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UJA-Federation of New York Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Time off, Jewish Holidays off and paid vacation and sick time (in 8 reviews)

  • Generous vacation and sick policy (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Very low pay with no raises, some of the rudest people I have ever had the displeasure of working with (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management protects themselves (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Social Work Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place - extremely professional while also friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    The federation is extremely large and therefore its easy to get lost in the crowd. If you're the kind of person to get lost in a big pond, consider that.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Read and consider carefully before accepting a opportunity at UJA"

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    Current Employee - Operations Production & Reporting (OPR) Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Production & Reporting (OPR) Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UJA-Federation of New York full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Time off, Jewish Holidays off and paid vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    UJA may seem like a great place to work, due to its image and the things they do for the community, however UJA does not pay fair, nor do they recognize employee growth. Came in with a G.E.D, earn my associates and bachelors degree, however the 7 years I been working at UJA it seems that the only candidates that are eligible for growth are of a specific ethnic. So if you are a minority, color person please consider that if you agree to a job at UJA most likely it will be on the position you will be working in. Once I started working and saw this place as a place of growth and success, I failed to realize the truth, the ratio of minority working are only fulfilling UJA duties of hiring non Jews. For 7 years I choose not to believe this, until I try every door and each door was closed, im stating this because I'm one of the few that have seek for a higher education in thinking that being better equipped with skills set would excel me, however the truth lies when you working here. Don't let the image fool you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting favoritism dictate who's the correct candidate for a position and start valuing every employee on the same scale.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "nothing good to say about supervisor and director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Representative in Flushing, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Representative in Flushing, NY

    I worked at UJA-Federation of New York (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    they let you have flexable hrs.

    Cons

    if you are 50 and over watch out you will be pushed out

    Advice to Management

    they should treat older employees better after 31yrs they finally pushed me out then friends and others 50 and over. HR was a joke but they knew how to throw unbecessary parties. all should be replaced.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Development Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at UJA-Federation of New York full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment full of other recent grads. Lots of days off for religious holidays, enriching community. Really offers a great life style and name recognition of the organization.

    Cons

    Most people care about the cause but the environment is immature and cliquey. It felt like a lot of young people are they because its an easy paycheck, not because they're looking to excel or work hard. Pay is low. Inefficient systems. Personalities run the show without regard for effective management

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent and provide more room for growth.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "More cons than pros"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Creating positive impact on community, diverse work environment, closed all Jewish holidays, takes interest in training employees

    Cons

    very bureaucratic, nepotistic, adverse to change, salaries are low compared to other large non-profits, sometimes too large for it's own good

    Advice to Management

    start listening to some of your younger employees - I think there is a large disconnect to that community


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Up and out"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UJA-Federation of New York (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits plan. Early dismissal for Shabbat.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings, decisions by group-think, difficulty instilling new ideas or ways of doing things, lots of competition and sniping at the top echelons. Relatively low salaries at all but the top levels - perhaps to encourage or as a recognition that most lower level employees will only stay a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee development with more than just bar-b-cues. Encourage risk-taking, allow for failure. Discourage donors (and some senior executives) from treating all staff like admins. When employees review their superiors, demonstrate the messages in those reviews are taken seriously.


  7. "Inspiring company culture"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Location, inspiring colleagues, easy to get things done, fun yet serious work balance

    Cons

    None I experienced directly, but some colleagues can be a distraction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  8. "Best training ground for fundraising"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UJA-Federation of New York full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Professional Development, great benefit, excellent people to socialize with

    Cons

    Politics and red tape layers, slow decision making process

    Advice to Management

    Great leadership


  9. "Good work in the community"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UJA-Federation of New York full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees believe in the work

    Cons

    Very top-down, political, a lot of things done for their image.


  10. "UJA-Federation of New York"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UJA-Federation of New York full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is company that strives to help people who are in need.

    Cons

    You may not be able to retire from them.

    Advice to Management

    A company works well when you keep your experienced workers.


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