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Sanctuary for Families Reviews

Updated January 29, 2017
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  1. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanctuary for Families full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of paid time off and holidays, generally really supportive staff. It pays well for a non-profit but there isn't much room for career growth in some departments.
    The Executive Director is very involved and cares a lot about the organization and staff.

    Cons

    Bad maternal leave, especially considering it is an organization dedicated to helping families.
    Some senior staff are not supportive of their departments and aren't strategic about changes.


  2. "Great experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Improving, adding many new projects, lots of opportunities coming up for people interested in topics related to violence against women

    Cons

    Low salary, burnout, basically any nonprofit job cons


  3. "great experience"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanctuary for Families full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits, management very supportive

    Cons

    Do not trust your co workers

    Advice to Management

    please listen to new employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work overall"

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

    I worked at Sanctuary for Families full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ample learning opportunities depending on who your supervisor is. Good working environment with competent staff.

    Cons

    No room for growth, Supervisors who do not have the abilities and skills to lead others.

    Advice to Management

    Provide appropriate courses to both intended as well as current supervisors.


  6. "Great place to intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good summer program - lots of events and great hands on work experience. Good feedback too. Would def recommend!

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay

    Advice to Management

    I think Dorchen does a great job and there is great open communication


  7. "Mission-driven organization"

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

    Pros

    Wonderful work environment, mission-driven staff.

    Cons

    Older office building, but this is expected in the non-profit world.


  8. "Great mission, not enough staff appreciation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanctuary for Families full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, great work, staff are the smartest in the field

    Cons

    Low salary, no growth, at times supervisors can be demoralizing

    Advice to Management

    Better supervision, pay raises, open opportunities for growth


  9. "Great organization to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people who truely care about the mission of the organization

    Cons

    Office is a bit old


  10. "Mixed experience"

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

    I worked at Sanctuary for Families full-time

    Pros

    Really smart, committed colleagues and the opportunity to do meaningful, challenging work
    Opportunity to be involved in addressing domestic violence in a number of ways, from individual work with clients to program development and policy change

    Cons

    This is an agency that loves a crisis and expects employees to martyr themselves to their jobs. Bragging rights go to whoever stays the latest, responds to the most crises, works the most at home or over the weekend. As a result, it's really hard to set boundaries, and things that shouldn't be crises are escalated to that level. As a clinician, it's hard to do meaningful long-term work with a client because smaller issues get blown up into something that needs to be addressed immediately.

    Certain departments are privileged at the expense of others and if your program or client can get written up in the NYT you will get the attention of admin and the board.

    It varies by department, but ironically, in a lot of programs, this is not a good workplace if you have your own family. Leadership looks at the number of hours you work, rather than institutional knowledge, professional expertise or how well and efficiently you do your job. If you can't be at the office until 9:00 every night you are not as valuable.

    There are some really questionable boundary issues with clients. Employees become over-involved in their clients' personal lives in ways that are problematic.

    Advice to Management

    It's been a few years since I worked there so I hope things have changed. Management should value the expertise and knowledge of their employees, beyond how many hours they can be in the office, or how much PR they can generate through big, splashy cases that get media attention.


  11. "Project Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanctuary for Families full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sanctuary is full of amazing, dedicated, brilliant staff, doing incredible work each day. Generally, staff are kind, approachable and helpful.

    Cons

    As Sanctuary has grown a lot in the past few years, different departments sometimes feel disjointed and I wish there was better training about the internal structure of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Senior Staff tuned-in to the experiences and challenges of lower-level staff.


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