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The Annie E. Casey Foundation Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work, could pay higher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Annie E. Casey Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits package, positive company culture

    Cons

    low pay for certain positions, reluctance to change


  2. "Strong Mission Focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Annie E. Casey Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Mission-focused and dedicated people. Opportunity to do great work and make an impact. Can learn about the range of issue areas the foundation focuses on.

    Cons

    Culture is a bit traditional and old-fashioned.


  3. "Pass"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Annie E. Casey Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and the pay are nice for the area. They have finally put together an HR team which for years wasn't there and was horrible. The diversity of the organization is wonderful and you'll learn a lot if you listen.

    Cons

    Middle managers aren't managers they are subject matter experts that have been granted permission to move up in order to execute the directives of their Vice President. The vision is not there and has become recycled over the years. This is not a place to start your career, it's a place to end it. People who are over qualified continue to apply to lower level positions where there is no advancement and no opportunity for development.

    Advice to Management

    Apply some of the expertise used on external system reform efforts to engage in some authentic, transparent, top to bottom internal system reform. Also, please keep those middle managers who were never managers with clear lines on what is allowed and what's not. There shouldn't be separate rules for people in the same department.


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  5. "Ups and Downs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Annie E. Casey Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to contribute to helping improve lives of kids and families, great ability for exposure to best practices, networking opportunities are vast, amazing benefits, dedicated employees

    Cons

    Leadership and management depends very much on unit/program placement, little to no opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Invest in developing management skills among managers and others who play supervisory roles, more transparency around compensation of employees


  6. "Great experience!"

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

    Pros

    I had some great experience interning there. The employee benefits were great!

    Cons

    The work relationships among some senior employees were not desirable.


  7. "Work hard, make a difference"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You'll work hard but have a chance to make a difference working in a diverse, challenging environment.

    Cons

    Could use more substantive training options to develop staff at all levels.


  8. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Annie E. Casey Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    cause, culture, professional challenges, exposure to opportunities

    Cons

    long hours, travel, cumbersome internal admin processes, mediocre salary


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Operating Foundatoin"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Annie E. Casey Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits Package, getting paid to improve outcomes for children and families, ability to research and meet world leaders, fun travel

    Cons

    Feels like being at an ivy league sometimes - competition, snobbery, gossiping

    Advice to Management

    Please use employees for their skill set, AECF tends to hire highly educated people with a lot of work experience and then only use them to take notes.


  10. "Clear on mission. Strong on reputation."

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

    Pros

    Worthy mission and incredibly smart colleagues. Paying more attention to race equity.

    Cons

    Strong brand but could be stronger.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Uneven management, distant leadership, lack of transparency"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Annie E. Casey Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Important mission, good benefits, smart co-workers, resource rich environment.

    Cons

    A very small number of people hold any real internal influence. Many managers have been hired for connections or content expertise and lack management skill. Competitiveness amongst managers and senior program staff. Lack of transparency from senior leadership. All create serious morale issues, which most staff do not feel comfortable discussing openly for fear of being marginalized or further stressed. There are a few pockets of safety, some decent managers and effective programs, but even these havens aren't immune from organizational stresses. There's tremendous waste here as well. Convenings, legacy grants, self promotional activities, expensive consultants, vanity projects, the list goes on. There's also a seemingly never ending progression of internal meetings and processes theoretically designed to improve management, grant making and morale, but which inevitably fall far short. Numerous reorganizations also contribute to low morale and a general feeling that senior leadership is out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Apply some of the expertise used on external system reform efforts to engage in some authentic, transparent, top to bottom internal system reform. And please put together a skilled, professional HR team!



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