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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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  • non profit there's not room permanent employment (in 36 reviews)

  • You would expect better benefits at a nonprofit to compensate for the low pay (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great mission but muddy leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has a great mission - building homes for low-income families. It motivates people to participate and feels good when you get results.

    Cons

    Like many non-profits, there is not enough bandwidth to get the job done. People are underpaid but accept the work because of the mission. Leadership provides little in the way of getting employees to work outside their cubicle, so too many silos are created.

    Advice to Management

    Get everyone interacting more actively and provide a clearer vision of how a unified organization can accomplish even greater things. Also, pay your staff what they are worth.


  2. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun culture, fun people, they care about the mission

    Cons

    Executive leadership is a mess. It is a revolving door with people leaving almost on a weekly basis. There's no control over who's doing what and no clear direction. One week it's this, the next week it's something else. It's too big and needs to have a smaller workforce.

    Advice to Management

    It grew way too fast and now it's starting to show. They're trying to do too many things at once. Focus on the mission again which is building affordable homes for people who want one. There's no need to add multiple things to the organization.


  3. "A Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm paid decently and have great coworkers.

    Cons

    Rampant favoritism/nepotism throughout this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training managers/supervisors throughout the organization; especially the retail operations, which are often overlooked. Provide feedback about performance throughout the year, and not just at the yearly review.


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  5. "Worked at the local affiliate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved my coworkers, great benefits- days off, gym reimbursement, employer match retirement, even a happiness committee, some people really liked their jobs

    Cons

    Managers were all stressed out, plans always seemed to be disrupted and changed, horrible office configuration made it hard to concentrate


  6. "Good starter job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great place to get your start in affordable housing!

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Multiple, sometimes conflicting organizational cultures.


  7. "Affiliate CEO"

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

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding, great team, fun, diverse

    Cons

    Local competition, many responsibilities and lots of energy required


  8. "Volunteer"

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

    Pros

    Easy and rewarding volunteer work in the community

    Cons

    Many criminals volunteering for community service requirements


  9. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    Gain a lot of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Not a lot of training involved.


  10. "Great mission and values. Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    I loved everything about the mission of Habitat for Humanity. It is a great organization working to improve the lives of the local community. My co-workers were mostly great to work with and there was excellent camaraderie among most of the staff.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of confusion about power within the organization and lack of overall structure. Higher management struggled to maintain professional/personal boundaries and often would not enforce hierarchy and reassign roles when there was conflict rather than facilitating conversations and mediating conflict.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I would give management would be to step up and manage people.


  11. "Outstanding Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to work in your own space yet still be a real piece of the team Twin Cities Habitat fir Humanity is the real deal.

    Cons

    Nothing that I would be bothered with. It is super easy going.

    Advice to Management

    Great moral support and incentives.



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