Habitat for Humanity
3.8 of 5 153 reviews
www.habitat.org Americus, GA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
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3.8 153 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford

Jonathan T. M. Reckford

(61 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Feel good work, poorly run business model

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsYou're doing work that helps responsible lower income people.

    ConsThe company is kind of stuck in the dark ages, in many ways. They don't have modern HR processes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more entrepreneurial and stop riding on the coat tails of the global organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hostile Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHelping those in need. Profit really goes where it's intended.

    ConsNo benefits. Hostile environment. Board thinks staff should treat them differently.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The local financial director approached me with a job offer so I took it. Frustrated, I soon quit.

    Carpenter/Supervisor/Volunteer (Former Employee)
    Steamboat Springs, CO

    ProsIn some parts of the world they seem to be providing houses for folks who could not otherwise afford it. Some volunteers are probably learning some new skills along the way.

    ConsThe low wages that are offered will not attract highly skilled people. When you combine that with completely unskilled volunteers and cheap or donated materials, this makes for a very poorly constructed house.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEven the small chapters of Habitat for Humanity who only build one house at a time need to have a team of well paid professionals to manage projects and supervise volunteers.
    The small chapter I worked for was mainly staffed by volunteers and the few hired folks that were there were severely underpaid and overwhelmed with responsibility far beyond their capabilities.
    It will cost way less to pay a fair wage and hire a team of expert skilled people. This will enable you to properly supervise volunteers rather than waste materials and overwhelm an underpaid person to fix mistakes in a panic while racing to meet deadlines.
    But remember we are all human. Even the best of us will make mistakes and we shouldn't be made to feel like a fool for it.
    The sign of a good builder is how well you treat your workers, how well you manage mistakes and how efficient you are when things are going right, not how fast or cheap you say you can build it.
    Be suspicious of low bids. Always taking low bid is a crippling mistake. Be suspicious of those who undercut others just to get the job. Contractors who underbid will cut corners, push workers, create hazards, leave loose ends and make mistakes that will cost you more to fix in the long run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    high expectations, low pay, dissappearing bonuses

    Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
    Newport News, VA

    Prosall day time hours work with volunteers from all walks of life, fulfilling

    Conslow pay, distorted leadership, different standards for people in same position

    Advice to Senior Managementorder and equality need a major boos

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsMission and the work being done in the community

    ConsWeak leadership and poor direction

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice people, extremely poor management and lots of waste or money and energy

    Communications Area (Former Employee)
    Americus, GA

    ProsThe people that are attracted to working at Habitat in the non-executive area are extremely warm, caring and lovely people. I made friends with people of all ages, from many parts of the country, of different faiths. People I never would have even encountered in my former life in academia. Pretty good benefits, although matching of 401K was dropped while I was there. Relaxed atmosphere, not too many rules, and genuine caring about staff and their personal lives. I personally loved my job there, but I carefully chose something I love to do and made sure I worked with a manager I liked.

    ConsLow pay for the original staff members and staff in Americus. Huge discrepancy between salaries of management in Atlanta and staff hired from outside. Americus, unless you are from there, is a really dismal place to live. When you really examine the financials, the organization is not particularly effective. It has very good name recognition (I was often told its value was equal to Federal Express), and the organization sort of rests on that. Extreme lack of transparency in terms of numbers and financial reporting. What's on the web, annual reports, etc., does not jibe with the numbers in the field. Horrendous human resources department: slow, rude. Georgia is a "right to work" state, and I heard many horror stories of people (many long-timers) getting fired due to age, being disliked by a new manager, not fitting in, or for no reason at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnyone at Habitat will tell you that it has become extremely "corporate." Departments, titles, and initiatives are created and dissolved overnight. Very high turnover in Atlanta. The management I worked with had often blown it at their previous jobs and ended up at Habitat, which does not seem to attract really good, seasoned talent with any real track records. Management tends to hide behind lots of layers, meetings, issuing meaningless reports, strategy sessions, etc., that don't result in anything. Half of management could be eliminated and nobody would notice. Habitat wants to be one of the Big Boys, but it simply does not have the experience or talent yet to be on par with the really excellent nonprofits of similar size.

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    Tough love

    (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsOpportunity to serve others, in 90+ countries. A relevant mission. At many levels, a supportive group of co-workers working hard to make a difference.

    ConsPoisonous corporate atmosphere; poor systems; poor management; lack of strategic focus; donor-driven focus in place of strategy; layers upon layers of staff trying to be relevant at HQ.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove more resources to the field, including experience and expertise; re-purpose half or two-thirds of HQ staff to more direct and relevant service of the poorest.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Designer (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsI had a lot of project flexibility to work on what I wanted, which felt almost at odds with managers, who were picky about what they liked and did not, but were very hands off. There is a sense of doing good though that permeates through company culture, though, which I found to be very satisfying.

    ConsManagement is a social club for old people. Managers are prone to having long, drawn out meetings and not talking about exactly what we were working on. Very unproductive environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more goal oriented.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good cause, not so great work environment

    Finance Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsHelping those in need, giving back and making a difference

    Conspoor pay, long hours, lack of resources, poor management (at the Board level)

    Advice to Senior Managementhave some respect for the people that are running the day-to-day operations of the affiliate! READ the materials that are sent to you a week prior to meetings, come to meetings prepared and with VALID concerns or perhaps every now and then....a thank you to the staff who are working so very hard for so little....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Mission

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMission of helping people in need obtain housing is good

    ConsTeam I worked on was very hostile, company experiences frequent lay-offs

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed diversity training

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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