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BGEA Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Talking about a place where many wonderful people are employed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get blessed with a great devotion every morning. It is like going to church before starting work!

    Cons

    Non-profit, so the pay is not always good.


  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BGEA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Aligns with my faith and beliefs. Coworkers are like genuine family.

    Cons

    Initially it is hard at times to get a call back when applying for job openings.

  3. "My Personal Review Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Webmaster in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Webmaster in Charlotte, NC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Christian environment, rewarding to pray and help others.

    Cons

    Stressful at times. Response room workers were not allowed to attend morning devotions. Part-time workers often worked full-time hours but were not eligible for benefits. Franklin Graham gave all the full-time workers bibles, but part-time workers received nothing. Billy Graham was kind and charming. When he came to visit once, it took time to reach out to shake my hand, even though he was on a walker. His photographer took pictures and I receive copies. The highlight of my time working there.

    Advice to Management

    I haven't worked there for a while, but If things have remained the same as before and response workers still are not allowed to attend morning devotions, consider creating a rotating schedule to allow those that have to minister and pray for people to occasionally have an opportunity to attend prayer in the morning.

    Many response workers also worked Christmas, New Year's Eve, Thanksgiving, Easter, and most family holidays. I often missed church because of my work schedule. That was kind of ironic.

    If Franklin Graham wants to give out gifts to the full-time workers, do it is such a way that doesn't make part-time workers feel left out.


  4. "Family Business - Pure Favoritism"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BGEA part-time

    Pros

    A great place to work, most people are treated fairly. Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    One of the BIGGEST cons about working at BGEA was that it is technically a 'family' owned business. Many individuals seeking full-time status are turned away and are told they are not available. Process of getting a full-time status can be very difficult, as well as HR department being hard and long-winded to deal with. Managers must thoroughly explain the need for an individual seeking full-time status, or they may not even be approved for a full-time status. I have also seen people who are close to F. Graham or the elite chief of staff get a full-time position that was specifically created for them, and not available to anyone else. Many employees were treated unfairly by the Graham children themselves, and a few unnamed people love to think they own the place and are very rude. You would expect more from a 'Christian' organization.

    Advice to Management

    Favoritism is not ethical in any workplace and should not be tolerated. Listen to lower-leveled employees who actually have something to do with decisions you are making.


  5. "Administrative Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BGEA part-time

    Pros

    Incredible place to work alongside incredible people. Tremendous respect and work ethic. Everyone is on the same team and does their best to contribute and benefit one another.

    Cons

    Limited number of full-time positions.

    Advice to Management

    None-- I think they do a great job already.


  6. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BGEA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Christian based non-profit organization that allows each employee to feel part of the team and the importance and value of every employee.

    Cons

    The dynamics of event driven work makes for uneven work flow which can result in added stress to accomplish everything that is expected.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value staff; have wisdom in making decisions that affect all; and continue to expand your borders to increase and expand the purpose of the organization and remain true to the mission.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have great benefits and there are some great people there if you can find them. They also have an in-house dining area filled with great food, so you don't have to worry about going out at lunch.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the length of time you have worked there means if you will be listened to. Being one of the few younger people in the building (under 30), I often was treated like a child. The standards that they hold a newer/younger person to are much higher to the standard of someone who has been there for a longer time. If I had anything to say about ways to connect with people, my ideas were never truly considered due to them not going with the tradition of the company. Because my personality didn't fit with some of the people in my department, they made up stories to take to management about me in hopes to get me fired or to leave. Finally, there was no where to move up to the next level in my position.

    Advice to Management

    Work to treat everyone equally and listen to all ideas. Don't assume that the younger they are the less they know or that everything people bring to you is true.

  8. "Great staff"

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    Former Employee - Line Attendant in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Line Attendant in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BGEA part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love the staff here, the ladies in the dining room are great and the manager over the dining room is absolutely fabulous!

    Cons

    High stress in kitchen settings sometimes. But that's to be expected in any kitchen setting.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Christian Response Rep"

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    Former Employee - Christian Response Representative and Webmaster in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Christian Response Representative and Webmaster in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BGEA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great work environment, encouraging gospel-centered work, prayer, and family values. I worked with some great people too. The cafeteria was also an amazing blessing.

    Cons

    The upper-level leadership was seemingly unreachable. There was an odd "us & them" mentality. The CEO's controversial public statements often put employees in tough situations. There were few young people working in the organization. Tradition often triumphed creativity and ingenuity. Problems were rarely solved.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your lower level employees. Listen to what they have to say. Actually express interest in how your employees feel about the direction of the organization. You may be surprised by how many of the employees are cynical about the current direction.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BGEA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's amazing to work for a company that continuously does the Lord's work. I have been here for less than 4 months but it has been amazing.

    Cons

    Unfortunately cannot move into a full time position.

    Advice to Management

    Try to offer more full time positions.


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