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Chicago Housing Authority Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  1. "Procurement Associate Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Procurement Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Housing Authority (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great managerial staff who help you.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Try to implement a training team


  2. "Procurement Specalist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Housing Authority (More than a year)

    Pros

    This was a great place to work and room for advancement existed.

    Cons

    The work load was never distributed properly with less then appropriate understanding by senior members..

    Advice to Management

    Keep listen to your employees.


  3. "Director of Compliance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Compliance in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director of Compliance in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Housing Authority (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supporting work environment for all levels of employees.

    Cons

    Politics may play a increasing role in decision making.


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  5. "Great mission, hard working staff but politically poluted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Housing Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mission for community motivated professionals. Lots of opportunity to impact the lives of families and change the face of Chicago. Some really caring staff.

    Cons

    High turnover at senior management level. Some really good ones but sometimes they will bring in pit bulls. Decisions are often motivated by media perception or politics.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment of trust among staff and residents.


  6. "intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Housing Authority (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You able to independently work, friendly environment, and great learning experience

    Cons

    Many of the workers complained about pay.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "CHA only Promotes if you know the right person"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Housing Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good insurance, dental can better, good holidays off, CEO-GENE JONES is the best I have seen so far. He doesn't seem like he will take BS from anyone not even RAHM. He has done some great little things that meant a lot like leaving early before a holiday, or giving entire day such as xmas eve. Finally someone came into town as the Sherriff and not a pushover like the other CEOS that were afraid of Rahm.

    Cons

    No promotion, growth within the company, no raise in years, until last year it was 2% and only because RAHM was running for mayor. You only get promoted if you're in the right "CLICK and have a title change then get a $$$. CHA does not value current employees or gives opportunity to learn new skills. Instead CHA will hire and outsider and pay them more $$$ and train them instead. Not enough diversity within CHA, if you're with the right "CLICK" you may get a chance to move up. Long day, no option of taking 1/2 lunch to have shorter day. There are many upper managers that do not greet with a common courtesy of "good morning". There are directors making over $95K and are not doing much except filling a position for being a minority.

    Advice to Management

    Value your current employees, take the time to speak to them and even say "good job" something as minor as that. Notice that company morale is at all time low, promote from within recognize the potential of current employees. Have transparency, why don't managers or director's allow staff to view their calendar ???? Especially if you are reporting directly to them. It's so easy to say "if you're not happy find another job" really that is not what staff wants to hear, have you seen the job market. Does CHA know the struggles of employees, such as losing their home with the mortgage crisis, or filing bankruptcy living check to check. CHA not understanding many of the employees are parents and or single households.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Housing Authority part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome way to learn all around.Great way to gain experience and meet awesome people in different departments. Excellent work environment.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say about this work place. Its awesome and I learned a lot. Other than the pay I couldn't have asked or a better job at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Management is awesome. They have huge incentives for their employees. They are very understanding and drive employees all the time.


  9. "Project Executive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Housing Authority (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lax management and tolerance for missed deadlines. Helping serve the needy. No accountability for lack of results.

    Cons

    Entrenched worker base that is happy with the stays quo. Many people only do the minimum required. No management support to truly make change happen. If you are not connected politically or socially you will never advance or survive

    Advice to Management

    Run the Authority as a business. Fire the lazy Director level and above who resist real change. Hold people accountable for results.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CHA is not a place to learn or grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Housing Authority full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close to transportation. Recognize most holidays with paid time off.

    Cons

    Long term government employees with no formal training. Outdated internal infrastructure. Sr. Management and Executive Staff needs communication and interpersonal skills training.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff with respect, provide leadership and opportunity for advancement. Give employees raises and not just to Executive staff.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "CVR was the worst experience i ever experienced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Housing Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Housing Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Housing Authority full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great trainer
    office space was adaquate
    hours were reasonable

    Cons

    Low pay, very unprofessional in management, rules changed every day, if you didn't kiss butt you didnt make, too much work for one person, shady practices and can do whatever they wanted to you whenever they wanted,and alot of cliques.

    Advice to Management

    Get your life!!!!


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