Heifer International

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Heifer International Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heifer International

    Pros

    The work is rewarding beautiful office spaces , great colleagues , environmentally friendly , and great benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership in transition, lack of transparency about where the money goes, culture is more important than accomplishing goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with staff and donors about where the money goes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Organization with a great vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Heifer International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The leadership and methodology of ending poverty through asset transfer is very effective

    Cons

    Staff compensation and workload in some departments is not fair

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be competitive and manage workload for all staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting mission but incredibly dysfunctional organizatino

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Heifer International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, flexible schedules, beautiful new building (spent MILLIONS on it) and environmentally friendly, CEO seems to be working in the right direction but that is not a unanimous opinion throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Professional in nonprofit industry and this is the most dysfunctional place I have ever worked. Lack of transparency is very concerning since we are not sure where the funds actually go other than to administrative salaries.

    People are passive aggressive and lazy. Many employees have been there far too long and have gone through the major ups and downs and don't seem to ever let go of the past which impacts everyone on all levels. In fact, people don't know up to date information about projects because they are stuck in the 90s. The focus is always on making staff think things are improving when the problems that would come up regularly were problems that employees 15 years ago had to deal with because they never made a resolution to anything but instead put a band aid on everything just to move forward more quickly.

    HR is a mess and unwilling to fix problems in a professional manner. Senior management is getting paid way too much for all the dysfunction that streams throughout the organization. there are too many employees around there that are doing part-time work, for decent full time pay but delivering mediocre performances. Upper management does not hold those beneath to a high standard so employees who are performing better frequently don't get rewarded or acknowledged for it and those who sit around relatively unnoticed get applauded for showing up to work which makes compensation look like a joke. Career paths are for those who can put up with the bs or just want to maximize their benefits, it's not for anyone who actually has an authentic passion or interest in global development and nonprofit work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better hiring decisions. Adhere to policies instead of making them up on an as-needed basis. Better performance reviews and hold people accountable because it makes the whole org look phony.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent Management - White Powder 10/20/14 Mailroom Incident

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Heifer International as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Their image is certainly altruistic, and they have some obvious staying power despite baffling infrastructure issues and dishonesty about how they truly operate. Look for more journalistic reporting on the following "Con" issue:

    Cons

    Gross negligence, incompetence. On Oct. 20th, 2014 - the Heifer mail room received a letter containing white powder. No emergency protocols were in place for dangerous mail. The mail room capacity had been quadrupled after outsourcing to another facility was eliminated. The proper authorities were not called until 2 hours after the emergency and mailroom employees were asked to get back to work with no one else on the floor being notified. Lives were put in danger due to incompetent leadership. Why did they try to cover this up and keep it out of the press. What else are they hiding? The people responsible were not even reprimanded and still have their jobs as it is heavy donation season and obviously - they can do no wrong. HR and legal ensured there was no media coverage of these events despite the floor, eventually being evacuated two hours after the fact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the incompetent people in every department who contribute to the toxic working atmosphere. How can Heifer accomplish its goals when incompetent people with no interpersonal skills are constantly being covered for while hard workers who disagree or are honest with leadership get canned? Reporting the facts and shedding some light on these issues in a public forum will certainly be a step in the right direction. I give the organization 4.5 years tops if it continues in the direction it is going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Too Many Directions

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Marketing in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Heifer International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good mission. Some good staff, although mostly from outside Little Rock.

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Cutthroat, gossipy, no praise or recognition for good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate most of your Little Rock staff and replace them with people who aren't so passive aggressive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    In two words? Extremely Disfunctional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heifer International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission. Most positions offer a flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    If only the donors that contribute to this organization knew what really happened behind the doors of the "pretty building". Especially with their money. It is a surprise that this organization is able to carry out the mission year after year.

    Staffing decisions are based on personal feelings rather than facts. Layoffs occur solely to get rid of those who are not well liked or pissed off the wrong "important" exec. Promotions are handed out like candy at Halloween ONLY if you brown nose enough to convince your ill-equipped boss to do so. There are several individuals at management level that can barely manage their work let alone other people. All the while, the organization admittedly has NO defined career path of any sort even though it's been promised for well over a decade. HR is a complete and utter joke.

    Very few people know what they are actually doing. Beware if you have something of true value to contribute. You'll be used and burned out in less than a year. However if you're a squeaky wheel that loves to complain\get your way\like minimal work, you'll fit right in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cabinet needs to truly examine those in senior leadership and management positions. There are A LOT of toxic people that remain year after year that bring down morale and productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Heifer International - a HUGE disappointment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Heifer International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great field staff. Wonderful place to work if you are 1.) From Arkansas, 2.) Christian (ideally, Baptist), 3.) Republican, and 4.) Highly political.

    Cons

    If you are not from Arkansas, you may have a very difficult time, as many of the native Arkansans on staff at Heifer fear outsiders, particularly other Americans with field experience, language skills, education and technical knowledge. If you are so unlucky as to wind up on the wrong team (as I did), your Arkansas colleagues will go out of their way to diminish your contributions and will work towards making your life absolutely miserable. Forget about opportunities to grow professionally, as any hint of ambition or pride in one's work will only be met with scorn and suspicion. The professional environment is highly toxic and political. The HR department is EVIL. Trust no one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the original mission. Get rid of the majority of your Arkansas-based staff. Quit spending donor money on unnecessary trips abroad for admin staff and friends/children of senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful organization to volunteer for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heifer International

    Pros

    I volunteered at Heifer Ranch in Perryville. Great opportunity to express the mission of Heifer, Int. to the public.

    Cons

    Not as much leadership development as I had hoped for. I wanted more responsibility and networking. All in all though it was a very positive experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on making Volunteer experience a way to develop community leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great mission. Extremely hierarchical. Too many divisions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Staff
    Current Employee - Program Staff

    I have been working at Heifer International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great mission. Excellent reputation. Committed staff who donate to the cause as well.

    Cons

    Depending on who you ask, this organization is headed in many different directions. I've never seen an organization with this many executive and senior staff. It's extremely top heavy and hard to get anything done. Each regional program teams seem to operate independent of each other and leadership allows it. Very unfortunate for an organization that is loved by its individual donors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone has been with the organization for a long time does not make them a good manager. Start hiring qualified managers. Allow technical experts to be "experts" not managers. Staff retention is great, but if there is a need for a specialized function, hire someone new instead of trying to "train" everyone to meet your needs. There is only so much training you can do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Donor Engagement Services Administrative Asst.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Heifer International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The 'Team' environment everyone is willing to help regardless of pay grade.

    Cons

    My assignment was only for a few months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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