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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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Pros
  • Amazing company to work for great people (in 34 reviews)

  • Healthy work-life balance encourage (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • That is the trade off working for a non-profit charity (in 38 reviews)

  • You would expect better benefits at a nonprofit to compensate for the low pay (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Donation Truck"

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver in McHenry, IL
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in McHenry, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a very good cause, that has assisted many people throughout McHenry County. Most people are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    The truck is always at the lowest priority for maintenance with this organization. The president is indifferent to the operational functions of Habitat. Driving the truck was living with absolute chaos. I was never certain whether the truck would have a malfunction. I was driving on bald tires for four months, after I personally went out and received 3 quotes for replacements.

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate the people working for you.


  2. "Board of directors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Past employees made the store profitable and a place to shop

    Cons

    Bad guidence and judgement from board of directors

    Advice to Management

    Investigate there recent activity

  3. "Creative, independent thinkers... stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    Great mission but not always achieved.

    Cons

    Compartmentalized communications functions and not collaborative at all. If you think outside the box, keep those thoughts to yourself. Directives come from the VP of the department down.

    Creativity is not rewarded but frowned upon. If you speak up in meetings, your ideas are shot down. If you don't speak up, you are not contributing to the project or the department.

    Also if you are looking for work life balance, this is not the organization for you.


  4. "Ex Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a good place to get job experience but don't try to get a job afterwards.

    Cons

    If you have any kind of felony don't try to get a job here, because their insurance won't hire you

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to the people that want to get hired that volunteers at your store,


  5. "Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro to working for AHHFH was the people who would build the houses.

    Cons

    The Almost Heaven HFH organization is very greedy. They charge the families for items they do not even need or use. The former CEO took money from the company. AHHFH received items that were donated and then they sold those items and put the money in the CEO's pocket. They take land away from landowners if you back out before a build even starts. I could go on and on but I won't.

    Advice to Management

    SHUT THEM DOWN or hire people who are NOT CROOKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. "A Pity"

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    Former Employee - Laborer in Eagle, CO
    Former Employee - Laborer in Eagle, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    Met some nice volunteers, learned about items.

    Cons

    Lack of funding into the ReStore, ReStore employees were blamed for not meeting sales quotas that were made up. Rate of pay is deplorable. Not OSHA compliant

    Advice to Management

    Board needs to resign as well as upper management


  7. "Store manager"

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

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. Not a lot of expectations. Go at your own pace. Small group of employees.

    Cons

    Executive director had no clue at managing workforce. No room for advancement. Dead end job. Employee pool is small. Same mundane job day after day.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know human resources. Interact with employees. Close your mouth and listen to your employees. The main boss does not always have to have the upper word. Stop belittling staff. You are no better than they are.

  8. "Serving the community, just not it's employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Deep down people are there because they want to serve people. It is clear that many people in the development department do enjoy their job. It might be a good job for those who can plaster on a fake smiles and keep their head down.

    Cons

    In an effort to keep overhead as low as possible, staff suffer to a point of burnout. It is very bureaucratic; most of the time one is left waiting for signatures to get other signatures. The board dictates everything and there seems to be no feedback taken from any staff except for maybe the top few.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more. Support low-level employees. Stop gossiping and instead address the issue directly and cooperatively.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Relentlessly depressing and inefficient"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Admirable mission and some idealistic dedicated staff. Ample financial resources and brand recognition help Habitat NYC gain access to important resources and contacts.

    Cons

    These resources and contacts are squandered due to fear-based upper management who care more about image and glad-handing with politicians and corporations than honoring HabitatNYC's mission to deliver affordable homes to families in need. Staff members burn out quickly and families wait for disgracefully long periods. In the end it's demoralizing for all. Except perhaps for the senior staff who collect six-figure salaries, attend galas and peddle Habitat's brand.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to fully understand construction and development timelines in NYC and refocus on doing fewer projects and doing them well rather than waste resources and good will at the expense of families in need.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Feels Toxic, Unstable, and Poorly Managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Staff is top-notch in terms of capability and performance. Dedicated, professional, intelligent, and cosmopolitan people. Highly skilled and passionate in their respective roles.

    Family Partners and a few Board Members are truly inspirational. Interactions with these mission-driven folks constitute a major workplace highlight.

    Organizational mission is tangible, laudable, and demonstrable.

    Cons

    Staff is also seems fairly petty and defensive. Cliques abound. Small huddles of employees are observed on a weekly basis speaking to each other in hushed voices while cautiously looking over their shoulders. Conversation abruptly stops once others enter the room. Very unfriendly-feeling and secretive work environment.

    There is alternately too much crossover between management and staff (for example: unsolicited, intimate details of upper management and Board Member's personal lives are made readily available to bystanders by gossiping staff) and not enough interaction at all (departments often do not communicate, even when big projects are at stake).

    Staff turnover feels like it has become a major crisis. SEVEN employees have quit or been fired in the past seven months. Office rumor has it that these folks left on very bad terms, and some have told me that they remain bitter about the way they were treated (even many months past separation). Per my own experience and the stated experience of my co-workers, raises (promised by upper management at the time of hire) have been inexplicably denied to at least four employees over the past few years. Active rumors persist with regard to people being utterly excoriated --and possibly even "pushed out" of the organization for broaching the topic more than once.

    Micromanagement and top-down criticism of lower-level employees seems to be the norm these days. One co-worker recently told me that their stellar work "always" goes unnoticed, and they are also frequently blamed for upper management's mistakes. Behind closed doors, staff members tell each other they feel unappreciated. The overall feeling of gloom is palpable.

    From my perspective, long-term development and programmatic planning is non-existent. I have observed upper management to be myopically focused on short-term crisis resolution, thereby rendering sustainable growth impossible. Perhaps some secret plan exists to rectify the apparent budget problems and programmatic gaps. If this is the case, the plan is extremely well-hidden.

    My final considered opinion: I think that the future of this organization is very uncertain. I would not be surprised if the organization shut down completely in the next year.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries, and add in realistic plan for standard raises to retain talented staff. Restructure management duties so that individuals are not performing three or four jobs at once (this is untenable). Introduce organizational accountability, respect for employees, and protective legal measures by hiring a full time HR employee, staff attorney, and implementing a standard complaint review process. Implement checks and balances of power for upper management. Implement long-term growth strategy.


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