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ITHAKA Employee Reviews about "upward mobility"

Updated Mar 4, 2019

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4.3
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Pros
  • "Good pay, great benefits, great people(in 8 reviews)

  • "great benefits, work environment, collaborative effort, manageable work/life balance(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay, unclear goals at times, can be a little unorganized(in 3 reviews)

  • "Low pay, lack of upward mobility, high turnover, poor morale, not very mission focused for a nonprofit, you probably won't love the place(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Good benefits don't outweigh poor morale and suffocating hierarchies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Develop and compensate your people. You do a good job of hiring talented, motivated people, and leaving them to stagnate as the organization lurches from one annual rethink to another. The 9am-6pm New York hours are performative rather than productive. They do not align with peer organizations, or with the 8.30am-5pm Ann Arbor office that many of our workflows are dependent on.

    ITHAKA2019-03-04
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Not a place for a career but okay first job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ITHAKA full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people who mean well, good work-life balance, lots of vacation days, good health benefits, you probably won't hate the place

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of upward mobility, high turnover, poor morale, not very mission focused for a nonprofit, you probably won't love the place

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to retain good talent. Don't make your employees beg for every raise. Make newer employees feel like they have a future at ITHAKA.

    ITHAKA2017-10-05
  3. "Good Company but Sometimes Misses the Mark"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ITHAKA full-time for more than 8 years

    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.

    ITHAKA2017-05-17
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