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Reading Partners Reviews

Updated July 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "In general students love coming to reading partners and it is not uncommon for kids to try to place into the program or refer their friends" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Very team-oriented atmosphere & great for AmeriCorps members in terms of hands-on experience" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is a small staff which made gossip and rumors rampant through the bigger group of AmeriCorps Members" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Low pay as an AmeriCorps member" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great for everyone!"

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    Former Employee - English Tutor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - English Tutor in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Reading Partners part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Friendly employees
    -Enriching work
    -Opportunity to help young minds
    -Engage in the community
    -Plenty of hours available

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  2. "Excellent program, smart people, good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The organization runs an outstanding program so you know you're supporting something that's making a difference for children and communities. Generous PTO and flexible work schedules. Respect for people's personal lives and needs. Smart, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Weak internal culture that feels very forced or like an after thought. Leadership team doesn't make an effort to get to know the staff and doesn't seem to listen to or act on feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to how staff are feeling. Ask them specific questions about their experience.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reading Partners full-time

    Pros

    The people are awesome

    Cons

    It is hard to recruit volunteers


  4. "Board needs to pay attention"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic mission, decent benefits (medical, dental, and vision, plus optional life insurance for self, and family, and commuting/parking pre-tax accounts), paid sick and vacation time but the thresholds are very low, two annual week-long closure periods that are paid for full-time staff without going against the very low sick and vacation time.

    Cons

    Disparate treatment based on employment status. For example, executives make really big bucks while program staff are paid peanuts. A program manager might make $45,000 to $50,000, and who can live on that in the San Francisco bay area?

    The biggest issue with RP is executive compensation, primarily the CEO. Glassdoor lists Michael Lombardo as CEO. I looked it up and he's the former CEO. He left over 2 years ago. The current CEO is Karine Appollon and she is not in touch with the students. She's on a different planet. She makes an obscene salary for a rather small not-for-profit (mid 6 figures), plus she gets to travel between her own home on the east coast and the HQ in Oakland, all on RP money. I question whether or not the donors know their money is spent on a free apartment with paid utilities for a highly compensated CEO. While she's eating at 5 star restaurants with paid for $100+ dinners and alcohol, the Americorps members who work with the students and manage the tutor schedule at the reading center is lucky if he can afford McDonalds. I've personally witnessed her very expensive dinners that she treated her guests on RP money.

    Add to that the organization lays off employees every year, reducing payroll and benefits expense, but costing those that are left many more working hours. In the meantime, the ones who really run things, the Americorps members, are working 10 hour days for a very small stipend payment. While that is all happening, the CEO is eating at expensive restaurants with free-flowing alchol and wearing Jimmy Choo.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the board: The rumor is that the financial reports you receive are falsified. Dig. Ask your donors if they want their money paying for expensive Michelin star dinners, or if they want their money spent on books. I bet it's the latter.

    Advice to the management and the board: quit saving money on the backs of hard working people. The people who work for Reading Partners are people who believe in education and truly want students to have the best chance of a successful future. They are the ones who lose their jobs year after year while extravagant meals and extensive travel is provided to upper management.

    My last piece of advice would be to ask where is a current 990? Why is it impossible to find financial reporting on Reading Partners? What are they hiding?


  5. "Regional site coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Reading Partners full-time

    Pros

    The kids
    Your peers
    Professional development
    Health benefits

    Cons

    Pointless Restrictions
    Low pay
    Some PMs can be condescending as if were not all adults


  6. "vc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reading Partners full-time

    Pros

    health insurance, travel reimbursement, friendly people

    Cons

    patronizing
    long hours
    long commute
    too much work little pay

    Advice to Management

    be nicer


  7. "Rewarding work + invaluable experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Regional Site Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Site Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reading Partners gives their AmeriCorps members invaluable training and experience. The professional development is actually useful.
    Despite usually being fresh out of college, ACMs are given real responsibilities and the ability to make choices in their work.
    Supervisors are extremely helpful and supportive of ACMs, especially when it comes to professional development or next steps after the term of service.

    Cons

    There is no PTO; every hour that you miss, you must make up somewhere. Likewise, ACMs usually work longer than 8 hours/day. 10-11 hours is normal.
    The strict divide between AmeriCorps members and staff can create some awkward office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure job responsibilities between the ACM positions to allow for more equal distribution of workload. Regional Site Coordinators and Volunteer Coordinators could easily take on some Site Coordinator roles to reduce overtime for everyone.

  8. "Great Assistance"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reading Partners part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Afterschool tutoring. Had a wonderful time helping kids k-8 with reading comprehension. I was able to connect with children and help them understand language tactics. help them feel more confident in the classroom. quality and selection of books to read were great.

    Cons

    there are no cons at this location


  9. "RP needs to learn how to live their values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Reading Partners full-time

    Pros

    a lot of hit the ground running type of experience

    Cons

    low pay as a staff member (If your org has an operating budget of over 20 MM, pay your staff a livable wage!)

    relies too much on Americorps for support because it's cheaper, and will string AC members along for years without hiring them on as staff

    morale is still low a year after massive layoffs, which were not handled well and resulted in many people quitting

    little training for supervisors on how to manage their teams

    severe lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    invest in the people you have


  10. "Really Making a Difference"

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tutor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Reading Partners part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Such an amazing organization with a great mission

    Cons

    There are no cons for working here.


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