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Sponsors For Educational Opportunity Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiting in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sponsors For Educational Opportunity part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    it is very flexible with time and has a good work life balance. Team is very nice efforts do not go unnoticed and it is very easy to talk to management.

    Cons

    Wish there was a way to cross train and learn more than the role you was given.

    Advice to Management

    none great management


  2. "Heavy Pros, Heavy Cons"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sponsors For Educational Opportunity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rapidly expanding so there is room for growth, depending on the department and how much you advocate from the beginning pay is good, absolutely incredible students, wonderful coworkers who are passionate about the work

    Cons

    Very political. Low morale in departments and heavy mismanagement by executive teams. Very long hours are expected with little appreciation or compensation accordingly. Few opportunities for middle or lower level staff to request change from managers. Very difficult for staff to be fired. No work life balance. No transparency across departments and extreme varying salaries even among people in the same department with the same title. Focused more on external factors and return on investment than best interest of students at times. Can be very frustrating to work with- departments often implode and require entire overhaul of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff that is working directly with students. They are the bread and butter. Focus on staff retention from the top down, and make that effort known in both words and actions.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Management Create Repressive Environment"

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

    Pros

    3 Summer Fridays, interaction with students, positive mission statement

    Cons

    Lack of consistency, lack of communication, attitude of senior management is repressive, rampant favoritism, sketchy work practices and bias

    Advice to Management

    It is time for senior management to leave. Attitude and work practices are antiquated. Management needs to create an inclusive and collaborative environment.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "New York's Undiscovered Gem"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sponsors For Educational Opportunity full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of organizations dedicated to student equity and college access, but truly none has the results that SEO does. The amount of care and dedication put into their programming is incredible and the results speak for themselves: 100% of SEO Scholars are accepted to college, and 95% graduate. Beyond working with some of the most incredible students in NYC, the staff at SEO is a strong draw. Approachable, intelligent, and beyond dedicated to the program and its students. Management is supportive but also let's you take ownership of your projects and create and make a lasting impact.

    Plus the organization is growing at an incredible rate, so they are actively looking for people who can help them continue to raise the bar.

    Cons

    People are incredibly dedicated to the work and the students, so work days frequently linger past 6. Initially, I was hesitant about the Tuesday-Saturday schedule that some positions require, but Saturday Academy is a true highlight of my experience. I look forward to spending a full day with the students all week long


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The kids are amazing! They are intelligent, sweet and curious. Most team members are dedicated to the kids and really care about them. The program is the answer to many problems in education.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks the ability to compensate the staff for their hard work. We are expected to work extremely hard for low wages. Also, the leadership is beginning to look at our kids as a business. It's a serious problem.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff better Or give most comp time. Make the staff feel appreciated for the numerous hours we spend with these kids. Allow people have determine their own work/life balance.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Life changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Saturday Academy Instructor
    Current Employee - Saturday Academy Instructor
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is one of the most inspirational places to work...the staff and educators care about what their doing and really take an interest in all scholars.

    Cons

    None, I think they are always open to improvements and suggestions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Students are great and inspiring. Salary is competitive for non profit work.

    Cons

    SEO has no concept of work life balance. NONE. Staff is put into overdrive all year, even when it is not necessarily their busy season. The hours are insane. I actually wonder if supervisors are scared to let their employers work less than 55 hours a week. This is the norm here, so you get no recognition even when you are working super hard. They seem to do a lot to make the 40 hour work week an intangible dream. There is also a completely unnecessarily obsession with meetings. I spend more time in meetings than getting actual work done. Say goodbye to weekends and a social life.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize when to push employee and when to acknowledge their hard work


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Absolutely Dysfunctional"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sponsors For Educational Opportunity full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven. Fulfilling to work with the students.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Micromanagers from the top down. Nasty gossip always being spread. Constant mention of money going missing.

    This trickles down to the directors who are petty and vindictive. People have been put on performance improvement plans for solely disagreeing with directors and HR is ineffective at doing anything about it. HR suggests employees play the game rather than address directors who practice retaliation. Staff mocks students to their face and behind closed doors, even going so far as to make fun of a student's faith guiding decisions. Directors continually undermine each other and make everything a competition, to the detriment of their subordinates. People are mistakenly fired for a day without the knowledge of their supervisors, only to be rehired and told it was a "mistake".

    I've never been at an organization that was so toxic, destructive and embracing of fear culture. I think that this is because the majority of the employees come from cutthroat finance organizations, and they don't know how to let go of that unproductive behavior when they come to the non-profit world. It's discomforting when everyone, including the directors, is constantly applying and looking for new jobs. How can one thrive in an organization like that?

    Advice to Management

    Leadership takes away autonomy from directors, causing them to lose motivation. Culture is too conservative, to the detriment of employees and students. Checks and balances for management, not allowing them to push their own agendas with employees. HR should be able to effectively handle retaliation cases rather than encourage employees to keep their head down and not report incidents of workplace harassment. Allow HR to rebuild company culture so that it is collaborative and sustainable rather than fear driven.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Making a Difference Means Working for SEO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff is extremely supportive, fun, and exciting. Everyone is open to new ideas that would better the environment for the students and the organization as a whole. No idea is shot down, but closely examined and given its support. Everyone pitches in and helps one another because they truly believe in the mission of the program.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be hard, but it is not a huge con that would deter anyone from working at SEO.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "I am a mathematics tutor at SEO."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The students of SEO are really motivated and they are easy to work with. The SEO stuff care a lot about their students and the quality of the staff. The salary is good compared to other non-profits and they pay the time you spend with preparation for the classes.

    Cons

    They need me only few hours a week.


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