Compassion International Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Great Organization

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

    I worked at Compassion International full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compassion's mission and the integrity with which they operate is phenomenal. They value their employees.

    Cons

    Very collaborative culture, so sometimes authority for action can be slow.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Compelling mission, opportunities to improve

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Compassion International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is tremendously compelling.

    Cons

    Functional leadership needs to improve, among other.


  3. Review

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

    I have been working at Compassion International full-time

    Pros

    Passionate about poverty and children

    Cons

    Went through layoffs this last month


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Lost their way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Compassion International (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    On the field, Compassion does what it says. Children in poverty have a chance. The mission is compelling and worthwhile.

    Cons

    Increasing revenues and sponsorship has overshadowed the mission. It is being run as a business instead of a ministry. Relying on the Lord and praying fervently are not priorities and morale and integrity have sunk in proportion to the increased growth. Some leaders are untouchable, especially if they are perceived as being money-raisers.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your first love. Stop relying on modern marketing methods, worldly business models and "spinning" the truth. Humble yourselves and learn from the hard-working employees in the field.


  6. Helpful (8)

    The third round of layoffs

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

    I worked at Compassion International full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good cause, do it for the children

    Cons

    Total lack of financial oversight, poor leadership, dysfunctional HR department, new CEO difficult to trust

    Advice to Management

    You just laid off another fifty employees. In the news, you said it was your first. It's actually your third, but who is counting? No wonder budgets this year were tens of millions of dollars short. You can't even count to three. You lost a lot of good staff who counted in you and trusted you. You'll lose your donors next. Ihopenthe CEO, who couldn't even address staff in person regarding the layoffs can sleep at night. He addressed everyone via an emailed video.


  7. Helpful (12)

    Great mission, lousy management and poor leadership

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

    I worked at Compassion International full-time

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

    Pros

    In the 26 countries where Compassion works, children's lives are being changed. Unfortunately, in the U.S. headquarters, employee's lives are only being changed for the worse.

    Cons

    50 people have been laid off thanks to shoddy budgeting practices and lack of oversight. These kinds of financial troubles shouldn't come as a complete surprise, yet they have. So the hardworking underlings pay the price while the upper level do-nothings get to keep their jobs. Pity it won't change anything.

    Advice to Management

    I wish you well. Good luck retaining excellent employees when you treat them so poorly and the reward is a quick exit.


  8. Helpful (14)

    On a downhill sprial

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

    I worked at Compassion International full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The mission of changing the lives of children.

    Cons

    Compassion is going through a season of change. Unfortunately, the season has been going on for at least the last 5 years. Management turns a blind eye to the things that seem to happen right under their noses. Long-term, seasoned staff, are being terminated because they speak up about changes that need to be made. The organization is putting out extremely large sums of money in severance packages in order to clean house. The problem there is that they are getting rid of the wrong people. HR also has a tendency to be very inconsistent with enforcing their policies. There are more exceptions than there are rules. Everyone "works for themselves" or has a personal agenda. A lot of reviews point to the boys club, which is exactly what is going on here. They all back each other up and it's only getting worse.

    Advice to Management

    You have to take a serious look at your problems with management. HR is a serious threat to your organization. The payouts and packages you are putting out are costing your organization millions of donations from trusted sponsors. You stand to lose everything if you don't reign in fast.


  9. Helpful (19)

    It used to be a good place to work. But now, YOU DON'T WANT TO WORK HERE!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Compassion International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful, amazing mission. Pay is comparable to a for-profit corp. Benefits are exceptional.

    Cons

    Leadership. New CEO has had plenty of time to turn things around. Instead, his leadership has made them worse. He leads an old boys club of senior leaders that have not been able to help move the organization forward. CEO is in over his head and does not have the expertise or intuition to lead this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Board of Directors - GET INVOLVED AND DIG IN TO WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON!!! Remove the CEO and majority of senior leaders, including the in-house legal counsel that are too arrogant to see beyond their personal agendas.


  10. Helpful (11)

    Impactful.

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

    I have been working at Compassion International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Wonderful organization and a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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