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The Challenge Reviews

Updated August 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Get to work with and meet like-minded people who are incredibly passionate about working with young people" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Lots of opportunities for development within the company" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes it can be difficult to deal with the young people due to age gaps but other staff always help with this" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Long hours if you work in programmes - a bit better in central support functions (though not much better)" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Working at The Challenge"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Challenge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people that you work with at The Challenge are, without a doubt, a huge draw to working at this organisation - people are passionate about what they do and put in many, many hours of hard work.

    There is a huge potential for growth at this orgnisation - if you have talent then this will be recognised and developed. For anyone who is starting their career or looking to accelerate, this is a good orgnaisation for you.

    The Challenge recently went through a restructure and people, unfortunately, lost their roles - I think a lot of negativity has arisen due to this. There are still a lot of happy people working at this organisation, but you often do not hear their voices.

    Cons

    You do need to work hard, but this suits many people.

    Advice to Management

    Take into account what people on the ground say. Recognise and reward great performance; address poor performance.


  2. "Amazing culture and powerful mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Brilliant people: everyone really cares about the mission and each other which makes it so enjoyable coming into work every day
    - Development opportunities: line managers continually find ways to develop their teams whether it's through formal training or supporting them with progressing within the organisation
    - Dynamic and continually improving: it's a really exciting place to work as everyone is always looking for ways we can do things better

    Cons

    As we're always looking at ways of doing things better, it can mean having to be flexible and respond to changes. Personally, I enjoy working in that manner but I know some people find it hard to keep up with.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping hiring people who really care about our mission and can see how special our culture is

  3. "Good organisation, could be improved"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - APM in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - APM in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, mission, people and participant interaction

    Cons

    Staff retention, office & unclear future


  4. "Customer Service Calling Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    Youthful workplace, made good friends

    Cons

    No real progression within the company, for the amount of work that you are doing you do not get paid a lot. Workplace politics and management do not listen

    Advice to Management

    When issues arise and staff are concerned about the workplace and the stressful conditions, please listen to them


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Brilliant organisation changing the country"

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

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission, front line people who make a massive difference to young people's lives and to our communities every day, senior managers who really care

    Cons

    It can be hard work but that's what makes us successful and so special.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep being brave and being passionate about changing society for the better


  6. "A brilliant workplace and worthy mission"

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

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - likeminded, energetic and passionate colleagues
    - growth plans and development opportunities
    - very open leadership and directors team

    Cons

    - hours can be long in the summer but it’s worth it

    Advice to Management

    - carry on improving the foundations and process to better allow your people to thrive


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    Employees are mission focussed which is good

    Cons

    Not enough planning by management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, bad organisation"

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

    I worked at The Challenge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some amazing staff who are passionate and fun. The programmes have a great mission at their core which is easy to believe in and want to support to do well.

    Cons

    The way The Challenge treats staff is terrible. On the surface there are development opportunities and support from (some) great line managers, however dig deeper into the HR and director's teams and there is not a culture of care at all.

    Amid a storm of redundancies, staff being stressed and overworked, and terrible core processes, there was very little support from directors, with blame being placed on those who have worked the hardest and shouldered the backlash from senior team's incompetence and inexperience in leading a charity.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out your core support processes, care for your staff.

    In addition, for a 'social integration' charity, many of the leadership team are white, middle aged men from a military background.

    Practice what you preach or lose credibility once and for all!


  9. "Great Atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staffing Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent working atmosphere, motivating managers

    Cons

    Little work life balance during summer, autumn programmes


  10. "Great development and people!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities to learn and progress. Really good learning and development package.
    - Visible leadership with regular Q&As.
    - Passionate people working towards a great programme.

    Cons

    - Occasionally immature workforce with a lot of new grads employed (lots of positives with this too).
    - Tough government contracts.


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