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The Challenge Reviews

Updated 2 July, 2018
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Pros
  • "Get to work with and meet like-minded people who are incredibly passionate about working with young people" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Lots of opportunities for development within the company" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "the approach might sometimes be pushy to young people" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Long hours if you work in programmes - a bit better in central support functions (though not much better)" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great mission to be a part of"

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

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are like a family.

    There is great scope for development and growth.

    The various different business units work well together.

    You will learn stuff here at a pace and depth that you won't get the opportunity to elsewhere.

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of direction from management, but this is easily rectifiable.

    Advice to Management

    Rehire where there are gaps.

    Focus on team positives, output, and staff retention will be greater.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant organisation changing the country"

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

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission, front line people who make a massive difference to young people's lives and to our communities every day, senior managers who really care

    Cons

    It can be hard work but that's what makes us successful and so special.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep being brave and being passionate about changing society for the better

  3. "A brilliant workplace and worthy mission"

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

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - likeminded, energetic and passionate colleagues
    - growth plans and development opportunities
    - very open leadership and directors team

    Cons

    - hours can be long in the summer but it’s worth it

    Advice to Management

    - carry on improving the foundations and process to better allow your people to thrive


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    Employees are mission focussed which is good

    Cons

    Not enough planning by management


  5. "Great people, bad organisation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Challenge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some amazing staff who are passionate and fun. The programmes have a great mission at their core which is easy to believe in and want to support to do well.

    Cons

    The way The Challenge treats staff is terrible. On the surface there are development opportunities and support from (some) great line managers, however dig deeper into the HR and director's teams and there is not a culture of care at all.

    Amid a storm of redundancies, staff being stressed and overworked, and terrible core processes, there was very little support from directors, with blame being placed on those who have worked the hardest and shouldered the backlash from senior team's incompetence and inexperience in leading a charity.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out your core support processes, care for your staff.

    In addition, for a 'social integration' charity, many of the leadership team are white, middle aged men from a military background.

    Practice what you preach or lose credibility once and for all!


  6. "Great Atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Staffing Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staffing Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Challenge (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent working atmosphere, motivating managers

    Cons

    Little work life balance during summer, autumn programmes


  7. "Great development and people!"

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

    I have been working at The Challenge (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities to learn and progress. Really good learning and development package.
    - Visible leadership with regular Q&As.
    - Passionate people working towards a great programme.

    Cons

    - Occasionally immature workforce with a lot of new grads employed (lots of positives with this too).
    - Tough government contracts.

  8. "Great summer job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible summer working
    Working with young people

    Cons

    No real drawbacks I can speak to


  9. "Amazing opportunity for progression"

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    Former Employee - Sales Team Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Team Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Challenge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Mission driven organisation
    - Strong values and culture
    - Great opportunity for progression
    - Supportive environment for professional and personal development
    - Diverse staff
    - Fun place to work with likeminded people who believe in the mission

    Cons

    - Challenging targets set by the NCS Trust
    - Long hours during programme delivery


  10. "Feedback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people and culture working for a really worthwhile mission.

    Cons

    Government contracts challenging to deliver.


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