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"this experience was completly wonderfull"

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Current Employee - Construction Supervisor
Current Employee - Construction Supervisor
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Helping people help others in need

Cons

There really were not any really

Advice to Management

I have no advice for management

Other Employee Reviews for Habitat for Humanity

  1. Helpful (2)

    "The local financial director approached me with a job offer so I took it. Frustrated, I soon quit."

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    Former Employee - Carpenter/Supervisor/Volunteer in Steamboat Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Carpenter/Supervisor/Volunteer in Steamboat Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In some parts of the world they seem to be providing houses for folks who could not otherwise afford it. Some volunteers are probably learning some new skills along the way.

    Cons

    The low wages that are offered will not attract highly skilled people. When you combine that with completely unskilled volunteers and cheap or donated materials, this makes for a very poorly constructed house.

    Advice to Management

    Even the small chapters of Habitat for Humanity who only build one house at a time need to have a team of well paid professionals to manage projects and supervise volunteers.
    The small chapter I worked for was mainly staffed by volunteers and the few hired folks that were there were severely underpaid and overwhelmed with responsibility far beyond their capabilities.
    It will cost way less to pay a fair wage and hire a team of expert skilled people. This will enable you to properly supervise volunteers rather than waste materials and overwhelm an underpaid person to fix mistakes in a panic while racing to meet deadlines.
    But remember we are all human. Even the best of us will make mistakes and we shouldn't be made to feel like a fool for it.
    The sign of a good builder is how well you treat your workers, how well you manage mistakes and how efficient you are when things are going right, not how fast or cheap you say you can build it.
    Be suspicious of low bids. Always taking low bid is a crippling mistake. Be suspicious of those who undercut others just to get the job. Contractors who underbid will cut corners, push workers, create hazards, leave loose ends and make mistakes that will cost you more to fix in the long run.


  2. "Used People as tools, then discarded them"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meet interesting people at the store

    Cons

    Meet interesting felons from Dismas House

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue

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