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    "A Culture of Fear"

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

    I worked at Silicon Valley Community Foundation part-time for more than 4 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...

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    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?

    Silicon Valley Community Foundation2012-10-30

Other Employee Reviews

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    "Great place to start your Non Profit Career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Community Foundation full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Passionate people, Awesome free lunch and breakfast once a month Unlimited snacks and beverages Fun work activities that makes the work day more enjoyable. The new CEO is a phenomenal leader.

    Cons

    The organization is in transition, hence if you are not comfortable with change, this might not be the right time to join the party.

    Silicon Valley Community Foundation2019-02-26
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    "A new direction with a new CEO and ten months of reflection, examination, learning and growing"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Silicon Valley Community Foundation full-time

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits (generous PTO and VTO, health, dental, vision, retirement, paid family leave, telecommute one day a week) -Committed and talented staff - Social committee to plan fun events (summer picnic, end of year holiday party, halloween party, ice cream social, thanksgiving potluck, and more!) - Employee volunteer council to plan group volunteer opportunities - Opportunities to truly make an impact in the...

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    Cons

    I have been at SVCF for a number of years. As you can probably gather from the other reviews on here, the last few years were tumultuous. I am fortunate enough to be in a division where the intense toxicity was not rampant; but I will be honest there were serious issues. That said, once everything blew up during a very public organizational crisis, while it took awhile, in the end, the board and senior leadership made...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the communication coming. Even if there isn't major news to report, keep updating staff on what the board is doing, what senior leadership is discussing. One of the things that has happened during this period of examination, learning and growing is that our senior leaders were able to show their humanness. Don't let that go. Even though it is hard and it will take convincing of certain folks, stay true to...

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    Silicon Valley Community Foundation2019-02-21

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