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Updated Mar 24, 2022

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2.1
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Silicon Valley Community Foundation President & CEO  Emmett D. Carson (no image)
Emmett D. Carson
36 Ratings

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  • "Back your communications up in email, because the instability of the organization eventually creates a culture of suspicion and back(in 9 reviews)
  • "The leadership here is awful and I'm shocked the donors haven't left yet, considering how much scrutiny this organization is under.(in 8 reviews)
  • "High turn over, quick burnout, and management does NOT care about their employees.(in 7 reviews)
  • "I'm seasoned enough to know it is still a long road and that not all senior management may like the new direction, but I think we have the staff and leadership from our CEO and other key leaders to get us through.(in 4 reviews)
  • "Awful leadership team and bad management(in 2 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Wonderful CEO with Motivated Employees

    Jan 16, 2021 - Officer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Since of Shared Mission, CEO's leadership: Nicole does an incredible job of leading the organization. She has a leadership style that motivates every department to see the bigger picture of what they do.

    Cons

    The pay is lower for entry positions, and to recruit top-talent the company might need to consider increasing the wages of new employees.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Toxic Culture Persists

    Mar 24, 2022 - Director 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Exposure to many different aspects of philanthropy, from impact investing to complex assets and diverse types of grants. - Community team makes meaningful grants to high-impact nonprofits in the area.

    Cons

    - Pervasive lack of trust among key leadership, including CEO, in employees' ability to do their jobs leads to micro-managing and discourages learning and innovation. - ELT members, VPs, and HR leaders talk about employees behind their backs rather than giving constructive feedback. Shame-driven culture also leads staff to blame someone when mistakes are made rather than focusing on solutions. - Lack of responsiveness to feedback from employees about how they do their best work. Leadership asked each team to develop RTO plans, then rolled out a plan disregarding employee feedback without acknowledging 180 in approach. - Culture rewards burnout behavior where leaders model little to no work/life balance and joke about checking email at all hours and not taking vacation. - New positions posted and hiring decisions made made without consulting or building buy in among key team members. - CEO shows no accountability for culture and turnover after 3+ yrs. in role. - Very hierarchical.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great mission, undone by toxic culture and values

    Mar 9, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    1. Good first step into the world of nonprofit 2. The sense of urgency and the quick turnaround time to make things happen in the community (covid-19, hurricane relief, CA wildfires…etc) and provide support where it’s needed, was amazing to be apart of. 3. Majority of coworkers are team players, fun and helpful to work with and instrumental to surviving at this company

    Cons

    1. Extremely high employee turnover. Red flag. 2. Executive Leadership Team is all about the company and the bottom line, not the employees. This is a very top down culture. If you fall in line, you’ll be fine. 3. Lack of career advancement opportunities. 4. HR team only cares about the interests of the company and not their employees. HR is neither impartial or fair to employees, don't let them fool you. 5. Management (middle - senior level) is disconcerting. Because of high employee turnover, the folks in these positions have no clue what they are doing and were only rewarded these positions to fill a vacancy. Most are not qualified for management positions and they are certainly not trained for them. Also, most employees don't last more than 6 months in these positions. Sink-or-swim is the mentality. 6. Overall due to lack of constructive formal HR policy around pay, there also seems to be a wage gap {men / women} as confirmed by multiple data points between my peer group. This is ironic for a company doing work in the equity domain.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Headed in the wrong direction—take another offer

    Feb 13, 2022 - Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Has brand recognition within philanthropy, major foundation with high AUM

    Cons

    Lack of psychological safety and clarity/support to do the job, roles cannot be filled as fast as they are being vacated and those left behind are told to do more with less. Not a good option for work outside of CA or long-term remote.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Troubled organization needing change

    Jan 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Non-profit doing great work in the field and community

    Cons

    Heavily focused on asset size at the risk of losing why they are a community foundation in the first place

    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great exposure

    Apr 27, 2021 - Donor Services Senior Associate - Grants in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Get to work with high-profile and really wide-ranging groups of people, organizations, and donors. Think the future is bright after strategic planning and restructuring, more stable group of staff, increased commitment to communication and culture, and incredible impact around the world.

    Cons

    Lots of turn over in the last few years and not the best culture but working on it! It's what you make of it!

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

    ok

    Sep 7, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Helps makes days go by

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Company doesn't care about their employees.

    5 people found this review helpful
  8. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Not Bad

    Feb 24, 2021 - Grants Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    stable job, high impact on community

    Cons

    High turnover, lack of community feeling, overworked

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Good non-profit to start your career

    Jan 9, 2021 - Grants Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    well-known company in the non-profit sector.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for career advancement.

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  10. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Low Morale

    Nov 8, 2020 - Administrative in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Leadership does not care about staff and lacks compassion and empathy. CEO has name called employees on email, in person, and in front of internal and external stakeholders. Everyone is sad working here, and turnover is the highest I have ever seen at any employer.

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    9 people found this review helpful
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Silicon Valley Community Foundation has an overall rating of 2.1 out of 5, based on over 68 reviews left anonymously by employees. 18% of employees would recommend working at Silicon Valley Community Foundation to a friend and 23% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -9% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

18% of Silicon Valley Community Foundation employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.1 for culture and values and 2.1 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Silicon Valley Community Foundation to be workplace, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be diversity and inclusion, career development, senior leadership.

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