Volunteers of America

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Volunteers of America Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
109 Reviews

3.0
109 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Teaching adults for 6 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Opportunity to teach and work with awesome students

    Cons

    no benefits provided for long-term part-time teachers

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Tremendous Opportunity

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

    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
  3.  

    Great atmosphere and coworkers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Sacramento, CA

    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
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  5.  

    non-profit company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the job is flexible at times

    Cons

    The pay is not very good.

  6.  

    NAR

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NAR  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - NAR in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Got the shift I desired right when I started. Gentle on attendance.

    Cons

    Management yanks you around this way and that. Change your holidays to work without telling you, even after you've taken vacation around them. It's communism, all the aides get the same pay based on time not on performance. So for those that work hard, why bother, when someone slacking off tremendously gets the same pay as you. Oh and the nurse manager blames them slacking on you! HR doesn't stand up for you. When you file against someone harassing you. It goes no where's. And if your the right race, you can get away with anything and get everything you want. Just crazy there! Desperately looking to get out soon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open minded. Look at both sides of the situation. And don't favor based on race!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity for entry level experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easily gain entry level experience

    Cons

    Lack of organization. Lack of employee support. Corporate minded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and communicate with your good employees.

  8.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional II  in  Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Direct Support Professional II in Manassas, VA

    Pros

    I really enjoy working for this company. They promote from within and coming from retail this field is extremely laid back. You dont have to worry about being micromanaged and if you do your job the only time management really pushes you is when its licensing time. Other than that the company is great. If you are knew to this field it is a great company to start and branch off to higher paying organizations if you dont decide to stay.

    Cons

    Pay, many companies pay more and have better benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No really advice to management other than maybe they should look into increasing the base pay for DSPs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a good starting point

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company community philosophy, programs offered, good place to get a career start, many different areas of services, decent health care. Pay is OK for not-for-profits, and good for starting out.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other not-for-profits, and shockingly lower than for-profits. There are very few pay increases, even for cost-of-living, and little room for advancement. Benefits could be better as well. PTO/Vacation/Sick benefits are dreadful. Even after a few years of service, they still do not compare to others. Senior management is good, but I can understand how people would not like corporate level executives. At first they appear as difficult to work with, very hierarchical, a little controlling, and not overly open to change. That perception has changed a little, but it's still there. I think the company is also too focused on being uniform across the organization, and do not fully understand there are inevitable differences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand differences in your services, and what those mean for creating benefits, salaries, policies and positions specific to each service area, not as you would like for the entire organization. Understand how to better increase moral through benefits like better PTO, if pay increases cannot happen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Lead  in  Brunswick, OH
    Former Employee - Crew Lead in Brunswick, OH

    Pros

    They promote from within, based on performance.

    Cons

    They are very structured and adhere to strict rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are very structured and adhere to strict rules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Celebrate diversity and caring for those left behind

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Housing Case Manager  in  Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Housing Case Manager in Spokane, WA

    Pros

    Leadership, creative, caring, outreach, core mission was shown through daily support of supervisors

    Cons

    little room for advancement; no over time pay; budget cuts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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