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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated August 21, 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. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's not a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pensacola, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review has to do with the Pensacola affiliate. The staff are friendly and great to work with. They are professional and generally know what they are doing.

    Cons

    This review has to do with the Pensacola affiliate. Unless you are in upper management, your salary is low enough that you likely qualify for their program. Also, there is virtually zero accountability - as long as you don't question upper management, you are good to go.

    Advice to Management

    The board of directors need to take a thorough look at all aspects of the affiliate. Low morale and inattentive management make this an extremely frustrating place to work with high turnover.

  3. "Very profit minded"

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    Former Employee - Utility Clerk in Dickson, TN
    Former Employee - Utility Clerk in Dickson, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At least working at something I am good at

    Cons

    Manager has bad Customer interaction

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate more on customer satisfaction


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A VERY dysfunctional place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great non-profit with some really awesome employees

    Cons

    The have the WORST leadership ever

    Advice to Management

    Clean house starting at the Board level down to the Executive leadership


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Poor understanding of actual business world"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Mission and Purpose. A good idea when practiced properly.

    Cons

    People in charge of my affiliate simply were very under-qualified and unethical. Some people more interested in self-congratulation than in improving processes and moving forward.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified people with knowledge and experience of the area they are in charge of. Do not promote attitude of "being wonderful and doing good works." Promote actual work ethic and concentrate on improving the actual business of being a non-profit. Do not merely give lip-service to the mission but embody it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very disappointing first work experience out of college"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fascinating community (working with volunteers to women prisoners to drug and alcohol rehab volunteers).

    Cons

    As an AmeriCorps member, pay was horrendous. There's no worse feeling than putting your college degree to work for minimum wage. No matter what the experts say, underemployment is worse than unemployment.

    Physically draining, heavy workload, hostile manager.

    Advice to Management

    Try to brainstorm ways to utilize the full resources of your full-time staff, as well as full-time AmeriCorps members in a holistic way. If someone has a master's degree (as did one of my co-workers), try to find a more meaningful use of their time than caulking windows for 7 hours per day.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Aweful leadership with lack of vision and support of employees"

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

    Pros

    Great, friendly customers who care about reuse/recycling. Coworkers in my department were always hardworking. 10 day break between Christmas and NYE.

    Cons

    Discontent between ReStore employees and HFHSTL proper. ReStore employees get paid much less than others in the organization that work in the office often when they have the same skills and education as their counterparts.

    HFHSTL's mission is to help homeowners get homes with zero interest by "sweat equity". But in 2011 when the bank for HFHSTL forgave ALL of the late payments from homeowners, HFHSTL took the money, but continued to charge the homeowners late payments and fees on top of that. I couldn't stay there after that.

    Directors do not give reviews on time; you have to contsantly "remind" them in order to get one.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the caustic Director's who inhibit growth and potential of good employees. Give ReStore employees a higher salary to retain the good ones. The sales of the store more than pay for it while still contributing to HFH funds.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Questionable"

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

    Pros

    Helping families who are grateful

    Cons

    People pretending to be so spiritual

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified staff


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They build houses for families.

    Cons

    They consider everyone 'staff' but only the CEO makes any real money (approximately $56,000 per year). All other 'staff' gets paid a stipend. The CEO is hateful to everyone and she is very, very critical. She's a very fishy person. They don't really build houses for the people who need it. When someone can't pay they foreclose on them immediately. The CEO will be the downfall of this organization. They do not pay their bills. Sometimes their checks bounce.

    Advice to Management

    FIRE THE CEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Habitat For Humanity Restore"

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    Current Employee - ReStore Manager
    Current Employee - ReStore Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    Helping others
    Work life balance
    Community involvement

    Cons

    Salary
    Poor board of directors decisions
    Poor structure
    Not professional
    Disorganized


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