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Most oppressive place ever. For real.
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Gardena, CAJune 26, 2017
This was not in any way a good experience. That's being generous. It was a nightmare. I don't even know where to begin. No transparency at all. Lots of "don't ask questions!" Your every move and email (regardless of your title or experience) is micromanaged and scrutinized. Cameras everywhere. There is no trust here. You clock in and out like you're in a sweatshop even in senior management. The CDO is brutal. Lots of harassment and ego-tripping. I have never been anywhere where people were treated so poorly. Just a WEIRD WEIRD, paranoid, nobody is spared type of environment with no regard for human beings. The culture is one of fear, plain and simple. Just plain AWFUL.
Pros
Nice break room
Cons
Clueless and mean spirited management doing so much to disempower staff
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Worst experience in my career
Marketing (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles County, CAJune 9, 2017
It was a terrible experience because if the Events and program Manager, she was absolutely a terrible person who yells at people, bellitles you, and makes you feel like you are scum. That managers last name is the opposite of queen. Hint! The work culture is horrible, you have to mentally prepare to walk in every day because of the manager. It's sad because she is a representation of that company, and she leaves a black shadow on a good cause. I will describe her treatment of people as cruel, and disgraceful. She treats people like animals.
Pros
HR department is great
Cons
They treat people like animals
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Applying to a Manager position? Don't.
Event Manager (Former Employee) –  Gardena, CAMay 8, 2017
The company culture is tragic. The CEO yells at people, but in the next moment attempts to act like he's your friend. The company runs like a corporation; however, it is a nonprofit. They are worked up and worried about fundraising and ignore other basic functions.

Managers are paid more than analyst but they do the same work. There is no difference between an analyst and a manager. If you are at the manager level looking to become a director at some point in the nearing future, you may become one at HSF (if you can wade through the terrible office politics, mundane work, and emphasis on surveillance - they have proximity cards, so you have to swipe in and out of the office and there's cameras everywhere that they actively check to see what is on your computer) but you will not do the work of a director. And if your plan is to get some management experience at the manager level, that surely does not exist either. Much of the work is spreadsheets, calls, and research no matter what they say. Most people under the Director level (even some at the Director level) do busy work on a daily basis, and there's not enough busy work to sustain them either. But it is hard to take off work depending on your team, so you end up just being at work all day doing pretty much of nothing.

The organization does great work for the Latino community, specifically high achieving youth; however, it is not run well. There is an emphasis on team building and alignment (with trainings), but the trainings just serve as time for upper level management to hash out their ideas with the illusion of
  more... the rest of the staff assisting. It's very obvious that the team building and alignment is all an act to make the staff feel better about the managerial shortcomings. But the staff is VERY aware.  less
Pros
Free Snacks, Compensation, People
Cons
Culture, Management, Surveillance
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Productive and fun place to work at.
Service Operator and Software Tester (Former Employee) –  Gardena, CAMarch 26, 2017
Listen to voice mails and go through emails from students and parents about their scholarship application. I learned that this company will do anything in its power to help so many individuals gain an education to better themselves. Especially for the Dreamers Act. .
Pros
They treat you with lunch.
Cons
none
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Stay Away
Marketing (Former Employee) –  Gardena, CADecember 28, 2016
Awful work environment. Most of the management team is scared of the CEO. Unreasonable expectations and micro-managing galore. It's a great mission, but a bad office culture.

There has been a lot of staff turnover, especially in management, recently. That is indicative of an organization with internal turmoil and poor staff morale. Stay away!
Pros
Mission
Cons
Office culture
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Excellent learning opportunity
Assitant, Scholarships (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 17, 2016
I've truly enjoyed my time at HSF. It has been a rewarding experience that has allowed me to hone skills and has allowed me to acquire great knowledge.
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Awesome place to work
Outreach Intern (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAAugust 23, 2014
If you wan to work with students or would like to work for a company that promotes higher education then you should definitely look into HSF.
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Mobility, great Benefits and Great Mission!
Donor Relations Manager (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJuly 14, 2014
Great place to work. Lots of room for growth and lots of learning opportunities!
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