World Vision Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Richard Stearns
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Pros
  • They are making a difference in the lives of families in many countries by delivering results on their promises and commitments (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance is fairly good (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Below market salaries for similar jobs in the for-profit world, but better than average for a non-profit (in 6 reviews)

  • Very few opportunities to advance past the call center (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Field work is amazing!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Vision

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

    Pros

    Best field work and measurable impact

    Cons

    Lack of Clear direction in a changing marketplace. Sponsorship is an aging project not right for all donor profiles.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great global mission; US leadership challenging

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Federal Way, WA

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best in class community development work in 97 countries; a mission you can be proud of working to support and advance. Very supportive of appropriate work/life balance.

    Cons

    Leadership in the US office has lost their mojo; little culture of innovation, little investment in staff development, declining revenues have created a "bunker mentality" causing many of the most talented staff to depart.

    Advice to Management

    Need to restore a grand vision to attract talented people, trust the staff to innovate, provide clear, compelling and focused strategic objectives for everyone to rally behind.


  3. New season

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Specialist in Fife, WA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Specialist in Fife, WA

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people I work with are real and love God.

    Cons

    No over time pay available.

    Advice to Management

    Keep training often.


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  5. Sincere and strategic followers of Christ

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission and vision of the organization are based on sound beliefs carried out by thousands of dedicated staff. It is a privilege to work with these people and see the amazing things they accomplish to improve the well-being of girls and boys.

    Cons

    At times there is a disconnect among support offices and people conducting work in the field. Priorities, objectives, and goals may be interpreted from different perspectives. However, the overarching goal to serve people as Christ has called us to do is evident in the hearts and hardworking of staff worldwide.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value staff and the experience they bring to the work. Success comes through God's blessings and committed people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Federal Way, WA

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing humanitarian org. Helping save live

    Cons

    Nonprofit and not keeping up with salary trends


  7. Helpful (6)

    In a bubble

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at World Vision full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The notion that you just might be doing Kingdom work. It was great to be able to get up each day and say "God, thank you for the chance to work here. Guide my work. Help me to do your will, not mine." Starting meetings with prayer was nice. Very few curse words were heard outside of certain departments (the internet had some sailors).

    Free parking!

    Cons

    But then you get into the office and the politics and backstabbing and committee process ground everything to a halt. It is not a place for innovation, growth or forward thinking. It is a bunch of small warring fiefdoms trying to protect their own donor base against competing goals by grown-ups who act like children, many who have no real world business experience or who have failed so miserably in the business world that they've sought the comfort of a place where any mistake can be covered over with a plea for "grace" and an unkind word dismissed as "not being Christian" - unless you're line management or below, then expect all kinds of abuse from your supervisors.

    This is not a positive working environment and everything is cut so far to the bone that the challenge to "do more with less" is really impossible. Work-life balance existed, but there was talk of expectation by supervisors higher up that if people weren't working 50, 60 hours that they weren't really putting in a diligent effort.

    Sponsorships fell off a cliff since March Madness, they lost several big artists and churches who worked towards their goal, their retail partners have massively under-delivered and they were hit again at the end of the year when all of that single-gift revenue from non-Christians who previously supported WV didn't show up.

    Oh, and they accidentally left a bunch of donor information in a file in an insecure directory on their website and who knows if that was stolen (and blamed it on a contractor). So, yes, that's what that confusing email a month or two ago was about, informing you without you realizing what was going on.

    Run, run away from World Vision. It's a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    "March Madness" as the mistake is known internally, was a colossal failure that proved no one in management at the organization has any clue about modern business, culture or marketing. The decision was made in secret and then only shared with select employees above a certain level on the org chart (line managers and rank and file learned like everyone else on that fateful morning). The problem wasn't the decision, the problem was the arrogance that said they didn't need to involve their staff, partners or supporters - if not in the decision, then at least in understanding the decision.

    Regardless of what you think about the decision (or the decision to retreat), this was a marketing failure, not a business decision failure. They did not understand the power of media, they did not own the story, they weren't prepared to defend the story. And in the end, they let everyone else dictate the story and a lot of people spoke with their wallets, to the detriment of innocent children.

    The fact that the same leadership is still in place just proves crazy people are running the asylum. The fact that Rich Stearns is still at the helm is clearly a matter of stubborn pride, or perhaps the captain stoicly going down with the ship.

    It's a tragedy that will be discussed in business classes, which is ironic considering Rich Stearns regularly and proudly proclaimed to have never read a business book.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Needs a good clean out out the top

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

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the department, generally very flexible work environment
    Free parking
    Global reach
    Regularly promote from within

    Cons

    Rampant travel to conferences and other regional junkets
    Exec. leadership comprised mostly from private sector without a development background
    After the March 2014 incident no one was fired. Although sponsorship dropped off a cliff - none of the exec. team lead by example by taking pay cuts.
    Roles invented for senior those who have been with the org for a long time who want a change
    Not a friendly working environment for progressive Christians
    Very little evidence that the development models work


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great coworkers & setting; extremely flexible work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Monrovia, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Monrovia, CA

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A great collaborative and relaxed office setting. Yet people still work hard because of their passion for the work.

    Cons

    No glaring cons. Generally a very enjoyable place to work. And a great new office building. It can be hard to move up in the company though. Expect more lateral moves.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to promote from within - the people you've already invested in. Succession planning makes for happy employees.


  10. It is very great place to work. Very decent office environment, no rush. Very good communication and innovative.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I worked at World Vision

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

    Pros

    It is like a Ministry of Christ work environment. I worked for 05 years and ability to work anywhere at world vision. They were take care everything for people needs. Very good baseline assessment and very good plan management.

    Cons

    Worked on Program sector at the sponsorship program

    Advice to Management

    If the Management/HR of World Vision may concern the former employees if they show interest to work again even they were worked at another countries WV. depend on there experience. I always feel bad about the career opportunity at World Vision US. I am checking every 02-3 hours of my day time on the WV career site from last 04 years.still looking .....


  11. Fabulous organization to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great purpose and value, benefits, office culture, they truly care.

    Cons

    Communication could be better from the top down, although it appears they are changing that.



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