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Robin Hood Foundation CEO Richard Buery, Jr.
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Awesome company

    Oct 1, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people are great and the organization does a really good job of fighting poverty

    Cons

    Lots of different sides of the organization, hard to keep track of everything they do!

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Amazing Organization

    Mar 4, 2016 - Office/Facilities Manager in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The staff, the benefits, the opportunity to help those in need.

    Cons

    Very very very long hours.

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Mission Driven

    Feb 7, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    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.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

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

    Sep 25, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

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    15 people found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Mission Critical Work - Lots of Autonomy

    Sep 25, 2014 - Manager in Leeuwarden
    Recommend
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    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.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Inspiring and Motivating

    Sep 24, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Mission, Terrible Execution

    Aug 12, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Leeuwarden
    Recommend
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    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.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Flexible, Generous, Smart.

    Jun 16, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    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!

    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to do a summer internship

    Jan 15, 2014 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    Separation on program staff and development staff

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

    Dec 28, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great mission, great partners, amazing resources

    Cons

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

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    3 people found this review helpful
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