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World Vision Reviews

Updated June 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "gt; Family-friendly policies and empathetic managers support work-life balance" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Supportive work environment for all staff" (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "That puts pressure on the work/life balance and often limits career growth" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Bias against hiring from within the Non-profit sector for many positions as for-profit experience deemed preferable" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Thank you Jesus for answered prayer for my new family!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unity in Christ, the company mission is lived each day, very peaceful environment. Appreciate your God-given talents.

    Cons

    Can't think of a thing!


  2. "Intern"

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

    I worked at World Vision full-time

    Pros

    great organization to be at and start

    Cons

    no cons as of yet, everything was great

  3. "Stimulating work with lots of opportunity for professional development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    > Amazing peer group working in every sector around the world. Collaborative, friendly atmosphere.
    > Family-friendly policies and empathetic managers support work-life balance. Job expectations are high, though, so employees need to be proactive in prioritizing family.
    > Professional organization that is also mission- and value-driven.

    Cons

    > Like any organization with scale and history, World Vision's size and structure can interfere with its ability to respond nimbly and take risks. It needs to continue to hire high-quality, principled staff members to push boundaries.
    > Working in a mission-driven organization ("life in all its fullness for every child..."), it's often hard to measure exactly what kind of value you are delivering to children and to the organization. Our bottom line is different than a profit-driven organization that can simply measure revenue.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, wonderful coworkers, and the organization does great work all over the world.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership that trickles down to lower levels. Limited career growth and opportunities. There is limited opportunities to have a flexible schedule you are forced to have banker hours even though there is no need, they are not family friendly, and the pay is low for the area but they have generous sick time.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Vision (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great learning experience
    - Great staff and supervisors

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  6. "Program Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at World Vision full-time

    Pros

    Organizational culture encourages work life balance

    Cons

    Major organizational changes occur every 2 to 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Retention issue and low morale of staff needs to be addressed.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at World Vision full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Often your experience depends on who you report to. I have been lucky to have great leadership.

    Cons

    Since it is Christian people are hesitant to give valuable feedback in a straight forward manner.

  8. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at World Vision full-time

    Pros

    Great organization to work for!

    Cons

    No cons at this time.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at World Vision full-time

    Pros

    If integrating your Christian values with your professional career is important to you, than World Vision could be a great career move. Teams have daily devotionals together, chapel every week, and they are world-class when it comes to stewarding resources with integrity and building sustainable communities for the poor.

    Retirement benefits include both a 403b with a decent company match and a pension. Most companies no longer offer pensions, so having both is definitely a big plus to meet your retirement goals.

    Good work life balance, with fairly flexible work hours and work from home days (not all departments tho).

    Cons

    Unfortunately I've had some poor managers (not all), in my six years I've had over four managers, and most of them lacked the skills to be leaders who could guide strategic initiatives and be proactive in nurturing your career growth. The company needs to invest in training managers to be good leaders.

    Due to World Vision having multiple different sub-brands, with separate goals by department, it creates a lot of silos within the company. As a result, it is hard to unify as a brand and collectively focus on integrated initaitives with the highest value.

    Lack of diversity in ethnicities and age specifically at the U. S headquarters in Federal Way. The majority of staff are white and older (40 -60), and either have only worked at World Vision their entire career, or come with years of experience and come to World Vision to work till retirement. Higher turnover with young professionals due to not having as much career growth opportunities available.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in management training and tools that will support professional growth (e.g. Linkedin Learning , career growth plan etc.).


  10. "Trainer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Federal Way, WA

    I worked at World Vision (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful commitment to Christian faith. Truly walks the walk.

    Cons

    Lots of disorganization between World Vision US and World

    Advice to Management

    Examine opportunities, not much movement


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