Director (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – May 26, 2018
If you are a true professional consider rethinking applying here.
Leadership is filled with unqualified posers with inflated egos who let power get to their heads, affecting how the org is run. Leadership crucifies those not in their inner circle, while their own behavior screams unprofessional and hypocrisy.
These are people who will write you up and drag you for something, then minutes later, turn around and do the same exact thing or worse. They also pick and choose who they'll protect and cover for, while the rest are on their own. Favoritism here is a game of popularity. The winner is usually who is sucking up the most to executive staff. Imagine this on repeat.
The running joke here is people in executive and middle management level of leadership think that a degree or leadership training means they're now experts. Meanwhile their behavior is anything but that of a leader. When people have to walk around boasting they're this or that, we're always taught to beware. It's these same people that don't practice what they preach. No one is supervising or holding executive staff accountable or these so-called favorites.
Self-care, boundaries, and respecting them are nonexistent here. These are people who will track you down at all hours because they don't know how to manage their own time. People who will expect you to work while sick and actually demand it with no regard for your health or rights.
Many staff members develop illnesses and stress related issues frequently. They seem to have forgotten that legal liabilities exist and one day hopefully someonemore... is intelligent and savvy enough to take them up on the traps they keep setting themselves up for legally.
If you were to survey staff you would see that most are overworked, underappreciated, and doing things they never agreed to do when they were first hired. It is extremely unfair to place those burdens on staff. People are not prepared for, trained properly, or financially compensated appropriately, but expected to take on additional and piling responsibilities.
You're hired under the pretense that you're taking on a great, caring, family-like org and when you start to finally see what people are about and who they truly are, you realize if this is a supposed family, then it's one big dysfunctional one.
If you have true talent and integrity this is not the place for you.less
Director (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – May 4, 2018
Leadership focuses on contracts and money ONLY. They ask what you can do for them? That will get you far. Not in a professional or genuine way, more in an unprofessional way, that has nothing to do with your job performance.
If you've worked there long enough and stay cool with executives you're good.
"Friendships" or "loyalties" that executives have with some of the most disliked and unprofessional staff members at the org ruins trust. Everyone sees it.
Staff leave meetings and leadership training feeling worse, wondering if they're being punked.
Leadership is disconnected and delusional. How can we take these leaders seriously when their behavior is shocking and bad? It also affects relationships with partners and people outside of the org in the DOE. It's embarrassing and happening across programs.
It's sad to see the org run this way. This new executive team has changed the org and not for the better.
It's sad and embarrassing that executives keep mentioning and bashing staff that leave the org. Some of those people worked hard and showed up better than current leaders.
People talk and trust that some have shared their reasons. 9 out of 10 times it's because of leadership. Focus on the truth instead. It's not a good look for executives. If anything it makes people want to leave even more people because people see through you. If you really cared do something to change the culture beyond bashing people.
Most employees care about their communities and do a great job with few resources, People work hard and some have a great attitude.
There are few professionals in the org, Executive staff behave awful, If you walk by the offices of leaders in admin you can hear them talking bad about staff, It's hard to know that these are our leaders and they expect to be respected and trusted
Potential is there, the work is not being done with humility
Coordinator (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – April 27, 2018
I suggest, going to the website, looking at the history of the people in leadership and doing the research on every program. There is a lot of in-house separation because of personal vendettas. Continue your research, see what they have accomplished in the 127 years, they have been in existence and what they have done for the South Bronx since 1964. RESEARCH: Especially if you are taking a big role. As an entry level staff, take the position and guard yourself. The experience you can create for yourself is one of a kind. Lack of supervision or productive feedback may inspire you to do great things with the company and then you get to take it with you elsewhere.
ESH has great potential however middle management and upper management have difficulty reflecting about their errors and rarely take responsibility for their inability to train staff for the outcomes they want to achieve.
There are ways to achieve milestones if you are a self-starter who is using the position to grow and are confident in learning by yourself about the title you take on. That may align you as a friend of ESH and open up the door for opportunity.
Many, non-profits and CBO's, have the problem of staff retention. However, with ESH, I experienced some of the most unprofessional managers in higher positions. In my experience, the culture at ESH is strictly based off of who you know and not talent based promotions. On some occasions it is talent based because I did have brilliant colleagues and mentors.
ESH does not know how to retain great talent because of their inability to reflect, checkmore... in and invest in the staff that they hire. Also, because their goals are limited, small minded and carried out poorly.
ESH is not all bad. If you are able to keep your head low, follow instructions and ensure greater outcomes, you may be invested in. Student Advisors at partnership sites, group leaders and so on have grown into higher positions due to consistency and staying above the mess that the people on the top make with in-house gossip, cutting corners and unprofessional practices on addressing employees.
When you interview- INTERVIEW THEM BACK. Challenge the hiring process. You will be able to see what the company is about. Some sites do great work other sites are failing and working for it would be a trap. The gift of gab is their specialty ask them about their success.less
students, not working in the ESH building, building positive relationships with peers, room to grow, salary is not the worse
favoritism, friendships cloud missions, underpaid, over worked and huge expectations with no guide, no reflection of organization goals, no company values adopted organization wide, care more about how flashy and cool they look rather than doing the work, unprepared management, unprofessional supervisors, lack of training of ALL staff
Group Leader-Intern (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – April 3, 2018
a typical day at work would be having the kids do all there homework and school work before any activities happen. some of the activities we did was dance, sports, and whenever when the place was nice out we would take the students on trips.
Group Leader (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – August 28, 2017
This site has terrible management skills. They lack professionalism. Supervisors love to gossip. This whole site/work force just NEEDS IMPROVEMENT! Everything & everyone here is so UNORGANIZED. Lack of communication is BIG within this work force. I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone. But hey, if you would like to go through this, go on right ahead.
Group Leader (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – August 28, 2017
The supervisor is unorganized, well the company as a whole. The environment and supervisors are unprofessional and it feels like a hang out spot rather than work place. It ranges from favoritism, incompetent management, and lack of communication. Entering the company seems organized but once you really dive in, it is far from a work place.
Internship (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 18, 2017
Working in East Side House Settlement was amazing I got to pick up tips on how to work with children and working effectively with my co-workers also helping out with shows, projects, games ETC it was just fun and exciting
enjoyed the relationship between the students and workers
Peer Counselor (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – August 3, 2017
great experience,I really enjoyed the relationship between the staff and the supervisor. We all worked as a family. Every worker was able to relate with each and every student. you are able to work while attending school .
Student Advisor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 1, 2017
Worked at East Side House for 3 years. After a year I couldn't wait to get out. HR is understaffed, and employees are not kept in the loop over changes. At retreats, higher ups hardly acknowledge anyone other than themselves.
If you file a complaint prepare to have HR keep a close eye on you. They're not there for your interest just the companies and they're not shy to let you know.
If you need a job ESH is fine, but get in / get out before it messes with your confidence.
PTO is mostly used at their discretion, Under-staffed HR. A culture of favoritism that trickles all over the organization.
Group Facilitator (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – June 28, 2017
The children were awesome but New Management was horrible superiors had their own agenda and little to no regard for any of the employees, the pantry program was a disaster, mice infested and management expected employees to clean it out with no regard to employee safety, I spent my own money on certain supplies and it was like pulling teeth to be reimbursed on one occasion I waited 2 months to be reimbursed and on another they lost my receipt and I had to forfeit the amount I was owed. Good experience builder in dealing with middle school children but horrid management.