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Special Olympics Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great cause, great volunteers, community outreach (in 9 reviews)

  • We have a great mission that speaks to people around the world (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Non-profit pay rate, not well paid (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper Management is an embarrassment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the volunteer and athletes

    Cons

    Lots of hours, tough with employee overturn


  2. "Wisconsin"

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    Former Employee - Development in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Development in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The athletes and volunteers make the job worth it. Mission of the organization is great and if you can live the mission it is a life changing organization

    Cons

    They do not value their employees, if not a VP expect to make 1/2 to 1/3 of management. Under appreciate volunteers and have come to expect so much out of their volunteers

    Advice to Management

    You have under 50 employees,please try to get their names correct!


  3. "Must love the mission"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Special Olympics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, great staff, mission focused

    Cons

    Benefits and compensation are average, work life balance is a challenge


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  5. "Regional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clermont, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clermont, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great organization, fun coming to work, love the mission

    Cons

    Poor leadership, horrible pay, HIGH turnover, no transparency, or consistency, no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    When you have hardworking, great employees, show them that you value them. Special Olympics is a great machine that would function a lot better if them was unity and transparency between upper management and the little guys


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Schenectady, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Schenectady, NY

    I worked at Special Olympics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was something to put on the resume.

    Cons

    It was a lot of data entry and clerical work. I didn't really get to do anything based on my major.


  7. "Organization with an amazing mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Special Olympics is an amazing organization with a great mission. As an employee there are many opportunities to meet and get to know Special Olympics athletes. It is truly rewarding to see how much joy they get from participating in competitions and trainings.

    Cons

    The pay is very low. During hard financial times there were cuts in sports programs which was very difficult to witness because it directly affected the athletes. There weren't many opportunities for promotions because the organization is very small.


  8. "If you want to be treated like a slave...intern here."

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    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great cause. Met a lot of great vendors/talent. Some of the work was fun and I learned a little bit.

    Cons

    One of the gals I trained under was a real "you know what"...some of the guys that worked as freelance for the company were drinking on the job and using drugs. Most of the employees seemed knowledgeable of their own jobs and just muttered through it. Waited till last minute to do things. I received a whooping 300 check at the end of my 3 month internship and after taxes got 280!! Not worth it for all they had me doing...running errands in my car, making copies, stuffing envelopes, sorting through a warehouse, lifting and carrying heavy boxes, calling vendors on my personal phone so they're returning calls all hours for days after, the computers there were horrible and I couldn't hardly get any work even done!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent people. Don't treat your interns like slaves they're there to learn and not be taken advantage of. Invest in new computers.


  9. "Needs to be Innovative"

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

    Pros

    Great organization with a worthwhile mission, which emphasizes putting the Athletes first.

    Cons

    They lack innovation on many fronts. A few ppl in the senior leadership team are unqualified for their positions and are/were promoted due to seniority rather than bringing in fresh talent. They've even had challenges hanging onto a CEO. FYI, Sargent Shriver passed away a few years ago.

    Advice to Management

    No one will read this, so I'm not sure of the point.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer * in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Volunteer * in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong Leadership and good organization

    Cons

    Very hot outside, no water

    Advice to Management

    MORW WATER!!


  11. "Medical Hub Manager"

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    Former Employee - Medical Hub Manager in Sierra Madre, CA
    Former Employee - Medical Hub Manager in Sierra Madre, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people doing good things. Everyone works very hard to do a good job so that the athletes receive the most from their experience.

    Cons

    No cons, but prepare to work hard and for long hours


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