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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
184 Reviews
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184 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)

  • Long hours (including weekends), low pay, understaffed (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Aweful leadership with lack of vision and support of employees

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    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
  2.  

    Very disappointing first work experience out of college

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
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  5.  

    Poor understanding of actual business world

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    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
  6.  

    A VERY dysfunctional place to work

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    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
  7.  

    Very profit minded

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    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
  8.  

    It's not a great place to work

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    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
  9.  

    Used People as tools, then discarded them

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Meet interesting people at the store

    Cons

    Meet interesting felons from Dismas House

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    They build nice houses and the homes do go to deserving people.

    Cons

    Senior Management treats employee very poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Most unchristian Christian organization

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    Former Employee - To Revealing to Put In in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - To Revealing to Put In in Toledo, OH

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

    Pros

    To be able to work for an cause that you believe in and to assist people in creating new lives.

    Cons

    Many of the affiliates are so used to rely on volunteers to help that they feel that their employees are supposed to be like volunteers: by working for an minimum wage and sacrifice everything for them.

    The affiliate I worked at had had a super CEO that everyone absolutely loved and that expanded it from one that built 1 or 2 houses a year to about 20 a year. After him there was a row of CEO's and interim CEO's. When one was finally found. The place was run more like an corporation than a place with a heart and an important cause to carry on. The CEO salary tripped while 10 of the 12 staff was dismissed. Kind of embarrassing when the CEO is driving an Mercedes SUV into disadvantaged neighborhoods and hard for staff to explain that they cannot be helped due to not enough budget.

    In general the affiliate was very christian, which is fine, but they would marginalize people who are not. Also embarrassing when the white Midwestern conservative staff is trying to put on a "Christian" face an invite the "other faith" partner family to a party for them with hot dogs including pork. They never even realized why people were not partaking in the food. Also, I do not think the partner families know how much badmouthing some of the staff is giving behind their back. Saying things like how needy they are and how ungrateful. In the end this affiliate has hurt a lot of people, including myself and previous coworkers. Still get a stomach ache when the organizations name comes up.

    If thinking about joining the organization in any way shape or form, please check out the various affiliates and how they really operate and not the glossy face they put on to the community.

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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