HomeBase Center for Common Concerns Reviews

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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Toxic Founder and Of Counsel

    Jun 27, 2021 - Senior Staff Attorney 
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    Pros

    The office is located in the historic Flood Building in San Francisco.

    Cons

    The founder and of counsel, who was the Executive Director until very recently, is incredible toxic. The culture is toxic as a result of the founder.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    This Nonprofit Walks Its Talk

    Jan 28, 2021 - Finance Director in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    The amount of time, treasure, and talent that has been devoted to workplace culture, employee satisfaction, mission impact, and financial sustainability in the last two years is remarkable. I am especially impressed by the improvements in benefits--as well as the investment in creating an equitable and transparent career advancement ladder. Accompanying these two foci with a generous, humane codification of HR policies has created a workplace where it's obvious that employees are valued. The mission is bold-- build community capacity to end homelessness and reduce poverty; foster thriving, inclusive communities. The staff is committed. Many are recognized as leaders in their field. The environment is fast-paced but supportive. Another stand out: The Equity Steering Committee is not just a piece of DEIB window-dressing. It has real leadership impact. For me, Homebase is an employer of choice.

    Cons

    Some systems are creaky and need to be re-imagined. Management is addresssing that issue, but it's a bit like flying the plane while building it. That can be stressful. There are no easy fixes. What is understood by long-timers is not always clear to new people, although real and valuable work has been done re: on-boarding. A buddy system might help to address the things that fall between the cracks. As with all nonprofits, compensation is constrained by available resources. There's more to do than time to do it in. Many days, it feels like we're dancing as fast as we can, but getting nowhere fast.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Dedicated, intelligent staff and fast-paced, collaborative work environment

    Nov 29, 2019 - Staff Attorney in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    You won't find more dedicated, resourceful, positive colleagues anywhere. Homebasers are attuned to the needs of their clients and their teammates -- eager to answer questions, strategically overcome challenges, and otherwise support them however they can. Staff are witty, thoughtful, and committed to building meaningful relationships in and out of the organization to uplift agencies and communities -- truly a pleasure and inspiration to work with. Management supports staff in professional development, balancing the provision of autonomy and oversight. Management provides frequent positive and constructive feedback and actively seeks the same in return. Opportunities to develop facilitation, project management, writing, statutory and regulatory analysis, public speaking, and data analysis skills abound. Excellent vacation and flexible work from home policies.

    Cons

    Workflow is fast-paced and deadline-driven -- staff must be effective in time management and assertive in setting boundaries to achieve work/life balance. Parental leave policy is not particularly generous.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to make an impact and grow.

    Aug 29, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Meaningful work, great connections with community members, interesting travel around California and beyond, good work-life balance and flexibility (wfh, vacation, benefits, etc), and fun colleagues.

    Cons

    Occasionally tedious/boring work, especially during grant season which frequently emphasizes minutiae. Unclear career growth options.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great cause, problematic environment and management

    Apr 23, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Who doesn’t want to try to end homelessness and poverty?

    Cons

    Terrible founder and CEO who poisoned the environment with her mercurial micromanaging and playing employees off each other. Have you ever been asked to rat out your coworkers at your annual review and then be told all the negative things they said about you by your boss? Very unpleasant. They also expect a workaholic culture (60+ hours is expected during the busy grant period). Note how high the turnover is and the fact that the only substantive staff who’ve been there longer than ~3 years work remotely. They also underpay new staff.

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Great mission, but poor work environment

    Oct 15, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    - Great mission - addressing homelessness - Some dedicated and thoughtful coworkers - Exposure to interesting clients and issues

    Cons

    - Toxic work environment - extremely difficult executive director keeps staff in constant fear and distrust - she actually encourages staff to snitch on each other during performance reviews - Upper management expects staff to work over 60 hours/week during busy projects, with no regard for personal lives - Low compensation, roughly $50,000, and executive director discourages salary negotiation - High turnover - only a handful of non-management/administrative staff had been there more than 2 years when I started - Some incompetent colleagues make work more difficult after hiring sprees due to high turnover

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Challenging work supported by passionate team

    Feb 9, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    - Working with a passionate, intelligent team on the goals of preventing and ending homelessness - Occupying a unique space in which firm can influence homeless and housing policy at the national level while reality checking proposed strategies through local, hands-on implementation - Opportunities to take on responsibilities, project management, and leadership happen quickly - Robust benefits package; compensation grows over time - Skills developed are universal and transferrable

    Cons

    - Staff must balance many demanding, client-driven projects

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Well-run and inclusive office environment

    Dec 4, 2015 - Legal Intern in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    The people are what make this office so amazing! I've never felt more connected or comfortable with a team, while also feeling incredibly motivated to push myself professionally.

    Cons

    For me the only con was the commute, and the expensive parking.

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