Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity Reviews

Updated 27 February, 2015
Updated 27 February, 2015
228 Reviews
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228 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)

  • 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.  

    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

  2.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    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
  7.  

    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)

    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
  8.  

    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)

    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
  9.  

    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)

    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
  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)

    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
  11.  

    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

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