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United Way Reviews

Updated October 18, 2018
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  • "The non-profit culture isn't a fit for everyone" (in 70 reviews)

  • "Org is growing quickly while dealing with high turnover rate typical of many non-profits" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

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

    I have been working at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, professional, mission oriented and ethical

    Cons

    Not very many cons. Some departments work in silos


  2. "Community Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Great mission focused on bettering the community.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent employee engagement

  3. "Great people but leadership is lacking - Salt Lake office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Way full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people work at United Way which makes the job very enjoyable. A lot of hardworking individuals ready to make social change. They offer competitive benefits and have a great 401(k) match. Flexible schedules as well.

    Cons

    In my years at the SLC United Way the leadership lacked the whole time. They do not want you to grow professionally. I've had former coworkers hired for one position, and years into that position express interest in moving up or changing positions only to be pushed out by management. The top protects the top, and only the top gets those big promotions. They aren't transparent with the work they are doing and how much money they are actually spending on 'big projects.' Sometimes they need to slow down and figure out how to fix a problem with the tools they have rather than jump into the next multi-million dollar project to fix another problem.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Show you care and you're on the same team rather than treat them as the enemy. This could help with the ridiculously high turn over rate.


  4. "Expect mission driven employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits rock!
    Passionate employees
    Talented teams
    Does more with less

    Cons

    Not agile - antiquated policies
    Leaders play favorites - in terms of raises and bonuses
    loyal employees not valued/not listened
    Employee Culture Survey one sided
    Mgmnt cannot seem to hold each other accountable

    Advice to Management

    Be less defensive and more open to listening to constructive feedback from the community and staff.

    Use 360 degree performance assessments for all including leaders.

    Build trust among all. Hold each other accountable.


  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Didn't really have to work

    Cons

    A very clicky staff all around


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    generous with time off during storms

    Cons

    not supportive of anyone that is not in the clique. Promotions went to those that fit a certain mold not based on talent or commitment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "In desperate need of better leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're offered some peace while working ( you're able to wear headphones).
    Summer Fridays - 1/2 day on all Fridays in the summer.
    Not too strict when you have to request time off.

    Cons

    No organization throughout the company.
    Def, not a "team like" culture.
    They complain if you're too nice and will also complain if you're too stern! There is no happy medium here.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to implement some sort of structure for this company. Leaders at the top of the totem pole need to learn how to LEAD. There are constant teambuilding meetings and workshops because leaders are too busy gossiping and belittling their staff.

    HC is also a disaster. There actually is no HC, HC is led by the ONE person that sits in their legal department.

    Stop with all the internal meetings and meetings before a meeting just to talk about what you're going to talk about at the meeting. That is time wasted that can and should be used to be out raising money for the organization. AGAIN, structure/ organization!

    Also, train your staff. If you bring on a new team member, do your due diligence and train them adequately. I understand this is a nonprofit and resources are extremely limited, but if you want success, DO YOUR PART.

    Management - put your ego aside and see the greater cause. Donations are declining left and right, there is no funding,

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unfortunate Experience"

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

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    - Great committee members to work with
    - Good work life balance with generous vacation

    Cons

    -No room to grow
    - Management stuck in old ways
    - Toxic work environment


  9. "UWSL great community"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    the people are great and welcoming.

    Cons

    lack of direction and unable to commit to one plan.


  10. "Pros and Cons"

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

    I have been working at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Incredible mission, solid benefits, fun colleagues

    Cons

    Too stressful for salary paid


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