Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated 20 November, 2014
Updated 20 November, 2014
190 Reviews
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190 Reviews
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working for a worthy cause, helping people to build homes (in 11 reviews)

  • You're able to really make a difference in the lives of people in need (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • this place is non-profit so there's really not much wrong with it (in 14 reviews)

  • Long hours (including weekends), low pay, understaffed (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    One of the Best Non-Profits and better now with the Merger

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Build Site Experience in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Director of Build Site Experience in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had the pleasure of working with an outstanding group of people. I was humbled by their commitment to the cause and willingness to go the extra mile. The construction team was nothing short of great, and faced changes, hardships and challenges with grace and dignity

    Cons

    The merger of 3 "Habitats" was stressful but worked out in the end. It is not as crisp functioning as some corporations but was efficient and cooperative. Everyone wears a lot of hats, and if that is a problem for you, it will be challenging to work here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Danger to my person

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros about this company worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Does not value its employees and has a terrible corporate culture. There is no training as most positions are left vacant before they hire the next person. Increases in pay did not even cover the cost of living increase. Senior management is very untrustworthy. Many employees who have worked here have left due to being over-worked, frustrated, and treated very poorly. The turn-over rate is high and retention is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having hidden agendas and be truthful about unsafe workplace practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    an alright work environment, if you know the right people

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    Current Employee - Online Sales and Social Media in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Online Sales and Social Media in Edmonton, AB

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice offices, friendly environment (if you know the right people)
    decent pay
    company lunches
    good morale working for non profit
    benefits

    Cons

    old boys club mentality, new employees not given much chance for advancement
    miss communications between departments
    using personal vehicle without gas allowance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with staff, set goals and stick with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great culture, beautiful building

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great communication between employees and managers. Had the opportunity to learn a lot and work with all levels of the organization. Building is beautiful.

    Cons

    Sometimes management can be a bit held back with the amount of information they provide to interns/entry level positions. I understand this because it can be a security issue but at times when I needed information it can be a bit bothersome.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Designer

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    Former Employee - Designer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Designer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had a lot of project flexibility to work on what I wanted, which felt almost at odds with managers, who were picky about what they liked and did not, but were very hands off. There is a sense of doing good though that permeates through company culture, though, which I found to be very satisfying.

    Cons

    Management is a social club for old people. Managers are prone to having long, drawn out meetings and not talking about exactly what we were working on. Very unproductive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more goal oriented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A feel good organization that gives back to the community.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful concept nod lots of valuable support.

    Cons

    Low pay with unrealistic work load.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great volunteer experience!

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Antioch, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Antioch, TN (US)

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Great feeling to help someone.
    Weather was decent.
    Team Leaders were helpful.
    Co-volunteers were fun to work with.
    Breakfast and lunch were good.

    Cons

    Ducking and dodging yellow jacket bees that were everywhere.
    Muddy on the side of the house where we were doing siding.
    Wish I could have helped more than just one day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would have been nice if the concrete was laid on the side of the house before siding was put on so the ground could have been more stable.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Serving to improve local communities and provide low income housing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Riverside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Riverside, CA (US)

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Being an Americorps member reflects your desire to help local communities and gain job experience. Service provides good job experience performing community outreach, and managing volunteers and projects. The knowledge of the Americorps program is growing and provides some benefits for applying for jobs afterwards. Service provides emotional and spritual rewards. A recurrnig mantra, borrowed from hebrew tradition, "He who saves one life saves the whole world entire."

    Cons

    Service is similar to full-time volunteering, requiring a full-time schedule with an 11-month committment. Also, there are many early mornings. It is a lot of hard work for little pay and few monetary rewards; its also mostly for people in their younger 20s. A person is able to gain experience, but a job is not guarenteed afterwards and you need to finish your 11-month, 1700 hour committment before receiving the educational award.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility with schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor Executive Decisions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Truck Driver/Donation Pick Ups in Bellingham, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Truck Driver/Donation Pick Ups in Bellingham, WA (US)

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Pros of working with Habitat for Humanity is that in most areas of the country they are building homes helping less fortunate people. And assisting families with housing repairs and so forth that generally couldn't afford it.

    Cons

    No International Support to local areas, Board of Directors will not step in to challenge the directors when they are making poor decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get More Involved as to what and how Habitat is being portrayed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in New Paltz, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in New Paltz, NY (US)

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many different activities for volunteers to do
    Jobs vary from using tools on building sites to moving furniture to second hand stores

    Cons

    Heavy lifting can occur, you may not know where your volunteering each day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give earlier notice on volunteer job positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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