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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing legacy and reputation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation full-time

    Pros

    The Rockefeller name and legacy opens many doors and allows the foundation to be involved in making a difference across a wide range of areas.

    Cons

    Decision making can be intransparent and feel arbitrary. Career opportunities are limited.


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly motivated colleagues, strong core mission that withstands time.

    Cons

    Centralized decision-making, limited room for promotion within due to smaller size of organization, relatively formal office culture.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Could be great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The most amazing people I have ever worked with. Passionate, kind, thoughtful and truly do care about working to help the worlds poor and vulnerable.

    Cons

    There is far to much focus on getting the foundation and it's president in the spotlight. Extremely heavy focus on communications at the expense of doing work that could be truly beneficial. A flat organization without a lot of room to grow/advance. Promotions are given randomly and don't seem to follow any tenure or other guidelines. You have to be given a chance to own a piece of work that top management is interested in and if you do that and shine at it, your chances of growth are much higher.

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing on work that isn't flashy or dynamic or at a tipping point. Work on things for longer than 5-7 years. Take some time away from the spotlight.


  4. "Good place for the right person"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rockefeller Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment, great benefits, smart people, interesting work

    Cons

    Constantly changing strategy and programs. If you are hyper flexible and willing to work on anything that comes your way, it may not feel so bad.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Current Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, incredible people, and very mission oriented. The foundation provides great benefits and opportunities to network with some of the leading experts in several fields

    Cons

    limited opportunity for career growth, few openings throughout the year and many times the opportunity to work across interdisciplinary teams are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Continue soliciting feedback from employees and embrace changes that many nimble and smaller start-ups embrace such as telecommuting.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "think twice"

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

    I worked at Rockefeller Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Working at a foundation gives you a terrific vantage point and the ability to connect with a range of talented problem-solvers.
    Opportunity to work on important societal issues.
    Salaries are competitive.
    Opportunity to work and travel internationally.
    smart colleagues

    Cons

    RF very centralized, organized around the president. Decisions are driven by her preferences and whims rather than by data or evidence.
    Staff generally demoralized by lack of autonomy and support. Not a creative place.

    Advice to Management

    The key to good programming, to having an impact, is listening to people and working closely with them, not developing programs based on the foundation's big idea and desire for credit. Much of the program's been tried before in other contexts. Learn from that. And learn how to manage people so you bring out the best in them, not reduce them to yes men and women.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Intern Communications"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a lot of work but it is always so interesting.

    Cons

    They pay mnimum wage but at the end of the day you do learn a lot.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Mission-driven organization with amazing history and fabulous colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Super smart, passionate, committed people. An enduring mission with an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy. Great springboard for next step in careers, as many of my past colleagues have moved on to amazing and far more senior roles at other organizations. Exceptional benefits, and strong compensation program.

    Cons

    Meeting and e-mail heavy work culture, due in part to global nature of our work and also just long-standing culture. Opportunities for career advancement internally can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    It can be hard for people outside the Foundation to understand our strategy, so more work clarifying would be helpful.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Inspiring organization tackling pressing global issues"

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    Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Quickly gain exposure to a range of different issue areas, geographies, and intervention models - Opportunity to partner with some of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the sector - Deep organizational commitment to impact, innovation, and embracing new ways of working - Impressive, skilled, and supportive colleagues who are deeply passionate about the work - Opportunities to travel to regional offices and work with grantees in the field - Good comp and benefits for the social sector

    Cons

    - Work across the Foundation's offices and with partners around the world so should be comfortable with nontraditional hours - Flat organization, promotion cycle slower than in private sector; title may not always be reflective of depth / breadth of responsibilities


  10. Helpful (5)

    "An incredible place to have impact"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Deeply talented and committed colleagues -Opportunity to work on some of the world's most important problems, and exposure to a broad range of work -Deep institutional commitment to innovation and bold thinking -Caring managers and peers -Fast pace of work and stretch opportunities at all levels

    Cons

    -Relatively flat org structure and smaller size translates to less rapid promotion opportunities than in the private sector or the largest NGOs


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