Playworks Employee Reviews about "playful"

Updated 19 Oct 2020

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Playworks CEO and Founder Jill Vialet
Jill Vialet
91 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. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    Fun and playful work environment.

    Cons

    Priorities can feel like a moving target.

  2. "Loved Playworks"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator 

    I worked at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working in fun, playful, high energy environment, school hours

    Cons

    pay was low, sometimes work weekends


  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Sadly, a sinking ship..."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Development 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Playworks full-time

    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.

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  4. "Great Company Culture"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - playful professionalism - comprehensive PD - consistent staff support - rad managers

    Cons

    - not everyone pulls their weight because of the immense independence - crazy hours to fulfill for AmeriCorps - not a lot of room to move up, depending on which office you work with

  5. "DEMANDING, but good HS senior job"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Program Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusion Playful professionals Changing kids lives Making long term friends

    Cons

    Favoritism Demanding for amount of pay 1700 hours + service projects

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, great culture, playful but professional.

    Cons

    structure and management still has room to grow

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Playworks - great for kids, great for adults!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Program Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Playful professionalism is genuinely valued. Continuous learning is valued organization-wide. There are opportunities to advancement.

    Cons

    Some of the opportunities for advancement come up only seasonally and/or require people to move to a new location - but these things aren't unique to Playworks.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Playful"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, smart people committed to continuous growth, learning, and playful experimentation. People really live out the core values of healthy play, healthy community, respect, and inclusion. Staff at all levels are committed to the mission and strive to do their best to bring out the best in kids and schools across the country.

    Cons

    We move quickly, and are motivated by audacious goals. That can mean a lot of work! But the executive team communicates as proactively as possible, listens well and adapts as needed, and inspire a tight-knit community of people willing to work hard to make a big difference.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Playworks Rock(s-Paper-Scissors)!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Site Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Playworks full-time

    Pros

    Non-profit rooted in its mission; room to grow professionally (and quickly); fun, playful and positive work culture; myriad of networking opportunities; transparent organization; supportive team nationwide!

    Cons

    At a regional level: Offices tend to visit the same schools for professional play days, which can be interpreted as such.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful non-profit organization to work for making a real impact on children."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -The real and positive impact you have on children every day through your work -Growth opportunities, Playworks likes to promote from within -Great health benefits -A very playful/fun work culture

    Cons

    -Extra evening/weekend events can make for long hours/work weeks

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