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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated February 20, 2018
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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  • As a non-profit expect lower end compensation (in 44 reviews)

  • A Board of Directors - Out of Touch (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Scheduler/ Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Atmosphere, good schedule, great benefits.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities , they failed to develop people skills.

    Advice to Management

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  2. "So today was interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You are helping the community, and can see the results locally. Can't say that forany other charities.

    Cons

    Management is not being held accountable for their actions, and does not listen to the workers suggestions.

    Advice to Management

    So the executive director just told employees they need to shut up and load stuff. Maybe it was even a little more explicit than that. You need to simmer down, and look at the big picture. A charity is supposed to be transparent. If a customer asks a question, it looks horrible to play stupid. I don't play stupid. So here is your review.

  3. "Donations Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time

    Pros

    - Loved talking to donors everyday
    - Working for a great cause
    - Comfortable environment

    Cons

    -It was understaffed (as most nonprofits)


  4. "Not the best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Former Store Manager in Martinsville, IN
    Former Employee - Former Store Manager in Martinsville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start out , customers were awesome

    Cons

    low pay, no benefits,no say so in how the store you manage is run,

    Advice to Management

    Executive directors need to stay out of the store business and let management run the stores as they see fit.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing employees...and..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    The culture at Habitat is incredibly relaxed with a strong family vibe between employees. Employees will often spend time together outside of work, go out to lunch, and trust each other. Working for a non-profit is an amazing experience. People are very willing to jump in where needed and handle problems as a team. We all help each other out. It's a really powerful experience to be able to call upon team members from other departments for crazy tasks that pop up every now and then. The volunteers (and AmeriCorps) make the program possible and are truly amazing individuals.

    Cons

    There are a few challenges I would like to address. I personally believe that management needs to communicate their executive strategy, budgets, and general priorities to staff much better than they are currently. Staff are often left "high and dry" finding out about priorities or changes at the last minute to major decisions. While our staff are exceedingly good at solving these problems, it often feels like management doesn't really understand some of the day-to-day implications of last minute decisions. The management at Habitat also does not have a very robust staff appreciation model. While it is normal for a nonprofit to often take staff time for granted, I feel that staff at Habitat feel slighted by management and very under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to listen to the day-to-day operations of your organization. Get out in the field. Meet with your staff more regularly. Communicate the issues of the organization to staff, and plan for decisions that will affect the staff. Appreciate your employees and take time to understand the work they are doing. Maybe meet them for coffee? Get to know them.


  6. "Store Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time

    Pros

    Fast paced and fun working environment.

    Cons

    You must understand that this job can get more physical since furniture and appliances are moved taken in too.


  7. "Volunteering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time

    Pros

    Great if you enjoy manual labor.

    Cons

    Is not ideal if you don't like manual labor.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "ReStore Volunteer Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, People, Rewarding, challenging and opportunity for community engagement.

    Cons

    Instability in leadership, HR, lack of regular reviews and merit increases, pay

    Advice to Management

    Work on appreciating your biggest assets and investments, Employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "AmeriCorps"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The non profit does amazing work for the clients. The staff are extremely knowledgeable, fair and empathetic people.

    Cons

    Although the clients are POC and immigrants, the board of directors who has the final say on all decisions are white, rich, cis, men.

    Advice to Management

    It would be awesome to see more POC, women, and immigrants in managerial roles or on the board.


  10. "Unreliable pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great way to help struggling families by providing affordable housing. Working with volunteers keeps things fresh and exciting.

    Cons

    Most of the staff at this affiliate does the bare minimum or less. With a couple dozen people on staff (only 2 of us on site), we should have been building more than 6 homes a year. Unfortunately things were so inefficient. The wrong people were being hired, those people were in no danger of being fired, people didn't know their duties or how to do them, etc. Hopefully some of the remaining young people on staff can turn it around.

    A slow construction program meant that we site supervisors weren't getting enough contracts and, therefore, not enough pay.


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