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JCC in Manhattan Reviews

Updated January 28, 2017
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  1. "Film Center Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JCC in Manhattan (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is so nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Not much room for hiring because a tight budget and small team.


  2. "some great things but too much going wrong"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at JCC in Manhattan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    some incredible programs and very dedicated people

    Cons

    some incredibly bad people who do nothing all day and get paid for it

    Advice to Management

    support people who are loyal to you and stick around and work hard
    you're a family organization...try covering family members on health insurance.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No Direction at all and racist to boot!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at JCC in Manhattan full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Gym benefits
    - Some very dedicated individuals invested in the mission

    Cons

    - Racism: I experienced multiple racist remarks, assumptions, and decisions made by senior management.
    - Company culture encourages people to stay until 6pm even if they were efficient and got their work done within the 7 hours of the day. They do not respect or reward a good work ethic.
    - VERY few advancement prospects: Someone who had been there for 5 years working at a miserably low salary moved to a different department that she had no experience in, where she got a measly increase in pay. They are all about the time served (like jail) rather than actually being qualified.
    - People with children are given MUCH more leeway in terms of coming in on time, leaving early, etc. If you are a single, unmarried person with no kids, you will be treated significantly differently.
    - TERRIBLE record-keeping: When donors ask for a full, accurate accounting of their gifts, lifetime donations, it is quite difficult to get the information easily since there are such lax accounting and data standards.
    - WAY too many people who are completely ineffectual, and, due to their time there, largely complacent. There are also way too many people with the same job title (marketing) who seem to do nothing, especially if their family members are on the board.
    - The cafe on the first floor is disgusting, but everyone must use it for all catering needs.
    - There is no real strategic plan for the organization nor is there any accountability for decisions in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    - Get a strategic plan.
    - Have sensitivity training mandatory for all staff.
    - Treat everyone equally, even if they are a minority, a woman, or don't have kids.
    - Invest in a Chief Data Officer Chief Administrative Officer to streamline and improve the data landscape throughout the organization.
    - Don't keep ineffectual and complacent people on staff just because they have been there a long time or they are married to, related to, or friends with a board member.
    - Watch out for IRS audits -- you're a prime target since your financial standards are so ... flexible.
    - Respect work-life balance and don't shame people who leave at 5pm when their work is finished.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at JCC in Manhattan part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It really feels like a true community.
    Even if you are an employee you still have access to everything that a regular member has.
    It's a very easygoing atmosphere and a great working environment year-round, everyone is very flexible and understandable when it come to working conditions.
    Very easy to talk to superiors

    Cons

    There are no cons I could think of about the JCC. It's a great place to be.
    One thing though is that the building has been around for over 10 years, and there have not been too many changes to the interior and the facilities of the building. It would be nice to see some more improved renovations.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not The Best Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at JCC in Manhattan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to facilities and programs available to members. Flexible hours and ability to have a personal life.

    Cons

    Disorganized and not well run. Too many people doing the same thing. Undefined jobs and many people that are not qualified to do what they're doing. Inflated titles.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the organization of the company and reevaluate people's roles and what is necessary and what isn't.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great work environment, excellent if you have kids, communal environment. TERRIBLE SALARY!!!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at JCC in Manhattan full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at the JCC for 2 years. The environment is extremely open and relaxed. You can wear sneakers, a T-shirt and jeans to work. Free membership to the in-building gym and pool (with towel service and steam room). No one cares if you add an extra 15 or 20 minutes to your lunch break so you can finish up at the gym. The people are extremely friendly and enjoyable. Organization is very horizontal - easy to get your ideas across, talk with your bosses and some upper management. Subsidized health insurance premiums. Upper management salaries are not ludicrous - no one at the JCC is making half a million per year, so it makes you feel somewhat better about not making a fortune yourself. Company is VERY understanding about maternity leave, needing to go home because your child is sick / left school early, or needing to take sick leave.

    Cons

    Salaries are wildly below market. Most non-profits pay 80% of what for-profits offer - this company offers 50%, if that. I haven't met a single individual at the JCC who is satisfied with their salary outside of upper management. You do not get rewarded for hard work. There are no bonuses, and raises are few and far between. They will openly tell you to look for a new job if you ask for more than a few thousand dollars' increase. Company-wide disorganization means it can be very difficult to get things done. Sometimes feels like a giant playground by millionaires for millionaires.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying your employees what they deserve - all your talent keeps walking out the door. Marketing has no plan and no determined way of getting results - their constant lack of planning is costing your company huge amounts of money. There's a relaxed environment, and then there's an unprofessional one. No one should be openly shopping for shoes or playing online RPG's at their desk (even if their parent / husband / friend is on the board!!)


  7. "Interesting teaching opportunities and friendly students."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting teaching opportunities and wide range of classes offered. Relatively good resources offered to teachers in preparation for their classes. Awareness of a holistic approach to teaching with out-of-the classroom trips and activities encouraged and supported by management.

    Cons

    Contract positions are not stable. Not much path to long-term opportunities. Varying levels of interest and enthusiasm among the students even though they are paying for the class and taking it voluntarily.

  8. "I'm a "lifer""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at JCC in Manhattan part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities, a lot of diversity and a lot of good people.

    Cons

    There is not enough internal infrastructure.


  9. "Even part time employees are eligible for free fitness membership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility and chance to be considered for full time work if position opens up.

    Cons

    It could take some time for a full time job to become available


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Status quo"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at JCC in Manhattan full-time

    Pros

    It is very much a community center. The relationships amongst staff and constituents is genuine and apparent. Individuals generally always feel "welcome" here.

    Cons

    Poorly organized. The status quo is essentially accepted and innovation is essentially discouraged. There is a lack of communication amongst the various departments' "directors." This leads to confusion, frustration and inefficiency.

    There is a very obvious racial disparity between the administrative staff on the 8th floor and the mid-to-entry-level staff throughout the rest of the building. This is apparent both culturally and literally. Mid and entry-level employees don't have much, if any opportunity for advancement and that mindset is generally accepted despite internal belief to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in an HR consultancy firm to objectively identify fundamental flaws in the organizational structure. HR should be an actual department which serves to foster a more diverse, accepting, efficient and inclusive environment. It is also the responsibility of HR to hold the executive staff accountable for both their own and their subordinates' ethical behavior. Truly become an "Equal Opportunity Employer."


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