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Self-Realization Fellowship Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "Very special organization and mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Self-Realization Fellowship full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High degree of autonomy
    Very interesting mission and history
    (Especially if interested in spiritual path)
    Friendly and intelligent management and co-workers
    Pleasant atmosphere (quiet, beautiful, uplifted)
    Highly ethical

    Cons

    outdated equipment
    No upward mobility
    insular, remote

    Advice to Management

    A little more orientation for new workers


  2. "accounting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Self-Realization Fellowship (More than a year)

    Pros

    Onsite Aesthetically pleasing
    Monastics as well as majority of employees are very nice and pleasant to work with
    Most employees have a great work life balance

    Cons

    The main headquarters location is very inconvenient and away from civilization (on top of a mountain)
    Little to no reception at all
    Utilizes the same practices expecting different results
    Has some very toxic, disruptive management in place
    Promotes a non-trusting highly micro managed environment with low morale - with an everyone is trying to rip off the organization mentality

    Advice to Management

    Be able to take constructive criticism and accountability for your shortcomings and weaknesses
    High turnover in the department is a direct result of bad management

  3. "Scary"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Caregiver in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Caregiver in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Self-Realization Fellowship (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The grounds are beautiful!! Asthetics are high on the mark on every level.

    Cons

    Highly stressful environment without structure.Very culty in every aspect. No room for advancement.


  4. "Nice workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Self-Realization Fellowship full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Peaceful workplace, nice people, not overly demanding requirements. Non profit works for

    Cons

    As a non profit, pay is a little low, and not much opportunity for advancement. Often inefficient communication between offsite departments, like any organization. But organization tries to do best for employees and offers medical benefits

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Its serene but moves ultra slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Self-Realization Fellowship full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    easy going work place, very flexible

    Cons

    Not for fast trackers, but good for people who will see the opportunities in self development

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Wonderful experience with great people"

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    Former Contractor - Photographer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Photographer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Self-Realization Fellowship as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Their calendar is grea and I loved working with them

    Cons

    There are no reasons to list here

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job


  7. "The fulfillment of working for a humanitarian cause compensated for the tedious and old fashioned management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Spiritual fulfillment
    Making a difference in the World
    Absolutely beautiful site
    Meet exceptional people from all over the world
    Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Tedious bureaucracy
    Surprisingly little sharing of information
    Religious overlay can be uncomfortable
    Little room for career advancement
    Pay raise hard to come by

    Advice to Management

    Restructure accounting and legal so that these areas do not drive decisions
    Have more frequent communications with employees
    Develop an employee-community on SRF website as part of HR relations
    Use technology to go paperless and get rid of bureaucracy
    Ask for feedback from employees on a regular basis

  8. "Pleasant Work Environment"

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

    I worked at Self-Realization Fellowship full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very pleasant, beautiful grounds, balanced, and fun at times.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, lots of bureaucracy, outdated practices.


  9. "Excellent and orderly relaxed work environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Good benefits

    Cons

    Non-profit pay grade so there are no raises

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. "it was an awesome experience"

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    Current Employee - Oral Surgeon in Guwahati (India)
    Current Employee - Oral Surgeon in Guwahati (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Self-Realization Fellowship full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great opportunities, great benefits, best outcome and possibly the best job solution

    Cons

    slow in picking up on economic grounds for begnners

    Advice to Management

    give more attention to newcomers to help them flourish at ease