Volunteers of America

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Volunteers of America Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
115 Reviews
3.2
115 Reviews
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Volunteers of America President & CEO Michael King
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • trying to help make a difference in someones life (in 5 reviews)

  • Great entry level work in the human services, mental health, chemical dependency counseling fields (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • ever changing upper management who would change the focus as soon as they entered position (in 7 reviews)

  • There was no room for advancement or any type of professional growth (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    This is the most rewarding job ever!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    Helping those with intellectual disabilities

    Cons

    coworkers can be a tad messy and catty, but overall, if you just do your job, they end up not even mattering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    Great organization with lots of impact in the community

    Cons

    few options to promote up. Most new jobs are lateral and have little wage increase.

  3.  

    A company with a real mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, OH

    I have been working at Volunteers of America for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If u are looking for an employer with a real, people-centered mission, VOA is a great one. This non-profit organization is Christian with a rich history of faith-based action, serving vulnerable adults, homeless, under privileged and more. You lesve work each day knowing u contributed to someone's life.

    Cons

    As a non-profit, VOA lags in wages. Benefits costs are average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Better quality people who care. The kitchen may be less than 3% of budget but it is 3 meals, that you must consume . If

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    Former Employee - Head Cook  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Head Cook in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Volunteers of America for more than a year

    Pros

    New mangement.Should be considered. I was lead on and have emails to prove it!

    Cons

    Old regime. was stick of a knife for senior kitchen manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experience. Me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I love working at Volunteers of America

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    Current Employee - Medical Case Manager  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Medical Case Manager in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Work environment and employees

    Cons

    the reliability on the grants to be approved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very difficult experience but very rewarding service to individuals in need.

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    Former Employee - Residential Trainer  in  Trenton, GA
    Former Employee - Residential Trainer in Trenton, GA

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is an important job for people who need help.

    Cons

    This is a difficult job that requires patience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the referrals list filled so that more residents can move in and the program can run more smoothly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Teaching adults for 6 years

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Volunteers of America part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to teach and work with awesome students

    Cons

    no benefits provided for long-term part-time teachers

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Tremendous Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    This was a great place to work. Must stay on top of your game and work hard. No room for slacking off.

    Cons

    Needs some room to expand for conferences and meetings. A little cramped in certain places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great atmosphere and coworkers

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    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time

    Pros

    Cadillac health, vision and dental plans. In fact all of the benefits are wonderful

    Cons

    Hourly rate could be better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Front desk Monitor

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Monitor  in  Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Front Desk Monitor in Bronx, NY

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best thing about working for Volunteers of America is working with the clients and the social workers. The program director , Assistant program director and social workers as well.

    Cons

    For me it was dealing with the resident manager who was not so pleasant. Very arrogant kiss but person. There was also no room for growth no matter how much you put into the organization or rather where ever I was placed. They do not hire according to how well you work its according to who you know. So, as much as you put in looking for advance you would or will not get much out of it as long as your resident manager or supervisor or program director or assistant program director know a friend or a relative that needs a job once they put them in forget about all the hard work you have done to get a promotion. They are putting that person in ahead of you. So, why waste your time and effort. And sorry to say some of the people are nasty and mean not realizing that they all have to work together for the good of the company. No team work at all. More like cut your throat. And although the frown at gossipers the main ones that gossip are the program directors and as well as they assistant and the resident manager. In my case the resident manager was sneaky and a cut throat. How he got that position kissing but. Not to say there is nothing wrong with it . But do not knock the next person to try and get ahead. And to much butt kissing is just not good for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because, you have resident managers. You cannot always go by what they say. Investigate. Send someone in to your facilities undercover to investigate and you will see the real deal. If you inform a person of course they are going to covered up. Upper staff works together. But who cares what they do to the front desk workers. Remember they have rights to. Instead of just saying that the front desk position is a revolving door. There are humans who have a right to work with out being harassed and accused and stepped on. People lively hoods have been messed up . Just because of one person and his lies that was told at this organization. But , who cares about the front desk monitors at VOA. No One! Never want to see another Volunteers of America again. Oh ! and they have good values and principles that you must study and remember but, no one applies it to their everyday work life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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