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Virginia Housing Development Authority Reviews

Updated September 10, 2017
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Virginia Housing Development Authority Executive Director Susan Dewey
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  1. "Loving it!"

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

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Everyone really believes in the mission of helping all Virginians achieve quality, affordable housing. Benefits and pay are better than the private companies I have worked for before.

    Cons

    Onboarding process was a little rough--took them a while to get me access to applications like the time sheet system, and enrolled in basic things like 401(k) and Health insurance. Also took finance more than a month to get me the travel card, etc that I needed for my work-related travel.

    Advice to Management

    Work with HR to improve the onboarding process--employees shouldn't have to be emailing reminding them they need to sign up for health insurance, or need log-ins for the time clock applications


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Highs and Lows"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smaller, purpose-driven organization where employees can take lots of ownership of their work and contribute to different projects and new ideas. Great benefits and caring, close-knit employees. Laid-back working environment for the most part, with nice convenient office space close to downtown. Employees can receive educational assistance and training.

    Cons

    Ineffective, untrained management with much more competent underlings. Low salaries. Lack of younger employees and career opportunities. Projects take forever. Stale and unmotivated workforce, much like a government agency. Gossipy environment with bar for professionalism set low. Upper management acts like royalty.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the mission. Stop running VHDA like a government agency. Develop the golden employees you have and let them shine - they have good ideas. Straighten out your HR policies and work on employee engagement. Recruit some innovators.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Changes being made, progress still needed"

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

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The VHDA mission is as strong as ever. New people to the executive team are bringing non-government ideas. Overall, associates are very invested in the mission and work together to make the biggest impact possible. The wellness program is great. Free parking and the gym are excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Decisions are occasionally made based on personal relationships, not qualifications. The culture is 'we have always been successful, so the way we do it is the right way regardless if there is a better way.'

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to the new hires, both the ones on the executive team and at all levels. Keep hiring people with diverse experiences.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Need to improve the culture of the organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have great benefits and learning opportunities. The mission is great and the Executive Director tries to make you feel as an important contributor to the mission. Coworkers are great to work with and they are invested in the success of the company and its mission.

    Cons

    Office politics and cronyism often places unqualified people into management positions. As such, management often leads through bullying, threats and intimidation. The culture is very divisive and is based on favoritism and exclusivity. Human resources needs to be overhauled.

    Advice to Management

    You should listen to your staff and stop creating an Us vs. Them environment. Also, managers should be required to have managerial training every year.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Change is inevitable"

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

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some needed changes through retirements and major role shifts; new blood in high-level management positions means new perspectives (reviews from a few years ago are largely invalidated). Excellent fringe benefits including gym, cafeteria, parking, etc. The mission is as strong as ever.

    Cons

    Building renovation committee made some bad choices that most associates have to live with. Associate growth opportunities remain stunted. Company functions & staff are very siloed; people spend 20 years doing same job.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Has been wonderfull place to work"

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

    Pros

    Abke to help people keep thei houses in the state of Virginia

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    More personal relationships and praise the ones that works the best


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are wonderful. Upper management cares about the employees and will work with you whenever they can.

    Cons

    Some people can be gossipy and cut throat. It just depends on where you work.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. Maybe listen more to lower level associates. They are the ones who really run the company and know how things work. They are in the best position to offer advice and make positive changes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible place to work and be a part of"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Awesome Mission - very engaged and knowledgable management and staff - Visionary Organization - High Values

    Cons

    Skillsets are not as up to date because of tenure of staff - Struggles with culture

    Advice to Management

    Continue with excellent work and Always work as a team


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great company, horrible IT management issues."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Housing Development Authority full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, invested Director, nice overall environment. Working in any department OTHER than IT is considered a good gig.

    Cons

    The IT Department is horribly mismanaged and uses reorgs and firings to maintain order. The IT Director knows nothing of IT and surrounds herself with people who tell her what she wants to hear. For many years only women were allowed to do well in the IT Department, but I have heard that the situation is slowly changing, although everyone does their best to keep their heads down.

    Advice to Management

    Accept new blood even if you disagree with them. There's a reason it took you 10 years to redesign a web site, and it isn't because you were right all the time. It's the same reason you were hacked for several weeks several years ago at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars; you refused to listen to the experts.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "An overall hostile environment, demoralizing work culture, and sadly incompetent leadership in many departments."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits, on-site parking structure, on-site cafe and gym.

    Cons

    Management in key departments is dismissive of the knowledge and talent of their employees. Favortism and a 'good ol' boys' culture, rather than skill or talents, dictate management staffing choices.

    Correction to information posted for this company - Janet Butler, aka Janet Wiglesworth, is NOT the CEO, she is merely the Director of Information Technology Services. Susan Dewey is the Executive Director.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people working for you; you hired them, you must have had some degree of confidence in their skills.


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