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Out & Equal Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (27)

    "Irresponsible Management Jeopardizes Great Mission"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Easy commute
    -Excellent benefits
    -Dedicated and competent staff

    Cons

    -Financially irresponsible board and CEO
    -Emotionally abusive CEO
    -Lack of oversight from the board
    -Poor leadership keeps org. from being effective
    -Board is handpicked by the CEO (board has little to no interaction with staff)
    -Poor implementation of mission
    -Un-collaborative with other non profit organizations (if anything, they are competitive)
    -Massive staff turnover (and most staff leave under great distress)
    -Little to no transparency (full 990 report isn't even posted on the website - which is quite unethical. What do they have to hide?)

    O&E is really an extravagant events planning company and doesn't do much to promote or effectively implement change for LGBT workplace equality. It's very obvious the most positive reviews were done by current employees in order to override all of the negative reviews dating back to 2008 (probably by management and commissioned by the CEO). It is certainly not a "culture of yes" or a "great place to grow" as most hard working staff are constantly denied earned promotions, raises, and bonuses while the CEO has extravagant travel expenses paid for, a guaranteed annual bonus, and receives an outrageous salary of $290K plus benefits (according to the full 2012 990 which can be pulled from Charity Navigator - 2014 isn't out yet). There are also some questionable ethics around board selection and procedures, and the board only really interacts with the CEO and is actively kept from interacting with the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Change in management, starting with the root of the problem, the CEO. This will only happen if the board actually becomes engaged. This may be difficult if the board continues to be handpicked by the CEO. The organization could be so much more and do good work for the community with new management. Wake up, board!

    Do not blame staff for the negative environment, as this is something I have seen in previous reviews - shame on you! The same issues have been going on for a decade and the culture of any work environment starts at the top.

    If you are looking to work effectively in the LGBT movement, and have a stable work environment, I suggest you look to another organization.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Training Associate in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Training Associate in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Excellent opportunity to connect with LGBT corporate entities
    *Great starting opportunity for the soon-to-be/recent college graduate

    Cons

    *Selisse Berry
    *Upper management sacrifices talented, knowledgeable folks regularly
    *The organizations BOD does not look out for the organizations best interest
    *Very little institutional knowledge remaining
    *Great mission that is incredibly poorly executed
    *Pay discrepancy between senior management and other staff is incredible

    Advice to Management

    *Get rid of Selisse Berry
    *Reflect the kind of environment that you are instructing others to maintain
    *New Board of Directors


  3. Helpful (17)

    "Problems from the Top Override Good Mission"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Out & Equal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good mission, and the Training Dept does good work to support it. The yearly Summit does offer some important and worthwhile programming. There are some hard working staff members that have a lot to offer.

    Cons

    The ED's micromanagement of directors / lack of involvement with the organization have driven good people out. Because of this, some staff have been hesitant to want to be promoted to upper level management. Directors have not been allowed to do their jobs. Four directors quit within 6 months time. A few of these positions were not replaced, putting pressure on the rest of the staff. There has been a lot of turnover in general. Also, there is a very uneven playing field when it comes to staff. For instance, there are some folks that seem to be out of the office a lot and this effects overall staff morale.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people and let them do their jobs. Do a better job at protecting directors and staff from an ED that doesn't value new ideas, and is more interested in looking good than working hard. Let the Deputy Director run the show - he is the most knowledgeable person about the organization and mission and cares about the staff. Develop a more level playing field - clarify policies such as working from home policies - so that there is a better feeling of "fair" in the office. Listen to staff members that have new ideas & nuture them. People are afraid to be targeted for making mistakes and not being able to read the ED's mind. Change from the top, and the staff will be happier, more productive and will work harder for the organization.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bring your whole self to work at Out & Equal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    LGBT Workplace Advocacy
    Doing alot with a little
    Outstanding staff expertise and dedication
    Work/Life balance
    Opportunities to grow in a job
    Open communication
    Org. is always striving to get better and better-building on current excellence without complacency
    Professional
    Fun
    Exciting

    Cons

    After a shake up and some hard times a while, the place now has the right people in the right places and improvements happen every day.
    The only con is about resources-money, staff, --typical of non profits--can get frustrating striving for the excellence without enough tools-
    Yet, despite the terrible economy, top management strives to treat all employees fairly and rewards them with what they can.

    Advice to Management

    Onward !!!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Works for me"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Out & Equal full-time

    Pros

    Wow. The 1-star reviews are extremely hostile and appear to be written by a close-knit group of former employees who support one another and fail to move on. Not every job and organization is the right fit. If you are professional, collaborative, willing to help others succeed, take the time to learn about what co-workers need to do to get the job done, and truly understand and appreciate the positive and powerful impact Out & Equal provides in support of LGBT executives, employees and their allies in the workplace, you are likely to remain committed, at times challenged, but most importantly, feel successful and satisfied.

    Cons

    A small staff with a huge mission. Turnover has been problematic resulting in department reorganization, work consolidation and increased pressure, but the organization is acutely aware of this, does not hesitate to create new positions, hire interns, work with consultants, and strive to make improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path of engaging with all employees at all levels of the organization.


