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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
189 Reviews
4.0
189 Reviews
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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72 Ratings

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.  

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

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

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  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 (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.  

    Mixed feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (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
  6.  

    Working here is rewarding. It is more than "just a job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The community involvement. The spirit of the employees.

    Cons

    No job growth unless with you are with a very large affiliated or working at Corporate. Pay not very much for the hours you need to put in. You have to wear multiple "hats".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication with the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Exposure to all level of marketing in a non-profit environment

    Cons

    There should have been a better strategy for field activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the same

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Habitat for Humanity

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Trenton, NJ

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company, excellent friendly co-workers. Volunteers are very caring, and provide an excellent work community.

    Cons

    Requires patience, leadership, and a general positive attitude. A unique work environment that may take some getting used to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic volunteer opportunity

    Current Employee - Volunteer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Provide a hand up to hard working people. Great community building. Learn new skills and meet new people, with diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    At times the work can be quite strenuous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to use Americorp to shore up your crew management.

  10.  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    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!

  11.  

    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

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