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National Kidney Foundation Reviews

Updated January 9, 2018
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Pros
  • Flexible work schedule, passionate about mission (in 3 reviews)

  • Nice people, good cause, good location, decent pay, moderate pressure (relatively speaking) (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover and staff morale low (in 3 reviews)

  • Non-competitive salaries, NEPOTISM, poor management styles, not everyone works their 40 hours a week (especially the Directors), misuse of donor money (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Gala Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Director in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Kidney Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helping ill people with vital programs and services

    Cons

    Hard work, little money, and little gratitude

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word and appreciate your staff


  2. "Development Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Kidney Foundation full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are decent enough

    Cons

    Not much training. Poor management from the highest level down.

  3. "Not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Kidney Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Working and interacting with volunteers and patients is nice.

    Cons

    Overall bad management and communication

    Advice to Management

    More resources and staff for field offices. Management only cares about numbers and not the people we are supposed to help. Too sales oriented and that turns people off. The organization has too wide a focus.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Transitions are hard"

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    Former Employee - Director of Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Kidney Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The volunteers and clients you interact with on a daily basis

    Cons

    It's not a traditional nonprofit. The company tends to think of the bottom line BEFORE the mission. There are a lot of less experienced leaders with little to no support.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the mission. Fundraising and nonprofit work is NOT sales. It's just not.


  5. "Local CEO is running this chapter into the ground"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Kidney Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Ok benefits.. relaxed work environment. Nothing else that I can think of.

    Cons

    No direction. No measurement of whether or not the work is actually benefiting the target market. No vision. No long term plans or goals. No opportunity for advancement unless you're best friends with the CEO, who is totally unqualified to be CEO and only comes to work when it's convenient.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Start working 40 hour work weeks and critically analyzing your programs. Challenge the status quo.


  6. "Low pay, terrible communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at National Kidney Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good health coverage, flexible work hours, friendly environment

    Cons

    Little to NO communication, Management style is top-down with very little explanation or direction, CEO/President is M.I.A. as are rest of senior-level directors. No clear vision is being promoted to team, so it is difficult to stay motivated. Very little opportunity for upward mobility.

    Worst of all - pay is meager.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up CEO/President. Try being present and paying attention.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Needs Much work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible schedule- program side. The supervisor at the time was amazing but not empowered. Office space was nice. Working in the community is nice.

    Cons

    Salary was low. No upward mobility. CEO not visible. Not supported by other departments. Getting resources is very difficult. Not all departments aligned with the mission. Nepotism, Nepotism, Nepotism

    Advice to Management

    You need to celebrate your new and excited employees. Directors need to really be much more transparent in every sense of the word. Respect the other people's roles equally. and to the CEO, you spoke to me maybe 4 times during my nearly 2 year term?

  8. "Greater NY Review"

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

    I worked at National Kidney Foundation full-time

    Pros

    -Fantastic mission: very involved with dialysis patients lives
    -The people are friendly: its a small team, so you feel close with one another
    -With the exception of 2015, NKF NY Division has had a strong track record in fundraising
    -NKF generally is very well respected in the medical/legal communities

    Cons

    -Poorly managed: Likely from a lack of experience, everyone running NKF's largest division is very young and only at the company less than a year.
    -Huge disconnect between HQ and NY Division which makes simple processes take much longer, costing time and money
    -Would like to see stronger management skills, as many things began to fall through the cracks...

    Advice to Management

    I can only speak from my experience with Greater New York, but despite the wonderful work the organization stands for, I was disheartened to see how poorly managed its largest division is. It would be helpful if they 1) add brighter, more motivated, and experienced senior staff and 2) bring HQ and Divisions closer so people can be on the same page for how things need to be done


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lost its vision along the way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great employees in the lower levels, dynamic work environment that puts you in contact with many influential people in the medical field

    Cons

    By the time i left i could not tell where most of the money being fundraised was going. I felt like a lot of the good we were doing when i started had been done away with in favor of constant fundraising

    Advice to Management

    Refocus the foundation on helping out those with kidney disease. Most importantly bring back programs like the US Transplant Games


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It started out like a song"

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    Former Employee - Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Kidney Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I started it was great. Interesting projects and programs I was passionate about.

    Cons

    Support staff is very under appreciated by senior staff. Salaries are too low for support people

    Advice to Management

    Show your staff members you appreciate them. Don't keep piling on without compensation.


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