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Updated August 19, 2018
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United Way President and CEO Brian A. Gallagher
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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 22 reviews)

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  1. "Director of Education"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    meaningful work and good work/life balance

    Cons

    -not much ability to be promoted
    -cap to salary


  2. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Working towards improving the world

    Cons

    Family benefits could be improved

  3. "Consultant"

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

    I have been working at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, cool environment and Dunn staff

    Cons

    Little diversity among upper management

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the team and consider promoting within.


  4. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Challenging but rewarding.

    Cons

    Not a huge staff so you're expected to wear many hats.


  5. "Information Referral Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and very professional environment.

    Cons

    There is some occasional micromanagement.


  6. "great experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    I learned a lot during my internship.

    Cons

    The location is difficult to travel to.


  7. "AmeriCorps"

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    Recommends

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    - Straightforward, simple work
    - A lot of holiday office parties, opportunities to volunteer
    - Some colleagues are super supportive and friendly

    Cons

    - Low pay - IEUW uses AmeriCorps funding to staff lower-level program coordinators. Pay comes out to about $7 an hour. Ironic that IEUW wants to help lower income kids from the Inland Empire go to college but then pays desperate college grads less than minimum wage.
    - Other than 211 and some college-awareness work, the community programs are feel-good, very surface-level solutions to systemic problems in the Inland Empire. We give processed, salty food to under-resources kids but don't fund partner programs that teach healthy eating.

    Advice to Management

    Become stronger, more critical advocates. Other United Ways across the country are more invested in activism for affordable housing, homeless shelters, food justice, and education. Listen to the communities you serve and don't be afraid to change your programs to become more responsive. Don't take money from private prisons, it's unethical.

  8. "2-1-1 Navigation Specialist"

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

    I have been working at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Supportive management is at United Way

    Cons

    The job can be stressful job


  9. "Get out while you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at United Way full-time

    Pros

    Most of the staff are great people

    Cons

    Running out of $ & managed by a incompetents


  10. "Caution - No two United Ways are the same"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many of the staff are hard-working, caring professionals

    Cons

    United Way local branches operate like franchises and vary widely in their quality and management. The branch that I worked for struggled intensely to fund raise as they continued to operate under an outdated model. The lack of innovation was driving the organization deeper and deeper into a financial hole from which there is likely no return. As a result, there was a pattern of layoffs and bully tactics to get staff to resign when financial outlooks for the year looked grim. Overall organizational morale was low and leadership was more focused on self-preservation than in making strategic decisions that could have altered the future of the organization. Ultimately more dollars were going into sustaining organizational operations than were actually going to community goods and services.

    Advice to Management

    Quit if you can't manage a non-profit in a manner that actually benefits the community.


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