The culture of LLS and the Stamford office is great. The staff is young, outgoing and really friendly. They like to plan social outings together, and being in downtown Stamford in the summer definitely has its perks. The parking that's included for full-time is also really great for the weekends, shopping and dining.
Right now the chapter office is going through a lot of turn over and management change. The national office is not very supportive of the chapter and there is no training. A lot of the dirty work is thrown to the field staff instead of the national office. It can also become very cliquey at times with the different campaigns.
Freedom to work independently
Depending on your department, there might be a lot micromanagement. Sometimes there is also the chance that things are too overcommunicated. Unnecessary number of meetings to discuss things that could have easily been addressed on a conference call or email.
They hardly ever hire males.
Attitude towards older colleagues
The new ED will now only hire older people who seem more mature and excluding young adult professionals from many positions.
Overall compensation for your work
Very low pay for doing more than one job. There is a lot of favoritism going on right now.
This job will take over your life if you're doing fundraising. There is no work life balance, and many participants will still contact you after work hours. Long weeks, weekend hours with no overtime or flex time.
The turn over is so high that if you're willing and wanting to stay, they will let you.
Challenging at first, but becomes redundant
Suggestions for improvement
- Reward your staff who goes above and beyond. Don't waste time on the little stuff, but focus on the big picture.
What I like about the company
The money does go back to the mission, and working with the families affected by the disease is rewarding. There is a lot of paid time off if you're able to figure out when to take it.
What I dislike about the company
The management. Very unprofessional and it has become very cliquey, and micromanaged.
A lot of things happen behind closed doors, and hush hush. When sometime major happens, there is no real explanation.