By Amy Meyers Steinberg, B.S., CMP
While it has been a long time since I have been on a job interview, I assume interviewers still ask the age-old question, “why do you want to work here? “I wonder if a reciprocal question from the interviewee might be, “how long have you worked here or why do you work for this company?” Would the answers be straightforward, honest, and real?
If someone asked me why I have worked for Jewish Community Services for 17 years, I could just share with them that JCS has been awarded a Top Workplace honor by Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces for the second year in a row. But that wouldn’t explain what keeps me here or what aspects of our organization contributed to it earning a prestigious Top Workplaces award.
In 2006 when my daughter started pre-school, I started working part-time at what was then, The Jewish Big Brother Big Sister League (JBBSL). In 2008, JBBSL merged with three other organizations to form what is now Jewish Community Services (JCS). While JCS could have let staff go, as many corporations do during mergers, they either continued or formed positions for everyone who chose to remain. With my skills and experience, I was lucky to have been moved into marketing where I helped coordinate the launch of JCS to the community through various media outlets alongside a small yet mighty staff.
And while some staff have since retired, or moved on, JCS can tout employee longevity as a positive indicator of the workplace environment. Some employees who began their careers as staff members of one of the original four agencies have worked here for over 30 years. Some staff have even left for other opportunities and then come back to work for JCS.
According to confidential employee surveys, some of the reasons JCS is designated as a Baltimore Sun Top Workplace are because staff feel:
- Recognized for the work they do.
- They can grow professionally.
- The work environment is warm and caring.
Why do I love working for JCS? In addition to the above, and the flexibility JCS provides, JCS staff are like family, and like family, they look out for their own. The same mission driven work JCS provides to the community applies within the agency as well.
In 2015, when my then husband and I were going through a divorce, I realized I needed to find a full-time job. Instead of saying we don’t have anything available, they found a way to combine my marketing job with an open part-time position to equal full-time wages. To this day I am fortunate to remain a valued member of our organization and the amazing teams I work with.
Amy Meyers Steinberg, B.S., CMP is a Program Coordinator in the Community Connections Department.
Jewish Community Services (JCS) provides programs and services for people of all ages and backgrounds, helping them achieve their goals, enhance their wellbeing, and maximize their independence. To learn more, visit jcsbalt.org or call 410-466-9200. amazing teams I work with.