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Special Olympics Employee Reviews about "great mission"

Updated Dec 2, 2019

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Special Olympics Chairman Emeritus Sargent Shriver (no image)
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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. "Great Mission, Low Pay"

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    Current Employee - ELearning Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission Interesting work Lots of opportunities if willing to stick out low pay

    Cons

    Low (nonprofit) pay Work/Life balance Company organization

    Advice to Management

    Pay people market value for their work. Just because Special Olympics is a nonprofit doesn't mean you shouldn't pay people fairly.

    Special Olympics2019-12-02
  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. "Special Olympics Maryland- great cause, unprofessional culture."

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Halethorpe, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mission, met awesome people and made great relationships with athletes and families. Really connects you with the community. small office environment, flexible work hours, relaxed dress code, tenured staff who knows a lot about the organization.

    Cons

    Disconnect between CEO’s vision and staff’s expertise and beliefs in what is achievable. Lacking many of the basic HR standards an organization needs to function. Inconsistent performance standards and nothing driving accountability. Little to no coaching provided. Priority placed on optics of serving the mission rather than being able to show results and progress through data. Lack of diversity across staff - group... think very prevalent.

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    Advice to Management

    Seek more external hires with different backgrounds that can diversify and strengthen talent bench. Opt for senior leadership that values accountability and is committed to developing managers to coach their teams towards common goals.

    Special Olympics2019-02-22
  5. "Special Olympics Hawaii"

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    Development Coordinator in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, objectives, and families.

    Cons

    Amount of hours you put in is pretty horrendous. In my experience, management and culture was very disorganised, unprofessional, and aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Step back, make a plan and work with staff to achieve it.

    Special Olympics2019-02-05
  6. "Great work culture"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Special Olympics

    Pros

    Lots of experience gained Great culture Great mission Sets you up for future career

    Cons

    Not paid but other than that, it’s great.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Special Olympics2018-03-22
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission, terrible organization"

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     in Bloomington, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Special Olympics for 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

    Special Olympics2017-09-11
  8. "Team leader with people and financial oversight authority"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time for 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.

    Special Olympics2017-06-09
  9. "Organization with an amazing mission"

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     in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics

    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.

    Special Olympics2016-06-15
  10. "Great Mission"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics

    Pros

    Great Mission. Great work. Lots of passion

    Cons

    Need more innovative thinking around programs. Lacks diversity

    Special Olympics2016-02-24
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