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Local Initiative Support Corporation Reviews

Updated January 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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.


  3. "Positive"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    National. Room for growth. Good location. Good people. Challenging work

    Cons

    Lack of diversity. Poor communication. Advancement is slow. Model is s bit dated

    Advice to Management

    Possible but slow


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  5. "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn affordable housing finance.

    Cons

    Difficult paths to promotion.

    The company takes on too much at times.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the in-house talent to develop the organization's future.


  6. "DC office"

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Mid Level Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great morale; excellent location. Good diversity.

    Cons

    none. excellent vacation, etc.

    Advice to Management

    align salaries with peers in company BASED ON DC cost of living!


  7. "A wonderful place to get hands-on access early in your career."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to managers, officers, senior leadership and all people connected to the community development field.

    Cons

    There are weaknesses in organization, just like at any other big company. There tends to be many chefs in the kitchen at any given time.

    Advice to Management

    There is passionate and exceptional talent in the pipeline. Invest more in developing that talent. The organization does a wonderful job of making the impossible happen on a day to day basis; with more focus on in-house enrichment, the sky is the limit.


  8. "Great Employer Fun and Exciting Place to Work Great Experience."

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    Former Employee - Client Services Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Services Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Local Initiative Support Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Since this is a non-profit you have the opportunity to fill many roles and gain valuable experience you may not beable to get at a for profit company.

    Cons

    Again this is a non-profit you need to know how to balance work and life if not you may suffer in both.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your precious staff go.....


  9. "LISC - A good place to get started on a community development career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization is mission driven and there is a commitment to neighborhood revitalization. Managers have good technical skills, but could improve management skills.

    Cons

    Most information about the organization gets transmitted through a rumor mill. There is some resistance to learning things not related to community development.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency around decision making. Do more bottom up listening. Improve organizational communication. Organization should better reflect communities served.


  10. "Tough non-profit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent community based programs, very warm network of regional offices with NY headquarters, good compensation for a non-profit

    Cons

    Typical complaints: management tends to be aloof with ongoing changes in the needs of programs and the officers who must deploy them; a lot of "training" is too long, too boring, and too repetitive; each department does not work well in concert with the next - this makes cohesive cross pollination nearly impossible

    Advice to Management

    It takes more than commitment to the mission to make a non-profit work, it takes effort and energy to groom the field officers and the ground zero folks to ensure proper execution of initiatives.


  11. "Important work and great people to work with."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    The mission and the purpose of the organization. You're making real contributions to the development of underserved communities across the country.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great because it's a non-profit but better than most non-profits. There's limited room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of senior management positions that seem to overlap. It would be nice to consolidate these positions and open up more positions for other less senior staff to climb the ladder.



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