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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Okay (Portfolio Management/Planning & Staff Support could use help)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PHFE full-time

    Pros

    PHFE is a non-profit focused on both initiating and supporting public health programs (it is rewarding to be a part of this). For the most part PHFE staff are friendly warm people. Benefits are very good (salary mediocre).

    Cons

    Salary (low for position type & low for hours worked). At times PHFE will work its employees like an investment bank or national accounting firm. It is great that PHFE is growing but it should make more of an effort to support its employees as it grows.

    CEO seems to support work-life balance but there is no oversight to ensure work life balance is actually protected. PHFE seems to jump into new systems and structures forcing many staff to consistently feel pressured to work 12-13 hour days and to work many holidays/days off. This issue is exacerbated by insufficient portfolio review and re-balancing of workload across available staff.

    Advice to Management

    1) Incentivize middle-management to actually support work-life balance for their team by tracking actual hours worked and setting up a bonus system for managers who do best at keeping their employees hours under 10-hours a day and with the fewest weekends worked (while still getting necessary work done). This promotes efficiency and should lead to better employee satisfaction and lower turnover. No one at PHFE would deny very high turnover the past year.

    Also, Most employees would like to feel they work for an organization that would like for them to be able to go home and eat dinner with their families at the end of the day. If you want to keep employees who you have made the investment to train, then try not to abuse them.

    2) Perform an annual assessment of all programs to determine which show promise and which consistently fail to show sustainability (there are some programs which consistently cost PHFE more from a labor and risk standpoint then others, these programs should be reduced while more promising programs expanded).

    There are many programs PHFE can support, we should make an effort to support the most worthy and should include Accounting/Admin team input when renewing or signing new contracts. (The Contract Management group may facilitate contracts but it is Accounting/HR that actually have to perform the support work for monthly operations. There should be an annual review with stakeholders from each department outlining which programs to target for expansion and which programs to transition out of PHFE management.)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Public health - working with a fiscal sponsor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Program Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Health Program Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PHFE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    PHFE, as a non-profit fiscal sponsor, provides an extremely supportive environment for government funded grant programs. I have over 20 year's experience collaborating with them. Their recent changes have resulted in more client oriented support.

    Cons

    No real cons. Job challenges are associated largely with the flux of federal funding and limitations inherent in working within a system that is constrained by economic and political priorities.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Company with a great purpose but management with no structure"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irwindale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irwindale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHFE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The overall program based on helping the community that promotes the wellbeing of others is of great satisfaction, good health benefits, retirement plan,

    Cons

    The current CEO is great , no career advancement, nor promotes continued education, certain positions are very much under paid, better opportunities in other company's doing the same and working less hours with a lot more pay. No structure or organization, lack of communication with in the same department and across other departments, some management staff seem to continuously be in a Debbie Downer mood, no motivation the key is to be nose to the grind stone individual to just avoid any drama, some egos are at its all time high

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to evaluate the constant turn over in certain departments and positions and pay attention to the ambiance , the employee moral is decreasing in the corporate setting which is then reflected with poor customer service.Time to think outside the box, the CEO seems to have great intentions but needs to begin gathering key elements that is causing turn over and job dissatisfaction, loyalty should be given to those employees who are results driven and have strong work ethics. A good leader leads by example and helps to be the foundation to future leaders, certain leaders are lacking this fundamental. More management training is needed. Certain practices or circumstances are in need of immediate change or maybe lacking structure, people should work smarter not harder, begin by educating the management staff first then trickle down to training the other employees


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  5. "Excellent Foundation that Does Great Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PHFE (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly professional nonprofit foundation that does excellent work. They are active in many areas of public health.

    Cons

    Wish there were more time to get to know staff in other parts of California.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Unstable work Enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unique position to help those less fortunate, very humbling place to work if personal satisfaction is more rewarding then big salary then this is the place for you

    Cons

    Supervision in certain departments are horrible the supervisors look more for own personal gain then working with their employees to provide a good work environment have seen every thing from creating a hostile work environment to out and out lies, be careful what you say there it will come back to burn you

    Advice to Management

    Remember the purpose for which you started at this job to begin with, it is to help those less fortunate and sick, you should not worry about "petty issues" that bring staff to a halt some management needs to grow up a little bit


  7. "Rewarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Degreed Nutritionist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Degreed Nutritionist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PHFE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with children and the ability to have great benefits for retirement plan.Also the ability to attend multiple trainings throughout the year.

