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Robin Hood Foundation Reviews

Updated February 11, 2019
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  1. "Mission Driven"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Robin Hood Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, great colleagues and amazing grantee partners. The work is interesting and the grantee stories are inspiring.

    Cons

    Periods of bad senior leadership but seems the board is trying to fix it by hiring additional leaders.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Grateful for the opportunity to do mission-driven work. Some challenges along the way."

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

    I have been working at Robin Hood Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Robin Hood is a terrific organization. If you are serious about creating social change in New York City, I can't think of another organization that compares. This is a great workplace for highly motivated self-starters and people who do not require a lot of hand holding. If you are looking for a formal org chart and neatly packaged roles, keep looking. If you are looking to be engaged in mission-driven work, have passion for helping to make NYC a better place for all residents and especially for the most vulnerable, hold yourself and others to high standards, and approach your work with a healthy combination of smarts and a humble attitude, then this could be a good workplace for you. RH constantly pushes the envelope - on smart grantmaking, measuring outcomes, creating new solutions/organizations where we identify gaps in services, and authentically engaging donors and raising a huge amount of money every year to support the work. Some days this constant push causes tension. Most days it creates amazing energy. Both are valuable.

    Cons

    There are some challenges. Robin Hood is now in its 27th year and the organization has grown significantly over the past decade. As with many organizations, the growth has been uncomfortable in some ways. RH has formalized systems and processes and brought on a President/COO to complement the skills of the Executive Director. These changes have been met with some resistance. There is some leadership tension. There are also some big egos to navigate throughout the organization. We hold ourselves to a high standard and from time to time it can be disappointing and de-motivating when petty interpersonal issues distract us from delivering on our mission. Having said that, office politics and challenging leadership dynamics are everywhere. I have had several other jobs, experienced other work cultures, and would rather be at RH on our worst day than at other organizations on their best days.

    Advice to Management

    Work hard. Be nice (to each other). Everyone else will follow your lead.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Mission Critical Work - Lots of Autonomy"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robin Hood Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for the most important organizations in NYC. Great opportunities to be creative and get stuff done. Very little management means a lot of freedom for staff. New things always coming down the pipeline. Never dull.

    Cons

    Not a lot of mobility b/c of low turnover at senior levels. More reactive than proactive. Focus on developing staff and delegating more.

    Advice to Management

    Should do more prioritizing and planning. Improve decision-making process.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring and Motivating"

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

    I have been working at Robin Hood Foundation full-time

    Pros

    I truly feel that this is an amazing company to be working for. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help each other achieve success. Robin Hood mission alone is inspiring and motivating and this shows in the dedication and quality of work the staff produces.

    Cons

    I would like to see other locations outside NYC. Robin Hood ON THE GO.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great Mission, Terrible Execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Robin Hood Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Robin Hood has some of the brightest and most motivated persons working on its core mission to Fight Poverty in NYC. The Board of Directors pays for all operating costs so 100% of the donations go to Robin Hood's Grantees and the organization has raised and distributed over 1 Billion dollars in its 25 year history. Its Executive Director is a fantastic and charismatic leader in soliciting funds, producing world class entertainment events and encouraging and inspiring others to join this organization. The Programs team manages grants well and Program Officers are outstanding.

    Cons

    By sharp contrast, the CEO is ineffective, and has never demonstrated any ability other than trying to outshine the Executive Director. Staff is divided between the two leaders, and unfortunately, the Finance, Operations and Development teams present a fractured dysfunctional team. Turnover at Robin Hood is substantially higher than other organizations, this is due to lack of career advancement, a schizophrenic personality of senior leaders and power plays that make a hostile environment. Decisions by committee are made, challenged and reversed often. Staff feel powerless and are unable to force change, because the change must come from the top.

    Advice to Management

    The only way to fix the problem is to remove the obstacle. The CEO/Executive Director battle must be decided, and the CEO must focus on Internal Operations and be given explicit goals to make Robin Hood one of the best places to work- She can't delegate this to HR.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Flexible, Generous, Smart."

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

    I have been working at Robin Hood Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Robin Hood encourages a great work/life balance. The benefits and work schedule are extremely generous and employee-friendly. I have noticed that if one is smart and dedicated, they will receive respect and inclusion. Definitely the place for hard-workers and self-starters.

    Cons

    There isn't a hierarchy here, so if someone is looking to 'climb the ladder' this isn't the place for them. However, if one wants a wide breadth of knowledge on a variety of skill sets, this is a great place to work. It has its negatives just like any gathering of 100 people, but they are far fewer and less toxic than most places!


  7. "Great place to do a summer internship"

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

    Pros

    Great team of truly smart people invested in helping New Yorkers in poverty

    Cons

    Separation on program staff and development staff

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Should be the best place to work but internal culture is toxic"

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

    I worked at Robin Hood Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, great partners, amazing resources

    Cons

    Could have had a major impact on poverty in NYC if leadership weren't so unhealthy

    Advice to Management

    Needs to change management


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Mind-boggling mixed bag"

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

    Pros

    Robin Hood's missions is wonderful (helping to fight poverty throughout New York City). The organization has some great young inspired individuals/minds doing good work and making a real difference. Working at Robin Hood also provides the opportunity to enjoy some fun perks at various points throughout the year, including attendance to private concerts, movie premiers, sporting events, etc.

    Cons

    Some major cons: Atrocious lack of management - how can you expect to employ reasonably happy and effective individuals if you crush their souls, say terrible things behind their backs, undermine their efforts and treat them like undeserving minions? No cohesiveness at all in management, terribly misguided and machiavellian individuals are assigned to leadership roles for no apparent reason (and wildly overpaid). Animosity trickles throughout the organization, from the top-down. A real shame.

    Advice to Management

    Nasty people who are overpaid for poor performance and complete ineffectiveness should be more far more appreciative of optimistic young employees working very hard for very little reward.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Great opportunity and belittling exp at the same time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Robin Hood Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers- despite disfunction, the org continues to attract great staff at the lower levels; mission is compelling; highly invested and powerful board; far reach in nonprofit community in NYC

    Cons

    Terrible communication practices from senior staff; new leadership intended to fix management issues has made them even worse; too many micromanagers in charge who don't trust their highly capable staff or each other; no real opportunity for advancement or professional development