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Updated January 5, 2017
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  1. "Exciting Times!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart and committed colleagues deeply engaged in doing important work in the areas of social justice, youth engagement, leadership development, and outreach.

    Cons

    Somewhat limited resources (as is the tune of non-profits in general).

    Advice to Management

    Be open to hearing and learning from your staff. Commit to continuous improvement, both individually and collectively.


  2. "Forgot what's important"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at URJ full-time

    Pros

    Provide some services that some find are meaningful and necessary in a range of areas

    Cons

    They forgot that their most important asset is the people who work for them. They believe that people are expendable

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your greatest asset are the people that work for you. Practice internally what you preach to your constituents


  3. "Great Team!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great, smart, dedicated colleagues. Important work. Often exciting.

    Cons

    Shorthanded, need some people to lighten the load.

    Advice to Management

    Need more hands!


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  5. "Fiscal"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at URJ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and co-workers are great. Really hard working co-workers and team-players.

    Cons

    Upper management can be verbally abusive and doesn't lead by example. Doesn't appreciate employees hard work. No room for advancement unless upper-management.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Youth Division Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You'll work with energetic, compassionate and dedicated colleagues who define the community that you'll spend lots of time with -- both inside and outside of the office. Colleagues become your family! The URJ doesn't cut corners at the expense of the quality of their educational programming.

    Cons

    There is very little opportunity for vertical growth. Senior management has been there for decades and is notorious for micromanaging. While they claim to be open to change, in practice they are very reluctant to adopt any new practices. There is clear favoritism among certain circles of employees and senior management often chooses to turn a blind eye on issues they don't want to deal with. While they have had several downsizes in the last several years, the outlook for growth doesn't look promising. In comparison to other Jewish non-profits in New York, the URJ pays significantly less than others.


  7. "Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at URJ full-time

    Pros

    Really caring people who are devoted to Reform Judaism (mostly). Definitely great if you want to feel "at home" (and are from a Jewish background). Unlike other jobs, I felt just instantely comfortable and connected. Good benefits, excellent hours.

    Cons

    Employee moral can be a little low. I think there is not enough communication between departments and support in what each other is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of your ego and listen to what people have proposed.


  8. "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at URJ full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some wonderful colleagues who care deeply about the mission. Depending on your job, there's the opportunity to travel to visit Reform communities around the country. Although I was in an intense department, many people truly have 9-5 jobs and get real work/life balance.

    Cons

    Morale was fairly low when I was there. The strategy and vision for the overall direction of the URJ is unclear, despite senior management spending many hours on strategic planning. I saw several talented people leave because they felt their work was not noticed, only to have management be baffled and upset after they left. Overall, the organization tends toward mediocrity, despite having some really excellent people in the mix.

    Advice to Management

    They face some tough demographic and financial trends. The role and value of the URJ is very much up for debate among congregations. I don't think it's my place to tell senior management what to do - they're up against some tough fundamentals.


  9. "Good place for work experience, but not for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I met many wonderful people during my time at URJ and gained confidence in communication and leadership skills.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement and too many restructurings of the union in a short period of time. This has caused the turnover rate to be very high


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Annoying Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally well-educated co-workers, decent hours (unless, like much of the staff, you believe that working unneccesary extra hours on a project will show everyone else how much you care and how good you are at something.)

    Cons

    Many aspects of working at the URJ are like a popularity contest. People are rarely interested in getting to know you, showing appreciation for your work or collaborating with you unless you grew up in the Reform Movement. Very uninviting environment for people of different background. A lot of time wasted on reimagining or coming up with big picture ideas when hiring better, more skilled and qualified employees would be the most helpful thing to do. The egomania present in both upper and mid-level staff is truly impressive.

    Advice to Management

    Open up your talent pool.


  11. "only seems to care about select employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They do an amazing job with their camp programs.

    Cons

    Management lacks understanding of employee needs and restructures seemingly in a random way based on pressure from board. Does not give enough time after restructuring to allow changes to happen before changing to a new structure.

    Advice to Management

    develop cross training of employees so that when restructuring happens staff can be given a chance for a new role rather than laying off staff and starting over.



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