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  1. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    A Culture of Fear

    Oct. 29, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Four weeks of PTO, volunteer time-off, smart co-workers (the individual contributors), nice office setting, interesting donors with interesting causes

    Cons

    Although upper management promotes a "culture of candor" and says they encourage employee feedback and questions, this simply is not true. Unfortunately, it's more of a culture of fear. If an employee speaks up to question a process, a decision, or anyone in authority, they are quickly ridiculed and even publicly humiliated in staff or division meetings. There is also no true transparent process for promotions, with perceived favorites of the "chiefs" usually being promoted (without having to interview or apply for positions), often after having only worked at the foundation for mere months. The three chiefs who report directly to the CEO are afraid of him and tend to act more as "bobble-heads" than as true leaders and managers. Everyone is afraid of the CEO and making him mad. Employees are truly seen as replaceable, and the turn-over rate is extremely high. More than 80% of the employees have worked there less than one year. HR has little power to address the real issue, the chiefs. One of the chiefs is extremely insecure and will likely be sued for sexual harassment one day. There might be hope, one day, for the foundation, after the four top managers leave.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Wonderful CEO with Motivated Employees

    Jan. 16, 2021 - Officer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Since of Shared Mission, CEO's leadership: Nicole does an incredible job of leading the organization. She has a leadership style that motivates every department to see the bigger picture of what they do.

    Cons

    The pay is lower for entry positions, and to recruit top-talent the company might need to consider increasing the wages of new employees.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great People, Struggling in Development

    Sep. 30, 2022 - Corporate Giving in Mountain View, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people that worked with me were truly amazing individuals. The work that we did was engaging, and empowering and gave you perspective on certain local and nationwide initiatives. The building before I believe they went remote was centrally located, and the offices were neat and clean.

    Cons

    Management needed to be re-trained and properly developed. Low wages and salary for Silicon Valley. There were some departments that were more affected by toxic leadership than others. There would always be some re-organization in certain departments as it felt like a messy start-up sometimes.

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