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Volunteers of America Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Your really feel like you are making a difference by guiding the clients there (in 10 reviews)

  • They are in business to help people (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management does not have enough experience to run the resale division (in 33 reviews)

  • Low pay is all I can think of right now (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "It was a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Head Cashier in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Head Cashier in Harrisburg, PA

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learn lot about running a store and meeting new people.

    Cons

    none i love my job there we all got alone.


  2. "Volunteers of America is in business to help people."

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    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Camden, NJ
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Camden, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You know you're making a difference when you work for Volunteers of America. There is room for growth and development as I started in an entry level position and even though there was no opening to advance my managers created a management position to help me grow within the company.

    Cons

    The pay seems to be most people's main concern. In any social service field the pay is limited to what the funding source provides which, in most cases, isn't very much. Other than that, I have no cons.


  3. "Volunteers of America Greater York / New Jersey Working with the poor... Can make you poor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time

    Pros

    Good start in social services.

    Cons

    1.) TOO many relatives and friends working together. Due to not knowing who is related to who as a newbee one is often working with or supervising supervisors relatives and or friends. People keep their cards close to their chest. Has big drawbacks. 2.) Gov funding contracts are rebid every few years. If your site looses the contract (funding) and if no other openings exist at other locations you are out of work. New organization might interview you for your old but modified job position for a reduced wage and loss of time worked for seniority and vacation. 3.) Mostly old, beat up buildings, ready for demolition are being used. No money for rehab or maintain facilities. How is "4 computers" plugged into one power strip. Blowing circuits every day every summer with two window A/Cs.

    Advice to Management

    Find funding in addition to contract funding available through RFPs. Can not provide proper services to those needing them when in improper surroundings.


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  5. "Awsome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping ppl all over the US

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement


  6. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Youth Advocate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Youth Advocate in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, nonprofit, human services, welcoming

    Cons

    Low pay, dangerous, limited benefits


  7. "Wonderful organization"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volunteers of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great job compassionate management and good benefits They listen to employee input and treat everyone with respect Very fun place to work

    Cons

    Lack of communication between the properties Very often a property feels alone in trying to find resources, there was no collaboration

    Advice to Management

    They value employee input and are already working on solutions to their weaknesses


  8. "Kitchen helper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Volunteers of America part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Helping others trying to get by.

    Cons

    People who don't appreciate you.


  9. "If you are a people person, this is a shelter for homeless Veteran's. Must like engaging with the clients."

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    Current Employee - Case Monitor: in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Case Monitor: in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Once you get to know the guys, they will look out for you. Management are there to back you up.

    Cons

    The pay is not the best, however, sometimes you take the bitter with the sweet, to see a smile on a residents face is worth it if.


  10. "Service Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time

    Pros

    Love their mission and how they help people. I really enjoy the people I work with. Equal opportunity for advancement in the company.

    Cons

    Low pay is all I can think of right now


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Will overwork you, and hang you out to dry"

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    Current Employee - Case Manager/Counselor in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Case Manager/Counselor in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volunteers of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, and helping the clients

    Cons

    Supervisor on power trip, with bullying behavior. I averaged over 40-50 hours weekly, and was not compensated. Very LOW pay!

    Advice to Management

    Utilize each employees strengths. Treat employees fairly. Stop allowing management to bully employees



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