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Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Reviews

Updated September 19, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Equal Pros and Cons"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles full-time

    Pros

    Allows opportunities for professional development, offers exercise classes after work (at employee's expense to be deducted from paycheck), has a small "gym" you can use, friendly staff and opporutnities to get to know people from other departments and those who work in different programs. Plenty of paid Jewish and national holidays off.

    Cons

    From what I can see, it's difficult to get a promotion beyond a certain point if you're not Jewish or "connected". Not the best environment if you're not actually interested in advancing Israel as a whole instead of focusing on the program you're with. Upper management makes important decisions for each program without opening it up for discussion with people who actually run the program. High staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize a bit and allow people to take ownership of their programs. They know them best because they're on the ground operating them every day. Maybe hold a "town hall" style meeting to allow people to speak openly and honestly.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "So much potential, terrible mismanagement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relatively stress free environment, fairly easy work when compared to for-profit businesses and agencies, low pressure. Decent work-life balance, very rarely asked to work overtime, never have to take work home with you. Great benefits for long term employees, lots of vacation days. Genuine and friendly coworkers, and overall you feel like you are contributing to a good cause.

    Cons

    However, when you peel back the curtain and find out more about how this organization really works from the top down, there is some serious ugly happening here. Everything said in other reviews is true - management staff is completely incompetent from the executives down through department administrators. No idea how to lead a team, how to inspire you to do your best, or how build trust between themselves and their workers. This becomes the only real cause of stress at your job, rather than the work itself.

    Furthermore, management in every department shows a stunning lack of understanding of current technology, social trends, and business acumen. I mean barely able to check their email. The attitude however, remains father-knows-best, and people with no experience or knowledge will tell you exactly what to do, and how to do it.

    This all results in a restrictive, blinded work environment that discourages critical thinking and creativity. You are expected to fall in line and follow orders to the letter, which is a poor way to operate for a non-profit with so much potential. There is no opportunity for job growth or promotion - there are people working here in the same position for over 35+ years. Unless you belong to the real inner clique, you will be seen as an outsider and kept in place by your superiors.

    Advice to Management

    Send your management staff to leadership training, place higher levels of trust in your employees. If you hire someone for their knowledge and skills, listen to them when they come up with solutions for on the job problems. Stop telling your workers how to do the job you hired them to do, and encourage them to grow and thrive both at the office and in the community.


  3. "Wonderful!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, great tools for growth.

    Cons

    I had no complaints. This workplace is great!


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Taught me a lot... About what to avoid in life."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can literally do nothing all day and still look productive compared to other people there. Unlimited k cups is pretty useful as well to keep you awake in your dark cubicle. They block streaming video, but you can still kill your 8 union-mandated hours on Facebook and CNN.

    Cons

    There is a policy, a form, etc. for EVERYTHING at this place. HR sent out an email letting everyone know that "Federation Fun Day" was MANDATORY, and that if you didn't come on time to the company picnic, you'd lose a vacation day. The entire organization is so compartmentalized and it is so top down. If you have any idea of moving above your role at the Federation, think again. Management is terrible and ineffective. There is SO much waste at the Federation. After working here I would never donate to it... I've even convinced a relative to take it out if her will. HR periodically forgets to deduct from employees' pay checks for Union dues, health insurance, etc. and then slams the employee with a large bill after several months... Oh yeah, the HMO with a massive deductible is like $400-500/month.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the c-level executives. The old-timers in the company are leaving along with the millennials because they remember a time when it wasn't a bad place to work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Beware"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (More than a year)

    Pros

    the place is theoretically one of the most compelling institutions in town--and nationally--and it could play an international role, The Valley office is a great place to work--people there are very happy and well-treated and effective thanks to great leadership and it shows in our work. In general, for as long as you are internally popular or under the radar, again, it affords an opportunity to help build programs of great importance for the community. All in all, it's great to go into an institution like this with your eyes and ears open, so that you can be among those who have great experiences there and so that you can avoid tripping over the invisible political trip wires.

