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Local Initiative Support Corporation Reviews

Updated January 11, 2017
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  1. "A great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Excellent staff, knowledgeable management and meaningful work is done each day.

    Cons

    I don't feel there are any cons working for this organization.


  2. "AmeriCorps Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity, and valued experience. Can learn a lot from this position.

    Cons

    Very tight work hours, you need to achieve 1700 hours within 10 months which it's not easy achieve.

    Advice to Management

    Very nice management team.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great employer, needs help with culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits, hardworking staff, employees are taken care of

    Cons

    Old-school hierarchy that prevents the org from going through much needed structural changes, office culture can be very boring and stagnant.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn about community development from a variety of angles.

    Cons

    Departments and programs are very silo-ed. Opportunities for advancement can be limited.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to grow a network"

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

    Pros

    Great working conditions in mostly small regional offices, autonomy, rewarding work helping community development corporations improve poor communities. Amazing network of fantastic colleagues across the country that keeps on giving after leaving the organization. Best benefits I ever had.

    Cons

    Traditionally hierarchical org structure and a culture that doesn't emphasize promoting learning and change. Effectiveness of offices vary greatly depending on region and program vice presidents. Can only work where the org raises $. Difficult to do truly transformative work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider and promote devolving decision making to the people who perform actual work. Highly localized operations are conducive to self management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A very dynamic work environment with professional and compassionate staff. It's a wonderful opportunity to see community development in action.

    Cons

    Extensive travel with some nights, weekends expected in this particular position.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great learning eperience, but bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience! Learned a lot about community development and I am now interested in a career in the field. Worked in a great office with wonderful people who supported each other. Learned a great deal of the nonprofit sector and about local needs and challenges. Paid internship.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. Difficult to advance. Was promised a position and when the time came, it was clear there would not be room for me. Also, consulting firms increasingly took over our office which made it difficult for anyone to do their job.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great visions old style operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation part-time

    Pros

    The vision of the company is great. The staff is very friendly across all departments. It has a family feel.

    Cons

    The operate like a bank which results in slow progress and changing company policy takes a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Be more adaptive of new technology and hire more millennials.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Incredibly mismanaged but gained a lot of hirable skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is so broad that there is a lot of opportunity to learn about various programming: AmeriCorps, real estate, building sustainable communities, etc. If you are a hard worker, a good critical thinker, and willing to learn, you will gain a lot of insight and skill. Great local staff. Addition of Intranet for sharing resources helped with efficiency and skill sharing.

    Cons

    The organization is incredibly mismanaged. There is a high turnover at all levels. Decisions are made and changed repeatedly, depending on which level management is interested at any given moment. At times, there is a disturbing lack of professionalism by upper management. The staff on the ground do an incredible amount of work but there is a disconnect between their achievements and the contributions of those overseeing them. Consultants with long-standing relationships have strong roles in local offices with unclear boundaries. The organization does not promote from within - most staff must leave the company and then get hired back into a more senior role. Multiple offices with full staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    There is no accountability for upper management. If there were clear guidelines and for conduct and leadership, turnover would not be so high. This is a good nonprofit with an important cause, great benefits, and talented staff. Upper management needs to see the broader issue and address it.


  11. "Experiences probably vary across sites"

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

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff are given a lot of autonomy on a daily basis. Local sites work largely independently of the corporate offices.

    Cons

    The company has more than 30 sites across the country. Individual employee's experiences can really vary based on the local office culture.

    Advice to Management

    LISC seems to be focusing on improving knowledge sharing across the organization. It should continue this effort.



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