Salvation Army

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Salvation Army Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.1 278 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Salvation Army Chairman National Advisory Board Rob Pace

Rob Pace

(74 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You work for an organization in the business of helping people(in 31 reviews)

  • Ability to work with, and also help others who happen to be less fortunate(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • People have lost jobs over misunderstandings just because upper management would not investigate(in 14 reviews)

  • There is not much room for advancement and they need to pay more to their employees(in 7 reviews)

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    Great charity to work for but with some drawbacks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are plenty of opportunities for a Christian professional to work at the state offices. A well run company that does its best to fulfill the mission to support the programs and reduce needless spending.

    ConsSince it is a church, the majority of administration is clergy. Sometimes you get a good or excellent boss; sometimes you get an incompetent, overbearing one. In my past experiences, I have had bosses without college degrees tell me how to do the job I was heavily educated in and experienced with. Also, it is a non profit so money is low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to rely on your professionals more and not on the opinion of strong willed clergy. Let the clergy do the programs and church meetings and your let your professionals help guide you in the business side.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Can be very rewarding helping those in need.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redlands, CA

    ProsThe Salvation Army is like a big Christian family. They have many well thought out policies and procedures in place to ensure things such as, preventing elder abuse, preventing any inappropriate behavior between adults and minors, and also between adults. They offer many programs and activities for adults and children.

    ConsAs a nonprofit, you will never make much money here. Sometimes if your work is not done, you will need to sign out and complete your job as a volunteer. Policies and their emphasis change sometimes daily, depending upon the whim of the Captains. I you are not a part of the clique, you will be left out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to pay and retain dedicated , talented employees. Set policies and stick to them, no favoritism. Soldiers need to not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Sally up! Don't rely on your volunteers to do all the work while soldiers and staff sit and eat all day! Make sure that your staff and soldiers have a passion for this ministry and know what they are there for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work=work=work=work=unappreciation

    Truck Driver (Current Employee) Bakersfield, CA

    ProsYour really helping others change there lives around.

    ConsYou wont feel appreciated for none of the hard work you put in, pay runs a tight second next to nothing, horrible communication problems, lots of small b.s to sort through, emotionally draining, very stressfull, just have to keep in mind that your not in it for the pay, or respect or you'll be so out of there! Pretty much this would be a job that a bunch of illegal immigrants would dream of, or someone who just wants to help out others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive employees a chance expecting the world out of an employee while hating at the same time isnt gonna help productivity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat community provider.

    ConsWish they supported their staff as well as they do the community. Lots of turnover - especially after fund raising initiatives. Should work harder to retain staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate staff and retain them, rather than terminate them so frequently after fundraising drives each year. Should implement the same core values to staff that they do for communities and public.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They are friendly people caring and sharing

    Seasonal Bell Ringer (Former Employee) Farmington Hills, MI

    ProsYour helping your community and people in need of assistants at the same time. You get paid every 2 weeks at 8 dollars a hour they transport you to and from store sites 2 15 min breaks and one 30 min break if working 8 hr shift 5 hour shift only get 2 15 min breaks

    ConsI was a bell ringer so u have to stand in the cold at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice facility but management and pay is mediocre.

    Lifeguard (Current Employee) Coeur d'Alene, ID

    ProsPays a little better than minimum wage and opportunity to work in a fun family facility, you also get a free gym membership to the Kroc.

    ConsManagement can be poor at times and this specific job(lifeguard) is quite stressful and can be very monotonous. Sometimes the employee's are not treated as fairly as they should be and scheduling can be very difficult to work around with the current substitution policy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the employees a little more fairly by remembering that being a lifeguard can be a very tough job, so helping fill in when a break is needed or just asking if we need anything would be great, and also controlling emotions in the work place so that a managers troubled personal life isn't causing stress in the work place. Another great idea would be to boost up the 1% a year raise, cause frankly its a little insulting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging organization.

    Program Aide (Former Employee)

    ProsAbility to work with, and also help others who happen to be less fortunate.

    ConsQuality of staff was awful. There were approximately 18 employees fired during my year there, all related to theft, collusion, or other unethical behaviors..

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire quality staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice people, under-paid

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly co-workers, did really good work

    ConsUnder-paid, but most people knew that going in

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Army

    Legal Assistant (Former Employee) West Nyack, NY

    ProsGood Mom job. Lots of paid time off and great medical/dental as well as tuition reimbursement.

    ConsSalary. Antiquated Management styles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and promote talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working for Salvation Army was a good experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAs I worked for Salvation Army, they allowed one to grow snd always promoted from inside.

    ConsI wish the salaries would have been better or if they gave bonuses.

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