ITHAKA Employee Reviews about "non profit"

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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
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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. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Mission driven organization, decent place to work.

      Oct 12, 2020 - Support 
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      Pros

      Generally nice people. It is nice to work for an organization that strives to improve educational resources for our world, rather than be driven by a profit motive. Good compensation, for a non-profit.

      Cons

      Poor internal communication about where to focus energies. Groups don’t talk to each other. Upper management can act in elitist manner. Not much room for career growth.

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Mentorship, Great Company

      Feb 5, 2020 - Junior Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      ITHAKA hired me in as a junior developer, having never had a role as a software engineer before. The product team I was placed with worked very well together and mentored me so much. I grew an amazing amount as a developer and will forever be grateful to ITHAKA. Everyone takes work-life balance pretty seriously; I was never pushed to work more hours than I was comfortable. The management was excellent.

      Cons

      It seemed like maybe there were a lot of politics happening higher up in the food chain, but honestly, where is that not a thing? There were almost no cons, the pay was a bit low, but it's a non-profit with a solid mission and the benefits are great.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great technologies, great benefits and great people.

      Jul 18, 2019 - Software Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
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      Pros

      ITHAKA provides individuals and teams freedom to innovate. It's important to show value in the innovations, but they are appreciated and often eagerly adopted. The technology stack is way sophisticated than most non-profits (and many tech companies). the fact that it is a non-profit is a plus in that we discuss the mission as well as the bottom line. The culture is also very diverse, welcoming, and friendly.

      Cons

      Pretty flat organization, lots of opportunities to learn new technologies, but not much of an opportunity to 'climb a ladder'.

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    5. 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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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      I'm happy here

      Jan 13, 2016 - Senior Software Developer in Ann Arbor, MI
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      Pros

      As a non profit, it's often more relaxed than a lot of corporate environments. There's a general emphasis on working to improve the lives of our users, rather than just make more money, which lends to higher job satisfaction. There's some really cool technology to work with, and some incredibly smart people. Agile teams work on short to mid-length cycles and do a decent job of continuous improvement.

      Cons

      There are, as with a lot of places, done people who have a decent amount of clout and their own ideas about how things should work, who can't always be reasoned with. Take home pay is lower than it would be other places, but adding the generous benefits into the equation keeps it competitive. Not always clear why some good contractors (and even employees) are let go, while other less productive ones are kept.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Decent Company to work for

      Nov 6, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
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      Pros

      Good Benefits, Talented people, Always has stock up food, good location. 20 vacation days which is great

      Cons

      No advancement in career after a certain point. You cannot switch different departments easily and will have to keep doing what you are which becomes stagnant after a point. They also have let go good talented candidates. Pay is slightly low compared to the profit-companies but can be understood as it is non-profit.

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