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Heifer International Reviews

Updated February 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
  • Must try to talk donors into donating more and more (in 10 reviews)

  • Call center always rings loud bells when they get donations which scares some of the elderly workers (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.


  3. "Let go after rush with no notice, even after bringing in thousands of dollars in upsells."

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    Former Employee - Donation Processor in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Donation Processor in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some donors are usually friendly.

    Cons

    Terrible pay. Rules change daily, sometimes multiple times a day. We were told we would be taking donations but, the job was in the verge of sales. Must try to talk donors into donating more and more. Also on the verge of trying to brainwash the employees of how great Heifer is.

    Advice to Management

    Quit pushing "upselling" to people who are already giving away their money. Hire your seasonal help after bringing in thousands of dollars from said upsells. Fix your website instead of adding more features.


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  5. 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.


  6. "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)


  7. 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.


  8. "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.


  9. "Residential Education Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Residential Education Volunteer
    Former Employee - Residential Education Volunteer

    I worked at Heifer International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great experience in education, the non-profit world and team based work, housing provided for all volunteers

    Cons

    Pay is only a living stipend


  10. "Education Volunteer"

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

    Pros

    volunteer work that matters. the community.

    Cons

    stipend. it made it hard to repay student loans but I can't really complain since it is what I signed up for.


  11. "Help needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Heifer International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful building ! Staff in the field working day-to-day is what keeps this place alive! They are wonderful, dedicated and sincere in their commitment to make a better world!

    Cons

    Executive management has one goal only--- to keep their jobs! Revenue/donations remain flat for the last 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to BOD- take a look at the results ( or lack of results) they are getting from current CEO and Executive Management Team.



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