Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
168 Reviews

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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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Review Highlights

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

  • The work is very rewarding because you are helping people in need (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • this place is non-profit so there's really not much wrong with it (in 11 reviews)

  • Low pay for the amount of work required (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    There is not a lot of room for improvement or motivation.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    Working with the volunteers is rewarding

    Cons

    Pretty unorganized environment and demanding

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great mission statement... some truly take this to heart

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    Current Employee - RSA  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - RSA in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    job diversity get to think on your feet and come up with new solutions for ever changing inventory.

    Cons

    some rules are tossed out the door. hiring process lacks a lot. Unqualified people in positions they know nothing about. Pricing of merchandise has a double standard depending on if it is priced for an employee or a customer. Receiving area is a holding place for merchandise to be first picked over by employees before customers can have an option of purchasing. Some unusual items are priced do low that the full amount is not realized by HFH, sales could be so much better. some prices are very low depending on the likes or dislikes of the dock worker at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a mole in the stores and on the trucks to work along beside your workers. Make this a person with knowledge of the construction trades and sales/retail, you will be surprised to hear what customers have to say and also what your cherished employees are doing. You will hear more if the persons job is not on the line. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED!

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

    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 for 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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  5.  

    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 for less than a 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
  6.  

    This was an excellent & valuable volunteer experience

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    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is character-building experience that is invaluable.

    Cons

    I have no cons for the time I spent volunteering with this organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A wonderful place to work

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Cashier in Salem, OR

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    you're learning new skills while helping people to get a home

    Cons

    The building wasn't weatherized so too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complete lack of focus on the mission, ego driven, upper management fighting all the time, very high turnover

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    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Volunteers are very giving of their time, want to help the organization

    Cons

    Paranoid management, directors always fighting with each other, Executive Director does nothing about the issues in the organization, my first week there 4 people quit, mission is never talked about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on why we are there-to build houses for low-income houses, not build up your egos. I worry for the future for this local chapter.

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

    Allows a great opportunity to grow or if retired bring in some extra income while helping grow an organization.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    provides good benefits, a diverse work group, community interaction is high, ability to move up (which could be slow), locations around the US and world.

    Cons

    Low wages, at times it is hard to get full time, mission is to help families in need but they fail to help their employees in need. I think they could build smaller and more affordable homes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of those that work within the organization and affiliates. You should even count those as families served.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed feelings

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    In general Habitat for Humanity International employees good people who care about the mission and are focused on engaging on the right partners.

    Cons

    Senior Management is an issue. They are more concerned about their own individual agendas and how they feel they can achieve the mission rather than uniting so that they accomplish this as a team.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awkward Summer Internship

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This company has a great mission and is an effective proponent of affordable and quality housing. That being said, note that while they are somewhat in the "construction" sector they are by no means a company that takes on builders, engineers, architects, planners, etc. They hire independent consultants for all of that.

    Cons

    If you aren't in business or management, this isn't the place for you. Having knowledge of the construction industry helps but it makes you more knowledgeable than you need to be, and in the wrong areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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