cons

      Open floor office plan makes it very difficult to properly focus on work. Conversations and foot traffic are disruptive and headphones aren't always an option. On one floor, people are constantly shouting and laughing loudly. This job would be five stars if we had a less disruptive workspace.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Not recommended

      Feb 10, 2016 - User Experience Designer in Ann Arbor, MI
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      Pros

      Great benefits! Great location in downtown Ann Arbor. Yearly in-service days and volunteer/donation opportunities to give back to the community. Awesome support staff (admin/IT/business services).

      Cons

      Very poor communication between office locations. Little understanding of what User Experience is and how it can help create a better product. Very manager heavy. No opportunity for career growth. Emphasis on degrees held over experience and/or ability. Office politics often interfere with employees' ability to do their jobs. Very toxic work environment.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great benefits

      Jan 19, 2016 -  
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      Pros

      Great benefits, caring organization, I loved my colleagues: very intelligent, capable people.

      Cons

      I struggled with upper management. Organization grew too fast for me and felt like it struggled with it's identity: academia, nonprofit, technology. This may all be different now.

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      JSTOR

      Dec 23, 2016 - Associate in Brooklyn, NY
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      Pros

      great benefits, work environment, collaborative effort, manageable work/life balance

      Cons

      low pay, unclear goals at times, can be a little unorganized

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good Company but Sometimes Misses the Mark

      May 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Ithaka provides great benefits to its employees.

      Cons

      Very few opportunities for upward mobility. There are multiple departments that are each managed differently so some departments may have more opportunities than others.

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