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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Helping those in need"

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Procurator/Truck Driver in Aberdeen, WA
    Former Employee - Merchandise Procurator/Truck Driver in Aberdeen, WA

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

    Pros

    great feeling when helping those in need, especially those who have more than they need and wish to give it away. Cleaning up the environment and keeping gently used to brand new things out of the dumps.

    Cons

    very political, ran by volunteers, in turn not many help. each state, each county, each town has a different environment. If something needs done there needs to be more people involved.

    Advice to Management

    do as much work, as the people who are volunteering.


  2. "Manager"

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

    Pros

    Excellent workplace for interns to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Health care package is not that great.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I love the idea of helping those that need housing,

    Cons

    Most of the departments were wonderful to work for all except the most of the employees in the Media dept. Most of them were snooty, and most of the people in the other depts. didn't want to have any dealings with them. HR personnel was absolutely horrible. No people skills at all, she was bitterly tolerated!

    Advice to Management

    Don't just keep people that are good at what they do; and over look the fact that you like them. Make sure you have the ear of the majority of the company and listen to what they have to say. Of course they will treat most of management and the President with respect.\; but if 95 % of the people don't like coming to the events because of the Media staff that should tell management something!


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  5. "Sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sylva, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sylva, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They are doing gods work and helping people

    Cons

    The lack doing there job and only hire families

    Advice to Management

    Give thought to ur objective and actually listen to employees concerns


  6. "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!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. "Feckless management obsessed with the brand, not the work"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    (All comments refer to Habitat International's Atlanta headquarters.) I felt great alignment with the mission. The strategic plan was inspiring if broad. General office culture is relaxed and prioritizes politeness. If you find the right supervisor, you can leverage the extensive resources to do cool stuff.

    Cons

    Upper and middle management is mostly feckless. They are obsessed with preserving the brand, which comes at the cost of exciting or daring new work. It's stuffed with long-timers who are satisfied with their work even when there are no results to show for it. (A significant portion of management started as volunteers and have been with the org for 20+ years.) If you want to innovate, don't go to Habitat. The self-satisfied attitude leaks from top to bottom, allowing large pockets of the organization to count activities instead of results.

    Specifically HR is a wreck. They defend long-timers at all costs, even when upper management is caught lying to subordinates. They empower that feckless management and rob the wider staff of ambition. A few go-getters stick around, but all-stars quickly move to other organizations. The shallow talent pool makes it additionally hard to accomplish good work here.

    Advice to Management

    Habitat is famous for volunteering, but inside headquarters, the volunteer programming division is rudderless. Take volunteering seriously again, or no one will remember the brand in a decade.


  8. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Its a great place to be involved in the community and allow great interaction.

    Cons

    unable to maintain schedule with full time employment, allow for employment opportunities for someone else.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Positive Team, Like Family"

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    Former Employee - Development Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Development Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to go to work everyday and feel like you are truly making a difference in someones life, then Habitat is the place for you. You work with the families to meet their housing needs and see lifelong dreams come to be true.

    Cons

    Low pay, I would say it's fair to assume that a high percentage of salaried employees make under $50,000 which doesn't even allow you to qualify for a Habitat home yourself. This was a little hard to swallow and then main reason for me leaving, I have a family to support.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus less on pleasing everyone and more on efficiency and the mission at hand. Not everyone will agree on the direction of the organization at all times, but getting as many families into homes should be the only thing that matters, not the small details that slow down the work.


  10. "Budget Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Newark, CA

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

    Pros

    people at the organization are helpful and supportive

    Cons

    slower pace than other companies


  11. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Great organization to work for!

    Cons

    Providing snacks for volunteers would be helpful



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