My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Couleecap Inc, Westby, WI, USA
I worked at Couleecap Inc. and it was the worst year of my life. Instead of capitalizing on their workers' skills, the tendency of the organization is to rely on the "pay grade" status of it's employees and is rank with rankism.
As no one makes a great deal of money, those in power there hang on to it as a definition of who they are.
In 2010 there was a large turnover of staff, mostly removal of persons who had any ideas that may have been slightly out of the box.
The management system is punitive and unresponsive. There is an entire culture of denial and a reliance on tattle tales and gossip. It is truly the scariest, most gossiping place I have ever encountered.
The organization (mostly the Housing Department,) goes after the funding vigorously, despite their understaffing and true lack of expertise for some of the projects they try to run.
A good example of this was their work in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. The Housing Department took on a project to move the village to higher ground after the devastating floods of 2008 & 2009. The Housing Director and his assistance had never run a program like that, had no construction expertise whatsoever and eventually, after raising the hopes of the village, did not produce anything viable.
It was truly irresponsible.
The management refuses to recognize when supervisors who are unfit treat their employees badly. They just look the other way if that supervisor "produces;" and will not directly deal with that supervisor's inablility to lead.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
For one year as an employee in the Housing Department.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Totally restructure the management system so that supervisors could only be allowed to supervise if they had the ability to lead, not just nitpick.
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