Wounded Warrior Project

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Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Rewarding work, not for the lazy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wounded Warrior Project

    Pros

    Opportunity to truly make a difference for post-911 veterans. Huge range of services to refer to both inside and outside the organization. Passionate teammates push each other to give their best everyday. Pay is fair-ish, benefits are outstanding. Collaboration is encouraged both within and without the organization. There's always something good to say about every day at work, even if you might have to think a bit. Professional growth and continued education are important to the organization even though promotions are difficult to earn. Day to day work is in a business casual atmosphere and technology is up to date.

    Cons

    You WILL burn out , but you are going to burn out doing what you are passionate about. ( if you're not passionate about serving veterans, you won't last. There's no other reason to be at Wounded Warrior Project.) If you have a family, they are going to take a hit.
    It's often very difficult to get clarity on what's real and what's not real when it comes to rules about doing business. Technically, there are no rules, but we all know that's not really true. Asking for clarity is sometimes like trying to get the mad-hatter to give you a straight answer.
    Middle management keeps the view of the top very opaque. Leadership seems warm and friendly and genuine and willing to provide clear communication when they are in the room, but as soon as they walk out, middle management implies that you shouldn't listen to them and then confusion sets right back in.--this is actually every organization ever, isn't it?
    The career path is not easily identified. Every week an email with new positions goes out with something to the effect of " in order to promote from within" but it's very difficult to get a promotion as it will often require you to move to a new city and they prefer to hire locals to the city. ( makes sense, actually, but does have a negative impact on promoting from within.) Pay bands are very confusing. If you are a manager you don't get pay raises unless your job description changes, but the job description never changes. Duties and expectations for all employees change often, but descriptions are not updated.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Any Regional Director or below

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

    I have been working at Wounded Warrior Project full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The mission is great. At the "troop" level, you get to do a lot of things and have the freedom (sort of) to get the job done. There is a lot of autonomy, but it comes at a price. The people I work with are some of the hardest working people I have ever met.

    Cons

    There is the constant fear that at any moment you're about to be fired. Those at the top haven't worked at the ground level as it is today and the feeling is that they think we are all a bunch of idiots. There are no policies or guidelines on purpose so you are not restricted in your decision making and your ability to empower warriors, but as the company grows, the procedures keep getting changed and modified. What was okay yesterday, is not today and you may or may not be aware of it. You "step in it" all the time. There are employee departures every week. You work long, long hours and travel all the time. The travel cannot be over estimated. The toll it takes on every other aspect of your life is huge. It would be a great job if you didn't always feel the hammer was about to fall on you. Accountability is one thing, but micromanaging is the norm and I don't understand that when everyone is so busy at all levels. You are told they encourage push back, they welcome feedback. This has gotten many people fired. They've also gone to an HR model that does not allow for managers to get raises unless the scope of the job changes. Subordinates will eventually out earn the managers. How can a job be so satisfying and so miserable at the same time?

    Advice to Management

    If you try to give advice, you will most likely be fired. The feeling on the bottom is that the top is too narcissistic and ego driven to listen to what any of us has to say. If you voice a concern you will become a target. If management puts this much trust in their employees and makes them go through such a stringent hiring process, give them credit for having a brain and doing their jobs without making them feel like they are bad children who need reprimanding all the time. The Culture of Discipline IS the Culture of Fear, yet you keep denying this exists. Trust your people. Listen to them. Don't be so quick to judge them. Those at the bottom are at the mercy of those above them. If they're on someone's bad side, look out. You have lost, and are going to lose, many, many good people and it's a real shame.


  3. Great mission, horrible leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warriors to Work Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Warriors to Work Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Wounded Warrior Project (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great mission leaves you with a sense of accomplishment on your way home everyday.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible. Egos at the EVP level and below make your life unbearable at times. WWP prided themselves on company culture but the fact of the matter is that they try so hard that it has an adverse effect. There is zero transparency and you live in constant fear of losing your position. Just ask management, they will be the first to let you know the amount of applications for your position at any given moment.


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  5. coordinator

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

    I have been working at Wounded Warrior Project full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    ability to help veterans, benefits

    Cons

    Basically, you can take all of the previous negative reviews and copy/paste them here. Good luck with being able to promote or implement your own innovative ideas--they will only be shut down before you get the chance to present them to anyone beyond your direct supervisor. Speaking of supervisors, most of them are inept and don't have to be accountable for unacceptable behavior. Bullying, retaliation, ignorance are just a few of the behaviors that you can expect to be subject to as an employee here. HR will NOT help you out--the decision making process for resolutions to conflict with management is left in the hands of the directors who collaborate with the managers to push you out if you don't conform to their demands.

    Advice to Management

    Get a psych eval regularly! They employ wounded veterans and literally, you would think an organization would consider that when employing people with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.
    Stop "eating your young," and using the term "cultural fit" when all you honor is those who do as you request without question, and if they don't you either have them dismissed or make them resign under stressful circumstances.


  6. Excellent place to work if you care about helping veterans

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

    I worked at Wounded Warrior Project full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone works together for one mission. Doesn't matter what team you're on. You can reach out and ask for help. WWP is also very forward-facing and innovative in its approach to growth.

    Cons

    Directors and above need to take more time to listen to employees' problems.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to your employees. If it seems like there is a problem, ask why this is happening instead of shutting someone out.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Coordinator

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

    I worked at Wounded Warrior Project

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and pay, free WWP gear, lots of events, good culture

    Cons

    poor leadership, micromanaging, lack of regard for team members professional and personal development

    Advice to Management

    Care about the team you are in charge of. Everything else will fall into place.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Resource Development

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

    I worked at Wounded Warrior Project

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits available.

    Cons

    What else is there to say most of the recently posted reviews say it all. You are told they do not micro-manage and that you have "the D" or the ability to make your own decisions. Neither of these are true, not only do they analyze your every move you can not make decisions on your own and if you do you receive grief over it. Their only rule is "don't be an idiot" Seriously? Is that how you run a real organization?

    Upper management uses the foulest of language in open meetings, your talent and experience means nothing unless you are "yes man". Do not ask questions and do not respectfully disagree. Those who do just disappear. They are swiftly terminated because they are no longer a culture fit. There is no chance to problem solve or communicate concerns, you are fired.

    I am completely disillusioned with this organization internal workings. It's a real shame given the mission. Bottom line be one of the "cool kids" or do not bother, you will be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Try listening to your employees, put into place a conflict resolution process for staff, eliminate the over populated "management track" Do what you say you are going to do, like listen to and value each persons contribution. Stop taking the word of a select few as truth and look closer. You have lost a great deal of GREAT teammates in the last 6 months.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fast-paced environment and full of opportunity to stretch oneself professionally.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Wounded Warrior Project full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Office culture among peers is great. Compensation is competitive and benefits are unparalleled, especially when raising a family.

    Cons

    Very fast-paced environment, leads to stress and burnout. Opportunity to advance is slow and sometimes difficult to see.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure expectations of job requirements are clearly communicated prior to hiring a new employee.


  10. Helpful (2)

    former staff

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

    I worked at Wounded Warrior Project full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive pay, free swag.

    Cons

    If someone in leadership doesn't like you, your doomed regardless of anything you've done.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership should all be replaced.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Alumni Coordinator

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

    I worked at Wounded Warrior Project

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Huge amount of money saved personally because the organization pays for everything when traveling for work, just increase your travel and you spend less of your own money.

    Cons

    Do NOT rock the boat or bus as they call it. If you disagree with how something is done they will axe you without warning.



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