Client success story – Holden Forests & Gardens

Client success story – Holden Forests & Gardens

By on Jul 20, 2023 in Best Practices, Blog, Case Study, Compensation, Compensation Consulting, HR Consulting, Human Resources consulting, Non Profit, Success Stories |

Arts and cultural organizations are very important to the community, and us. Over the years we’ve had the chance to work with many, and a recent project with Holden Forests & Gardens is a good example of how we have helped many of them in the past with both Human Resources consulting and recruiting and talent acquisition projects.

Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions…the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden. As the twelfth largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has close to 17,000 member households and an annual attendance of over 350,000, for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences.

Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities. All communities transformed into vibrant places where trees, plants, and people thrive

Our partner on this project was Judy Tobin, Vice President of Human Resources.  Judy has been an HR colleague and friend of ours for many years.  It was great to work with her! She said:

We are extremely grateful to have partnered with OA for our compensation analysis project. As public garden and arboretum, determining fair and competitive compensation packages was a challenge for us. OA provided us with invaluable expertise and a thorough analysis, tailored to our specific needs. Their dedication to understanding our industry benchmarks and requirements was impressive. The reports and recommendations they provided were detailed and informative, helping us make well-informed decisions. Their attention to detail was exceptional.


We are using their analysis to improve our compensation structure and offer competitive pay to our employees. The analysis will assist us in attracting and retaining top talent by aligning our compensation with industry standards. Throughout the process, the team at OA demonstrated professionalism and expertise, making the experience seamless. We highly recommend their services to any arts and cultural organization [or really, anyone] in need of a comprehensive compensation analysis.

Compensation analysis is an area in which we have deep expertise. Our team of compensation professionals has diverse experience helping both large, private-sector companies to nonprofits and public-sector organizations.  Want to know more?  Check out our other success stories then contact us to see how we can help you with your compensation analysis project.