    Cons

    At times it seems we are more managerial than nutritionists , which can seem daunting for someone straight out of college with no work experience . This can influence the younger workforce to look elsewhere in the nutrition field for a job.

    Advice to Management

    Allow us more freedom and less micromanagement


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to learn and get experience, not a career oriented company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PHFE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package is comprehensive Medical + Dental + Vision paid for by employer and 403b employer contribution is more generous than any other company I've worked for. But the benefits are lackluster once you've been working here more than a year. It's a fast paced environment where you can learn and get solid experience that will get you a great job somewhere else.

    Cons

    Although you can learn a lot in your job there are no promotions or opportunities to rise up the career ladder within the company. The position you were hired for will be the only position you will have for as long as you stay here unless someone quits or gets fired. Then you could apply for their job. It's just the way the company is structured to have the least amount of people/positions possible. Raises are small <$1 every other year maybe less often. There is a lot of turn over and a lot of people are seeking other job opportunities where they can thrive and be equally compensated for their hard work. Most new/young employees at the company are very eager and hard working but tend to leave after the 2 year mark for better paying jobs and a fair workload. The 60+ hr work weeks plus weekends have been putting a strain on employees (and their families) for the past year. Working at PHFE is having the responsibilities and workload of two jobs but only getting paid for one job. So, learn as much as you can before your soul/optimism/self worth is crushed and move on to greener pastures. Like I said, it's a great place to get experience but use it to get a better job at another company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the current mood and ambiance in the office. The employees are not ok and probably feel like they are drowning in work and unhappiness. It's becoming a morose place to work at and the misery is spreading like wild fire. The clients are sensing/being subjected to some of that misery which will affect customer service.

    Allow supervisors to promote employees.
    Give raises that don't add up to a couple of cents since it sends out the message that employees are only worth a couple of pennies.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Nonprofit company with a for-profit only money matters attitude"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits package is comprehensive and 403b contributions are generous. The employees are a great bunch of people with can do attitudes and willingness to help others even when upper management pushes them past the breaking point.

    Cons

    Upper management has been driving employees to work 70+ hours/wk. Many employees are soo over stressed that they even work during their days off and vacation time just so they don't fall behind and get punished/fired which is sad. Entry level employees are expected to do the same work as senior level staff but earn half or less of their salary. The non-profit culture that once existed is gone and being replaced by a for profit numbers not people matter culture. There are no promotion opportunities in any department except for Accounting and Financial Analysts so HR, BA, AP, CM better luck next time! The pay is good if you have been working here for more than 5 years since they actually gave raises back then. If you have been hired within the last 3 years good luck getting a pay raise regardless of having a stellar performance review. Most employees are actively seeking employment which says a lot about how the company compensates and values it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    CEO tends to micro manage which is frustrating for everyone upper management included. The company is moving towards progress which everyone can appreciate and cheer for but don't bite more than you can chew and definitely don't trample on employees to get there. Compensate your employees better and offer job training/development. Invest in your employees!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not the company I started with"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Irwindale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Irwindale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PHFE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    403B contributions, good employees, good way to serve the community, if you pay attention you can learn a few skills, pay is competitive.

    Cons

    It used to be fun to go to work at PHFE and now the focus is numbers at all cost. High pressure and stress. Turnaround is very high, employees are micro managed, if you think on your own you need not apply, if you jump on command and can get a dark brown nose you might move up. Management seems to be more interested in being good lap dogs, infighting and making sure the employees know who's the boss.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people skills training, value the ones that make the business grow, think outside the box. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, never forget that. Be real and if you can't treat people with respect or feel you are superior, get another job.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Unprofessional! Rag-tag Operation."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Don't Waste Your Time in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Don&#039;t Waste Your Time in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PHFE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Money... sorry. That's about it. There is nothing to see here.

    Cons

    No one was professional. The leadership under Blaine and others is sorely lacking. I wouldn't trust my back office function to this group it was that last option on earth.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone with a true business understanding. This company is dead.


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