Habitat for Humanity

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Good for people with kids or needing work/life balance

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Current Contractor - Project Developer in Atlanta, GA
Current Contractor - Project Developer in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Habitat for Humanity as a contractor (more than a year)

Pros

Great work/life balance, this is workplace that respects your personal life and family life. Habitat being a Christian ministry, many of their operations are similar to church-like functions but they also will respect every individual's beliefs regardless of background.

Cons

As with most very large organizations, change can be very slow. There is also very little mobility in the organization, so if you are offered an opportunity with Habitat HQ, be prepared to be in the same job for a while (5 or more years) unless if something momentous happens.

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    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time

    Pros

    Great Cause, Team work. It is a small team, so this can be both a good and bad thing.

    Cons

    Again, it is a small team, so this can be a good and bad thing. Sometimes it is bad because, unlike a big company, there is not much change and you don't see new people everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

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    A lot of work without many resources to draw upon

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    Former Employee - Executive Director
    Former Employee - Executive Director

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, the organization has a wonderful mission, and the international work is fantastic. Also, the larger areas in the United States, where affiliates have a good-sized staff. The Habitat name is a strong brand, and volunteers and donors alike are caring, good people who want to end poverty housing in the world.

    Cons

    My experience was with a smaller affiliate, so this would not necessarily apply to a large metro area. Habitat affiliates are all separate nonprofit organizations, and while International does its best to exercise some consistency and control, there can be a wide variance among affiliates in terms of board governance and staff. So, policies and procedures are not applied across the board, and problems can arise when affiliates do not listen to advice from International. Some smaller affiliate boards believe they can do things their own way, which gives rise to problems such as excessive debt, poor staff-board relationships, lack of fiscal controls, and more. If you are looking to work for a smaller affiliate, make sure you have an employment contract, that the financials look good, and that your board of directors understands it is a working board -- and must put in some hours to help you. Make sure you recruit diversified board members from across the community, and avoid special interests taking hold -- for instance, all board members coming from a particular strata of society or neighborhood, group, etc. If it looks like too much work and not enough support, it probably is, and no amount of good intentions on your part will help. Keep in mind that this is NOT an easy mission, and follow guidance from International as much as you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When problems are reported from affiliates, take notice and follow up. Create stronger financial policies and procedures, and stronger oversight, particularly for smaller affiliates.

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