Salvation Army

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Salvation Army Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014
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3.1 277 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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    Disappointed

    Shelter Director (Current Employee) Kingsport, TN

    ProsJob satisfaction. paid-time off, excellent benefits, family oriented. Promote from within. Helping others to improve their lives.

    Consinconsistent adherence to polices. long hours during holiday season. management changes often. often have to advise and "case manage" without training.

    Advice to Senior Managementstreamline operation policies to provide more consistency for employees. Provide additional training and development to allow employees who are in social services to better assist clients.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Worked as a guitar teacher for two classes of mixed age elementary school students.

    Guitar Teacher (Former Employee) Lincoln, NE

    ProsIt was a great opportunity to work with kids. The work was meaningful, and it was rewarding and enjoyable to see the kids gain tangible skills and perform in their recital. Staff were very supportive and appreciative.

    ConsThe biggest challenge is what most non-profits probably experience. Communication was often last minute and limited, there wasn't any preparation or resources for classroom setup or management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Syracuse, NY

    ProsLots of room to move laterally and get good experience. Flexible workplace.

    ConsNot a lot of room to grow, inconsistent raises, given responsibility to do things that people in higher levels are doing without being compensated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your good staff for doing more than what is required

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    EMPLOYEES SHOPPING and BUYING IN THE STORE THEY WORK IN

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI LOVE THE SALVATION ARMY AND FIND LOTS OF TREASURES. I ESPECIALLY LIKE ALL THEIR SALES AND DISCOUNTS. Some items are not found in the store and I wonder where they go - lamps, gold, silver, gemstones, and fine art. I never see linens like vintage napkins and hankies. I rarely see a high quality purse and know that many people donate them.

    ConsINSIDER SHOPPING, EMPLOYEES HIDING GOODS THEY WANT AND COMING BACK TO BUY THEM.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHAVE SOME STRICT RULES FOR EMPLOYEES ABOUT SHOPPING IN THE STORE THEY WORK IN. I have never been employed by Salvy.

    Some items are not found in the store and I wonder where they go - lamps, gold, silver, gemstones, and fine art. I never see linens like vintage napkins and hankies. I rarely see a high quality purse and know that many people donate them. I also see by shopping several stores in one day that sets of things are split up.

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    Harbor Light

    Food Service Manager (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood work environment, good coworkers, immediate management willing to work on problems and fixes. Clients were well served and satisfied, forfilling place to work.

    ConsBad Management by Salvation Army at upper management. Lack of foresight by upper management. Total disregard of mission statement by upper management. Total lack of consideration by upper management on the impact of their actions would have on the served clients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hire within

    Administrative Assistant to Administrators (Current Employee)

    ProsI've worked for SA for almost 3 years. I was promoted after my first year. They like to hire within because you already have knowledge of the company and you don't have to go through the hiring process, which can take weeks. I enjoy all the people I work with and they are pretty easy going.

    ConsThey pay is not that good, but the benefits make up for it. And yes sometimes people are let go at the drop of a hat and then rumors start flying as to why.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprovements in the hiring process would be great. We've gone weeks with out a position being filled witch makes it very difficult for those that have to make due.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very good place to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery nice people working to help people out of their difficulties. The environment is friendly and caring. They support great flexibility in hour commitment. Very mentally rewarding experience, where you can see your efforts are really helping people in need.

    ConsOnce you decide to become a soldier of Salvation Army, there will be time and relocation commitment. But most of the people working there are not soldiers. They are helping others all the same.

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    Doing the Most Good for the Most People In the Most Need

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe Salvation Army has an incredible impact on the community where it serves. The mission to Do the Most Good isn't in vain. The Salvation Army is a Church and with that comes great accountability. The health benefits are excellent. The pay is about average for a nonprofit. The employees and officers are committed. What The Salvation Army is able to accomplish is incredible.

    ConsPaperwork can be a challenge. The Salvation Army operates old school so there is a lengthy approval process to get anything approved. It has to go through multiple boards and finance board approval to receive a green light.

    Nepotism. Nepotism happens daily in The Salvation Army. Hiring family members, or creating new positions just to have a family member hired, or a family member receiving special treatment because of their connections to a Salvation Army officer. It's frustrating for employees to see someone else receive special treatment because they are related to a Salvation Army Officer. This by far is the biggest issue with The Salvation Army. Children receiving special treatment because of their parents or relatives. I would not doubt for a second that employees with better qualifications get passed on for promotions or jobs because of nepotism in the workplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on the Nepotism in the workplace. Consider setting up stricter guidelines for children who work in the same corps or command as their parents.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    What a great group of people to work with

    LAN/Wan Administrator (Current Employee) Southfield, MI

    ProsYou're working here because you want to help people. Nice offices, flexible hours, incredible health benefits. There's a real sense of community when you work here. Any time there's a local disaster you know that it is your organization who may be first on the scene to provide comfort and help.

    ConsDon't expect to get rich here. Salaries are low, but hey, this is non-profit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to bring back some of those great reasons to work at TSA ... The holiday lunches, etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Recommended to me from a program I am on.

    Janitor/Groundskeeper (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThey are fair, and they give training.

    ConsSometimes you have to work around stressful situations. Helps you develop tolerance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnly channel jobs available on the Bulletin Board, in Spanish, when other people (like those from my program) are working there too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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