Salvation Army

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Salvation Army Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
306 Reviews
3.2
306 Reviews
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Salvation Army Chairman National Advisory Board Rob Pace
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You work for an organization in the business of helping people (in 31 reviews)

  • Ability to work with, and also help others who happen to be less fortunate (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • People have lost jobs over misunderstandings just because upper management would not investigate (in 14 reviews)

  • There is not much room for advancement and they need to pay more to their employees (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good company to work for, they are very attentive to their employees, making sure they are safe and secure.

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    Former Employee - Bell Ringer  in  Cumberland, MD
    Former Employee - Bell Ringer in Cumberland, MD

    I worked at Salvation Army part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get lots of hours, care for their employees, transportation to and from job sites.

    Cons

    Standing out in cold for long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Had some good points

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Salvation Army part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a Christian church organization that does some social service work, so most of the time you are helping people who need it, so that is rewarding.
    Vacation days and sick days if you use them they are nice to have .

    Cons

    Minimum pay scale, no raises in 3 years for anyone. No unemployment insurance. You are working with and around ,homeless, alcoholic/ drug addicted, unemployed, and desperate people. While it can be rewarding, it can also have some seriously scary times.
    Most are grateful for help, others who you can't help due to lack of funds or they don't qualify are not happy campers and will let you know it .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you are not required to pay into unemployment because you are a church ,but it would seem the Christian thing to do is to not let the people you let go end up being the people you see needing help with rent and food.
    If your objective is to help people don't be the one causing more of the problem.

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

    Helping the ones that was in need.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Salvation Army

    Pros

    if you love to help out people this is it

    Cons

    you woke in the cold and its a all day job from 8-8

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  5.  

    Dock worker

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    Former Employee - Dock Worker  in  Taylor, MI
    Former Employee - Dock Worker in Taylor, MI

    I worked at Salvation Army full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awsome coworkers, get to talk to a lot of different people while taking donations

    Cons

    Bad management and the dock work got too dangerous for minimum wafe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay for dock workers, they bust their butts not than floor associates and have risk of hurting themselves for the same pay as someone hanging clothes

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

    No room for upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Salvation Army full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Helping people in crisis, giving back to the community.

    Cons

    Favoritism, most officers have family members in positions even if they don't qualify for the position. Low wages, "Good ole Boys" tradition. I attended a program and one of the officers was in a picture with a confederate flag, during the presentation he said "yeas that was a confederate flag to the audience and said, Oh Boo Hoo" as if to say it was no big deal. The company wastes money on travel for officers, parties and meetings a LOT of money. Most of the managers are not trained in HR practices and do not treat everyone fairly according to the law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on people and not so much on money. Become more sensitive to cultural differences of all your employees. Stop wasting money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I have been working at Salvation Army

    Pros

    Very clean and friendly work place can use a janitor thoug

    Cons

    Clean the floors its dirty

  8.  

    Exotic work environment but also unreliable management

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    Former Employee - Production  in  Brainerd, MN
    Former Employee - Production in Brainerd, MN

    I worked at Salvation Army part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Biggest pro is being able to meet and help a wide variety of people and making you feel like your able to make personal and communal impact. Also the types of merchandise you can come across is really fun. Also it can make you feel like you apart of a family which can make your experience more satisfying . Benefits are also nice, your able to collect sick, personal and vacation time.

    Cons

    There are to many channels and management heads that can really interfere with doing the best work you possible can and it can also make your working environment hard when your unable to complete a task because you have not heard a yes or no for a higher up. Also working at there store locations are at the bottom of there priority list because they have social services that they offer can make you feel like the need to better the community isn't at the top of there list which is there goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When working to better the community which is the goal of this business then personal input from staff and customers would highly benefit the entire business. Also setting up back-up plans and procedures for when there is an influx of merchandise would really benefit staff and makes for a way less stressful working day.

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

    my experinece was good

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    Current Employee - Housekeeping  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Housekeeping in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Salvation Army as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    people and frendly areas and clean

    Cons

    none that i can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Community asset

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    Current Employee - Group Fitness Instrcutor  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Group Fitness Instrcutor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Salvation Army part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice and clean environment. Conveniently located. I can make my own schedule.

    Cons

    Turnover rate is very high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to find ways to keep employees.

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

    Fund Development with The Salvation Army

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    Current Employee - Resource Development Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Resource Development Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Salvation Army for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are many donors who give major gifts to The Salvation Army because they trust the organization.

    Cons

    The Officers change therefore the leadership changes every 3 - 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff to do their best. Don't focus only on financial goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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