Playworks Work Life Balance FAQ

Read what Playworks employees think about work life balance at the company and make sure this fits your lifestyle. Employees have questions about everything from the work from home policy, overtime and flexibility.

Playworks has a work life balance rating of 3.9.

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4 English questions out of 4

1 July 2020

How is the work/life balance at Playworks?

Pros

•Positive, playful workplace culture. Occasional gatherings, trainings, games, and free food •Amazing, talented and mission driven colleagues •Equity team (black, brown and POC team members) provided free virtual consultation and training towards the end of my time at playworks, really bringing issues of racial equity and justice to the fore, and building people's knowledge and understanding across all regions and levels of the organization. It was fantastic, much needed, and made me proud to work there. • Some people have had amazing, long careers working there with seemingly endless advancement opportunity and internal hiring practices

Cons

•A long history of poor management and financial oversight. Running at a deficit for years, overly relying on school funding, which has recently resulted in laying off or furloughing 75% of staff across the country, but has also caused several rounds of layoffs even years before covid. •High turnover •Lack of staff and board diversity. Notably super white at the executive, director level and board levels. No meaningful steps or even conversations being had about diversity as an issue or a specific goal •HR clearly just supports and covers whatever leadership does...so I never felt comfortable talking to them about microaggressions or concerns I had about the organizational culture. With the hundreds of people furloughed and layed off, there was no exit interview, survey, or systematized effort to take people's feedback into account, which just goes to show you how undervalued staff are • Lack of transparency in decisionmaking, and a general practice of making decisions based on leadership's highly subjective, disorganized opinions, rather than a specific, consistent and communicated strategy • Runs like a family company, and cherry picks people to advance based on ability to tolerate chaos and other negative aspects of the culture, having a lack of work life balance, etc. Towards the end before layoffs it became subtly cutthroat. If you sucked up to key leadership and looked busy or important, you were liked/retained. • Not successful with fundraising, in terms of events or individual giving especially. We had to cancel lots of in person events, and had a poorly planned and rushed attempt to host a nationwide virtual event. We over promised and under delivered by ultimately postponing and hosting nothing...It also irritated me how committees were formed, then random groups would kick other people off of the committees, all basically operating again with a random, messy and cherry picking approach that was neither productive nor inclusive. • After the first furlough, hundreds of employees sat around being paid by PPP funding we got. Instead of meaningfully engaging everyone as much as possible, and focusing on providing people opportunities to contribute in different ways, those folks just sat around getting paid by the government but doing nothing, while a small group of staff were working virtually around the clock. No ability to delegate or manage people effectively.

Advice to Management

Honestly, Playworks seems like a lost cause, so you should probably just close up shop. Not all nonprofits can or should exist, and your history demonstrates that you're not able to plan strategically, respond to staff feedback, and do better so as to be a fiscally responsible or racially inclusive/diverse organization. Perhaps you should close operations and create space for other organizations in the sector.

• Runs like a family company, and cherry picks people to advance based on ability to tolerate chaos and other negative aspects of the culture, having a lack of work life balance, etc. Towards the end before layoffs it became subtly cutthroat.

1 July 2020

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10 March 2020

What is overtime like at Playworks?

Pros

The impact you can make is real.

Cons

Long hours, no personal time off, a lot of admin work.

Advice to Management

PTO is needed

Long hours, no personal time off, a lot of admin work.

10 March 2020

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14 June 2021

How are flexible working hours at Playworks?

Pros

Playful environment and flexible schedule

Cons

lack of diversity of BIPOC at director level

Advice to Management

Transparency

Playful environment and flexible schedule

14 June 2021

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20 August 2021

What do employees say about the location of the Playworks office?

Pros

Cool co-working group. Relatively nice pay for someone like a student. Americorp Stipend. Job is pretty easy, considering work load management.

Cons

Depending on location, the managing teams could suck. Management only really care about furthering themselves, then they really care about growth and opportunities for lower staffed employees. Commute can be tough if you don't have vehicle or live far from site. Little to no support from management. No time off. Long hours. Not great pay. Mandatory team meetings everything Friday, no matter how far or close site location is from office. Management will talk bad about you either behind your back and/or after employment rather than offer suggestions or just up front.

Advice to Management

Provide insight on how employees can get better at their job once term is over. Provide positive feedback to other employers if needed. Provide more space for growth and development. Pay raises. Better support.

Mandatory team meetings everything Friday, no matter how far or close site location is from office.

20 August 2021

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