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Austin HFH: best affiliate I could have asked to work for!

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Former Employee - AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader in Austin, TX
Former Employee - AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader in Austin, TX

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- Everyone in the Austin office is funny, supportive, and dedicated, not to mention a great person
- Building houses for families in need is so rewarding
- All of the regular volunteers and family partners are fantastic to work with

Cons

- Long work hours when the schedule is full (I was forewarned about this)
- If you take advantage of the provided housing as an AmeriCorps member, you're stuck living with the same people you work with
- The heat!!!

Advice to Management

You're doing great!

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  1. 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)

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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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