At Kessler Foundation, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 92 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.16. It was published on Apr 4, 2017. 2826 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is approachable, easy to talk with.
96%
 
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
95%
 
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
94%
 
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
93%
 
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
93%
 

What They Do

We asked Kessler Foundation to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, injuries to the brain and spinal cord, and other chronic conditions. 

About this Company

Website: www.kesslerfoundation.org Industry: Other
US Headquarters: East Hanover, New Jersey, 07936 US Sites: 2
Major Locations: West Orange, New Jersey, 07052 US Employees: 120
US Revenues: $26.5 million Worldwide Revenues: $26.5 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1985

Kessler Foundation has been awarded:

Best Workplaces in New York 2017 (ranked 24)

Best Workplaces for Recent Grads 2016 (ranked 5)


Employee Ashleigh Quinn with high school student during Disability Mentoring Day - October 2016.

Perks and Programs

We asked Kessler Foundation to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Spot Bonus Program: Employees can receive monetary awards (generally $100 to $2,000) for exceptional achievements in such areas as grant awards (researchers), significant cost savings, increased efficiency, and enhancing Kessler Foundation's media presence.
  • Employee Appreciation Program: Visa gift cards (typically $25 to $100) are available to use when an employee demonstrates an outstanding effort or contribution "above and beyond the call of duty."
  • Service Awards Program: Employees are recognized with a gift card at 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service.  Each award recipient also receives a certificate commemorating the milestone anniversary, and all are invited to an annual luncheon held in an upscale restaurant.
  • Professional and personal development: (1) Lunchtime seminars through our Employee Assistance Program. The topics over the last few years have included the following:  stress management, preventing workplace violence, creating a positive outlook, workplace communication across generations, and preparing emotionally for retirement. (2) Leadership development: Topics have included presentation/media skills, public speaking, legal issues. Planned for 2017 is a session on business etiquette.
  • Summer schedule: Employees can get an early start on their summer weekends by leaving at 3pm on Fridays between July 4th and Labor Day. 
  • Jeans Fridays: Employees can wear jeans on Fridays year-round.
  • Pizza lunches: The organization provides a pizza lunch for all employees at least once per month.
  • Fun and lighthearted events: Examples include "Cheesy Hawaiian Shirt Day" and "Ugly Holiday Sweater" contests, with gift cards for the winners.
  • Financial seminars/workshops: Employees can attend presentations given by a representative from our 401(k) plan provider, and can also meet with the representative on a one-on-one basis if interested. We have offered opportunities to attend sessions on other topics, such as tax strategies, planning for a dependent with special needs, Medicare, Social Security, and "Smart Money Moves in Your 20s and 30s."
  • Wellness: Onsite flu vaccines available annually. Periodic presentations on topics related to wellness, such as a session last year focusing on the health benefits of raw foods.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

89% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for see comment) 89% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
$4,000 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
Employees at holiday

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 5 year(s) of employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Telecommute option
  • Subsided On- or Off-site Fitness (50% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (coffee, snacks, seminars, TVs)

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$2,500,000 Philanthropic donations in last year Yes Recycling program

Diversity

  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Employees at holiday party - December 2016.

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Employees Cherie Giraud and Lauren Strober at the MuckFest, an event benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - June 2016.

How to Get Hired

We asked Kessler Foundation for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Key characteristics that would be beneficial for prospective employees would include the following:  interest in working for a nonprofit organization; a desire to help persons with disabilities; ability to work well both autonomously and collaboratively; and a strong sense of commitment to one's work. For research positions, one must have interest/passion in research with particular interest in physical/cognitive disabilities, along with the ability to (in some cases) feel comfortable working in a medical setting. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Possess experience in similar organizations, particularly those with a focus on individuals with disabilities.  Experience related to our types of research is very desirable.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Research Assistants (RAs) continue to be increasingly in demand, for two reasons:  (1) The RA position is one in which employees typically enter right out of undergrad (or master's program, in some cases), stay for about two years, and then leave to continue their education in graduate school -- generally a PhD program or medical school.  (2)  Our research organization has been growing in recent years due to significant success in grant awards received, which necessitates additional hiring. Qualifications for an RA position include... Bachelor's degree in psychology, behavioral or biological sciences, or a related discipline; one to three years of related experience; comfortable working in a medical setting.  Interest and/or previous experience in research, medical rehabilitation, motor function, cognitive psychology, or neurologic/other disabilities preferred.  Experience/familiarity with data analysis software is a plus.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

To learn more about our organization and/or to view our career opportunities, interested candidates should please visit our website:  www.KesslerFoundation.org.  E-mail inquiries can be directed to careers@kesslerfoundation.org

hiring Outlook

12% Job Growth 66 Average applicants per opening
1,971 Total job applicants 3% Openings filled by current employees
23 Recent graduates hired 14% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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