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Playworks Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2019

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3.7
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Playworks CEO Jill Vialet
Jill Vialet
70 Ratings
Pros
  • "Playful professionalism is genuinely valued(in 8 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours, supportive and fun work environment(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not really much other than extremely long hours(in 8 reviews)

  • "Asking coaches to wear obvious gang colors in gang infested neighborhoods(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great People and Mission"

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    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun job, great local support from managers, small team means you get experiences in many different roles, meaningful and impactful work.

    Cons

    Limited resources (it's a non profit), semi high turnover because it's a demanding job

    Playworks2019-04-29
  2. Helpful (248)

    "Amazing opportunity to help kids grow."

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    Current Employee - Site Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pros to this job are: Fun environment Great mission Good benefits You are valued Even the people at the top care about you

    Cons

    The job is physically demanding, I'm not in incredible shape, but I can keep up. You have a lot to balance also, but if you're organized you should be fine.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

    Playworks2017-09-13
  3. "Americorps Coach-Part Time"

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    Former Employee - Americorps Coach - Part Time in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Playworks part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to work in a high-need elementary school setting. Great opportunity to be of service to a city and to see what urban elementary education looks like. Opportunity to forge friendships and professional relationships with teachers and administration in your placement school. Fulfilling to be a part of children's lives, development, and education. The real high point of the job.

    Cons

    Low pay ($1028/mo, Georgia). Second job, familial assistance, or other subsidy most likely needed to support yourself. No health insurance High potential for stress due to the nature of working with large numbers of high-need children (disrespect, challenging and violent behavior, etc...) Management, while very knowledgeable, come across as being spread too thin. Are focused more on persueing their metrics than...

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    Advice to Management

    Reconsider where you are able to effectively expand, and what is appropriate financial treatment for coaches and other employees. When income needs to be supplemented in order to survive, performance will be poor and morale will be low.

    Playworks2019-05-24
  4. "Great Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - playful professionalism - comprehensive PD - consistent staff support - rad managers

    Cons

    - not everyone pulls their weight because of the immense independence - crazy hours to fulfill for AmeriCorps - not a lot of room to move up, depending on which office you work with

    Playworks2019-04-08
  5. "DEMANDING, but good HS senior job"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Program Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Inclusion Playful professionals Changing kids lives Making long term friends

    Cons

    Favoritism Demanding for amount of pay 1700 hours + service projects

    Playworks2019-04-03
  6. "Great Organization"

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    Former Employee - Development Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Always opportunity for growth and learning.

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen, a lot of great ideas become stagnant.

    Playworks2019-03-26
  7. "Great intentions, poor management and direction"

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    Current Employee - Program Team 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people at Playworks are exceptionally positive and good at heart. Most are very much behind making a difference in kids' lives who really need it. Very culture oriented (almost to a fault) and supportive of their employees.

    Cons

    Terrible business savvy and leadership. Cyclical budget deficits and little serious attention to sustainability. A classic example of nonprofit idealism riddled with financial ineptitude.

    Playworks2019-04-07
  8. "Amazing Mission, Poor Business Management"

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      Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA

      I worked at Playworks full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      The Mission is amazing!

      Cons

      National Management needs better understanding of how to run a business

      Playworks2019-04-02
    • "Playwork Review"

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

      I worked at Playworks full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Work with great kids, casual dress

      Cons

      Unorganized, more focused on donors than the children

      Playworks2019-03-02
    • "Finance"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Playworks full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Fun Environment Satisfaction of giving back

      Cons

      Shake-up every 2-3 years due to financial struggles

      Advice to Management

      Stick w/ 1 plan

      Playworks2019-01-15
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