Salvation Army Employee Reviews about "non profit"

Updated 1 Jul 2020

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Salvation Army Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams (no image)
Clive and Marianne Adams
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It was a blessing to work for this agency that seeks to help people locally and internationally."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worship & Service Center Director/Pastor in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salvation Army full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A family atmosphere, a chance to help people and make a difference.

    Cons

    Because it is a non-profit, the salaries are not very high.

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  2. "Doing the Most Good"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Development Director 
    Recommends

    I worked at Salvation Army full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great family/life balance. Positive life-changing work being done for other people - this is easy to get behind and give it your best work. Favorable reputation in the community. Good benefits. Opportunities for growth within organization.

    Cons

    While you have the backing of a large international org, at the end of the day it is still a non-profit and frugality often wins. Many opportunities for growth, but they do not do well at promoting them; you have to seek them out. As local leadership (officers) change every few years, you may experience fluctuation in their management strengths, weaknesses and strategic priorities which can lead to frustration.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible, mismanaged, understaffed, low pay. The worst job I’ve ever had."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Salvation Army full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Some coworkers were amazing to work with. However, the “good” coworkers tend to move on pretty quickly. • The benefits package is good for the (low) cost that comes out of your paycheck. • They tend to let out early at noon on the day's before holidays. They also celebrate more holidays than other places.

    Cons

    • A lot depends on your coworkers. There are a few excellent coworkers (as mentioned above), however there are more than a few bad coworkers. • Turn over is crazy and management seems to think that they can just push the work of onto the remaining staff. Everyone is in their own silo, so as people have left, there is no one else that new how to do what the former-employee did. They just keep shifting the blame as people leave and eventually they’re going to run out of people. In addition, positions take MONTHS to even setup an interview, let alone hire someone. • Management at the senior level is terrible. You would think that since the salvation army is a church that the senior managers would be nice and understanding, you would be wrong. It's crazy to me that they can lead you in prayer and then scream at you the next day for things that aren't your fault. I feel like part of the issue is that they expect you to just give them respect for being an "officer", but that's not how that works. Respect is earned based on your actions and there are few that deserve respect. • There is a structural issue with management as well. Since the "officers" are trained to be ministers, no one at the decision making level has any idea about the department that they manage. Which leads to all sorts of problems that could’ve been avoided if the people that actually do the work had any say. • In addition, my manager never really managed. No mentoring and no going over performance. No room to advance at all. Job responsibilities are not always clearly defined. Communication is also an issue. • Pay is lower than average (and never increased for those of us who took on the workload of former employees), but it's a non-profit so that's not that unusual.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Been here 4 yrs"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Shelter Case Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salvation Army full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Staff is recognized for their works. Room to implement additional services for clients The ability to relocate.

    Cons

    If let go cant claim unemployment due to it being. Non profit organization.

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  5. "Great organization"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Salvation Army full-time

    Pros

    Helping community. Great family in a Christian environment. Great benefits and perks. Flexible and understanding.

    Cons

    Low pay since non-profit. Not a lot of advancement opportunities.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Program Director in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Salvation Army full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    working for a great cause being able to make a difference in the community

    Cons

    low pay even within non-profit sector work life balance is challenging for those in leadership roles. advancement opportunity is limited within the agency

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  7. "Working and living with God..."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Tagger in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Salvation Army full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Salvation Army is GREAT, it is a caring, loving organization to work for, it's benefits are competitive and I enjoy coming to work dayly...

    Cons

    Being a Non Profit Organization I don't qualify for unemployment benefits, and the pay could be better, but I am grateful for all that I have today.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Salvation Army part-time

    Pros

    If you want to gain experience with sales and for a non profit look no further

    Cons

    Not much room for growth if that's what your looking for.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely disappointing"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Salvation Army full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Co workers and people in the community were great.

    Cons

    Ideas are not allowed. If you are not a soldier your opinion and thoughts don’t matter. If the officers and managers make a decision their is no room for discussion even if that decision impacts your position. EXTREMELY sexist and patriarchal organizational set up. I was disrespected by the core officers because I was a woman and for no other good reason other than having a differing opinion than the officers. Officers were very unprofessional. They would divulge private information about other employees. For example, I was told another employees hours were going to be cut before they told the employee but was then told I shouldn’t tell anyone anything they tell me in confidence when in reality that’s not information that should be told to anyone before the employee in question. Managers and officers will throw others under the bus to deflect criticism off themselves. Employees at my corps were repeatedly blamed for management miscommunication by saying “oh no, YOU misunderstood.” And if you dare call them out on this, they will accuse you of insubordination. Pay is low for what you have to put up with. It is a non profit but if officers make up to 5x what employees make and they don’t do nearly as much work.

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  10. "Great place to work and uplifting"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Salvation Army full-time

    Pros

    The energy at The Salvation Army where I work is uplifting, fun, dedicated and hard working. The benefits are fantastic and better than most in the state while being affordable. The people I work with truly believe in the mission and the Officers show a dedication not only to their families but to the community they are in as well.

    Cons

    The Salvation Army is a non-profit which means that they are often unable to competitively compete in the area of salaries.

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