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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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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. "A Mixed Bag"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "staff member"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staffing in Vienna, WV
    Former Employee - Staffing in Vienna, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Its a very rewarding and feel good job

    Cons

    At times the labor can be intensive

    Advice to Management

    Keep up their good work and keep building

  3. "It could have been so much better..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    It is great to be in a job where the mission is to help other people
    Several friendly colleagues to work with

    Cons

    Little diversity in the top management ranks
    The pay gap for leadership versus everyday workers is totally out of whack
    Revolving door: too many layoffs and firings of hard working people for a small organization


  4. "Assistant mgr"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing company to work for great people

    Cons

    Didn't like working the weekend at the time

    Advice to Management

    Amazing company


  5. "Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very easy to work with
    Happy to have helping hands

    Cons

    The work is taxing but rewarding.


  6. "Every Habitat Affiliate Is Different"

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    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People need to remember that each review from Habitat employees references different affiliates and each affiliate organization is very different because they are all independently managed by different EDs and a different board. With that being said the pros and cons can be different from affiliate to affiliate and culture could be different as well. I love working for Habitat, I don't love working for my boss. Seems that is true for many affiliates, because in most Habitat orgs, the ED is your HR person - making it easy for them to abuse power.
    Pros:
    - Most of the people who work at Habitat are awesome
    - It's very rewarding work and the families you meet are great
    - Great experience for younger employees because there's so much to do, you get to do more of a variety of things, which I don't think you would at many other workplaces

    Cons

    - No raises, everyone's pay is the same
    - There are benefits, but they aren't great, just standard. You would expect better benefits at a nonprofit to compensate for the low pay
    - Senior employees are paid the same as junior employees and it's not a great salary, wouldn't recommend to anyone with lot's of experience
    - ED (at my specific affiliate) is a jerk and he's lazy, he hires all these people to do things and just barks orders. He sits around and does nothing all day.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the ED. Invest in a board audit. The board's involvement is sub-par, especially in fundraising and development. The board is never around so they have no idea how bad the ED is and how badly he treats employees. Hire an HR person - there are so many HR issues! Give better benefits.


  7. "Retail Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Littleton, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that work at Habitat are great. The customers can be troubling and get easily agitated.

    Cons

    The customers can be troubling and get easily agitated as the prices for products are not set in stone some people feel they are being ripped off.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more mentor ship to new hires on how to evaluate a situation with irate people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Director of People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Non-Profit, Benefits, Autonomy, teamwork, Growth

    Cons

    Executive Leadership, Micro-Managment, Unhealthy culture.

    Advice to Management

    Change in Executive Leadership


  9. "Habitat for Humanity Dane County"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A good mission and work with good intention. Attracts excellent volunteers and creates opportunities for those in need.

    Cons

    The growing bureaucratic structure means that those in charge are very removed from those they are meant to help. HhH has become more corporate and profit driven, perhaps at the expense of those they serve.


  10. "Great Environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Goleta, CA

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice and very helpful. I like working with them.

    Cons

    No growth, and there is not much to do.


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