Habitat for Humanity

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Great mission, great people, frustrating leadership

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Americus, GA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Americus, GA

I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

[NOTE: This review is based on experience at the Americus, GA office] Opportunity to contribute to worthy mission and life changing work being done around the world; very mission-focused, attracts quality people and fosters congenial work relationships; hours tend to be flexible (office opens at 8 am but many people arrive closer to 9, families with children can usually flex time around school schedules); casual workplace, jeans and polo shirts are common; in addition to vacation time, organization offers "mission time"--paid leave time to volunteer with a local Habitat affiliate

Cons

[NOTE: This review is based on experience at the Americus, GA office] Remote location in rural Georgia, telecommuting policy is inconsistently enforced; not much opportunity for advancement, though lateral transfers are very common; senior leadership tends to micromanage project roll-outs rather than set strategy and "pet projects" are common; struggles with internal communications (departments operate in silos, hard to funnel feedback up the chain to leadership); recently went through two rounds of layoffs due to budgetary cutbacks

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus more on innovation, rather than relying on outdated industry practices, in all areas (PR/marketing, employee engagement, fund raising, web vs. print communications, etc); hold senior leadership accountable to high level strategy that clearly sets the course for division objectives

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    Life-changing, character-forming, meaningful hard work.

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great team of people, inspired mission, and international support network of people linked through similar goals and guided by Christian principles.

    Cons

    A complex business model that can take years to comprehend and challenges even the most robust management & communications software systems available.

    Recommends
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    Working with volunteers is great, if you have the patience and leadership skills.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity (less than an year)

    Pros

    Volunteers tend to be all hyped up and super eager to build, you have to put the brakes on them or your job site will spin out of control. Had a great time teaching people, everybody was terrific to work with at the site.

    Cons

    The management is great at raising money, getting volunteers and trying to help you. However, they don't know alot about construction and can make you a little crazy at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get hung up on how long the building process takes, your working with rank amatuers for the most part. Also, however bad you think the house is that you bought to rehab, well it's really six times worse. Trust your project managers more, they have a clue about what they are doing.

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