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"A Culture of Fear"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA (US)
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

I worked at Silicon Valley Community Foundation part-time (More than 3 years)

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.

Advice to Management

Respect all employees. Embrace the word community in community foundation and show compassion and concern for both your internal and external communities. The nonprofit community simply doesn't care that you hold $2 billion in assets. What are you doing for the community?

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best Non profit I've worked at."

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

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Community Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and sincere people

    Cons

    possible can be better pay

    Advice to Management

    Hold Chiefs Accountable if warranted


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Overworked staff with Rude, abusive leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Silicon Valley Community Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good employee benefits for a nonprofit, Very committed colleagues that believe in the mission

    Cons

    Board is not informed of high staff turnover, leadership claims that staff is like a family but blatantly abuses staff. My supervisors took personal anger out on me for no reason, dismissed my ideas in meetings, and was often rude and critical of my work, while offering no constructive ways to improve it.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with board about staff turnover. Invest more in professional development and do more than monthly coffee & pastries for staff.

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