Compassion International

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Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014
40 Reviews
3.2
40 Reviews
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Jimmy Mellado
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, be careful though ...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Compassion International as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Unlike so many Fortune 500 companies, Compassion genuinely cares about their employees by providing a solid work-life balance, professional and spiritual growth opportunities and supports employees facing personal and family issues. Benefits and facilities are terrific. Connection to the mission is excellent with anniversary trips to countries that sponsor children. Compassion is true to their mission to release children from poverty and is making a significant difference in children's lives.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the environment is still more a ministry, consensus-based slow decision-making organization. Accountability and clear lines of authority and responsibility are unclear or lacking. Their Christian-only hiring policies limits the pool of candidates and the expertise and experience of the staff is reflective of this issue. The organization is management heavy with many managers only having one - three direct reports and Directors with on average 5 - 20 reports. There is also an under the covers severe passive-aggressive atmosphere in some parts of the organization, for example IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Compassion to attract and retain high quality staff, hiring policies regarding religious beliefs and affiliation need to be reviewed and relaxed. The management structure and decision-making process needs to be redesigned to meet the needs of this fast growing company, reducing and/or removing the consensus-based decision-making approach. Passive-aggressive behavior should not be tolerated. The new management under Jimmy Mellado is moving in the right direction on some of these issues. Time will tell.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Up, then down...

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Compassion International full-time

    Pros

    The compelling mission is the best reason to work for Compassion. You will get to contribute to the release of millions of children from poverty in Jesus' name.

    Cons

    Upper management consistently ignores the experience and intelligence of full-time employees in favor of outside consultants. Repeated exposure to this treatment devalues individuals "in Jesus' name".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think harder about your infatuation with outside consultants that simply tell you what you want to hear. You're right, there are many people beating down the door to work for Compassion - but once one gets in, they'll soon realize that their contribution has little value.

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  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Purpose, poor management

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Compassion International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    in the field, Compassion really does what it says it does. I've been to a couple of the 3rd world projects and the work is amazing. Pay is excellent for a non-profit. Many smart folks work at Compassion. the weekly chapel times are always good.

    Cons

    Management doesn't trust the employees enough, this causes a revolving door of the best talent. IT wastes far too much money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire the best, and then don't listen to them.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Compassion International

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere and they value family

    Cons

    Very poor IT leadership, lack of accountability and ownership at the leadership level. Leadership seems very disengaged in day to day knowledge. Lack of resources. Want to be world class IT organization on a Non-profit budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need stronger leaders who are willing to get their hands dirty and learn what the real issues are. Can't travel all over the world and yet have no clue what's going on in your organization. Grace is great but people need to be accountable and it starts with leadership.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding amidst disappointing behaviors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compassion International

    Pros

    Great cause. Work that really makes a difference in the lives of children - undeniably.

    Cons

    Politically charged. Progressive on some ways, surprisingly conservative in others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Careful not to lose focus on people. They are all we've got.

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