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United Way Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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United Way President and CEO Brian A. Gallagher
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Pros
  • Great value of a work-life balance and people-oriented approach to personnel management (in 34 reviews)

  • One gets great satisfaction working here, because you feel you are making a difference in people's lives (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • It's a Corporate environment although non-profit (in 61 reviews)

  • You have to be intentional and disciplined about drawing work-life balance boundaries (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Flexible and positive place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, telecommuting, paid-volunteer benefit

    Cons

    Revenue has been declining, resulting in pay freeze and some layoffs


  2. "Fast paced, goal oriented"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Way full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This place fosters impact, leadership, initiative, and grit. Not for the weak, as the work is fast paced and tough. Everyone has best intentions and all work hard.

    Cons

    We are in the middle of leadership change, which is good, but you have to have an appetite for the complexities that comes along with it.

    Advice to Management

    Lean into the change, listen to the staff, document processes, and hang in there. Once construction is done the place will make more sense. Promise.

  3. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to make a difference in the community and can gain a tremendous amount of experience.

    Cons

    You can make more at almost any other non-profit or even teaching job in the state. Lack of work-life-balance, high stress, lack of gratitude toward employees, you’ll have to do things over and over the same way, yet you’ll be expected to somehow get better results. Those who complain seem to get things a little easier, and if you don’t throw a fit, you’ll be running thinner than you could have ever dreamed about.

    Advice to Management

    Begin exploring other ways of doing business and act on something, listen to employees, stop hiring people with direct relationships/friendships with staff, and make sure anyone in management that is hired can make decisions, lead effectively, and not lean on the staff under them to direct them on how to do their job/get their special projects done for them. Also, it is so hard to raise money when the CEO drives a Tesla and wears $1,000 stilletos to events. People have stopped giving due to seeing this. It also creates a negative envioronment for staff. Lastly, while the big businesses and donors are important, all donors and volunteers are important and should be treated as such.


  4. "Hard to explain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Mission oriented businesslike nonprofit with some great people

    Cons

    A dinosaur of an organization that can't keep up with the times

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  5. "Great Company, Great Mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I actually feel like I'm making a difference. Each day, I can see my actions and the actions of my team changing lives for the better.

    Cons

    Working on campaigns, our schedules are subject to last minute changes quite often.

    United Way Response

    Nov 13, 2017 – Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

    Thanks for your feedback! I'm so glad that you can feel the difference you--and we-- make each day. From our immediate response projects like our Northern California Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund... More


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility to implement new programming and ideas. Many longstanding and powerful partnerships to utilize.

    Cons

    Cubicle office space and lack of office culture.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "211 Call Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Way full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Knowledge of Community Agencies and Resources

    Cons

    Lack of Team Meetings, Trainings and Community Outreach to stay engaged with Community Stakeholders.

    Advice to Management

    Less Micro Management, more Team Engagement

  8. "Loaned Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Way part-time

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment, great staff!

    Cons

    Downtown commute and occasional parking off-site.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Amazing Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Information and Referral in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Information and Referral in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Time off, great work culture, friendly, open, professional environment.

    Cons

    None to share at this time.


  10. "Passionate place!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Vice President
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate people driving an empowering mission.

    Cons

    Always challenged by limited resources.


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