Awana Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
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  1. Good to learn

    Current Employee - Sparks in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Sparks in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at Awana part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for God. Its a joy to work with children

    Cons

    Corporate is a mess No pay


  2. Helpful (4)

    Leadership lacking

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Awana full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is for the heart of children. The outside customer/church is using the tools and product to advance God's mission. There is a team working there that truly do have a heart for children and their jobs.

    Cons

    The leadership is lacking direction, old Southern good-old boys that are stuck in the 60s mindset that it's a man's world. Depressive and lacking in female leadership, this is a boys club atmosphere. They keep strong educated women out of decision making roles and nonexistence diversity of race on staff at all. The pay scale supports this in that women holding the same or higher roles, with more education and experience than male counterparts are paid considerably less.
    They jump from campaign to campaign without research and learning; never reviewing past wins and loses. this causes spinning of wheels and never accomplishing or finishing well.

    Advice to Management

    Train leadership on how to encourage, empower and lead. Hire 'people' not sexes to do jobs they are experienced in and went to school for. Bring diversity to the organization and listen to your employees.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Awesome mission. Toxic HQ Culture.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Awana

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Awana has a fantastic mission of growing youth to know, love and serve Christ. They provide amazing resources for local churches. The staff at Awana have hearts committed to the mission and passion to do their work well. I have made many life-long friends at Awana.

    Cons

    There are serious culture problems with VP level leadership: strong favoritism, lack of professional understanding of key disciplines, lack of listening to staff surveys, very hierarchical, directors not given authority with responsibility, hire outside consultants and new leaders as silver bullets answer to key problems. I was not listened to as a key contributor because of internal politics and gender bias.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a long hard look at your lack of employee engagement. You let your best leaders go. As VPs, your favoritism is very obvious. Start listening to employees and acting on customer feedback to succeed. Stop letting go of your highly talented, internal staff and thinking you are hiring the rising stars whether as consultants or in other roles. You have gems within the organization. Seek truth and act on truth. Develop and support your women leaders. Your main audience is women, promoting women would do much more for you than all the outside consultants you hire.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Organization

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Awana

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Serves an eternal perspective = impact to boys and girls lives for the kingdom is what I love

    Cons

    Leadership is unfocused - unchristian like

    Advice to Management

    Look at gifting of all genders not only men and young men;


  6. Nice work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations

    I have been working at Awana full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good friendly people to work with. Cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Due to frequent budget cuts and re-org's current positions are eliminated. It feels like there's no 'Job security' for the must part.


  7. Great mission, poor leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Awana full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The mission of Awana is wonderful: to reach kids and youth with the gospel and to train them spiritually through biblical truth. There are a lot of talented, committed employees in the organization.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is out of touch with the rest of the organization. Awana consistently scored near the bottom of the annual Best Christian Workplace Survey and was labeled a toxic organization for employees. Executives forced sweeping organization-wide changes on departments every two or three years, which cost the ministry critical dollars and time and further demoralized its staff. Leadership's poor communication skills, lack of business acumen and callousness toward employees' needs has made Awana an unattractive place to work, which is too bad, because the organization's mission and vision are exciting and fulfilling.

    Advice to Management

    Awana needs wholesale changes to its executive leadership team. The current leadership team has proven it isn't up to the task of changing Awana's course from losing millions of dollars to thriving again.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Toxic, unfocused leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Awana full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You do feel like you're part of a bigger work God is doing in the world. Pockets of reliability throughout the organization, coupled with some great people make the day-to-day manageable.

    Cons

    Executive and Board leadership is a mess. Unfocused, lacking clarity and definitely unable to effectively, consistently communicate to the lower levels of staff. Too many employees, almost all I've ever met, leave - either forcibly or of their own accord, with a bad taste in their mouths.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves. Stop talking and start listening, not just to what you want to hear but what people are actually saying to you. This is not the only ministry out there doing good work and will continue not to be. Try partnering with others in a "win-win" scenario instead of always looking for the advantage.


  9. Awana, secretarial

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Secretary
    Former Employee - Secretary

    I worked at Awana part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful ministry, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Changes to the ministry focus.

    Advice to Management

    Trust more in God and less in the lawyers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Solid ministry provider but leadership is lacking.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streamwood, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streamwood, IL

    I worked at Awana full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Effective program materials, life changing for children. There is a strong personal commitment of staff and enthusiasm for the ministry. HR works hard to create a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Leadership does not engage well with staff - too removed. They score low on the Best Christian workplace every year, that should tell you something!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. The talent and know-how are already there - give them credit. Stay focused, making sweeping changes every two - three years is just draining your resources and staff.


  11. Missionary for many years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Awana

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities to share the gospel with churches, reaching boys, girls, and youth with the gospel of Christ. Opportunities to train churches to share the gospel

    Cons

    You must raise your own support from individuals and churches. This can be very rewarding and challenging at the same time. You get to see God work in many different ways during this time.



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