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  1. "One of the best places I've worked"

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    Former Employee - Donor Relations Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at YouthBuild Lake County full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff was amazing - never worked with such a wonderful group who were so committed to the organization's mission.

    Cons

    There are no cons for YBLC!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! I loved working at YBLC. There was not a single person who was a Debbie or Donald Downer - everyone was friendly, helpful and committed.

    YouthBuild Lake County2017-03-03
  2. "Toxic Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at YouthBuild Lake County full-time

    Pros

    A good and worthwhile mission centered on improving the lives of under served young adults in some of the most economically depress areas of Lake County, IL.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and transparency from the executive leadership team. No commitment to staff development or retention. There is a culture of "favoritism" that is apparent to all employees which creates a toxic working environment where gossip is rampant and employees are left to fend for themselves with no support from management. Employees have their personal hours invaded with emails at all hours of the night...

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    Advice to Management

    You set the expectations in regards to professionalism--stop wearing inappropriate clothing, be aware of your inappropriate relationships with the clients and how they are perceived to outside parties. Encourage your employees to think outside the box and LET THEM, stop micromanaging everything they do. The Executive Director needs to set the tone of the agency, stop gossiping about other employees, stop making promises...

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    YouthBuild Lake County2018-07-19
  3. "YouthBuild Strong, AmeriCorps Proud, Hulk Smash"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at YouthBuild Lake County full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful mission to help kids get diplomas and it's a small place where you can feel the love from students and staff. The service activities are fun and rewarding and this is surely a step in the right direction for North Chicago. Many students leave with HS Diplomas and some forge strong personal relationships that last.

    Cons

    Unless you consider any job as being "gainfully employed" YouthBuild doesn't actually result in many people keeping meaningful careers. Follow up stops once a student meets grant requirements, which could be as easy as working 3 hours a week at McDonalds... There are many conflicts between management (directors and managers) and staff (coordinators) and more often than not there are more people managing than people...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to Dr. Chinni...the agreed upon word is "bully"

    YouthBuild Lake County2017-12-22
  4. "Work Culture Is Stressful and Management Lacking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at YouthBuild Lake County full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great mission statement, working with young people is rewarding

    Cons

    Poorly lead and no benefits.

    YouthBuild Lake County2017-06-23
  5. "AmeriCorps"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps in Great Lakes, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at YouthBuild Lake County for more than a year

    Pros

    Pros: good mission--you could see the impact first hand

    Cons

    poor management, volunteers and AmeriCorps workers (not the students) were treated very poorly, often walked all over. Senior Management was very degrading and unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Don't degrade volunteers and treat them like crap.

    YouthBuild Lake County2017-03-02
  6. "Nice people but handwriting on the wall in terms of its future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at YouthBuild Lake County full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues, outstanding Board members, compelling mission

    Cons

    Too much reliance on government grants and not enough focus on individual giving and private foundations

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive and not reactive

    YouthBuild Lake County2014-01-27
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