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Special Olympics Reviews

Updated Sep 11, 2019

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Special Olympics CEO Sargent Shriver (no image)
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  • "Office accommodations, career growth, work/life balance(in 7 reviews)

  • "Sometimes you may need to work long hours around special events(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful mission"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great mission, people, culture, athletes

    Cons

    Office accommodations, career growth, work/life balance

    Special Olympics2019-04-01
  2. "Wonderful organization to work for"

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    Former Employee - Development Manager 

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    You are making a difference in lives

    Cons

    It is a lot if work for not much pay

    Special Olympics2019-09-08
  3. "Great people, important mission"

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    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great mission, great people. Lots of work and limited resources allow you to expand your role and responsibilities rapidly

    Cons

    Lot of disconnection internally.

    Special Olympics2019-08-20
  4. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Hamden, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people who care about the company values, provide good advice, and are friendly.

    Cons

    I did not find any cons about the company.

    Special Olympics2019-07-16
  5. "SOI"

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    Current Employee - Sports Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    Great cause helping out athletes

    Cons

    Do not make enough money

    Special Olympics2019-07-23
  6. "Don’t Do It"

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    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The mission is the best thing about this organization.

    Cons

    The turnover is intense Misleading about the environment Bad leadership

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize people who care about the mission.

    Special Olympics2019-08-05
  7. "Should be better"

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    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good people, good mission, athletes are the best!

    Cons

    no gratitude for employees putting in so much work at the big events, organization is run very much from the top with little regard for those at the bottom

    Special Olympics2019-05-20
  8. "Manager's Discretion"

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

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Bring awareness to the cause.

    Cons

    Many people let go and blindsided due to Manager's Discretion. No issues raided to employees and lack of meaningful performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Incredibly weak Board who are mostly resume builders.

    Special Olympics2019-05-18
  9. "Awesome benefits and opportunities, but the manager I worked for was very unprofessional."

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

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, the Athletes we're amazing.

    Cons

    On-boarding process not very organized.

    Advice to Management

    Better people skills and the ability to speak to new employee.

    Special Olympics2019-04-22
  10. "Great organization"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The organization is really mission focused and dedicated. They also care for you as a person.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement

    Special Olympics2019-03-09
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