Open Society Foundations Reviews | Glassdoor

Open Society Foundations Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 132 reviews

3.3
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
63%
Recommend to a Friend
81%
Approve of CEO
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "AMAZING benefits -- free lunch, free comprehensive health insurance, tuition reimbursement, transit/parking covered, ect(in 25 reviews)

  • "An organization devoted to making the world better; management tries hard but doesnt always succeed; great benefits(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Despite funding whistleblowers, OSF has a toxic attitude towards its own transparency(in 18 reviews)

  • "Very little accountability from senior management(in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Fantastic Place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great mission, good people, potential to find excellent mentors, excellent benefits package, good pay. Family friendly.

    Cons

    If you want to do well, you will. Like most things in life, it's what you make of it.

    Open Society Foundations2018-01-31
  2. "Overall good experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great benefits (PTO, free lunch, travel, 401k) - Smart and passionate colleagues - Exposure to a lot of orgs worldwide

    Cons

    - No room for growth/promotion - A little too much internal politics

    Open Society Foundations2019-06-10
  3. "Good organization, no career growth"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch, great benefits, relaxing environment for the most part

    Cons

    No room for advancement, people stay for the benefits

    Open Society Foundations2019-06-06
  4. "Good benefits but bad middle managers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent health care, retirement savings, transit benefits ... and free lunch

    Cons

    Middle managers seem to come here to settle and do just enough to get by. It is like pasture-land. Poor middle managers are not kicked out. Those that are underneath that level will find little opportunity to grow or advance.

    Advice to Management

    Do more extensive review of middle management, make 360 reviews more serious and taken more seriously by HR. Provide clearer paths for growth for entry-level.

    Open Society Foundations2019-05-15
  5. "Prestigious philanthropy finding its way"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Great benefits (pension plan, medical, dental) * Free lunch and coffee * Great social gatherings * Positive work environment with a worthy cause * Opportunity to travel internationally for work * Excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    * Lacking coherent strategic direction, especially for internal operations * Politics-based decision making, but this is changing * Salaries lower than market for corporate/operational roles * Slow HR department

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on a coherent operational strategy to coordinate internally-focussed departments

    Open Society Foundations2019-04-23
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people and mission, global board a disgrace and too many terrible managers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The grounding of OSF in national civil society is an important one, and a strong contrast to many donors which operate from 50,000 feet. OSF can be creative, and has tolerance for risk taking, which can make it an exciting place to work. There are some amazing people inside the organization, and there's a culture of learning and exchange. It has taken on board some of its management problems, finally, and is making some...

    Show More

    Cons

    The global board is white, male, rich, North American or European, and very establishment. For a global organization this is a disgrace. There's also a very heavy presence of the Soros family, which adds to the lack of diversity (and innovation). They have tried to improve management training and oversight, and even removed some low hanging bad managers, but some really terrible managers remain, particularly in the...

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the global board Introduce term limits for senior jobs Fix HR

    Open Society Foundations2019-04-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, access to many experts and information, opportunity to learn a lot

    Cons

    Management is inconsistent. Some managers are great and give junior staff opportunities, others could care less. Very little accountability from senior management. Culture is a weird combination of ego and gossip with social justice intentions. Huge ego problems. HR is ineffective. Sexual harassment is mostly ignored despite statements to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    Get HR in order so that they actually are useful and don't contradict themselves. Don't be afraid to pressure or fire managers that perform poorly. Provide equal opportunities for professional development for lower level staff. Keep going with silo-busting across programs. Accountability is everything!

    Open Society Foundations2019-02-11
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits, No Room to Grow"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Administrative Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    AMAZING benefits -- free lunch, free comprehensive health insurance, tuition reimbursement, transit/parking covered, ect. ect. OSF is a global foundation, so the breadth of issues covered is expansive and can be interesting to learn from.

    Cons

    If you're applying for a lower level position, there are barriers in place within the organization that don't allow you to work your way up to say, a Program Officer role. If you have a dedicated manager, they might invest in your professional development, but it's difficult to work your way up to a more senior position without 7 years of experience outside of the organization and a masters degree.

    Open Society Foundations2018-12-17
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay foundation in NYC"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very dedicated staff - Decent benefits

    Cons

    - Awful management across most programs (some are half decently run) - Don't expect rewards for your performance - Unstable environment within the organization - Low morale

    Open Society Foundations2018-09-09
  10. Helpful (9)

    "prog specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Open Society Foundations full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch, great benefits, and cool building

    Cons

    Unless you're a program officer or an executive, be prepared to basically just be a glorified secretary. Office morale is terrible and toxic. Lower level staff were so upset that they have unionized, resulting in much bitterness and resentment between management,higher level staff, and everyone else. Hopefully things will change with the new president, but highly doubtful.

    Advice to Management

    Just outsource the admin work to another organization. The organization should just be composed of a few executives and program officers. By creating a separate class of admin people who are just as talented, ambitious, and educated but lack the organizational status and high level of responsibility, you foster resentment among staff, hence the union and current toxic work culture.

    Open Society Foundations2018-07-19
Found 132 reviews