From my short amount of time doing voluntary work there, I have collaborated and learned skills of packing and delivering fruit. Whilst also being surrounded by kind and supportive colleagues that showed me the ropes.
The manger is kind and helpful. Other employers are happy to support each other. They are polite people. I had an opportunity to try different position until I found something interesting to work with.
The typical day of work is wiping down shelves, Carrying donations. what i learned is to stick things out no matter what. The most enjoyable part of the job was giving back to the community. The workplace culture is friendly and supportive
My Experience at the salvation army taught me to love people and to never give up on them . Taught me to deal with people wit lots of issues.The work place culture was good most times. Management of controlling nature. Being with people was most enjoyable part of the day
Don't work here. Overworked and underpaid. For a Christian organisation they show no caring towards their workers on the front line. Hypocritical in that it talks about poverty or the 'working poor' and yet pay below industry standard rates. They can't recruit / keep good store Managers because of the low wages and poor conditions. Health & Safety is a low priority for them. When I approached the Officer of H&S issues was told "not my problem" or "we don't have the money to fix that" They don't live up to their responsibilities as an employer under NZ law. (I know of 2 cases of workers being paid below the minimum wage) I also seen an inexperienced church member given a substantially higher starting pay rate than an experienced person working there for 4 years. You are expected to work more hours than you are paid for. Policies differ from location to location. Often the 'Officer' (or minister) is in over all charge of the store, and as each Parish has it's own budget, quite often another store has better wages or conditions for the same roles. One year not even a Christmas card for Family Store workers whilst The Church /Office staff went out for a Xmas lunch. ...Bullying culture is rife
My experience was limited as I was doing my two-year internship and wasn't exposed to the role in its fullness. Very busy always something to work on, which is great being busy. The workplace seemed a little clicky with established groups which at times were exclusive. The hardest part of the job is wanting to do for others what they are struggling to do for themselves. As I have been in the client's shoes eight years ago and have had continuous sobriety. The most enjoyable part of the job, is seeing individuals find wellness, sustainable wellness and collecting a great toolbox of new skills to take back into their lives and into the community.
Having an opportunity to make a difference in others lives
At times due to the nature of the job I must be more aware of self-care to avoid burnout.
Director (Former Employee) – East Coast – 2 October 2018
Unbalanced power in leadership with roles and responsibility given to those with good connections, friendships rather than skills they possess. Some of the best people I've worked with right alongside some of the best. Constant turnover doesn't guarantee a harmonious work environment or style.
benefits, charity is awesome
not great pay, gossipy workplace, constant change in leadership for better or worse.