Volunteers of America

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Volunteers of America Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
137 Reviews
3.0
137 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 3 reviews)

  • Staff are given many opportunities to advance skills and there is tuition reimbursement to finance one's education (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • ever changing upper management who would change the focus as soon as they entered position (in 8 reviews)

  • A Non-profit organization that relied heavily on grant funding, making promised pay increase difficult to deliver (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Never a dull moment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residential Trainer in LaFayette, GA
    Current Employee - Residential Trainer in LaFayette, GA

    I have been working at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    Helping and making a difference
    Good insurance

    Cons

    Low pay
    No raises
    8.00
    Low quality management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the job, back up your team,treat all the same

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    very good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    diverse and very supportive during a personal crisis

    Cons

    no opportunity to advance. staff is very competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  3.  

    VOA is a great employer.

    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    Understanding and competent administration. Not just for cheap childcare.

    Cons

    Pay, pay, pay, pay and pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    I volunteer here in the Communications department and help with developing new social media content, which is great because that is what I love to do!

    Cons

    Sometimes there is miscommunication between staff members and volunteers, but I just recommend staying connected through e-mail to avoid that and approaching whomever you need to in person if that doesn't pan out.

  6.  

    Rewarding

    Current Employee - Home Coordinator in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Home Coordinator in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I'm always thrilled and happy to see a client express happiness and excitement for something that I have helped them get .It's what we call "why I do what I do".

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is keeping staff for all the shifts and homes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It helps many times to listen to what the staff is saying sometimes.

  7.  

    A good place to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Supervisor in Milaca, MN
    Current Employee - Program Supervisor in Milaca, MN

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    VOA is a faith based organization where you can live out your faith, but not a "religious" organization that tells you what to believe, they simply allow you to be a person of faith. There is opportunity to grow, to advance within your position, taking on more if you wish. There are committed to the people they serve and they do genuinely care. They are moving forward with technology and with constant improvement to current systems. They are affiliated with a national organization in 47 states so you can potentially move anywhere and still work with VOA.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room to move up in positions. They recently became more lean and cost effective, which is healthy, but there are less upper level positions at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has been great at developing a one VOA culture. It has also allowed people at lower levels to be involved in things at the corporate office. I would advise a continuation of moving in the direction thay are going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's ok

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

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    When the program is doing well you are doing well. Compensation is decent but it is competitive with other non-profits. Very flexible with being able to balance work and home life.

    Cons

    If your program was not doing well not much was thought of you. There can be more talk than walk sometimes. Not a lot of chance for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate staff all the way down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    it was good a good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cook in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Cook in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    i learned a lot while i was there

    Cons

    there needs to be more training in the kitchen dept.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    VOA INACT PROGRAM in Portland OR is one of the worst managed non profits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counselor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Counselor in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Volunteers of America

    Pros

    The court officials are pleasant co-workers.

    Cons

    Where to begin? The court treatment provider InAct VOA is led by fear, no training, retaliation and sneaky supervisors who all lead to the sick upper Management that is sexist, discriminatory to women and down right toxic. Why the drug court is run through this awful organization is beyond me. The leadership lied about things he said to us, about our supervisor and took credit for work they did not do. Just a hostile, uncomfortable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership at InAct VOA is deceitful and the sickness spreads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Portland, Or Drug Courts Supervision is tyrantical, unorganized. Run, run, or you will regret it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Clinical Supervisor in Portland, OR

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clients are trying to get help in some, but not all, cases.

    Cons

    Upper Management are out of touch and in some cases so unorganized and argumentative it was stressful to be in same room. I found the treatment of some staff to be downright bullying. No training whatsoever leaves new employees struggling. In a court monitored system this is an embarressing travisty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the problem, good luck with that low pay and railroading of good employees. Portland, OR drug court leadership is bottom feeder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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