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Oliver Lee
70 Ratings
Pros
  • "Real positive impact on the young people involved in programmes(in 32 reviews)

  • "Leads are generating from people who have already shown some interest in the programme so not much cold calling(in 17 reviews)

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

  • "Long hours with no guarantee of breaks even to sleep(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Assistant Programmer Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time for 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...

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    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 Challenge2019-03-26

    The Challenge Response

    April 2, 2019Head 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 maintaining the work life balance does become more challenging during the delivery period ...

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  2. "Great mission, culture and outcomes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People centred Mission focussed Great recent progress in organisation structure and central support Real positive impact on the young people involved in programmes

    Cons

    Tough work load at busy periods

    The Challenge2019-02-13

    The Challenge Response

    April 1, 2019Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback regarding the focus we have on our mission and people at The Challenge. We appreciate your hard work during the busy periods and making a huge impact on the young people.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sad to say but a sinking ship - Appaling CEO management. Senior leaders unorganised and lacking in experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Challenge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a result of high turnover of staff on all levels development opportunities are always available. It has the “friends or friends” type of recruitment style, so once you are in there are opportunities to move into other roles quite quickly. The people delivering the programmes go above and beyond for the young people, they are the people who make it worthwhile to be there. Unfortunately they are often pushed to bringing...

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    Cons

    Starts off as a fun relaxed place to work, then it soon wears off as you’re expected to work yourself into the ground running an NCS programme that is full of flaws. More recently the programme lacks in quality and seems more of a number and target game instead of looking at the right support for the young people attending. Huge lack...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen and act. We hear the same answers with no change. The current perception is that management does not care about its employees anymore.

    The Challenge2018-11-24

    The Challenge Response

    February 4, 2019Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you would not recommend working at The Challenge. We are conscious that we do ask our staff to work long hours during peak periods, necessitated by the nature of such a programme and we ensure that we offer adequate compensation ...

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible CEO, awful treatment of staff, director team not on mission"

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

    I worked at The Challenge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good L&D programme and co workers

    Cons

    Put 100 staff at risk pre Xmas and CEO neglected to speak with staff at risk of redundancy for 4 weeks citing 'processes' and just telling everyone how much he cares (bull). He admitted responsibility to those staff but in senior management meetings blamed staff at level below him for the issues. Staff at risk had to fight to get paid until end of month (pres Xmas!), they held an Xmas party the day before everyone left...

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    The Challenge2018-02-01

    The Challenge Response

    November 21, 2018Head of Talent, Learning & Culture

    Thank for you review. Whilst it was difficult to read we value all feedback and it was at least good to hear how you like the L&D offering and enjoyed working with your colleagues. We work very hard to ensure all staff are able to enjoy their time here and I think this is ...

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  5. "NCS The Challenge"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Programmer Leader in Wakefield, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Challenge part-time

    Pros

    Extremely rewarding work. The programme implements a huge vision (social inclusion and better equipping young people of all backgrounds for their future) in a practical way that really works.

    Cons

    As with all rewarding posts, it requires a huge level of commitment, and can be exhausting. It's definitely worth the investment.

    The Challenge2017-07-28
  6. "Assistant Programme Leader"

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    Former Employee - Hackney in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Challenge for less than a year

    Pros

    Personal development, everyday is different. When the programme runs smoothly, it is an amazing opportunity for young people.

    Cons

    Can be stressful when you work on a big wave. It is also very tiring working on a full wave so make sure you get your sleep!

    Advice to Management

    High quality of training for staff

    The Challenge2016-09-19
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Really fun working environment"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Programmer Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some great people working at The Challenge and it has a fun and active office environment. People often go out for drinks after work together, plays sports together and sometimes even flat share together. There is room for creativity and for putting your own personal touch on things. They allow you to get on with the job, but also offer you support if you need it. They also host talent shows, sports days,...

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    Cons

    It can sometimes have tinges of a "business" rather than a charity. The sheer scale of the organisation sometimes makes you feel like you are running a factory and just churning out a huge amount of young people. Senior Management are sometimes a little cliquey. When they were still in their relatively early days, many rather weak people were promoted, which people on the ground disagreed with. As the organisation...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote strong people. Avoid nepotism. Don't always start brand new projects without cementing the current ones.

    The Challenge2015-12-04
  8. "No opportunity to develop"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at The Challenge

    Pros

    It is a very passionate organisation full of many energetic young people who are passionate about their youth programmes. You feel a great buzz in the office- very friendly and fun.

    Cons

    The marketing and sale coordinators have few opportunities to develop. The roles are entry level and certainly not for someone who is more experienced and used to having the autonomy to be creative in their role. The role is prescribed. You recieve template for all your email communications and a step by step guide of all the processes to follow. When marketing the programme...

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    Advice to Management

    Your sales and marketing coordinators are some of your biggest assets as they build the relationships with schools for NCS and ultimately recruit all the young people to participate in the programme. Their pay should reflect this. Give more credit to your staff- providing a manual of how to do your job doesn't allow your staff to be creative and utilise their strengths working with young people.

    The Challenge2015-09-04
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