Special Olympics

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Special Olympics Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    I was a coach and I enjoyed being one immensely.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Special Olympics

    Pros

    Working with people who had such unique outlook on life and didn't let a whole lot get them down.

    Cons

    The biggest issue is always worrying about funding and making sure we could provide the best available training with the amount we had to work with.

    Recommends
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    Great Mission!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Special Olympics

    Pros

    Love the mission and the impact

    Cons

    hard to grow within the organization

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    Personalities and Ego, not results

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the employees are truly talented and wonderful people who want to make a difference in the world.

    Cons

    There are some truly appalling things that happen at this company: corruption, egos, bad management, and a thick, oppressive bureaucracy.

    The worst part for me was the immense disappointment I felt as I discovered the reality of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering that management doesn't exhibit much respect for the employees' opinions, I would suggest that the board takes a more active role in the organization, in an attempt to rein in management misbehavior, and replace appropriately.

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    A position with Special Olympics gave me that feel good all over feeling everyday.

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    Former Employee - Area Support Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Area Support Coordinator in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with individuals with special needs puts life into perspective. These athletes show a special outlook on life and what is really important in life. Seeing the excitement when one of the athletes achieves a goal or competes in a competition lets me know what is really important in life.

    Cons

    There are several issues mainly dealing with non-profit companies. The biggest is funding and accessing sources for funding both the development and competition aspects of Special Olympics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to maintain their focus on the desired result, individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). They need to support all athletes with ID of all ages. Understand that athletes with ID in school based programs will need support once they leave the school system. Support to locally based programs with the same focus as other programs. There are more athletes in locally based programs then in school based programs.

    Recommends
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    Great company and people to work with

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    Former Employee - Development Department- Mid to Upper Level
    Former Employee - Development Department- Mid to Upper Level

    I worked at Special Olympics as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can't say much about personal growth and leadership opportunities, as I was just a summer intern. The higher up employees were very respectful and the cause is well worth the time put into work.

    Cons

    As an intern, I would have liked to be more involved in the event development and organization. However, my mentor could not have been better and it was a good experience.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Hard work leads to rewarding events and outcomes with the athletes.

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    Current Employee - Sport Manager in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Sport Manager in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    All your hard work benefits the athletes, excellent coworkers, everybody has the same mission

    Cons

    Some leadership conflicts with lower level employees,

    Recommends
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    Awesome place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mequon, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mequon, WI

    I worked at Special Olympics as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the most rewarding jobs to have. I was an intern and site coordinator for this organization and if they had any job openings for my area of study I would 100% have applied. Everyone there truly cares about the athletes and I see great things for the Special Olympics in the future.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    5 year volunteer for local area and state events in Texas

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    Former Employee - Equipment Management Volunteer
    Former Employee - Equipment Management Volunteer

    I worked at Special Olympics as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cause, leadership skills, humbles your personality. Well organized on state level.

    Cons

    Days can be very long (16 hours) for state events, Rude supervisors- who are volunteers at time- that are a detriment to returning volunteers. Can be severely unorganized on local level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more interest in care in your volunteers. Too many lazy, rude, and patronizing supervisors for state & local events that scare away a vast amount of potential volunteers for the future.

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  10.  

    A very good experience if you like non profits!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Special Olympics

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and willing to help to succeed.

    Cons

    Contacting everyone was a bit of a hassle

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Public Relations and Social Media Intern

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    Current Employee - Public Relations and Social Media Intern in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Public Relations and Social Media Intern in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Special Olympics as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience asa summer internship

    Cons

    Small company that with little growth potential

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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