Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
166 Reviews

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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
Jonathan T. M. Reckford
66 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful experience! Thanks to an incredible team and supervisor, I have grown tremendously.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People, work-life balance, mission, benefits

    Cons

    I don't have much to say in this area, other than the compensation is rather low given the job responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation so that talented employees can stay there longer!

  2.  

    Very disappointing first work experience out of college

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member

    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.  

    I had a great experience working at Habitat for Humanity

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

    Pros

    -staff is committed to the mission
    -great higher management

    Cons

    -low pay
    -limited resources
    -not a lot of room for growth

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  5.  

    My experience was great. Great experience working with a non profit organization.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Orangeburg, SC
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Orangeburg, SC

    Pros

    Great work environment, a great deal of diversity. The schedule was flexible and as a intern I was exposed to many situations that have helped me grow.

    Cons

    There isn't a stable workforce so that sometimes leaves the work to a few people. This makes projects sometimes exceed time restrictions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a great experience and there are alot of positions available at the ReStore.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Chatsworth, CA

    Pros

    Clean, Organized, Nice, Good Vibe, Great coworkers and management, Willing to work with schedules, You have a good chance at advancing.

    Cons

    As with any retail store, you have to deal with all sorts of customers. Some may be angry at you for something you have no control over, such as pricing or sales.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A Solid Experience

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

    Pros

    Good substantive work and meaningful impact on the conduct of the charity's work. Great work-life balance with okay opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Company struggles with its religious identity which can get in the way of some of the things it's doing - it's heavily branded as christian and that closes as many doors as it opens internationally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently and clearly with your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Does great work but employees can feel detached from the mission

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work that Habitat for Humanity does is inspiring and its model makes it one of the best-run non-profit organizations out there.

    Cons

    Some people working in the office are under-qualified, which has frustrating consequences for the whole office.

  9.  

    It was a fun work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Working for a worthy cause, helping people to build homes

    Cons

    Lack of autonomy. Working relationships can be approved between all departments and with the volunteers.
    Office culture can be improved as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people and allow them to do their job without too much interference from upper management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Invaluable experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member  in  Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Paterson, NJ

    Pros

    The best part about working for habitat for humanity is the sense of fulfillment and urgency of the work.

    Cons

    Financial instability and the hurdles of the non-profit/public sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep homeowners' and employees' best interest in mind and not let other relationships or partnerships blind that.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great mission

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    Former Employee - Construction Manager
    Former Employee - Construction Manager

    Pros

    Your doing work that helps others in need.

    Cons

    Each affiliate is only as good as its Board of Directors. Some B.O.D. members serve only to line their resumes and could really care less about the "mission".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should play a more active role in understanding how the B.O.D manages each affiliate. The fact that each affiliate is run autonomously means a bad or corrupt B.O.D. can not only distract from the mission, but in some cases actually break the law. A good and active B.O.D. however can really have a positive impact on the employees, mission and community. It really is a crap shoot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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