Salvation Army Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Work here if you're into helping people (in 35 reviews)

  • Your really helping others change there lives around (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of foresight by upper management (in 16 reviews)

  • Because the company is a non-profit no compensation is offered to interns and the department is small so not much room to advance (in 15 reviews)

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  1. warehouse supervisor

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Romulus, MI
    Former Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Romulus, MI

    I worked at Salvation Army (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ,employees were hard working. Working load was light. Free lunch and dinner.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. All ways being threatened about getting fired.

    Advice to Management

    Let your supervisors run the warehouse not people upstairs that knew nothing about running one.


  2. Assistant Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salvation Army

    Pros

    Meet alot of good people referring to customers

    Cons

    They don't know how to treat there employees

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Shady organization

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    Former Employee - Web Designer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Web Designer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Salvation Army (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to help people in need.

    Cons

    It's an evangelical christian organization that reroute the funds they raise to pay for the 'officer's" lifestyles. In the division I worked for the head guy had a multi-million dollar mansion and high-end cars. His wife who was also an office did not get paid, her pay (40% that of a male with the same qualifications) was added to her husband's paycheck. They are abusive to the teen mothers they house, they keep them locked in a wing of the building and are basically jailed there. They fake numbers and do shady thing with estate planning/donations. They pressure non-religious staff members to take part in the religious ceremonies. The salary is well below the industry standard, even for non-profits. I heard many racist and homophobic comments while working there. Homosexuals were denied social services outright.

    Advice to Management

    please stop


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Avoid this crazy!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Salvation Army full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get Federal holidays off and a flexible work schedule if you're one of the lucky few actually allowed to take advantage of this benefit.

    Cons

    Employees aren't valued in the same regard as the Officers because only Officers have 'the calling.' As an employee with a college degree you might be working with an Officer that has only a high school education but is ultimately the one in charge. The Development department is only concerned with money, not the mission at all. The executive team of Officers won't listen to employee advice, even if the employee has more experience than the Officer. The development department in Cleveland was the worst job I've ever held. There's never enough money, never enough grants, never enough donors, even as the Officers go on all expense paid 'learning' vacations.

    No room for growth as Officers are the only ones that ever advance into administration.

    Advice to Management

    None, because they won't listen.


  6. mgr screams berates employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horry, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horry, SC

    I have been working at Salvation Army full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Manager screams berates employees. some must work constantly gathering and pricing and watching register. While others have light workload. Manager interested in new donations not pricing and getting things out, giggles with sorter and talks about others. Gathers clothes for her wardrobe. Surviving this makes you stronger.

    Cons

    Manipulative environment , If you buddy up to manager no work expectations. Others worked three times harder. Unfair workplace. Customers dislike the public berating. Manager not pricing anything to put out and screams that clerk did not go back in sorting area and gather to price while on floor with register. Writes up to get to quit or fire. Plays favorites. Donation side others that she befriended say she needs to fix herself. Constantly talking about other employees giggling, then says going to church ?


  7. Helpful (3)

    In the name of God.

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Brockton, MA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Brockton, MA

    I worked at Salvation Army

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enormous potential to do good.

    Cons

    Alarming sin and nepotism from top to bottom. Self serving and detrimental to the cause of Christ. Revolving door of addiction which is enabled and used for benefit. Sad, manipulative, hypocritical. Destructive. Enabling to sick addictive behaviors. Complete lack of professional, ethical, and spiritual ACCOUNTABILITY. Illegal, immoral, unchristian. Soul sick. Disheartening, discouraging, demoralizing. Gluttonous, undisciplined leaders. Unwillingness to repent. Harmful. Fraudulent. Cultish.

    Advice to Management

    Revival. Contact me for details.


  8. Too much work for such little pay.

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    Current Employee - Store Clerk in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Store Clerk in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Salvation Army

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is finding designer items for a great price.

    Cons

    no time and a half


  9. Helpful (1)

    Working for the Salvation Army is frustrating and tense.

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    Former Employee - Accessories Leader in Canton, MI
    Former Employee - Accessories Leader in Canton, MI

    I worked at Salvation Army

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Getting a 25% discount on merchandise is good, so is seeing the newest merchandise - if you like resale items.
    Some managers can be flexible about working around an employee's schedule.
    The dress code is pretty easy - navy blue shirt and beige pants. You can buy those items at the store for .99 or less.
    The employees, and the managers, tend to be friendly at the beginning.

    Cons

    Too many assistant managers and MITs (Managers-in-training) will interfere will an already productive smooth process. Even on a simple thing, like the location of a garbage can, the MITs will 'write you up".
    Not all managers are professional; some come into the store dressed like they don't care; others do not bother to greet the employees.
    Overall the leadership is not professional at the Canton MI store.
    Managers do not want to give employees the yearly raise promised and will drag out the process.
    Managers do not want to listen to the concerns of employees. They ignore the challenges described by employees. For example, meeting production requirements and decorating a department.
    Managers like to make employees responsible for other employee's behavior, basically turning employees against each other and confusing leadership.

    Advice to Management

    The management in the Detroit area knows what it needs to do; hire good people, provide consistent training, stop moving managers from store to store. Stop ignoring the problems.
    Foster employee loyalty through fair and consistent policies. Do not make employees responsible for each other's actions. Make sure each employee gets that yearly raise.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not what you see at Christmas!

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    Current Employee - Case Aide in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Case Aide in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Salvation Army full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    They are willing to work with schedule needs, I really cannot think of any other perks. Perhaps the retirement after 10 years.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking. Officers are the face but have little to do with operations. Pay is much lower than what it pays to survive. Cannot keep staff and so they hold onto the worst staff who bring the place down. If this is a real ministry they need to fix their house first!

    Advice to Management

    Learn your job and train your staff. If you are an officer get involved with the hurting people you have working ten feet from you.


  11. no. yeah they sell some cool stuff, but working here sucks and everything is way overpriced.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Salvation Army

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    sometimes you can talk to old people about the good ol' days. also its fun to make fun of hipsters

    Cons

    i do not like this place



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