Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
200 Reviews
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200 Reviews
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Horrible Organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    They build houses for families.

    Cons

    They consider everyone 'staff' but only the CEO makes any real money (approximately $56,000 per year). All other 'staff' gets paid a stipend. The CEO is hateful to everyone and she is very, very critical. She's a very fishy person. They don't really build houses for the people who need it. When someone can't pay they foreclose on them immediately. The CEO will be the downfall of this organization. They do not pay their bills. Sometimes their checks bounce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FIRE THE CEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2.  

    Questionable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Helping families who are grateful

    Cons

    People pretending to be so spiritual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Danger to my person

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros about this company worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Does not value its employees and has a terrible corporate culture. There is no training as most positions are left vacant before they hire the next person. Increases in pay did not even cover the cost of living increase. Senior management is very untrustworthy. Many employees who have worked here have left due to being over-worked, frustrated, and treated very poorly. The turn-over rate is high and retention is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having hidden agendas and be truthful about unsafe workplace practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aweful leadership with lack of vision and support of employees

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

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Great, friendly customers who care about reuse/recycling. Coworkers in my department were always hardworking. 10 day break between Christmas and NYE.

    Cons

    Discontent between ReStore employees and HFHSTL proper. ReStore employees get paid much less than others in the organization that work in the office often when they have the same skills and education as their counterparts.

    HFHSTL's mission is to help homeowners get homes with zero interest by "sweat equity". But in 2011 when the bank for HFHSTL forgave ALL of the late payments from homeowners, HFHSTL took the money, but continued to charge the homeowners late payments and fees on top of that. I couldn't stay there after that.

    Directors do not give reviews on time; you have to contsantly "remind" them in order to get one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the caustic Director's who inhibit growth and potential of good employees. Give ReStore employees a higher salary to retain the good ones. The sales of the store more than pay for it while still contributing to HFH funds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing first work experience out of college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fascinating community (working with volunteers to women prisoners to drug and alcohol rehab volunteers).

    Cons

    As an AmeriCorps member, pay was horrendous. There's no worse feeling than putting your college degree to work for minimum wage. No matter what the experts say, underemployment is worse than unemployment.

    Physically draining, heavy workload, hostile manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to brainstorm ways to utilize the full resources of your full-time staff, as well as full-time AmeriCorps members in a holistic way. If someone has a master's degree (as did one of my co-workers), try to find a more meaningful use of their time than caulking windows for 7 hours per day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The mission of the organization is great. The company is a mess internally.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development
    Former Employee - Development

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

    Pros

    You're able to really make a difference in the lives of people in need.

    Cons

    Not organized. There's no infrastructure, takes forever to get anything done, training is nonexistent, lack of professionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need management with management skills and experience. They hire people that they know or like and the rest is history.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor understanding of actual business world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great Mission and Purpose. A good idea when practiced properly.

    Cons

    People in charge of my affiliate simply were very under-qualified and unethical. Some people more interested in self-congratulation than in improving processes and moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire qualified people with knowledge and experience of the area they are in charge of. Do not promote attitude of "being wonderful and doing good works." Promote actual work ethic and concentrate on improving the actual business of being a non-profit. Do not merely give lip-service to the mission but embody it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A VERY dysfunctional place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great non-profit with some really awesome employees

    Cons

    The have the WORST leadership ever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house starting at the Board level down to the Executive leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very profit minded

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Utility Clerk in Dickson, TN
    Former Employee - Utility Clerk in Dickson, TN

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At least working at something I am good at

    Cons

    Manager has bad Customer interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate more on customer satisfaction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It's not a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pensacola, FL

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This review has to do with the Pensacola affiliate. The staff are friendly and great to work with. They are professional and generally know what they are doing.

    Cons

    This review has to do with the Pensacola affiliate. Unless you are in upper management, your salary is low enough that you likely qualify for their program. Also, there is virtually zero accountability - as long as you don't question upper management, you are good to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board of directors need to take a thorough look at all aspects of the affiliate. Low morale and inattentive management make this an extremely frustrating place to work with high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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