Housing Works

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Housing Works Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
19 Reviews
2.8
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Rewarding experience despite non-profit chaos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Housing Works full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If your mission is to help people you get the chance to do that here. Clients do show their gratitude for your help even when management might be too busy to do that. The team work was fun and you learn a lot from other disciplines.
    Overall atmosphere is laid back and HR is supportive.

    Cons

    Changes in programming and financial strains cause disorganization and there were many rounds of lay offs. Lack of staff often puts extra demands on the team. At times, leadership was lacking. Clients deal with real issues, so you better be ready for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of the emotional drain of the job and provide more guidance and time off to avoid burn out among staff.

  2.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Volunteer in New York, NY

    I worked at Housing Works as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Really nice people. nice calm place to work, good cause

    Cons

    none, over all good place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    was good despite the shadiness

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Key Holder in New York, NY

    I worked at Housing Works full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -helping a community
    -feeling connected to the customers
    -high turnover of merchandise
    -access to one of a kind items

    Cons

    UNORGANIZED
    UNORGANIZED
    UNORGANIZED!!!
    Most of the executive management were all failures at their previous jobs and come to Housing Works to prove a they aren't. They expect growth without doing anything different or new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees better
    contribute useful ideas to the company so it can grow

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great mission and community but be ready for intense, sometimes unsupported goals.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Housing Works full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great mission, interaction with community you serve and decent benefits. If you are an independent personality that likes to be creative you may see some success.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult in leadership positions, high turnover rates of employees and rash decision making can make things seem out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to personal development of successful employees that will in turn help you grow and reduce high turnover rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This is a wonderful company to be part of

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Management  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Case Management in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Housing Works full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful, supportive HR staff
    Great benefits
    Diverse Staff
    Everybody is relaxed and real, people are working toward great goals and trying to have fun while doing it
    not a fake, stubborn, overly formal environment- I love it!

    Cons

    Lack of growth and development-it's pretty much impossible to be promoted and move up
    Insecure office-things get stolen all the time
    Low morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more money into HR staff, it is horrible to watch these people burned out like that. It does not seem like senior staff understands the importance of HR. And maybe, if they had more people in that department, they could fix the problem I mentioned?

    Recommends
  7.  

    Incompetent, emotional manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Housing Works

    Pros

    Helping out the HIV/AIDS clients was rewarding, as well as the creativity of the marketing department.

    Cons

    Very low pay, as expected of a nonprofit. Manager who was bad at managing people and gave extra work that didn't contribute to any reasonable end goal or result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    To muchs stress

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

    I worked at Housing Works

    Pros

    If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all I'll leave it that. Beware though.

    Cons

    Lacks communication and diversity at top management. There is a serious mission creep at this place and not room for growth if you're not liked there are better places to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    House cleaning has to be done at the top level and hustling clients into services you don't provide isn't good.

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

    Great coworkers, Horrible upper management

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Housing Works full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers, donors, employee discount, healthcare benefits

    Cons

    As the other reviews stated, if upper management doesn't like you, beware. They will set you up to fail, they will blame you for things that are not within your job responsibility, they will write you up for petty things, they will spread rumors about you and blame others when confronted about it, and they will do anything in their power to try and make you quit. If you don't quit, they will fire you and they will try to prevent you from getting unemployment (even though they inevitably won't be able to prevent you from getting unemployment because they fired you for no real reason other than they didn't like you).
    I was a manager and witnessed this happen to several of my staff members. When I refused to cooperate with writing staff members up for "offenses" that were either petty or fabricated, I became their target.
    This place is bad news. There is no regard for creating a happy workplace with happy employees, and that will be the downfall of this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Housing Works upper management should read the reviews on glassdoor...there's a reason so many current and former employees are saying such similar things. Things need to change, the stores could be even more successful than they are, employees need to be treated with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Housing Works provides excellent services to its clients.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Housing Works

    Pros

    The best part of working at HW was interacting with other employees and contributing to a wonderful mission.

    Cons

    The Executive Director Charles King was extremely controlling and although he espoused management by consensus, this could not be further from the truth. Employees became a slave to the organization. If an employee did not want to take part in advocacy, he/she would be penalized on their performance review. Personally, I did not agree with the philosophy of harm reduction as it related to drugs and alcohol. In order to get well from the disease of addiction one must abstain, not be taught how to budget your money so you have enough money for heroin and food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start really listening to your employees and clients!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    High stress when it shouldn't be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Housing Works full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Your coworkers are generally good people.
    Surprisingly good benefits. (PTO, health care)
    For the retail aspect, it's pretty well paying. For anything else, you should try to get out.

    Cons

    If management hates you, they really hate you. They don't like to be wrong and if they are threatened by you, they will do whatever it takes to keep you in the same position.
    Upper management is completely inept.
    Pay checks bounced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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