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Updated 2 Dec 2019

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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. "Extremely impactful organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Special Olympics full-time

    Pros

    -opportunity to try lots of new things/wear different hats -flexibility in schedule -more casual work environment -learn to delegate tasks and manage volunteers (all departments of organization utilize volunteers)

    Cons

    -limited upward mobility/room to grow -always so much to do, too little time (common nature of a nonprofit) -limited professional training -work/life balance -frequently required to drive to various locations

    Special Olympics2018-10-18
  4. "Excellent Nonprofit experience"

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

    I worked at Special Olympics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The brand recognition opens doors. It is possible every day to create impact in real lives, on a massive scale, all over the world. The opportunity for growth can be tremendous. If travel is your thing, there is plenty of opportunity for that, including internationally.

    Cons

    It is a nonprofit and resources are always lean. Opportunities for advancement are stronger in some parts of the organization than others. Work-life balance isn't the point of working at Special Olympics. It is a mission-driven organization and the people who succeed there are those who bring their energy, creativity, and brains to their work during weekdays, evenings, and weekends. It's not 24/7 all the time. But... sometimes it is all-in (e.g. as major events approach)

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    Special Olympics2018-10-02
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    "Special Olympics Maryland"

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    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.

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    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.

    Special Olympics2017-11-14
  6. "Special Olympics Employee Review"

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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Special Olympics

    Pros

    Good Mission and passionate people. Serving such a special population is very rewarding. Opportunity to travel and be involved in global events.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be challenging. Most positions require long hours and fair amounts of travel. The pay can be on the lower side.

    Special Olympics2016-12-01
  7. "Must love the mission"

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    Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Special Olympics for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, great staff, mission focused

    Cons

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

    Special Olympics2016-11-17
  8. "Great place to work if you can brave the politics"

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    Manager in Karāchi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Special Olympics for more than a year

    Pros

    Very fulfilling career travel opportunities great future prospects

    Cons

    way too much politics low compensation no work life balance lack of organization and standardized practices

    Advice to Management

    Atleast try getting rid of politics, have a good HR system in place

    Special Olympics2018-01-15
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