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Elevation Church Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "One of values that make Elevation Church so unique is the emphasis on unity" (in 12 reviews)

  • "My favorite part of working at Elevation is that we are family" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "We are fast paced and positioned for growth" (in 7 reviews)

  • "It's not about work/life balance" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Elevation Church part-time

    Pros

    A very positive work environment.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than similar occupations in other fields.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Culture of Unhealthy Lack of Boundaries"

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    Former Employee - Creative in Matthews, NC
    Former Employee - Creative in Matthews, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elevation Church full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Honestly - not a ton. Weekly all-staff meetings make you feel like you're a part of something big. On-site childcare (if they have the space). Easy and free on-site parking. Subsidized healthy snack machines. Stocked kitchens with high-end coffee makers.

    Cons

    Creative roles will work 50+ hours/week easily. Office hours are technically Monday-Thursday 8-5, but if you leave at 5:00pm you will be judged and your supervisor will mention it in a formal or informal review. The main reason for having to work such long hours is extremely poor time management. While each team might have a project manager, leadership and upper management demand world best quality work that requires a lot of time. Video teams will be in the office during the day, then go do video shoots at night when volunteer actors are available. Audio editors will spend all day working on projects, then often times have to spend the night in their studio making edits based on feedback they received at 4:30. Writers will only get 500 words done in a work day because of all the meetings they'll be required to attend, but then be penalized for not getting enough stuff accomplished in the 90 minutes of actual desk time they might have.

    Don't bother applying if you're LGBTQ+ - this is not an affirming church.

    If you're young and single, you're only real option for relationships is with other staff members which becomes incredibly complicated and dramatic most of the time. Leadership actively encourages staff members to cut out exterior relationships in order to maximize their time in the office and with their "church staff family".

    Don't let the loud music and cool outfits trick you - this is a fairly conservative organization. Their culture of "being known for what we are for" translates to not taking a stance on what many young people find important - women's rights, LGBTQ rights, rights for DACA recipients and other social justice issues. They choose to stick to "uncontroversial" issues like soup kitchens, tutors, disaster relief (all good things, but could do more).

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people to end the harmful "available 24/7" culture of your staff or reduce the amount of product you're attempting to make. Allow staff members to create healthy boundaries for themselves and their families without penalizing them.

    Clarify organization stances on public issues so that you don't deceive workers and volunteers.

  3. "Guest Experience Director"

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

    I worked at Elevation Church full-time

    Pros

    You are constantly being developed as a leader.

    Cons

    I really dont have anything bad to say


  4. "Overall Great Place"

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

    I worked at Elevation Church full-time

    Pros

    Rewarding.
    Great coworkers.
    Millennial friendly.
    Learning potential.

    Cons

    Long hours at times.
    Involves most weekends but this is a church so makes sense.
    Fast paced. Very fast.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Lead Pastor"

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    Current Employee - Lead Pastor in Ballentine, SC
    Current Employee - Lead Pastor in Ballentine, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Elevation Church full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to be.

    Cons

    Criticism is hard to find.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Loved working here. Great people!

    Cons

    There weren't any cons really.


  7. Helpful (17)

    "illusion of love"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Elevation Church full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment for some, most of the team feels like family.

    Cons

    The hierarchy of the organization promotes very unhealthy leaders, making this organization feel like a dictatorship. There is no value put on the hard work of the employees. There are two sides to working there, the church side and the business side. The church side will guilt you into working hard while the business side will run you to the ground with no scrupules.

    Advice to Management

    Love your people, and don't try to be like your pastor.

  8. Helpful (18)

    "Competent and friendly coworkers with selfish, haughty upper management"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Designer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Elevation Church full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Modern equipment and ample resources. Some very talented people working behind the scenes. A lot of people seem to get personal fulfillment and meaning from participating.

    Cons

    A very superficial, self-involved culture. The church doesn't just pay bottom-tier low salaries, but they are downright PROUD of it. They capitalize on people's dedication. There's almost a caste system of importance, where upper management is coddled by expendable lower employees. This employer knows no boundaries and expects access to every part of their worker's personal lives. You will work horrible hours without a moment's notice, and you will be expected to make the job your number one and only priority in life. The pastor's wife once told us not to be friends with anyone outside the church, so good luck changing the world with that navel-gazing. I learned useful skills here, but be warned that having a church on your resume may not look impressive to some.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees to create boundaries and have private lives. Ask yourselves why secular companies consistently treat your former employees so much better - we sometimes joke about how we should form our own secret club. Don't just write off all the recent departures, they were for a reason; it's hard to notice glaring problems within your culture when you have already declared it to be perfect. Don't assume you have the right to push your employees until they break.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Elevation Church Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Elevation Church full-time

    Pros

    It was very good experience.

    Cons

    Way too many to list

    Advice to Management

    Go study how to effectively lead the people you're trusted with


  10. "Elevation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    learn a lot about the back end of a non-profit

    Cons

    it's not what you expect going into it