Playworks Employee Reviews about "nonprofit"

Updated 6 Apr 2019

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Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet
Jill Vialet
89 Ratings
Pros
  • "Working in fun, playful, high energy environment, school hours(in 11 reviews)

  • "Playworks has a good work environment(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, no personal time off, a lot of admin work(in 11 reviews)

  • "No room for growth within the company after multiple years in the roll(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great intentions, poor management and direction"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Program Team 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people at Playworks are exceptionally positive and good at heart. Most are very much behind making a difference in kids' lives who really need it. Very culture oriented (almost to a fault) and supportive of their employees.

    Cons

    Terrible business savvy and leadership. Cyclical budget deficits and little serious attention to sustainability. A classic example of nonprofit idealism riddled with financial ineptitude.

  2. Helpful (3)

    "Rewarding"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    Playworks is fun and rewarding! I loved spending time with my coworkers every day and working together for good.

    Cons

    As with any nonprofit, career advancement can be tricky. There isn't always a clear path to promotion so you need to take extra steps to keep learning and growing. Playworks is working to improve this.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Program"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    Some compassionate people who really care about making a difference Flexibility

    Cons

    Those in leadership make decisions based on their own self interest rather than the benefit of the organization or the children. They don't provide streamlined training of any sort making it difficult to even know if you're doing your job correctly half the time. They do not live their core values and lack empathy for their employees by not listening to those who complain that they are being harassed in their office. I am absolutely appalled that this would happen at a nonprofit claiming to care so much about people. They offer little to no growth or opportunities to advance. They don't spend the time or resources to development employees for promotions, instead make political decisions in order to appease others to make themselves look better. They use the term "playful professional" to excuse their inappropriate behaviors and extreme lack of professionalism.

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    Playworks Response

    May 14, 2018Chief People Officer

    We absolutely take any claim of harassment or a hostile work environment very seriously. Please reach out to me directly so that I can address the situation you are referencing here.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful organization!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great organization full of passionate people. There are opportunities to explore a wide variety of projects and skillsets depending on your interest. Very supportive organization with incredible people!

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up, opportunities are very scarce. Typical situation of the nonprofit burn out... Great company but it all becomes repetitive and the pay is lacking. The grind for money for the org is also relentless.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great organization with a terrific mission."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     

    I have been working at Playworks

    Pros

    Working with kids and serving as a positive role model

    Cons

    Little flexibility for a nonprofit position

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