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United Way Reviews

Updated February 21, 2019
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  • "The non-profit culture isn't a fit for everyone" (in 71 reviews)

  • "Org is growing quickly while dealing with high turnover rate typical of many non-profits" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "LOVE this organization!"

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    Current Employee - Audit Specialist/SME in Jackson, MI
    Current Employee - Audit Specialist/SME in Jackson, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Way full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful organization to work for. They care about their staff and the community!

    Cons

    Small, funding is all based on donations and grants. Room for advancement is minimal.


  2. "Loaned Executive"

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    Former Employee - Loaned Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Loaned Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at United Way part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team, benefits, training, and networking environment.

    Cons

    Hard to get new initiatives

  3. "Project Associate"

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    Former Employee - Project Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot about the community, fun people to work with, beautiful office

    Cons

    Inconsistent & unfair pay, not much room for promotion,


  4. "Competitive pay, changing organizational strategy, mixed bag of leaders"

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    Current Employee - Development Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Development Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at United Way full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive with other nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities. Most managers are wonderful, and there is a mutually supportive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Tense time right now (2019) with new LRP strategy causing organizational changes. Some executives and managers are not so great due to a disconnect with employees or poor management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more from within, work to develop better communication skills and trust with people managers, strive for executive team to be more connected with whole staff.


  5. "Good Place to wokr"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Way full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work with a low key vibe and a great work life balance.

    Cons

    Does not pay that much and there is not a ton of room for upward growth. But that's ultimately the price to pay for a cush job


  6. "Not for Profit"

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

    I have been working at United Way full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, although those have declined.
    Good work environment.

    Cons

    Silos.
    Not for profits did not recover the same way the private sector has since the great recession.
    Bit of a my way or the highway complex in recent years.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    I loved working there. Lots of opportunity to be innovative. Management cared about me.

    Cons

    Decisions and their reasoning by senior leadership could have been better communicated.

  8. "Helping the Community"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Helping the community prosper in many ways

    Cons

    Too many Chiefs, not enough Indians


  9. "Great company doing good work"

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    Former Employee - Mission Advancement Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Mission Advancement Coordinator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at United Way full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to launch a nonprofit career

    Cons

    Fundraising can be difficult because the mission is difficult to convey to the general public


  10. "Not transparent. Lies to employees for their own benefit."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Way full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    15 years ago it was great. So much fun to work there. Their best asset is the staff - not the management. Management are all phony.

    Cons

    Staff parties have gone from amazing evening open bar, dancing and dinners to a holiday lunch. Benefits have been cut back. I was told my job was being eliminated after being there 21 years. They were creating a new position at a higher, management level that was analytical so this was their excuse to get rid of me because they had nothing to fire me for. They did get a new position filled but not until 2 months later and that was with an internal person who was already there. One week after I left on my own and got a great job elsewhere, they posted my same exact job at a lower salary level. They clearly want younger people who will work for less money. I busted my butt working day and night to keep up with the tasks they put on me. I didn’t ask for extra pay, as I was hourly but I just wanted to keep my job and do my best. Staff looked to me for advice and we all got along great. Management are totally phony. They promote their favorites even if they do nothing extra to deserve it. Management keeps getting promoted themselves and take credit for the work that the staff does with barely a thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Show respect and support for the staff. Tell them you appreciate them. Be TRANSPARENT and don’t lie to cover your butt. Morale there has gone from bad to worse.