My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Borgen Project, Seattle, WA, USA
One of my ex colleagues and I were having a chat today & I randomly thought I would open the Borgen Project reviews. I am amazed to see so many (what I consider) hoax postings on there. There is no way this organization could receive a genuine 5 star rating from any intern, given the work profile, the work culture, and the set up as a whole. For all we know, I sincerely suspect that in their bootcamp, just as we were supposed to write 10 letters asking for donations, in order to hold the intern position, the new activity in the bootcamp might be to write good reviews on various sites to maintain the position. I mean SERIOUSLY!!! And Clint Borgen, please do not get ideas from this post and make the interns do so (if you have already not been doing that).
Pros – Apart from a fancy & sort of misleading website and a unique concept, fancy designations for resume is what I can think of
Cons – What lured me to this place was the fancy website and an internship opportunity. The team was really good, but everyone of us who were hired as political and international affairs intern ended up working on the HR aspect of it. The best part is that HR interns did not get to experiment much with their HR knowledge. The concept of the organization is unique, but there is no way to measure its contribution in reducing poverty or improving the lifestyle of the poor. The organization is thriving on fancy yet hollow networking.
The team used to be very friendly and cooperative, until there was too much micro-managing from the boss. He would make sure everyone dressed prim and proper, sat upright, did not talk among themselves etc etc. Felt like being controlled by a school teacher in discipline. There was so much control that employees needed to clock in and clock out and send daily reports to the boss. At one point some ex employee mentioned him trying to introduce a software that would monitor the websites visited during the day.
All employees/interns working there are unpaid, and there is not much incentive to work there, because you are not adding to your skills even otherwise.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
1) Start being in sync with EEOC policies 2) Pay my interns (which again by the way is the law in WA) 3) Stop micro-managing the interns 4) Let a healthy and hearty work culture prevail 5) Boost employee/intern morale, rather than always picking at them 6) AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, make the interns do the work they were interviewed for.
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