    Cons

    The dearth of Jewish values and best practices in the way the institution runs as a whole is unfortunate. If you want to work there, be prepared to be a political player and to read carefully between the lines.
    Some of the most remarkable programs developed there over the past decade have notably lost the people who developed these internationally recognized programs; they have quit or suspiciously "resigned" or unceremoniously and abruptly "left".
    Unfortunately, deficiencies on the part of the senior leadership trickle down into the whole of the organization, which tends to lose people who are conspicuously capable and doing things.
    There is a general antipathy between the leadership and the union, and there are tactics used in hiring that precisely provide for HR to skirt good-faith personnel practices in employees' interest. Unfortunately, the high rate of turnover and the reasons for it have an effect on employee morale and the institutional culture and impact.

    Advice to Management

    Aim to keep your good people through better internal communication and support of promising professionals; you'll save so much money, strengthen all your programs, enhance your reputation in the community among the next generation of supporters, and impress more foundations with the results of your work. Your employees will be more productive, and you will bring new value to the institution at a critical time of transition for the American Jewish community.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    Some of the former managers were very unprofessional


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Difficult Management and Highly Stressful Environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I worked for the Jewish Federation for a good period of time, enough to see the good and the bad of this large non-profit organization. The employee's work hard and put in a lot of time and effort into each campaign they work. I volunteered for community service days, which allowed me to participate and represent the Jewish Federation in giving back to the community. Each time I was involved in the community service days, it was rewarding to see how the organization does give back to the community. I found each time I participated, it made me feel better as a person.

    Cons

    I was in a department that consisted of very demanding management, that did not how to communicate to their employee's, This in turn caused a highly stressful environment, as the expectations by the management team without any type of communication set unreasonable deadlines. I have worked for various employer's throughout my career and have always given 110% of my time to each one, This job was the first job that I can honestly say made feel as if I was being set-up to fail.

    Advice to Management

    You need to focus your training on management. This includes the supervisor all the way up to the executive team. Without the proper training, it will be difficult to move beyond the mediocre performance of employee/manager relationships, which is essential for a business to flourish. You also need to stop overlooking company policies for certain people because of their title, etc. and uphold them as they were written in your handbook for everyone employed here. It totally destroys the employee moral when this is seen by other employee's.A good house cleaning would suffice.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent managers...organizational dumping"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles full-time

    Pros

    Part of a large network, the organization is highly reputed in the community, budding culture of federation family and professional development

    Cons

    There are the few gems but most management are very incompetent as managers albeit good public faces. Managing up really means taking on extra duties that are out of your job scope and taking the blame for not being able to predict and solve managers' failings or disorganization. Employees and management are constantly at odds due to unrealistic expectations of work load, inflexibility of meal time standards restricting valuable work time, significant cronyism, and pressuring from top down significantly threatening work-life balance. Competent employees are seen as a real threat and are pressured out if they are not well-connected. During my time here I've even seen very competent employees leave due to favoritism and office bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management training, make quality decisions within prescribed deadlines, genuinely work as a team don't just talk about it, do not scapegoat employees, and be careful not to treat employees unfairly-these are the next motivated and proactive jewish leaders. It is a small Los Angeles Jewish world-chances are you will meet and work together again.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Difficult management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles full-time

    Pros

    The organization does good work and you definitely feel like you are contributing to something larger than yourself.

    Cons

    It is an incredibly difficult place to work as they seem to forget that their employees are members of their community as well. Management is less focused on relationships and more focused on hierarchy, a major roadblock in being an innovative organization that distracts from the work.


  11. "Director in Young Adult Engagement Department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, freedom to impact and create own programs. The network you become a part of is incredible. You have to be able to navigate bureaucracy, have relationships with people at all levels of business.

    Cons

    Some colleagues are incredible, smart and driven, others are mediocre and that is frustrating if you are one of the driven ones. Some departments are resistant to change, others are nimble and striving to push the boundaries.

    Advice to Management

    Managers/Supervisors should be trained in supervising. Most people manage up.



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