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The Challenge Reviews

Updated April 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "Real positive impact on the young people involved in programmes" (in 31 reviews)

  • "The work environment at The Challenge is one of the most supportive I have ever experienced" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "the approach might sometimes be pushy to young people" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Intense delivery period where it's a struggle to maintain a positive work/life balance" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "It's an OK place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working (depending on manager/team)

    Cons

    Can be quite cliquey in the office
    Senior management have no/very little charity sector experience and/or little/no experience outside The Challenge and thus are not always aware of best practice


  2. "Great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Delivery Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Delivery Associate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great Co workers
    Quality management

    Cons

    --Consistant change : If you are very flexible person then no need to worry

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 12, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your review, we are so pleased to hear your positive feedback regarding your former co-workers and management. To continuously improve some changes do need to happen; we do try to limit... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great organisation but needing a few tweaks"

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, great staff teams and managers. Loads of work on improving working conditions at the organisation. New flexi-working being introduced/trialled. Impact for young people and partners. Inclusion/ mental health support for young people on programmes. Lots of new good and relevant training being introduced

    Cons

    Pay for work you do is not the best because you would get paid a lot more for your title and the work you do in s lot of other organisations but understandably this is due to us being a charity.

    Opportunities for progression can be limited to short term roles or a really long wait

    Work life balance during the delivery of our programmes can be quite hectic

    Interview process which favours the person that can interview best but not necessarily about experience or past performance

    Communication around interviews and other things have not been great but has certainly improved a lot since 2018

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing as you are certainly heading in the right direction.

    Please focus on:
    - Communication
    - Training and development
    - Finding was to reward staff fairly for their hard work

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 2, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you enjoy working with your colleagues at The Challenge and are happy with the progress we are making to improve the facilities. We know that... More


  4. "Really love working here!"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at The Challenge is very collaborative, appreciative and supportive of each other. We are all working together in support of our mission.

    Cons

    Whenever you're passionate about your job and the mission of your organisation, it's hard to find a good work life balance!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 1, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you find The Challenge collaborative and passionate. We endeavour to support our staff in all that they do and offer a work life balance as much as... More


  5. "A dynamic place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    The Challenge cares deeply for the people who work here, as well as for the mission.

    Cons

    Delivering the summer can be hard! And the scale of operations can be a 'challenge' but you keep learning all the time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 1, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We do care deeply about our mission and the work our colleagues put into achieving it. Summer can be hard but we are incredibly appreciative for your hard work and... More


  6. "Current manager"

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    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Regional Account Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great personal and professional development with a range of fantastic, talented peers.

    Cons

    More external expertise offered within our training package would be great!

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 1, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We endeavour to provide excellent L&D offerings to our staff and are always looking for new dynamic ways of improving our packages.


  7. "Challenging and humble"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Very inclusive. Fast paced and collaborative working. Good progression opportunities mean that people get to take on early responsibility and really shine in their roles. Strong senior leadership, especially within the NCS department.
    Good values which are well embedded into the company.

    Cons

    Facilities are poor. Highly reliant on one source of funding (the NCS programme) so there is a concern that if the landscape changes, the charity could face challenging times. Middle management is bloated and sometimes inefficient.

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 2, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you find The Challenge an inclusive and collaborative workplace. We care greatly for our staff and ensure, where possible, our people are able to... More

  8. "Passionate about the mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing like minded and passionate people working towards a positive outcome for young people and communities.
    There is ample opportunity to grow and develop in your role.
    Great holiday allowance and employee benefits.
    Senior leadership trust in and have an understanding of the people.
    Positive organisational focus on mental health and well being in the work place.
    An inspirational and humble organisation that strives to deliver safe, developmental and life changing experiences for young people.

    Cons

    Lots of change but this isn't always a bad thing.
    Intense delivery period where it's a struggle to maintain a positive work/life balance. If you're up for the challenge it's so worth it - The Challenge does great things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep evolving and making positive change and make sure everyone is on board.

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 2, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We are grateful for the passion our staff put into our programmes to ensure we provide the best possible experience for young people. We are making great strides with... More


  9. "Great place for a student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    High pay, for a summer job compared to other seasonal roles

    Cons

    Very intensive, working 12-14 hour days

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 1, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you are happy with the seasonal role and thank you for your hard work during such an intense time delivering NCS.


  10. "Flexible and 'real' work place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER in Preston, North West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER in Preston, North West England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Challenge understands its employees and ensures they are happy and high performing. It creates flexible work places which enable all to do their job to the best of their ability.

    Cons

    The Challenge has a young work force and we can often set them up to leave us unprepared for other work places that are less flexible and understanding.

    The Challenge Response

    Apr 2, 2019 – Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback regarding our high-performing employees and flexible workplaces. We continually seek innovative ways of working and developing our employees so that they might maximise... More