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Heifer International Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • The work environment and culture need some improvement (in 7 reviews)

  • Great mission, nice building location, great view, friendly people, wonderful cafe located on the property of the headquarters (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Call center always rings loud bells when they get donations which scares some of the elderly workers (in 5 reviews)

  • There seems to be a a lot of miscommunication between the supervisors which trickle's down to the volunteers (or floods in some cases) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Organization with a few quirks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Heifer International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the staff are fantastic. We all work hard for a common goal. Middle management knows how to treat people with respect and are willing to work with you on any issue, within reason.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of communication. It is an organizational and cultural challenge that has gotten better over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Have an open mind. Keep in mind that there are many different personalities that come with different perspectives.


  2. "Meaningful work but disorganized and chaotic"

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

    Pros

    working for a good cause, passionate staff.

    Cons

    overworked, constant chaos with departments merging and separating, disorganized management.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent

  3. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heifer International full-time

    Pros

    Some good people and some good programs

    Cons

    Organization run by the current whims of CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Board should be include people with relevant experience.


  4. "Best Colleagues & Perks!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Heifer International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love my coworkers, including the 4 legged ones! (I mean, who else gets to play with baby goats and piglets on your lunch break??) I get to work with a collection of intelligent, talented, creative, and caring humans who are located all over the world.
    The pay and benefits are competitive, and are very employee and family friendly. Heifer is leading the way toward equal pay for women, and women's empowerment. Heifer's leaders are very conscientious with the resources entrusted to their care, and the success of the mission genuinely matters. Our leaders are humble and very approachable.

    Cons

    Limited resources can require staff to perform multiple roles, which can be stressful over time, and can lead to silos. Staff don't have time to venture out of their department.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the Think Tank conversations. Think of creative (free) ways for staff to spend time together. Encourage collaboration between departments and divisions. There is so much talent here, and so much potential!


  5. "Former with despair but looking up"

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

    I worked at Heifer International full-time

    Pros

    Pay can be decent and vacation time is generous.

    Cons

    They don't fully represent who they are as an organization. They used to help in multiple projects but now work in so few and they align themselves with companies. Also, it's full of cliques - if you're not in, the rules are different than if you are in. It would also nice if they were more transparent and get away from buying the animal promotion since you're not going to buy what you asked for.


  6. "donations processor"

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    Current Employee - Donations Processor in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - Donations Processor in Little Rock, AR

    I have been working at Heifer International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunities, great hours.

    Cons

    Slow work environment, not enough pay.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Mission Driven Organization"

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    Current Employee - V P in Little Rock, AR
    Current Employee - V P in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission drive of the organization is quite admirable and genuine. This is not always apparent with other project/donor driven INGOs and is refreshing. The leadership is sincerely focused on making the organization better, more effective and relevant to the those we are seeking to help. Great team spirit and skilled people. Really interesting to also have domestic programs working on new approaches to our food systems and social aspects of agriculture. Field staff are focused on the beneficiaries and US based teams look for ways to contribute and support. A drive to innovation and experimentation also makes for interesting engagement at all levels. Great facilities and working environment.

    Cons

    Many challenges in changing the organization from small project based to larger deeper engagements remain. Systems and processes are improving but need to continue as primary focus of management. Marketing (Resource Development) and Programs (both Field and US based) need to improve collaboration and interaction for program development and funding. Historically lower salary levels have made increasing skill levels difficult but are thankfully being revised upward.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working and moving forward. Continue to engage all team members for ideas and contributions to programs.

  8. "Rewarding Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    rewarding work, good benefits, wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    sometimes challenging to complete a project (when too many people are expected to weigh in and approve)


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heifer International part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, nice building location, great view, friendly people, wonderful cafe located on the property of the headquarters. Overall, I enjoyed working there and would be glad to be a part of their team. The work environment and culture need some improvement. They say they want to be bold and take risks, but rarely did I see evidence of that occurring.

    Cons

    There is somewhat of a lack of leadership within certain departments. This lack of leadership leads to poor communication between departments. The organization is undergoing so much change. It is hard to know what the overall vision and strategy is at any point in time.


  10. "Many"

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    Former Employee - Many in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Many in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Heifer International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many pros working here. Lots of great things happening. Great being able to help others and a look into poverty. I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the greatest. You do see some things with poverty that can be uncomfortable as well as sometimes disturbing.


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