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Jewish Family Services of San Diego Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Great and supportive staff."

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    Former Employee - Social Worker in Elizabeth, NJ
    Former Employee - Social Worker in Elizabeth, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jewish Family Services of San Diego full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extended vacation and personal time is key. Comp time is also a pro. The staff is great and helpful

    Cons

    Long hours and low salary is a con. Also there are times when you work late in the office


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Thank God for my bubble"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, committed colleagues. Love working with my clients.

    Cons

    Poor morale. No real communication. Preoccupation with bigger and prettier, but not better. Leadership clique makes decisions in isolation. A few select people determine the course of things. Clear favorites. If certain leaders don't like you, watch out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Follow through with things. Listen. Treat everyone the same. Listen. Don't belittle. Listen. Figure out why great people leave. Pay attention to how people feel inside, instead of how we look outside.

  3. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jewish Family Services of San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience and opportunities to work with different populations. Competitive pay for a non-profit organization.

    Cons

    Felt anonymous, management was disconnected from front line staff, decisions made without much thought and management was not transparent. Agency is cliqueish.


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The staff are very friendly. Everyone worked together and it was a happy environment.

    Cons

    Nonprofit organization.
    Supposedly there will be layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be kind and friendly.


  5. "Good Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Supportive management, learned a lot

    Cons

    People shouldn't pick favorites because it disturbs work flow.


  6. "Work atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Agency is a community social service organization which positive impacts those less fortunate. They offer diverse programs aimed at helping all people, regardless of background or spiritual beliefs

    Cons

    Agency is 'top heavy' regarding upper level management and their salaries, compared to other agency staff

    Advice to Management

    Level the field regarding salaries of all agency staff


  7. "Social Service Done Well"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Family Services of San Diego full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was proud to work here. The culture was generally friendly and relaxed. This is by far the best run social service agency in San Diego. When I was here there were many highly qualified employees.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of management changes in the past 5 years. It created a feeling of instability among staff. Some of the best employees left because there was a significant focus shift to be more income conscious.

  8. "Working with JFS staff was very enriching and rewarding."

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    Former Employee - Office Administrative Assistant in Encinitas, CA
    Former Employee - Office Administrative Assistant in Encinitas, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Family Services of San Diego part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The level of commitment by the organization to the community is memorable.

    Cons

    I would have liked to continue with the organization in a similar capacity when the grant ended.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to be considered for a similar position.


  9. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Family Services of San Diego full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    JFS is focused on learning and innovation in order to maximize impact in the community.

    Cons

    Still working to improve communication.


  10. "Donor-Centered Agency"

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

    I worked at Jewish Family Services of San Diego (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    JFS gives a great introduction to social services. It does have a wide array of services and a lot of opportunities to work across departments. A few of the Chiefs and a lot of the Directors are really wonderful to work with. They are passionate about helping San Diegans and try their best to support their employees.

    Cons

    My biggest issue with JFS is that it is far from client centered. Most upper management decisions are made with the donors in mind. With rare exception, VIP donors are entitled and make it difficult to get day-to-day work done. Overall I don't believe the agency work ethic alignes with the values they profess. They are having the same issues that they had 7 years ago. Definition of insanity?

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. Set them up for success when giving them more responsibility. Compensate them appropriately for the work they do. Most importantly - stop being afraid to fire people who are clearly pulling the team down. Keep all employees accountable for their behavior and their program results.


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