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Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco) Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - great mission of helping people find work
    - dedicated to metrics and results
    - thoughtful and regular strategic planning process
    - company looks for ways to keep and promote talent
    - great benefits + Jewish holidays

    Cons

    - can be too opportunistic
    - limited growth depending on your department

    Advice to Management

    - encourage more team camaraderie


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it seems. Get experience, and get out."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Staff is mostly very friendly, professional, and dedicated to helping clients. Good vacation/sick leave policy, health benefits after 30 days of employment. Good core values.

    Cons

    EXCEPTIONALLY low pay, even for a non-profit. Executive Management Team is not transparent with staff at all. Members of this team look down upon staff who are not Director level. There is also an unreasonably high level of turnover in staff. JVS sees this "as a cost of doing business," and does little to retain talent.

    Advice to Management

    Time to get a transition in place and get Abby Snay out of JVS. After 40+ years, get some new management in. Pay your staff a livable wage! $40K is not a livable wage for staff. Put your core values into practice; if you really value your team, reflect that in compensation.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hated it"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get to via public transportaion.

    Cons

    Unfriendly staff, questionable business practices.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a living wage, treat staff with respect, and like professionals.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Satisfying work with opportunities to learn"

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

    I worked at Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Down to earth, appreciative clients
    Mission-oriented staff
    Great vacation benefits

    Cons

    Usual budget/security worries that go with nonprofit work
    Frequently changing services/mission to chase grant money


  5. "Non profit with professional, high integrity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    High energy, mission driven staff.

    Cons

    Dependent on changing funding sources


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very good opportunities, poor management skills and leadership from management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    Good opportunities and decent pay. They will work hard to find you a good internship or good work position in the local community.

    Cons

    Very poor communication with supervisors and they were very disorganized, having to do with the supervisors being new to the area. Could have been a better if only they had better organization and more communication.

    Advice to Management

    Very good program with very great opportunities, but due to a lack of organization and doing things in a timely manner i would not recommend going through the troubles of trying to deal with unprofessional supervisors.


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco) full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful managers and co-workers. Team-oriented.

    Cons

    There is no con that I can think of for this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Job shadowing for employees so that they can learn about other departments

  8. "Get with the Program or Move On"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco) full-time

    Pros

    High caliber of job search training skills.
    Collaborative Teams
    Good Benefits
    Great opportunity to learn and advance your career

    Cons

    Non profit salary
    Slow to innovate new ideas
    a bit uppity
    too many pathway programs

    Advice to Management

    Take more of an employer focused approach and build relationships with community based . partners.Compensate well. Limit assisted services available to 6 months


  9. "Employment Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    excellent team communication; flexibility; room to advance, friendly staff

    Cons

    good amount of day spent in car traveling to meet with clients.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No Structure"

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

    Pros

    Helping youth, flexibility, overall mission

    Cons

    program lacks structure and creativity

    Advice to Management

    take a realistic approach when dealing with youth


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