Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
200 Reviews
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200 Reviews
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working for a worthy cause, helping people to build homes (in 11 reviews)

  • You're able to really make a difference in the lives of people in need (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • this place is non-profit so there's really not much wrong with it (in 14 reviews)

  • Board of Directors can be challenging if the organization does not have a clear vision for the future (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    I felt very good giving back to the community.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Nashua, NH

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    The people are great and it is a easy going work environment. The people who give their own time are just amazing and everyone is so special.

    Cons

    I wish I just get more hours. I just can't make it on only 20 hours a week. I love the company and the job but I have a wife and son to support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There really isn't any upper management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good organization, bad job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier/Merchandiser in Casselberry, FL
    Current Employee - Cashier/Merchandiser in Casselberry, FL

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    The pay is good and the organization's mission is admirable

    Cons

    The policies in the ReStores are awful. Customers have 24 hours to pick up purchased items and if they don't the customer loses their money and the item is resold. There are no returns or exchanges, even if an item is broken or damaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people based on job performance, not who you get along with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people to work for and with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier/Warehouse Assistant in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Cashier/Warehouse Assistant in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work /and life balance, they are a christian organization with true values.

    Cons

    They do not offer high salaries, they're benefits are decent. Unfornately , it is slow to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more experiences and positions for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great volunteer experiences. Love what the company does and how they are run.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Teamwork. Learn new skills all while helping someone else.

    Cons

    They don't always have a project.

  6.  

    Great volunteer experience!

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Antioch, TN
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Antioch, TN

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Great feeling to help someone.
    Weather was decent.
    Team Leaders were helpful.
    Co-volunteers were fun to work with.
    Breakfast and lunch were good.

    Cons

    Ducking and dodging yellow jacket bees that were everywhere.
    Muddy on the side of the house where we were doing siding.
    Wish I could have helped more than just one day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would have been nice if the concrete was laid on the side of the house before siding was put on so the ground could have been more stable.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Serving to improve local communities and provide low income housing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Being an Americorps member reflects your desire to help local communities and gain job experience. Service provides good job experience performing community outreach, and managing volunteers and projects. The knowledge of the Americorps program is growing and provides some benefits for applying for jobs afterwards. Service provides emotional and spritual rewards. A recurrnig mantra, borrowed from hebrew tradition, "He who saves one life saves the whole world entire."

    Cons

    Service is similar to full-time volunteering, requiring a full-time schedule with an 11-month committment. Also, there are many early mornings. It is a lot of hard work for little pay and few monetary rewards; its also mostly for people in their younger 20s. A person is able to gain experience, but a job is not guarenteed afterwards and you need to finish your 11-month, 1700 hour committment before receiving the educational award.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility with schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Volunteer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    great people, making connections. learning new skills, exploring new communities, working with people towards a greater good

    Cons

    challenging in a non-profit environment, volunteer staffing continually challenges organization and productivity (don't be shocked to come around on a second day to redo what was done incorrectly the day before :D

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Complete lack of focus on the mission, ego driven, upper management fighting all the time, very high turnover

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Volunteers are very giving of their time, want to help the organization

    Cons

    Paranoid management, directors always fighting with each other, Executive Director does nothing about the issues in the organization, my first week there 4 people quit, mission is never talked about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on why we are there-to build houses for low-income houses, not build up your egos. I worry for the future for this local chapter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    great mission statement... some truly take this to heart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RSA in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - RSA in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    job diversity get to think on your feet and come up with new solutions for ever changing inventory.

    Cons

    some rules are tossed out the door. hiring process lacks a lot. Unqualified people in positions they know nothing about. Pricing of merchandise has a double standard depending on if it is priced for an employee or a customer. Receiving area is a holding place for merchandise to be first picked over by employees before customers can have an option of purchasing. Some unusual items are priced do low that the full amount is not realized by HFH, sales could be so much better. some prices are very low depending on the likes or dislikes of the dock worker at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a mole in the stores and on the trucks to work along beside your workers. Make this a person with knowledge of the construction trades and sales/retail, you will be surprised to hear what customers have to say and also what your cherished employees are doing. You will hear more if the persons job is not on the line. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Grew the affiliate from $200k to $4.8 million

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - President in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - President in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Habitat for Humanity is a great organization overall. Operated with 1,500 plus affiliates throughout the United States. Affiliate performance ranged from outstanding to poor. Local management and board provided significant autonomy.

    Cons

    Quality of the affiliate depended on local board and staff. Quality of board changed from year to year. Leader of the affiliate had to adjust to changing priorities and skills of the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More autonomy for the local President or Executive Director.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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