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Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  1. "Great time!"

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    Current Employee - Management in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Management in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work and people to work with every day. Everyone is there for the mission and to help the world.

    Cons

    Too many changes and directions from the top, need better feedback to employees. People want to know what their future looks like.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to everyone


  2. "Teen Foundation"

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    Former Employee - Leadership Council in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Leadership Council in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience working with a closely knit team as a high schooler given the responsibly of a mature adult running a foundation.

    Cons

    At time inefficient, and forced

    Advice to Management

    Loved the laid back office culture!


  3. "Passionate about the Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People passionate about the work that they do.

    Cons

    A culture of entitlement from clients and colleagues, can make it a frustrating experience for some.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "one of the worst work environments I've ever encountered - great staff, terrible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Huge endowment fund, enviable access to wealthy donors, 100 year history. Many of the programs funded by the Federation are worthwhile and very meaningful.

    Cons

    No vision, no transparency, and poor fiscal management. The Board has absolutely no oversight over executive staff, they are busy bogged down in processes, meaningless meetings, no substantive information flow from executive staff to Board upwards or from Executive Staff to staff downwards. Way too many upper level managers, no performance metrics, cronyism, favoritism and promotion of the connected, not the competent.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for monthly financial reports and spend time reviewing them. Stop getting snowed by the PR of your executive team and look at results, not promises.


  6. "Overall good experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco as an intern

    Pros

    The Federation does great work and the people are nice. People were very open to talking to me about their career paths as I was a college intern.

    Cons

    The work that I was doing did not feel useful and it was a isolating working in a space far away from my department.


  7. "Event Planning Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing work place and colleagues, everyone was excited to answer questions and help make the intern experience hands on and well-rounded.

    Cons

    None that comes to mind, really a great place to begin a career at in the Jewish Sphere.


  8. "So much potential, if it only had the right leader."

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

    Pros

    Many smart, dedicated people with high integrity work there. They are committed to a common goal, and work exceptionally hard. The salaries are generous, as are the benefits.

    Cons

    Hugely dependent on major donors. People with less money to contribute feel insignificant. "Layleaders" exert too much influence on day to issues, and they don't always show the staff they respect they deserve. The CEO position is enormously challenging and requires a strong, confident leader with unwavering integrity - a combination that continues to elude the organization. Revolving door at the senior levels.

    Advice to Management

    As a philanthropy, integrity is key. Don't just espouse Jewish values, live by them. Recognize that your greatest assets are the people who have dedicated themselves to your organization's mission, and treat them all, accordingly.