Housing Authority of Baltimore City

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Housing Authority of Baltimore City Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
10 Reviews
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10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Working for Company gave me an opportunity for personal growth, work experience, and stable income for 28
    years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Family Support Counselor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Family Support Counselor in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Housing Authority of Baltimore City full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provided free staff trainings,all the employee benefits were very good, employee recognition, luncheons, and
    celebrations.

    Cons

    Job sometimes appears stressful due to administrative assignment and time frame.
    Unscheduled mandatory trainings assigned.
    Office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff comments, don't be too judge mental, a good supervisor is impartial, and cannot be friends with your
    staff, be fair to everybody.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Baltimore Housing fails to manage properties and service to public housing residents in addition to supporting employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Housing Authority of Baltimore City full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Once upon a time it was a great place to work, grateful for the years of employment that provided the resources to support a family.

    Cons

    Presently, management focused on the selling of public housing developments to private developers under the RAD program. No focus on the state of providing customer service nor support for those that operate and maintain these properties nor those that will remain. Staff shortages prevalent for critical operations and resident services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the impact of maintaining what remains and to review Housing's Mission Statement as a reminder of public housings purpose at which they are failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Some good and some bad.......

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Housing Authority of Baltimore City full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Met some great co-workers.
    Decent benefits.
    Days Offs (Holidays)

    Cons

    Low pay, with a lot of responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay. Exit interview was a joke; I knew more than person conducting interview ( (person was a temp and not really qualified, although very nice). Very archaic office equipment (computer, printer, copier). Get rid of lazy employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A culture of do-nothingness

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

    I worked at Housing Authority of Baltimore City as a contractor

    Pros

    The mission is to better the lives of those living in public housing in Baltimore City.

    Cons

    The culture of the place is to keep the status quo, belittle the population served, and to encourage strife and office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    HABC has a big Mission!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Housing Authority of Baltimore City full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    HABC ensures employees who want to can make a significant impact on the success of its Mission: there's space to contribute and make improvements in how the business is done. HABC is moving toward greater efficiencies in its operations all the time. Has very knowledgeable, experienced and committed leadership. In 2013, major steps were implemented to improve the relationship and shared priorities/objectives between its Divisions. Also in 2013, a greatly improved employee training program was initiated.

    Cons

    Weak communication & non-responsiveness by leadership; lack of integration, interdependence, interrelatedness & interconnection within and between executive leadership, Operations, Section 8, Fiscal and IT. The lack of communication and connection are the key cons that weaken efforts to improve employee performance, customer service as well as to restructure HABC to address the growing need for affordable housing. The inability to achieve internal interdependence, etc., seriously hampers the ability to network for holistic partnering with and on behalf of the extremely poor in Baltimore City. Perceptions abound within staff, that new training initiative is being offered by executives to prepare staff for buyouts, layoffs and firings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe HABC is moving in the right direction, even as difficult as the process of reducing PH inventory by 40% will be over these two years. I also believe HABCC should continue to prioritize green housing, market rate inventory development and a policy change adding term-limits for applicants and household members who can work, attain education and/or start businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's been a good experience overall.

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

    I have been working at Housing Authority of Baltimore City

    Pros

    Great people work here who really care about the mission.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy and politics can get in the way of doing a great job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more with the staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    disappointing agency to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Housing Authority of Baltimore City full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    city location with respect to the subways, city shopping, entertainment and dining venues

    Cons

    employer does not pay competitive salaries, does not value educated personnel, does not seek to invest in technology to improve business systems and maintains a very unprofessional environment. most staff there can not even operate basic computer software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management in general does not develop staff, is not well trained or educated..most have only worked at HABC; hence, lacking other professional experiences. HABC needs new leadership and should hire trained, skilled management staff with ethics and integrity that are focused on the mission

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Definatly a learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Housing Authority of Baltimore City

    Pros

    Benifits are good. Workload is okay.

    Cons

    No room for advancemnet at all. Needs to pay more. No incentive given for people to go above and beyond on the job. Marginal ratings on evals are given to avoid giving pay raises. Very political atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more efforts to imporve employee moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Housing Authority of Baltimore City

    Pros

    Good employers to work for

    Cons

    need to be paid more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more for experience employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    HABC - A Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Housing Authority of Baltimore City

    Pros

    HABC's mission of providing safe and affordable housing for low income citizens of Baltimore City is what most inspires me. The employees here are committed to help other Baltimore City residents in financial, housing, and social issues. The residents are involved in their communities and active in HABC processes and planning. The executive team is dedicated to solving long term and very complicated housing problems in an urban environment. The executive team is well versed in Federal policy and actively pursues the most effective means of meeting goals. HABC management must also work side by side with City workers to provide parallel approaches to housing and urban development.

    Cons

    HABC employees are compelled to work in less than desireable neighborhoods, often in dangerous areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more meetings with line employees to determine the challenges they face every day.

    Recommends

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