  7. "Worst experience and would NEVER recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, location in Financial District

    Cons

    Terrible work environment, interoffice politics only favors one person, unprofessional, bias,

    Out & Equal Response

    Mar 3, 2017 – Deputy Director

    Thank you for this feedback. We are always striving to be a model workplace where everyone on the team feels valued and encouraged to be their best self. I’m sorry to hear your experience with us was ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Horrifying Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time

    Pros

    San Francisco is a wonderful city, and their aims are admirable.

    Cons

    Other than it being located in San Francisco, I truthfully have nothing good to say about this organization. The idea of the nonprofit is great: to bring LGBT equality to every workplace. Though, I have never worked for a company that lacks such empathy for their employees and their clients. The CEO, CFO, and countless directors in the office do not seem to care about their employees or the extremely high turnover rates that they have the burden of boasting every year. The few events that they plan every year continue to grow in attendance, but it is solely due to the lies that are told that are meant to make people pay thousands of dollars to attend.

    If you really do intend on working for this organization, be cautious. It is full of backstabbing "professionals" who will have no hesitation or running with your ideas and firing you on the spot. And like I said, no empathy.

    Advice to Management

    You need a new CEO. A new board. A new CFO. New directors. Have some compassion for your employees. Stop splurging on unnecessary office decor and use it to hire the employees necessary to maintain the function of your business. Stick to deadlines. Start early enough to meet said deadlines. Oh, and don't tell over four thousand people that you have opened an office in D.C., even though you never had an office or a phone.

    Out & Equal Response

    Jan 5, 2017 – Deputy Director

    Thank you for this feedback. We are always striving to be a model workplace where everyone on the team feels valued and encouraged to be their best self. I’m sorry to hear your experience with us was ... More


  9. Helpful (14)

    "A toxic place"

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

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time

    Pros

    If you want material for a business school case study on how NOT to run and lead an organization, then you will enjoy working here.

    Cons

    The ironies of this place are great and sad. It supposedly stands for "workplace equality" but the management and leadership are bullies.
    Actually, there is no real leadership. It is absent other than the delusional quest for self-glorification and the masquerade of being a great strategic thinker.
    It's all "emperor with no clothes" and "Wizard of Oz behind the curtain" -- pick your analogy.

    What's really sad is how people who work here are treated. They are abused. Just consider that executive assistants don't last more than three or four months at a time. We had three come and go the past year.

    There is also high turnover among the entire staff. All the negative reviews on glassdoor are consistent going back to 2008 and aren't written by the same group of ex-employees. The staff is always turning over every year, so there are dozens and dozens of Out & Equal surviving alumni to report on how bad the place is to work. The one constant over the years is the leadership. This is the root of all the problems.

    Besides being bullied, people leave because they are disappointed that the organization ends up squandering all the potential it has to do good in the world. People who really want to help LGBT employees and make the organization more than just gala dinners for corporate sponsors are not valued. So they leave to do good work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Until there is new leadership, Out & Equal will continue to have constant staff turnover. Until corporate sponsors start asking tough questions about how their money is spent, Out & Equal will continue paying its leadership an exorbitant salary with very little return on investment in actually helping achieve LGBT workplace equality.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Excellent mission, terrible working conditions"

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

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Important mission to secure workplace equality for LGBTQ people, great colleagues (for a brief period), and well-resourced. So much promise here but ...

    Cons

    Harsh and unproductive working environment with unusually high staff turnover (with the resulting loss of institutional memory and skills every 12 months or so). There is so much good that could be done with the high level of resources (financial and time) that are squandered on personal projects or ill conceived ideas. CEO regularly belittles employees, particularly people of color.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the CEO with someone with non-profit management skills, a positive outlook, and a commitment to the mission of workplace equality (along with knowledge about current practices). The Board needs to stop turning a blind eye to workplace bullying and abusive treatment of staff, improve workplace conditions, and return to a focus on the mission.


  11. Helpful (22)

    "Shame Shame Shame"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Out & Equal full-time

    Pros

    The only positive thing I can think to say is that the remaining staff are loyal to a fault. They are good people, trying to do good work under impossible conditions.

    Cons

    I was a full-time staff member for a number of years. I lasted longer than most.
    During the time that I was there, 27 people were fired, or bullied into quitting. Three of those who left were at the Director level and they all left on the day of employee reviews. They were all told that they had "no potential" because they were already at the Director level so there was no room for advancement for them, because the the only higher position was ED, and well, that seat is not available. This was a tactic employed to get these beleaguered Directors to quit...and they did...all of them...on the same day.
    That left the staff without direct leadership, frightened for their own jobs, and uncertain of the future of their departments. You can only be successful there if you are willing to be brow beaten, or can play the game the way the CEO does, by lying, bullying, or belittling those who work for/with you.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the Board is to replace the CEO with a person who has the knowledge and foresight to be a real leader in the workplace equality movement and won't just sign on to what actual thought leaders are putting in the real work for.


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