Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated 10 April, 2015
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Habitat for Humanity CEO and Director Jonathan T. M. Reckford
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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)

  • Board of Directors can be challenging if the organization does not have a clear vision for the future (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Valuable work.

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    Current Employee - Customer Care in North York, ON
    Current Employee - Customer Care in North York, ON

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Range of experiences gained with varying tasks. Meet people with charitable, ethical, conscientious attitudes like myself. hard-working co-workers!! Positive experience.

    Cons

    I have not experienced any cons.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think enough people know about all of the wonderful things about Habitat for Humanity. The projects happening..... The fact that we have furniture, accessories, lamps, art,...in addition to building materials and supplies...That you can donate, get a tax receipt, and we pick up, and for free!!

  2. Habitat for Humanity from former full-time employee

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    Current Employee - Store Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Store Associate in Toronto, ON

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Some of the money goes to helping families get houses who are not willing to work full-time
    -volunteering helps high school students get their volunteer hours in
    -volunteering helps people with no experience to find gainful experience

    Cons

    -only a percentage of donation money goes to actually building the houses the rest is kept buy the company
    -they pay their employees just over minimum wage so people working full-time are working to give people who are not willing to work houses but they can't afford them themself
    -they take advantage of their employees by paying them just over minimum wage well expecting them to do intense manual labour lifting furniture all day loading, unloading trucks, removing donations from peoples houses
    -I was made to turn away several donations from generous people because they thought they could not make enough money off the donation the person was giving (example: we can only get $75 for that stove)
    -they take advantage of their volunteers in the time i was there the average volunteer only came once cause they had them doing heavy labour example, lifting furniture, flooring, tile etc etc
    -the whole time i worked there I never heard the word CHARITY because it's a business only a portion of the money goes to the actual charity the rest is kept buy the company
    -I was very disappointed in the company because after I worked there I realized it was basically a scam taking advantage of people, well giving the impression it was not a BUSINESS when really its just like any other business except they get all their product and most of their labour for free

    Advice to Management

    -Pay your employees enough that they could afford a house or at least a 2 bedroom apartment
    -stop pretending all of the donation money goes to building houses
    -don't turn away donations from people who are nice enough to donate
    -don't have volunteers hire employees and pay them the proper wage for lifting heavy furniture all day

  3. Volunteer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Habitat for Humanity

    Pros

    Great people, working for a good cause

    Cons

    Sometimes the volunteers work harder than the actual employees

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful organization, management and staff, but sadly a poor CEO

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in London, ON
    Former Employee - Coordinator in London, ON

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good cause, great volunteers, good coworkers and mission

    Cons

    Ineffectual CEO who tends to be more concerned about his status in the community than he is about the organization.

    Advice to Management

    The board should allow the staff to have a voice that is heard.

  6. Conservative and hierarchical, but doing good work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Habitat for Humanity full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The organization is growing so there are opportunities to learn and grow with the organization. There are a number of facets to the model which is interesting - retail, construction, fund development, family services. Staff are nice especially at the middle and junior level. Good mission and executes it well. Inspiring volunteers helping out in all areas of the organization.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Conservative environment. Not much communication or consultation with staff or structures set up to encourage flow of information. East York location very inconvenient. Business dress required. Salaries are low and will stay that way. Average work-life balance with most staff working overtime most of the time. Leadership team can feel uncaring. Low benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for innovation to come from the bottom as well as the top. Improve communication among staff. Work on improving staff satisfaction in free ways by involving them in decisions about their work environment.

  7. Helpful (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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

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

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  9. 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Great culture, beautiful building

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    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Toronto, ON
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Toronto, ON

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.

  11. 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Be more goal oriented.

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