Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
Jonathan T. M. Reckford
93 Ratings

Pros
  • Working for a worthy cause, helping people to build homes (in 11 reviews)

  • You're able to really make a difference in the lives of people in need (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • this place is non-profit so there's really not much wrong with it (in 14 reviews)

  • Board of Directors can be challenging if the organization does not have a clear vision for the future (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Positive work environment

    Former Employee - Volunteer Builder in Yonkers, NY
    Former Employee - Volunteer Builder in Yonkers, NY

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I really liked working at Habitat Humanity. I was mostly at their Yonkers, NY location but I was also at the New Rochelle, NY location based on company needs. I was a volunteer but I learned a lot nonetheless. I got to work with base board, painting, and many other aspects of building a house. Coming from a suburb of NYC I did not grow up using power tools. However, I am comfortable to say that the experience was very enriching.

    Cons

    The only downside was that I was unpaid. I did however get paid for a small job at an off-site location with one of the managers. He paid me a decent wage and it felt nice to be rewarded for my efforts.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend that management gets a little more organized. Managers would sometimes speak over one another and since the firm was a non profit they were not as organized as a for profit firm would be.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Inspiring. It was wonderful to see the impact of our work on a daily basis and be able to help so many people in the community to improve their lives. Very well managed, as well, and good focus on things like benefits and career development.

    Cons

    Habitat for Humanity International could have been more hands on with the local affiliates to provide more direction and partnership/collaboration in certain areas, such as marketing, public relations, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Habitat for Humanity International could consider collaborating more with the affiliates.

  3. Volunteer, ReStore

    Former Employee - Volunteer in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Greenville, NC

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

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

    Pros

    Giving Back/Satisfying Work, Schedule Own Volunteer Hours, Great Co-workers

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great, supportive employer pursuing a worthy mission for affordable housing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Leaders exhibit a focus on serving the community, and the scope of the organization's work is expanding

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement were very limited due to staff size

    Advice to Management

    Continue expanding staff training and benefits in order to retain talented staff with organizational memory

  6. I worked in development at a chapter of Habitat for Humanity, but I worked with HFHI directly on many occasions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Associate
    Former Employee - Development Associate

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Well respected, good work life balance, great mission, very respected brand name that is well-known in the non-profit world, and really the world at large.

    Cons

    Can be hard to balance all the different priorities within any given department. The chapter I worked at had a lot of marketing work in development along with fundraising.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job communicating with local and regional chapters. Really no serious complaints here. Just keep doing the same thing. Or at least as of 2012 this would be my advice.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great organization! Doesn't feel like work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator (AmeriCorps)
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator (AmeriCorps)

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Best co-workers ever! Great management. Healthy work-life balance encourage. Birthday counts as a paid holiday :)
    10 days off for Christmas.... And the work you do is meaningful and involved!

    Cons

    Commit to working hard and potentially extra hours during important events. But really nothing else- As long as you believe in the mission it's a great atmosphere to do it in!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great people great working environment!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

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

    Pros

    Colleges are really nice! People work hard and play hard. Always happy events for holidays.

    Cons

    Better management between departments. Make the standard of same work among departments the same.

  9. Excellent owner operated company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Health Physicist in West Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Health Physicist in West Chicago, IL

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent mentor. Very knowledgeable about the entire industry. Ethically driven in all areas of professional output. Very fair compensation.

    Cons

    Very long hours, strenuous work. Work-life balance weights greatly toward work. Lack of some benefits due to small work force.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  10. volunteered

    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in New Rochelle, NY
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in New Rochelle, NY

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

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

    Pros

    helping others that are in need of housing

    Cons

    none thus far - great organization

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

  11. Great People, Great Mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I very much enjoy the work environment. Daily I am awed by the dedication of volunteers, fellow staff, Partner families, and the community.

    Cons

    It's cold building houses in Wisconsin winters! Also, working in a growing affiliate can be challenging as there is a lot of procedure and policy to set in place for successful growth.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. I'm all in

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