Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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Pros
  • you're learning new skills while helping people to get a home (in 11 reviews)

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

Cons
  • All the typical limitation of a non profit sector job, such as medical coverage (in 14 reviews)

  • No International Support to local areas, Board of Directors will not step in to challenge the directors when they are making poor decisions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Skilled personnel is lacking in various departments.

    Cons

    There were no benefits for employees at my location.

    Advice to Management

    Hired qualified personnel


  2. Great mission

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    Former Employee - Construction Site Assissant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Construction Site Assissant in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    Was able to learn a lot of construction techniques and great networking with the volunteers and getting to know the partner families.

    Cons

    Management is slow to change, more concerned with the appearance of a house than it's actual quality. Lots of favoritism among construction management.. Construction department takes a back seat to all other departments inside the organization.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great mission, poor execution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Mission. Getting to help the partner families is very rewarding and seeing the houses from framing to finished is my favorite part of the position.

    Cons

    Low compensation, poor management and no organization within the administration


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unimpressive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well-intended people Low expectations for work Good brand

    Cons

    Lack of talented staff Poor decision making at the top Unqualified leaders Terrible managers

    Advice to Management

    Make some big changes rather than rearranging the furniture


  6. Working for Habitat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly customers, knowing you're working for a good cause

    Cons

    Horrible work environment, constant arguments between the employees, horrible pay


  7. Helpful (3)

    Low salaries, no career path

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven, truly dedidicated to working with people in need.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career advancement, lack of diversity among senior leadership, seeming lack of long-term vision, several managers have poor managerial skills, change and innovation are either slow to come by or non-existent, compensation is not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more energy on cultivating the skills and talents of existing employees and on updating outdated systems and practices.


  8. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (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. .


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (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 Management

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


  10. Hostile Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (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 Management

    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.



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