Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
213 Reviews
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213 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.  

    Very good place to work

    Former Employee - Consultant in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Consultant in Lawrence, KS

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was working with the Habitat ReStore through a school sponsored program. The staff of the Lawrence ReStore was always very helpful. Although I did not officially work for the ReStore it appeared to be a good place to work or volunteer.

    Cons

    This being a non-profit organization, many of the job opportunities are either low paying full time positions, part time positions, or on a volunteer basis only.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Volunteer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    great people, making connections. learning new skills, exploring new communities, working with people towards a greater good

    Cons

    challenging in a non-profit environment, volunteer staffing continually challenges organization and productivity (don't be shocked to come around on a second day to redo what was done incorrectly the day before :D

  3.  

    Volunteer

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Columbus, GA

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

    Pros

    Doing good work for a good cause. My group was always well organized and provided with everything we needed.

    Cons

    Often time the goals set for the day are too lofty. Some special skills needed may not be present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate goals for the day better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people 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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7.  

    it was a good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    And workng with people and my Management we were a good team i like what was doing

    Cons

    i was happy working with my team we help each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my management was happy with my job so he didn't have to give any advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Grew the affiliate from $200k to $4.8 million

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    Current Employee - President in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - President in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Habitat for Humanity is a great organization overall. Operated with 1,500 plus affiliates throughout the United States. Affiliate performance ranged from outstanding to poor. Local management and board provided significant autonomy.

    Cons

    Quality of the affiliate depended on local board and staff. Quality of board changed from year to year. Leader of the affiliate had to adjust to changing priorities and skills of the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More autonomy for the local President or Executive Director.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fun, growing, work place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Canandaigua, NY
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Canandaigua, NY

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

    Pros

    Good mix of independence and support when you need it. All employees are brand representatives. While it is a relaxed work environment, management has reasonable expectations for professional behavior and development.

    Cons

    It's a non-profit, hence pay will be lower than private sector. Most of my co-workers are unpaid volunteers, so this work environment is not for introverts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the open door policy, the ED is very approachable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    A wonderful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Cashier in Salem, OR

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity as an intern (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

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