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Junior Achievement USA Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Junior Achievement USA President and CEO Jack E. Kosakowski
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Pros
  • Wonderful Mission, Great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Good mission, kids love the program, lots of networking opportunities (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Because this is a non profit they are understaffed and you will need to put in the amount of work that two/three people would do (in 7 reviews)

  • There is little no room for lateral growth (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Heading in a Great Direction"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Junior Achievement USA full-time

    Pros

    It is very easy to see the immediate benefit of JA programming for youth. There is no doubt that they are fulfilling a need and creating perspective. Teachers trust the brand so it is an easy sell.

    Ability to network with many schools and make connections in many corporate environments, all while making a great impact.

    Cons

    Management at my location was quite disorganized at times, but the people have since changed. Connections still with the organization are pleased, and they are executing on a lot of good ideas.

    Sometimes new volunteers have a lot of questions or get caught up in the details before they actually perform their teaching in the classroom.

    Pay was super low.


  2. "Program Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Junior Achievement USA part-time

    Pros

    Great mission; company culture is positive and team oriented; good entry level experience in areas like program management, volunteer training and database usage; helpful online orientations and intranet

    Cons

    I have recently started working and currently have no cons.

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Junior Achievement USA full-time

    Pros

    Great training, pay and benefits for the industry. Most things are handled at a local level, so it doesn't feel like a huge organization. They promote from within.

    Cons

    Dealing with anything on the national level is a pain. Kinda stuck in their ways and not open to suggestions for improvement.


  4. "BEST PEOPLE EVER"

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

    I have been working at Junior Achievement USA full-time

    Pros

    Management, pay, flexibility, fulfilling, fun, growth potential

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about JA


  5. "Not as it seems"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator
    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Junior Achievement USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The development area is highly top down structured, so you don't need to think on the job.

    Cons

    You can't be creative - more like working for a franchise than a non-profit.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up


  6. "Program Manager"

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

    I have been working at Junior Achievement USA full-time

    Pros

    You meet a lot of professional people. You get to work with kids and teachers. The hours are reasonable. The staff is friendly and helpful. Company covers benefits. You get holidays off and half day Fridays during the summer.

    Cons

    Have to work on weekends and afters 5 occasionally. Not much room for career growth unless you want to move to Colorado. If you transfer to another office you have to start completely over again with your benefits. You have to drive a lot with no company car. Gas reimbursement is only .535 and you don't get compensated for wear and tear on your car.


  7. "Good Place to Start Your Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Marketing
    Former Employee - Intern Marketing
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Junior Achievement USA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Trying their best to help children learn about the real-world and how to be prepared for the workforce, Many great events and hard working people. This job helped open the doors to many great opportunities because it helped start my professional network. Even though I am not working there anymore, I still love the nonprofits mission and volunteer at events when I can!!

    Cons

    Of course as a nonprofit the salary is low, but if you love that work you are doing money isn't everything. This is a great place to start your career.

    Advice to Management

    Offer employees education benefits for higher education.

  8. "Wouldn't wish this place on my worst enemy."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Junior Achievement USA full-time

    Pros

    Cannot think of any pros at this time.

    Cons

    I can't imagine being treated worse in a workplace. Management belittles employees daily in a way which would never be acceptable if this organization had an HR department. They do not care about the mission, or helping kids, they just want to reach their numbers. They care even less about their employees, paying them non-livable wages and asking for more and more work every year in order to reach their goals. The "culture", or lack thereof, means that you will get berated for having a friendly conversation with a co-worker. Individuals have actually gotten reprimanded for speaking to each other. The office must remain cold, empty, and soul-sucking. The president tries to overly compensate for her flaws when first meeting someone, and seems passionate and kind. Everyone at JA knows this is a front.

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost, your employees are not second-grade citizens and should not be treated as such. Management doesn't care that employees have lives outside of JA. They will require that someone use what little vacation time they have to run necessary errands, such as a doctor's visit, or picking up their child from school, even if it means just leaving 30 minutes early. They seem to not understand that there is a reason employees are quitting weekly, and that is them, and how poorly they run their organization. A complete revamping is necessary, as management doesn't agree that their old-school, bureaucratic ways clearly aren't working, and haven't been for some time.


  9. "Director, Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Development in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director Development in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Junior Achievement USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Terrific co workers, fast pace

    Cons

    No tracks for change or growth


  10. "Great Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Junior Achievement USA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Having Fun while Doing Good

    Cons

    I cannot think of any


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