Focus on the Family

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Focus on the Family Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
32 Reviews
3.6
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Amazing place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Focus on the Family

    Pros

    Incredibly joyful atmosphere-- you can almost tangibly feel the presence of God in this place. Monthly chapel, weekly devotions with you team. Amazing ministry to be a part of.

    Cons

    The last I knew, the organization was struggling financially. They had to cut a lot of positions to stay afloat (but they do it so compassionately and only as a last resort).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best place I ever worked

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer II
    Former Employee - Buyer II

    I worked at Focus on the Family full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Our director was concerned about us as people and the group regularly prayed for each other. Overall, the people in other groups worked together as one large family and not being protective of some "kingdom."

    Cons

    As of 2009 when I was laid off there was too much executive staff. I only rated career opportunities and compensation and benefits low due to decreasing donations and layoffs as a result.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An organization that cares about it's constituents

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

    I worked at Focus on the Family full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation at the start, good medical and dental plans. 403B match is good.

    Cons

    They expect you to put in hours above and beyond on a regular basis impacting our own families while stating the opposite to their constituents as best practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees the same way you do your constituents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, to grow professionally, and to move vertically or laterally.

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

    I worked at Focus on the Family full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, hands-off management style, they treat you like professionals, they hire only professionals, they have a high bar quality standard.

    Cons

    From a Christian standpoint they can tend to get a little off track at times when taking on certain topics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time talking with employees. Schedule time to intermingle. "Underlings" look up to management whether management wants that or not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work...but don't buy a house!

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

    I worked at Focus on the Family full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I've never met a nicer group of people. Everyone was so caring, helpful and kind and they stayed that way the entire time I was there. I felt like my colleagues really lived their Christian faith. It blew me away and I'll never forget it.

    Cons

    There is a culture of annual lay-offs that keeps the staff on-edge and on their knees for months leading up to the lay-offs. Focus is a great place to work but my advice is, don't make any financial commitments that are absolutely dependent on job security, because there is none. Almost no one is safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think/pray through things more carefully before you launch new projects. Don't proceed unless you can make a solid, industry-standard commitment of time to each project. What about hiring people on 1-year contracts, so at least they know from the start that their job might be short-term? To me, this would be the more ethical thing to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice work environment.

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

    I have been working at Focus on the Family full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You work with the same type of people you would go to church with. For the most part, co-workers are friendly and polite. Management is generally very good at accommodating any needs related to work environment and schedule.

    Cons

    You work with the same type of people you would go to church with. The organization does a lot of good things related to providing free counseling, working with state foster systems to facilitate adoptions, etc... Unfortunately, the very small Public Policy department draws all the negative media attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many projects/initiatives that support departments have no time for career development. Considerations should be made to determine what the "focus" should be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    positive and challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Focus on the Family full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The overall office culture and the positive attitudes of co-workers and management.

    Cons

    co-workers are too friendly and nosy. Not really any privacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing job professional courtesy for all employees. Emphasis on working relationships more than "we are family".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to end your career

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

    I have been working at Focus on the Family full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with, everyone was very welcoming and helpful my first couple days.
    I also enjoyed that they respected your outside of work life and I was able to leave the office many times
    to take care of urgent personal business.

    Cons

    The challenge of working here is there is a lot of politics and favorites picked. Some of these people have been working with each other for 20+ years so it can be very challenging to change a status quo or operation. People can be very stuck in their ways.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Ministry but can be stressful at times

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

    I have been working at Focus on the Family full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great bosses
    Great Mission that almost all employees whole-heartedly support
    Good benefits
    Great Location - Colorado Springs

    Cons

    Very stressful with too much to do most of the time
    Donation based ministry so it is extremely vulnerable to economic downturns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize objectives so that not everything is a #1 project

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Love the mission and impact Focus has.

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

    I have been working at Focus on the Family full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In line with my values, great people to work with, large impact for the kingdom, good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay I feel is below average, of course that is expected. A lot of red tape for a medium sized company. Priorities are trying to meet too many goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enable your people to make decisions, don't hold every decision so tightly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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