Compassion International

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Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
46 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful organization and a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee-GSS in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Employee-GSS in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Compassion International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compassion is a strong organization with high purpose and integrity. While no organization is perfect, I have found the mission to be clear, opportunities to be strong, impact high, and our leadership to be caring and courageous in the fast paced growth we have been blessed with. I would highly recommend working here!

    Cons

    While growth is significant, I have seen our leadership act to address growth concerns and resource needs. I would encourage Compassion to continue considering more flexible work schedules, remote work days, and compressed work week schedules as staff need to represent a work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for your leadership. I encourage you to stay strong and courageous as Compassion continues to face anticipated growth globally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    The almighty dollar reigns

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compassion International

    Pros

    I really believe the mission of Compassion is strong. We are truly saving children's lives.

    Cons

    If you don't work in marketing, you really are considered second rate. I know, I work in marketing! It's all about revenue and sales. Everything else is secondary. Go to any all staff meeting and you will hear about money money money. Everyone in the building can quote you revenue, cost per sponsorship, our retention rate, etc. But ask anyone to tell you how many kids gave their lives to jesus this year and they won't know. That's because we preach what's important to us. and that's money.
    this week is a good example. one foot of snow on the ground, half the city is shut down, every school district is closed, the roads are dangerous, cars all over the place wrecked, turned over, off the side of the road. and compassion wants us all to be at work at 8am. why? because money is more important than the safety of our people. Never mind that some of us have to find daycare for our kids on a day like this because we have to be at work when everything else in town is shut down.
    our new president seems to be a good guy. I like him. but he has structured the organization in a way that only 5 people run everything. way too much power. especially for some of these people who have been at compassion for decades and are completely out of touch with what us everyday working people deal with. one senior vice president is a minority female. no one knows what she does. the job was created for her. the others are good ole boys who have been in power way too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop preaching money. start caring about the things we care about.
    your top 5 people have way too much power.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Leader and Management Chaos

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compassion International

    Pros

    Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults

    Cons

    • No one knows who is in charge, with what authority and complete ambiguity
    • Passive Aggressive
    • Hiring practices are not based on the most qualified, but who you know, how well you can swim through the politics, and if you will get along with the lack of leadership.
    • Leadership is a good oh boy system which does not bode well for the female gender

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the hiring practices so jobs are not changed for staff already selected for positions. Very inconsistent
    Except you are a Christian Ministry that will need to operate like a business.
    Senior Leadership needs to pass the baton and retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Impactful.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Compassion International

    Pros

    Employees understand that we are there to help children in poverty. Numerous testimonies from beneficiaries of the program sharing the positive impact in their lives. For a non-profit, compensation is reasonable. Many very experienced and talented employees.

    Cons

    Senior management is detached from the staff. When you make suggestions on ways to improve a process approved by management you are labeled as a non-team player. If the same suggestions come from a consultant that is paid 5 or 6 figures, then it is given high praise and accepted. If you are a contractor, your input is valuable and considered. Convert to an employee, and that credibility is lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff doing the grunt work. Managers of large teams need to practice MBWA. Consider promoting those that are not yes people that tickle your ears and find those that present constructive feedback. When you ask for feedback, don't feel threatened if someone doesn't agree with your opinion and don't target them for retribution for having the courage to speak up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Beware!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GSS in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - GSS in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Compassion International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing organization and easy to commit to the mission.

    Cons

    Top leadership is incestuous. Not all are even qualified in their fields, but if you know the right person, then you'll get the job and be protected. Great place to support if you're not concerned with how your dollars are spent....not a great place to work. Beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prayerfully and humbly listen to the Gallup survey results. Don't discount those or justify how low they are. Listen to employees below the top leadership levels.

    Don't dismiss honest and openly vulnerable comments from employees. Don't criticize employees for being transparent.

    Figure out why the GSS employees (especially HR) are so disillusioned (start by looking at the HR Leadership team) and then FIX it. Don't keep sweeping the issues under the rug. Address them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    An amazing organization going through some growing pains

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Compassion International full-time

    Pros

    The mission of Compassion is astounding. Their business model of partnering with the local Church to lift children out of poverty is not only inspiring, it is Biblical.

    Cons

    The organization has undergone significant growth over the last 10 years, and organizational maturity has struggled to keep up with the demands of rapid growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not be afraid of bringing in top-tier talent to achieve on the organizational change needed to support the growing ministry. Embrace organizational maturity while not losing focus on the underlying Biblical principles that define who you are. Embrace technology, but only to the point that it serves the mission. Stay off the bleeding edge of technology. Discard anything that is not your core competency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful mission at the ield projects while organizational values not in alignment at headquarters

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Compassion International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The plus is having a connection with the sponsored children in the field projects around the world. Employment engagement is high on the mission... reinforced by 5 year anniversary trip to the field as best employee benefit.

    Cons

    The senior leaders are unaware of how toxic the working culture is in many departments. They either don't care to know, or do not know how to change course after having steady staff growth for so long (ten years or so). Very poor people managers throughout the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To senior leaders... leave your ivory tower and mix with the folks... get to know the unvarnished truth from the rank and file. There is a whole layer of management that is concealing the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Christian mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Compassion International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive pay for a Christian non-profit.

    Cons

    Lot's of change of direction from middle leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The expectations are high but the work environment is very positive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous
    Current Contractor - Anonymous

    I have been working at Compassion International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    One of the best jobs I have ever had until the politics kicked in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Compassion International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission. They talk the talk...unfortunately they don't walk the walk.

    Cons

    Politics politics politics. The worst thing that can happen is to make hiring and firing decisions based on political motives - especially in the non profit sector of employment. Unfortunately that was and is all to prevalent at Compassion. The idea that one can go further if they get rid of the ones with positive influence and high credibility is a real downfall for an organization. When it is a "Christian" organization it is even worse...it devalues the mission and the leadership. This is pretty prevalent at Compassion, and it shows. How awful to have lived through this there after more than five years of positive influence and credibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start transitioning the old guard...out with the old and in with the new. Management needs a complete overhaul. Get some humility in the top leadership roles - the senior VPs should go. Arrogance begets arrogance and there is no room for the "Good old boy mentality." You claim to be spiritual leaders, but you play politics like no other organization I have ever worked for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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