Volunteer Work/Community Service (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – October 23, 2013
A typical day at St. Vincent De Paul would be to come in and prepare/bag the food that was to be handed out when people arrived. I learned what its like to be independent because no one holds your hand the whole time you really have to catch on fast and work really hard to get through the day and to get the job done. my co workers were all really great and really bubbly people and always ready to help and ready to work , when i got there everyone sort of knew eachother and i did not know anyone but they were really open to bringing me in and showing me sort of what to do. The hardest part of the job was telling the families with young children they can only have a certain amount. the easiest part was being really happy and talking to the "costumers" and sort of getting to know how things worked and how just overall working as a team and helping people out was the best part.
Associate / Key Holder (Former Employee) – Penn Hills, PA – September 18, 2016
They claim to be inspired and ran by the gospels, NOT SO! The Pittsburgh Office Branch treats employees like garbage. If you dare to call them on something or try to make a suggestion you are reprimanded and reminded to stay in your place. They did not answer emails or phone calls .They don't even know how to say hello you. Once a year there is a Xmas party and that is the end of any kindness shown.
The local Store Manager was a very kind person and that is why I stayed on. I also really love the Society and it's mission. You are paid nothing more like a volunteer. But that was ok as I know work was helping the poor.
They don't consider the safely of managers as are made to make bank deposits at night instead of letting the wait until the next morning.
They do make loans to employees when face with needs and then payroll deduct the payments.
Good deals on store items and they made payroll deductable loans in case of emergency
CASHIER- (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – November 26, 2016
Love working here. I am a cashier/volunteer on a paid government program. Started as just a volunteer though. Love the people. Great attitudes (most people) A lot of the customers are regulars and you get to know them. The mission is an admirable one and love helping people. Management is excellent and friendly.
Good people, great mission. Great finds for cheap prices.
Little job security, unlikely to move up or gain employment, Most "workers" are volunteers doing community service or programs, Which is great, but not if you need permanent employment.
Director of Distribution (Current Employee) – San Mateo County, CA – April 17, 2016
Days are busy due to the volume of work which is good. It is good to work for an organization whose mission is to help individuals and families in need. The staff I work with are interesting due to the philosophy of offering job opportunities to persons who have difficulty getting jobs due to their circumstances through our work rehabilitation program. In my position I have learned to oversee the operation of multiple stores, a truck fleet and dispatch office and open a distribution center.
Great place to work. Variety of people to work with and learn from.
Clothing Supervisor (Former Employee) – Waukesha, WI – March 21, 2017
A typical day at St. Vincent's is quite busy. Your work day usually goes by very quickly. Even though I worked with clothing and lines the daily donations are always different, from very old vintage to brand new items. You learn to work with a wide variety of people, a lot of whom volunteer their time for a mission that St. Vincent stands for. They are a wonderful Christian organization that helps many people in the community that are in need. The most difficult part of the job is balancing between employee and volunteer responsibilities. Some of the younger employees find it difficult to understand the more relaxed positions of the volunteers at times. Even though volunteering, the volunteers still had to conform to rules on being there. They are a VERY loving and dedicated group of people that volunteer at St. Vincent's! Their knowledge and love and commitment made going to work each day a blessing!!!
Too short of breaks/lunches that are scheduled by the management
Cashier (Former Employee) – Eugene, OR – October 27, 2016
I worked here from 2005-2007, and it was the worst place I ever worked! Hopefully this has changed in the last 9 years since I left. They only cared about how fast you were at putting out new clothing, and they would time us. If you were not fast enough, they would give you a warning. Then if you didn't improve enough the next time they timed you, they fired you. I also had two different managers that yelled at me for doing something they didn't like and made me cry. They also did these same things to other workers. Another problem was that the some of the managers were related to the person in charge of everything, so the managers would not get in trouble for anything that they did that was not nice or not professional. One time a worker left on maternity leave and when she came back, they did not let her come back to the same store in Springfield where she lived. They said she could only go to a different store in Eugene. I would not recommend working here unless things have dramatically changed.
