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Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship Reviews

Updated September 14, 2016
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  1. "Salary Band - Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Learning and Exposure.
    Great environment and great people to work with.
    Knowledge sharing among departments
    People friendly Organization

    Cons

    Non profit Organization.
    15 Years in the industry and still growing.
    No con that i can think of as of now


  2. "Do not join the place, do wait you will always get a better job!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship full-time

    Pros

    -There are some processes in place that help you navigate through things like leave, attendance, etc.
    -The founders are very smart people
    -Good place to build your resume and move to the next job

    Cons

    -There is complete disconnect between board members and employees. The board members think of themselves as "demigods." If you want to just have a cushy job, without working too hard, you will need to constantly massage their ego, praise them, worship them, stand up everytime they enter the room.
    -Micromanagement is a huge problem. They have no faith in individual competency.
    -Knee jerk reactions to what projects should be pursued. They will spend enormous money to organizing round table, conference and get happy with couple of news coverage. No one cares about those projects, once they have ended.
    -if you want to good work, you should not join the place. Its a colossal waste of time. Its a dead pool.

    Advice to Management

    Stop calling your self "do-tank" because the organization behaves/acts like any other government office.


  3. "Oppressive environment!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being an NGO, Janaagraha cannot be expected to pay as per industry scales. But for anyone looking to transition from industry to the social sector, Janaagraha will offer a fair compensation.

    Cons

    1. Extremely top-down and dictatorial management
    2. Lot of time wasted in long meetings where nothing gets decided
    3. Split-second and completely arbitrary decision-making after wasting months collecting information to help arrive at an 'informed' decision
    4. If you come from corporate sector, expect to be completely ignored even on topics within your core competency. Because Janaagraha management think they know better than others in all subject areas
    5. Huge amounts of time, effort and money spent on work that was finally not utilized anywhere

    Advice to Management

    Once in a while, trust your team members to take the right decisions and deliver good results without constant interference from management


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  5. "Working for this organization makes you depressed and stupid"

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

    Pros

    You join the organization keeping in mind the brand name. But once you have worked there and do have ambitions, you just become motivated to seek out for the next job.

    Cons

    -The organization wants to be a think tank but does not have the people who can take them there.
    -The organizational goals keep changing, and without a vision the employees are left confused and depressed.
    -The HR is terrible and do not care about the employees. The pay-scale is bad, but they have enough money for wasting on avoidable expenses. You work on 2 Saturdays and very strict about ensuring that you complete mandatory hours.
    -The management has a tendency to micromanage and can be disrespectful towards the employees. You are not well received by the management, if you think differently.
    -As an organization, there is very distinct hierarchy even if they claim otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you select right people so that you do not need to micro manage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Join this place if you have no ambition"

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

    I worked at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    8 hour shifts irrespective of your productivity so it is possible to do other projects while on the job.
    This job teaches you what to avoid at your next job.

    Cons

    All work in the policy research advocacy and capacity building section is done to glorify the founders and the senior management.
    Lack of trust in your ability, judgement and experience even if you have years of experience.
    Indecisive leaders who do not know what they want or where the organization is headed.
    NGO functions more for its funders than for the people.
    You can get ahead if you completely stop using your mind and submit to becoming a cog in the wheel.
    High attrition rate every year and usually former employees feel infinitely happier in their new work places
    They don't pay salary on time. You can receive it anytime and often it is delayed. They feel they have the right to withhold the salary. This would be fine if they were short on funds but the organisation otherwise behaves like an MNC

    Advice to Management

    Learn to decentralize and trust your employees better.
    Stop money wastage.
    No accountability on poor management of finances and wastage of funds on mindless items
    Create a revolving position for coordinators who seem to be pushing the organization into a rut.


  7. "Good place to work, but with caveats"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work, depending on the team you're with. Great people in general and great products and activities with a lot of learning experience.

    Cons

    Quite opaque hiring system
    Growth possibilities are unclear
    Lackadaisical and at times hostile treatment of certain projects if they are not the priority
    Massive disconnect amongst teams
    Not a high paying job.


  8. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to take up a lot of responsibilities and learn things that you may not have learnt in any other organization. If you are a manager then you get exposure to running a team while keeping tabs on budget, KRA/KPIs and other facets of team management.

    Cons

    I found it a suitable & nice place to work. No Cons from my side.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sucked big time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Don't go, it's a trap.

    Cons

    work life balance, stipend 0, you'll be overloaded.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop treating people like they are working for you. They are working as a service.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "As a full time employer, not something worth looking forward to"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to take up a lot of responsibilities and learn things that you may not have learnt in any other organization. If you are a manager then you get exposure to running a team while keeping tabs on budget, KRA/KPIs and other facets of team management.

    Cons

    A lot of time is spent in meetings with no real outcome or positive impact on the actual work. This gives chance to some employees to massage egos and project themselves as really caring about the organization thereby getting in the good books of co-founders. Once you are there you can even hold anyone hostage in the company and still get away with it.
    The stress levels are unnecessarily high for employees with no consideration given to their personal lives. You are treated almost like bonded labor and if you quit you are labelled a mercenary.
    A lot of time is spent in planning and doing gorund work but then the entire activity is scrapped with no logical justification or desired outcome which enhances the dissatisfaction

    Advice to Management

    Move away from being an activity based organization to an outcome based organization.
    Stop micro-managing the employees and learn to trust their decision making.
    Get down from your high-horse and for once try treating your employees as human beings.


  11. "The issues dealt with here are real and out there."

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    Current Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office culture is great, friendly atmosphere, The kind of work here attracts a lot of youth. Inspiring and will certainly turn you into a socialist

    Cons

    Some days have heavy working hours, but that does not really get counted into the bonuses. Since its an Ngo the pay is not very satisfactory



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