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Special Olympics Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great cause, great initiatives and potential for much more (in 10 reviews)

  • Special Olympics is an amazing organization with a great mission (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • There are several issues mainly dealing with non-profit companies (in 6 reviews)

  • There are no cons that I wish to share (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Love all around"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Going to Special Olympics can turn a bad day into a great one!

    Cons

    None - It is an amazingly positive work environment.


  2. "Special Olympics Maryland"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    The mission of this organization is incredible. Working events are truly amazing and the best part of the job. I met people and had experiences that I will truly never forget and changed my life for the better.

    Cons

    They have no respect for their employees and certainly don't value them. Raises for the folks who actually ran the programs where non-existent, but yet the folks at the top (CEO, CFO, VPs) had yearly raises built in-to their contracts. So the CEO would stand in front of the room and tell you he was sorry that people where getting raises and he wishes their was something he could do all while taking his yearly raise.

    The balance between program staff and development staff was way off. I understand money is needed to run the organization, but the people who actually did the true mission of the organization where far out number and well underpaid.

    Lastly, the work life balance was terrible! If you enjoy having a life, on the nights and weekends, this isn't the place for you. 50-60 hour weeks were the norm and flextime did exist but you would get push back when trying to take it.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly try focusing less on raising money and more on the actual mission of the organization. I watched a number of incredibly talented people leave this organization, feeling very jaded, because they were treated so poorly. If you learned to treat people like people and less like resources that you can just use and abuse, they may stay longer and be left with a better feeling.

  3. "Director of Sports"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New leadership may turn things around. Good mission. Enjoyable events. Flexible work hours and work from home. Little to no "micro management"

    Cons

    Pay. Lots of evenings and weekends required. Uneven funding stream means layoffs are around every corner. No strategic plan nor clear directions.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, terrible organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Special Olympics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission and athletes make organization bearable

    Cons

    Terrible organization to work for. Nothing is clear and too many politics. Everything is slow- moving and it is clear what is going on. No growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be concise and clear


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, varied, travel, great colleagues. Rewarding work, every day is different.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility and opportunities outside role.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. "Special Olympics"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends

    Pros

    The organization does ground breaking work. The headquarters is amazing at keeping their employees interest at heart. They always strive for excellence and have a very long vision to succeed.

    Cons

    I havent noticed any in my time there.


  7. "Doesn't invest in employees or provide positive work culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    Incredible mission and programs, dynamic growth and partnerships

    Cons

    Doesn't offer professional development, focuses too much time and resources on non-mission related events

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, offer professional development opportunities, create an inclusive and positive work culture that breeds teamwork and creativity, celebrate accomplishments and growth

  8. "Local Program Manager"

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

    I have been working at Special Olympics part-time

    Pros

    Amazing organization servicing a talented and great population of angels on earth.

    Cons

    Minimal tangible support provided outside core team.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize contributions of all volunteers.


  9. "Grants"

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

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people, half days on Friday, good support from boss

    Cons

    Poor management, unorganized, and not always clear on expectations


  10. "Team leader with people and financial oversight authority"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission helping the intellectually disabled across Iowa

    Cons

    Not innovative, closed mindset, caught in the way "we've always done it."

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a purge at the non-profit board of director level to eliminate some of the cronyism, particularly among the longest-serving directors.


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