Intern (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 19, 2017
The people in the office were very open to speaking with me as an intern, from the President of the organization to the desk attendant, everyone was helpful and pleasant. The organization often felt like a family because so many people had worked there for so long. Everyone generally liked getting to know the interns and were happy to have a conversation with me.
A good place to work but the supervisor is key to the experience. A good supervisor makes the job great, a poor one makes the job unbearable.
Program Officer (Former Employee) – Miami, FL – July 15, 2016
A typical work day involved research, community contact and coordination with other employees to accomplish good work for those in need. You also spend a lot of time with elected officials, and government agencies.
At LISC I learned a lot about housing, real estate development and commercial financing. I also gained a lot of experience in working with elected officials and government employees.
Management was good for the most part, however it can be rather cut-throat with directors and executives being promoted, demoted and dismissed without any apparent relation to their job performance. That being said, the managers I met and worked with were dedicated, knowledgeable and very hard working.
My co-workers were very good people for the most part, but like any large organization, LISC has its share of office politics, and incompetents.
The hardest part of the job was getting recognition for your accomplishments other than fund raising. Since it is a not for profit fundraising is a major concern, so the more money you can bring in for the organization the better. However, once you have developed a relationship that leads to increased fund raising because of your performance there seems to be rush of supervisors attempting to take credit for the funding increase and minimalizing your efforts.
The most enjoyable part of the job was a tie between the corporate training, which was always excellent and high quality and held in some of the nicest places in the country, and the work. When you successfully completed an assignment you get a great feeling of accomplishmentmore... seeing a community improved, seeing an impoverished family gain housing, employment and hope, or seeing a neighborhood revitalized.less
Good pay, good people, good training, good benifits.
Office politics, no clear critieria for advancement.
Americorps Member (Current Employee) – Los Angeles – August 18, 2015
Being a LISC AmeriCorps member was great. I served my term at Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. The environmemt was friendly. I was able to grow and develop skills that are transferable to other fields.
National Organization, awesome...Local Duluth office culture challenging
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Duluth – March 21, 2013
There are a lot of local opportunities to take on projects that offer opportunity to learn new skills (as tends to be the case in the non-profit world). As a non-exempt employee, there is work life balance. Management lack's the ability to delegate projects and empower the staff as independent thinkers - very "top down" style. Technology is not embraced. I found it difficult because there was not a lot of intentional planning or effective use of the local advisory board.
flexibility, diverse work load, great contributions to the community