Virginia Housing Development Authority

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Updated March 9, 2015
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Virginia Housing Development Authority Executive Director Susan Dewey
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A great company to work for

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

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are wonderful. Upper management cares about the employees and will work with you whenever they can.

    Cons

    Some people can be gossipy and cut throat. It just depends on where you work.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. Maybe listen more to lower level associates. They are the ones who really run the company and know how things work. They are in the best position to offer advice and make positive changes.

  2. Incredible place to work and be a part of

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

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome Mission - very engaged and knowledgable management and staff - Visionary Organization - High Values

    Cons

    Skillsets are not as up to date because of tenure of staff - Struggles with culture

    Advice to Management

    Continue with excellent work and Always work as a team

  3. Helpful (1)

    VHDA is a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very successful providing low income housing loans. Well-run organization. Good communications between management and staff. Clear organizational objectives. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management office politics can be rough.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the communications lines open to the staff.

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  5. Changes being made, progress still needed

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

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The VHDA mission is as strong as ever. New people to the executive team are bringing non-government ideas. Overall, associates are very invested in the mission and work together to make the biggest impact possible. The wellness program is great. Free parking and the gym are excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Decisions are occasionally made based on personal relationships, not qualifications. The culture is 'we have always been successful, so the way we do it is the right way regardless if there is a better way.'

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to the new hires, both the ones on the executive team and at all levels. Keep hiring people with diverse experiences.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Change is inevitable

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some needed changes through retirements and major role shifts; new blood in high-level management positions means new perspectives (reviews from a few years ago are largely invalidated). Excellent fringe benefits including gym, cafeteria, parking, etc. The mission is as strong as ever.

    Cons

    Building renovation committee made some bad choices that most associates have to live with. Associate growth opportunities remain stunted. Company functions & staff are very siloed; people spend 20 years doing same job.

  7. Has been wonderfull place to work

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

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Abke to help people keep thei houses in the state of Virginia

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    More personal relationships and praise the ones that works the best

  8. Helpful (2)

    Need to improve the culture of the organization

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

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (more than 10 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have great benefits and learning opportunities. The mission is great and the Executive Director tries to make you feel as an important contributor to the mission. Coworkers are great to work with and they are invested in the success of the company and its mission.

    Cons

    Office politics and cronyism often places unqualified people into management positions. As such, management often leads through bullying, threats and intimidation. The culture is very divisive and is based on favoritism and exclusivity. Human resources needs to be overhauled.

    Advice to Management

    You should listen to your staff and stop creating an Us vs. Them environment. Also, managers should be required to have managerial training every year.

  9. Good entity to work for. Good benefits, fair compensation, limited advance opportunities.

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

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package, fair compensation.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement opportunities, as staff tends to stay a very long time.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great company, horrible IT management issues.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, invested Director, nice overall environment. Working in any department OTHER than IT is considered a good gig.

    Cons

    The IT Department is horribly mismanaged and uses reorgs and firings to maintain order. The IT Director knows nothing of IT and surrounds herself with people who tell her what she wants to hear. For many years only women were allowed to do well in the IT Department, but I have heard that the situation is slowly changing, although everyone does their best to keep their heads down.

    Advice to Management

    Accept new blood even if you disagree with them. There's a reason it took you 10 years to redesign a web site, and it isn't because you were right all the time. It's the same reason you were hacked for several weeks several years ago at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars; you refused to listen to the experts.

  11. Helpful (2)

    An overall hostile environment, demoralizing work culture, and sadly incompetent leadership in many departments.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits, on-site parking structure, on-site cafe and gym.

    Cons

    Management in key departments is dismissive of the knowledge and talent of their employees. Favortism and a 'good ol' boys' culture, rather than skill or talents, dictate management staffing choices.

    Correction to information posted for this company - Janet Butler, aka Janet Wiglesworth, is NOT the CEO, she is merely the Director of Information Technology Services. Susan Dewey is the Executive Director.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people working for you; you hired them, you must have had some degree of confidence in their skills.

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