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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • non profit there's not room permanent employment (in 37 reviews)

  • You would expect better benefits at a nonprofit to compensate for the low pay (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Every Habitat Affiliate Is Different"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Retail Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Director of People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Habitat for Humanity Dane County"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  7. "Great Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  8. "Good People Good Cause"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ReStore Driver in Independence, MO
    Former Employee - ReStore Driver in Independence, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with great group of people that believe in the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Interesting retail environment at the ReStore locations always a good challenge because all the inventory is from donations.

    Cons

    The biggest con working is that most employment opportunities are part time and the money is not great. That is the trade off working for a non-profit charity. You can feel good about what you are doing but it is a lean operation. The revenue generated is to go to the Habitat mission not to salaries and frills.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Real Estate Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    This area of work is very rewarding to be able to see the end product (homes built) and the opportunity to meet the families that will own their own homes. Company provides a matching 403(b) retirement program. Company provides paid leave after 7 years of services. Company provides opportunity to build homes in other countries aka Global Village Trips (provided you pay your own way) and you will receive your salary while your away

    Cons

    Not very diverse or representative of the population they serve. Tends to be predominantly white - even at national conferences with other Habitat affiliates

    Advice to Management

    Management should spend more time recruiting and training staff that are more diverse and inclusive, more time with cultural diversity training throughout the organization, and the board of directors.


  10. "Organization focused on mission"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    The organization works hard towards the mission of advancing and providing affordable housing in our communities. The affiliate I work for invests in its staff resources, providing training and opportunities for growth and career advancements.

    Cons

    Working hard to meet the mission of a non-profit organization does involve hard work and at times long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work fulfilling the mission to further affordable housing!


  11. "Volunteer Team Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Martinez, CA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Martinez, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experienced Professionals Teaching volunteers to be able to be part of project with each phase of development and encouraging safety first at all times

    Cons

    Nothing on the con side to report, socially accepted Trades professionals keeping the project schedule on time as well as safe

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and place a opportunity board on the project site for volunteers to further their volunteer opportunities with other trades


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