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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
179 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 12 reviews)

  • Low pay for the amount of work required (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Most unchristian Christian organization

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    Former Employee - To Revealing to Put In  in  Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - To Revealing to Put In in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    To be able to work for an cause that you believe in and to assist people in creating new lives.

    Cons

    Many of the affiliates are so used to rely on volunteers to help that they feel that their employees are supposed to be like volunteers: by working for an minimum wage and sacrifice everything for them.

    The affiliate I worked at had had a super CEO that everyone absolutely loved and that expanded it from one that built 1 or 2 houses a year to about 20 a year. After him there was a row of CEO's and interim CEO's. When one was finally found. The place was run more like an corporation than a place with a heart and an important cause to carry on. The CEO salary tripped while 10 of the 12 staff was dismissed. Kind of embarrassing when the CEO is driving an Mercedes SUV into disadvantaged neighborhoods and hard for staff to explain that they cannot be helped due to not enough budget.

    In general the affiliate was very christian, which is fine, but they would marginalize people who are not. Also embarrassing when the white Midwestern conservative staff is trying to put on a "Christian" face an invite the "other faith" partner family to a party for them with hot dogs including pork. They never even realized why people were not partaking in the food. Also, I do not think the partner families know how much badmouthing some of the staff is giving behind their back. Saying things like how needy they are and how ungrateful. In the end this affiliate has hurt a lot of people, including myself and previous coworkers. Still get a stomach ache when the organizations name comes up.

    If thinking about joining the organization in any way shape or form, please check out the various affiliates and how they really operate and not the glossy face they put on to the community.

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Feel good work, poorly run business model

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more entrepreneurial and stop riding on the coat tails of the global organization.

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

    Hostile Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No benefits. Hostile environment. Board thinks staff should treat them differently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Carpenter/Supervisor/Volunteer  in  Steamboat Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Carpenter/Supervisor/Volunteer in Steamboat Springs, CO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Even 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    high expectations, low pay, dissappearing bonuses

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    order and equality need a major boos

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Mission and the work being done in the community

    Cons

    Weak leadership and poor direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Communications Area  in  Americus, GA
    Former Employee - Communications Area in Americus, GA

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Anyone 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough love

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poisonous 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 ManagementAdvice

    Move 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Designer

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more goal oriented.

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

    Good cause, not so great work environment

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Helping those in need, giving back and making a difference

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have 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....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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