Heifer International Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
17 Reviews

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  1.  

    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
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    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 for 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
  3. 1 person 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 for 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
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  5. 2 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 for 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission. Extremely hierarchical. Too many divisions.

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    Current Employee - Program Staff
    Current Employee - Program Staff

    I have been working at Heifer International full-time for more than a 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
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    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 for less than a 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Former longtime manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heifer International full-time

    Pros

    Families, staff succeed in the field despite the efforts, mismanagement of the "international" headquarters. Usually due to partnerships with other, more efficient, transparent and effective local or regional organizations.

    Cons

    Misleading marketing, poor record keeping, egocentric management practices, rampant favoritism and sexism, financially wasteful--sending staff to the field who have no business in the field (donor management, administrative, web staff, etc.), silo driven led by autocratic leadership, poor career path potential, high turnover, "funny" numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore the cultural values and pillars that made Heifer and effective, values-driven organization committed to staff heart and development and to empowering poor and struggling families in distant countries, not trying to turn the organization into a venture capital driven for profit hiding in NGO clothes that force farmers into business-benefiting collectives (Elanco, Danone, etc.), rather then providing opportunities for self-success and self-determination.

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

    It was wonderful

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heifer International

    Pros

    Amazing people in a wonderful location

    Cons

    Work can be removed from the overall mission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy local

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Donor Engagement manager

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

    I worked at Heifer International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission. Work in the field is wonderful.

    Cons

    Terrible culture in the US. No sense of team or community. Cutthroat atmosphere fueled by yearly layoffs and budget issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work, but dysfunctional management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In general, program work is good and worthwhile. Reputation in program areas and among donors is basically good. Generally good folks work there. Benefits are good, but shrinking due to private sector bean counters coming in to run "a tight ship."

    Cons

    Dysfunctional and overpaid management, egomaniacal CEO, silos out the wazoo, reverse sexism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your ego at the door. Temper "vision" with "reality." Let people do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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