Intervarsity Reviews

Updated Feb 25, 2021

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4.3
96%
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Tom Lin
19 Ratings
Pros
  • "autonomy for contextualized ministry(in 11 reviews)

  • "Incredible opportunity for spiritual growth, growth as a teacher/communicator, strategy for reaching new people, leadership development(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Executives do not show they understand anything about campus ministry(in 10 reviews)

  • "Fundraising difficult for many staff(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Learning community"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Assistant Area Director in Stockton, CA

    I have been working at Intervarsity full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours, diversity, learning posture, innovative

    Cons

    not sure of specific broadly applicable cons

  2. "Great teams!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campus Minister in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intervarsity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong community, supervisors, and flexible working hours

    Cons

    Fundraising can be challenging, and the work can be intimidating if you’re not used to speaking with strangers


  3. "Very hard to advance"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intervarsity full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people and colleagues - really talented, bright, emotionally intelligent folks for the most part in my experience. Opportunities to get experience in a lot of different kinds of work with real responsibility- mentoring, leading teams, public speaking/preaching, project management, directing conferences, etc... Emphasis on your own spiritual life and growth as a part of the role - personal days, retreats, etc... are encouraged and often a part of the role. Ability to set your own schedule to some degree depending on what you work out with your supervisor which can make it easier to work from home, be a parent, etc... Highly people-oriented work with the chance to connect with others and make a difference in their lives.

    Cons

    Most all employees need to fundraise for their salary and benefits. If you're not able to raise the funds, then you don't get paid and/or don't insurance, etc... You get some support and coaching as to how to fundraise but the quality of that varies a lot depending on supervisor and region. 13% of what you fundraise is automatically taken out as overhead and some of that is used to subsidize national positions. More is taken out for a technology charge, area and regional team overhead. This fundraising/compensation model can be a hard system for the longevity of POC. Because of this, there's a disparity in what people make based on how much they can raise and salary is more dependent on those factors than experience, position, or performance which can be demoralizing. Value for diversity but virtually no WOC in senior leadership with some small exceptions.

  4. "A good post college transition job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Staff Minister in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intervarsity full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and high ownership of vision by everyone

    Cons

    High turnover of team mates

  5. "Fulfilling job, great community"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Campus Staff Minister in New York, NY

    I worked at Intervarsity full-time

    Pros

    Great sense of community among colleagues, fulfilling job, opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    Fundraising, conservative Christian culture found in certain areas/policies

  6. "Fantastic and authentic"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in South Lyon, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intervarsity full-time

    Pros

    A healthy and focused place to work.

    Cons

    Complex structure with many hidden cultural nuances

  7. "Surprisingly Good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 

    I have been working at Intervarsity full-time

    Pros

    Great people and commitment to their mission.

    Cons

    Lower pay, because of it being a nonprofit.

  8. "Great ministry, fundraising difficult"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Staff Member in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intervarsity part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great ministry serving students all over the US with connections to countries all over the world. Lots of strategic ministries. Lots of opportunities for training and learning.

    Cons

    Fundraising is really difficult for many staff. Insurance was not offered to part time staff.

  9. "Definitely a challenge"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Staff 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intervarsity part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Team member becomes like family - Flexible work hours

    Cons

    - Work happens mostly on weekends for conferences/events - Fundraise entire salary on your own while doing ministry work

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  10. "Devoted disciples of Jesus who love to help and develop college students"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Ministry Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Intervarsity full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Bible Study and leadership development for college students and faculty

    Cons

    Large organization with all that entails

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