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Updated September 11, 2017
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Sally Harvey
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  1. "Volunter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RNIB (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work , great atmosphere , friendly staff

    Cons

    They do not pay well , no holidays

    Advice to Management

    nothing , just want to say that pay well as compare to other companies


  2. "We are on the wane"

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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 RNIB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Trying to make the world fairer for people with sightloss. What a great thing to do.

    Cons

    Lots of new senior managers who have little knowledge of how to run such an organisation

    Advice to Management

    Listen! Just listen. This year, some of you have removed some of our best and most knowledgeable people, and you did not know them at all. It is sad that RNIB is now threadbare. knowledge and experience was once rush, now sparse. Please don't make a mess and run. We are getting fed up with it.

  3. "Technical consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RNIB part-time

    Pros

    Good flexibility.
    Clients are allocated based on where consultants live.

    Cons

    Management is loose.
    No travel cost claim back.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't care for their staff or beneficiaries"

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RNIB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worthwhile cause and helps to understand how big charity works

    Cons

    Don't trust staff to do their job. Prefer consultants to set direction rather than listening to employees and the people they support.

    Advice to Management

    Concern yourself with supporting people to live independently rather than how much money you can make from blind and partially sighted people.


  5. "Life us about experimenting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RNIB full-time

    Pros

    The students you work with

    Cons

    Management does not care

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees


  6. "Clouded views"

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

    I have been working at RNIB full-time

    Pros

    Great values, good salary, great teams.

    Cons

    Unrealistic views for the future, not everyone is tech savvy, most people like the face to face approach, rethink before it's to late.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workforce your nothing without them.

    RNIB Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – Director Corporate Services

    Hi, thanks for your feedback. I'm pleased you approve of our CEO, Sally. She has been leading RNIB through some big changes to enable even more customers access our services. I'm really proud of our... More


  7. "This is how I feel and what I think."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RNIB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Money, people, great cause and great work life balance.

    Cons

    Greedy. Just because we work for a charity should stop us from raising money for other great causes e.g. Cancer Coffee Mornings.

    RNIB Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – Director Corporate Services

    Hi, thanks for your positive comments. Many people support more than one cause close to their heart, and we don’t stop staff from raising money for causes that are important to them. Many RNIB staff... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "RNIB"

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

    I worked at RNIB full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A truly worthwhile cause. Lots of great people work there. Pay is decent for the sector, I think.

    Cons

    In a period of significant upheaval as of start of 2017. Not clear how this will work out for both the cause and the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Do exit interviews! Stick to plans; don't keep changing them. Keep what works, even as you restructure.

    RNIB Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – Director Corporate Services

    Hi, thanks for your comments. It's great to read that you think our staff are great to work with - we do too. We’re really proud of our staff – they work tirelessly to make every day better for blind... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A good time to leave"

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    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A major charity for the blind and partially sighted community.
    Innovative thinking from the people on the ground.
    Dedication from the staff base
    Generally good salaries and benefits for the charity sector.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from the senior managers.
    Too much "empire building".
    Weak mid-level management and a tendency toward "jobs for the boys!"
    Over-reliance on expensive/ineffective contractors as no faith in dedicated staff.
    Human Resources dedicated to protecting the company reputation rather than protecting their biggest asset - their staff!
    Lack of forethought when planning restructures and redundancies.

    Advice to Management

    When I joined RNIB the staff (about three times the number their are now) were there because they wanted to be and felt they were making a difference. It was more than just a job.

    Having been through several restructures in the last few years I have seen many friends and colleagues pushed out of the door based on poor decision making. If you're going to restructure then do your homework before announcing a "consultation!". When the question "so what will break when they leave?" is asked a week before a team walks out of the door (by their own senior manager) having been made redundant just demonstrates the lack of forethought.

    Carry on in this mindset and the organisation is unlikely to exist in a few years which will be a real shame because the service we used to offer is vital to the bps community. Stop thinking about your own little world - you are here for them not the other way round.

    RNIB Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – Director Corporate Services

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. We have a really passionate team of staff who bring great ideas to the organisation. It’s their creativity and innovation that helps us to deliver more for... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A wonderful past, but a dismal future"

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    Current Employee - IT Systems in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Systems in Peterborough, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff spirit despite all that has happened to them over the last few years.
    Genuine people doing great work to benefit blind & partially sighted people, on the front line

    Cons

    Dismal senior management who are too busy empire building and massaging their own egos, to see the damage they doing to the organisation.
    Zero valuing of the staff, their feelings or their opinions.
    They pay vast amounts of money to incompetent consultants who promise the impossible and because of their cost, they are believed! After they don't deliver, they ride off into the sunset, pockets bulging with cash leaving chaos behind them.
    So much of the money donated by the public is wasted.

    Advice to Management

    Moving to Gateshead and Midgate House were mistakes... Admit it!
    Stop outsourcing, using inefficient warehouse storage options
    Stop wasting money on ineffectual, expensive consultants; listen to the staff you have!
    Financially you are not going to get yourselves back into the black with the current, recently implemented, organisation structure.
    Start being honest with the staff regarding the mistakes that you've made over the last three years. Currently they all think you are incompetent and out of touch, don't add dishonesty to the list!
    You will probably end up selling Judd St to balance the books; it's the only salable asset you have left!

    RNIB Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – Director Corporate Services

    Hi, thanks for your comments. We're currently in a period of change and as part of this it means we have had to take on some contractors to carry out specific, time-constrained work. In the same way... More


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