They didn't care about you as a person, only how much you could produce for the company, People who are related to upper management shouldn't be allowed to be managers.
Enojoyable place to work with a family-like atmoshpere
Social Work Intern (Former Employee) – Cincinnati, OH – January 20, 2017
At SVDP, I was a social work intern. I gained much experience in my time there. I mostly grew in communication with people of different cultures. My supervisor was great at challenging me to learn as much as possible. Almost everyday I spent some time at the front desk and that's where I was able to make relationships with clients the most. I also did intake for the food pantry, intake for rent/utility assistance, and attended meetings. The hardest part of working there was seeing the people who came in going through such a hard time. However, the most enjoyable part of the job was being able to foster hope in the people we helped.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Waukesha, WI – February 20, 2017
I didnt like working there the mangers were rude and fired a pregnant person. For no reason boss acts snotty towards people if someone sees that something needs to be done nobody does it and would make cashiers do their work and too much drama
Management in dissaray, despite terrific opportunity to work at my own pace and delegate responsibilities. I actually was let go due to personal problems and then called back and rehired. They certainly weren't required to do that. But, I never knew from day to day who would be running the store and what would be required of me.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Bremerton, WA – September 30, 2016
a typical day at work consist of putting personal belongings in your locker, clocking in, getting your til and taking it to your assigned register putting it in the register, closing the register and logging into the register and start ringing up customer's items. Make sure that you are on time to and from your breaks and that you sign out of the register, count your til and clock out on time when it is time for you to clock off.Working at a thrift store I learned that one persons trash is really another persons treasure. The hardest part of the job is standing in one spot for eight hour and only sitting on your breaks. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the smile on peoples faces after helping them. The co-worker are great. They are happy fun people to be around and to work with.
Staff and management are very supportive. They have flexible hours. They really work with people in the in the community to eliminate poverty. The move enjoyable part is making a difference in the client's lives.
Electronics Sales Associate/ janitor (Former Employee) – Owensboro, KY – August 8, 2016
I always had something to do, wether its fixing electronics, cleaning bathrooms, or moving furntiure. I got to communicate with lot's good people and some bad. The manager is a great manager. She does her job right and is nice. But doesnt play around when its comes to work on being late, lazy, or foul language. Overall the job was a great experience for me learning different things giving me new experiences. With great people, great management and a great system going, no could ever complain about coming to work.
Free tots of stuff u picked to keeo every 2 weeks
Had to leave for personal reasons, ask manager, tammie havener.
Cashier, Customer Service, Stocking (Former Employee) – Florence, OR – November 20, 2016
Enjoyed working with the people, co-workers and manager but has had a lot of turn over since I have worked there. I didn't care for the treatment as a worker because the big bosses made the employee's feel as if they were criminals. We always had to watch every move we made so they wouldn't misinterpret something you did or said
Full time is 40hrs a week
Employees are treated as if they are criminals by big bosses sometimes
It is low stress employement with several benefits
AARP Sales Clerk (Current Employee) – Ann Arbor, MI – January 17, 2017
I enjoy my job and the people I work with. They are liberal leaning with a true desire to help the less fortunate. My day is spent on the cash register, pricing and stocking. There is little difficult about what I do and an additional perk is I get discounts on merchandise as an employee.
Food Pantry Volunteer (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – March 20, 2017
This very well Structured organization provides food to the homeless people around Indianapolis, Indiana. The full time staff work s exceptionally hard to ensure that every volunteer has a job and will be able to make an impact on the lives of the people the organization is serving.
Cashier, Human Resources (Former Employee) – Merced, CA – October 13, 2016
We helped a lot of people when I worked there. The first 5 years, I volunteered there. The last few years. I was employed part-time, but stayed many afternoons volunteering for free, but loving every day that I was there.
Free lunches, when we had lunches. The opportunity to purchase many nice and unusual items.
The loss of a beautiful manager, who retired. Also, we lost quite a few of excellent employees, due to personal conflicts with each other.