What's the company culture at Goodwill Industries?

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Every business has its own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Goodwill Industries?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Goodwill Industries?

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Al in Bonney Lake, Washington

55 months ago

They practice oppressive, negative, heavy-handed management philosophy. The training is almost non-existent, and they rely heavily on free (or almost free) labor paid by the state. It's quite a racket; get the state to pay for 50% of your labor force (or more), tell the community what a great company you are because you provide jobs to people down on their luck, and rack in millions of dollars for the upper management by selling things people donate in good faith.

Well, let me tell you a thing or two; the ends never justify the means. I've heard reports that Bernie Madoff donated to charities and did "good things" with the money he stole. Did that that make Berbie Madoff a "good" person? Heck no! And the Tacoma Goodwill is NOT good simply because they do some "good things". I'm not suggesting that there aren't nice people who work the GW. But structurally, from the top down, my first hand observation is that Tacoma Goodwill is ROTTEN to the core!

THEY ARE NOT A GOOD COMPANY TO WORK FOR, in my opinion!

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Anonymous in Wendell, North Carolina

47 months ago

Host said: Every business has its own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Goodwill Industries?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Goodwill Industries?

As someone I worked with there once said, "It is like a concentration camp, without the incinerator." I fully agreed with her and still do. I have a case pending with them. Another former co-worker often complained how they bully her but she can not afford to lose her job so she has to just keep her mouth shut and take their abuse. They fired me for a job related injury (case that is pending). From what I have been reading I am not alone in my observations. And this seems to be going on in all GW's everywhere.

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Anonymous in Wendell, North Carolina

47 months ago

Al in Bonney Lake, Washington said: They practice oppressive, negative, heavy-handed management philosophy. The training is almost non-existent, and they rely heavily on free (or almost free) labor paid by the state. It's quite a racket; get the state to pay for 50% of your labor force (or more), tell the community what a great company you are because you provide jobs to people down on their luck, and rack in millions of dollars for the upper management by selling things people donate in good faith.

Well, let me tell you a thing or two; the ends never justify the means. I've heard reports that Bernie Madoff donated to charities and did "good things" with the money he stole. Did that that make Berbie Madoff a "good" person? Heck no! And the Tacoma Goodwill is NOT good simply because they do some "good things". I'm not suggesting that there aren't nice people who work the GW. But structurally, from the top down, my first hand observation is that Tacoma Goodwill is ROTTEN to the core!

THEY ARE NOT A GOOD COMPANY TO WORK FOR, in my opinion!

AGREED!

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Al Bert 4 in Seattle, Washington

43 months ago

I can testify; they treat their employees very poorly. Some how it has gotten into management's head that since GW is a non-profit they don't need to practice good business policy. They are backward-thinking and thugish in 'ruling' those who make them money. STAY AWAY from working for Goodwill. STAY WAY from giving to Goodwill.

HEY GOODWILL, why do you think you can treat people with such indifference and think you can get a way with it?

GOODWILL HIDES behind a mask of "good". I'm not suggesting they don't 'help' some people BUT I seen TONS of people (employees) they hurt.

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Chris - Brampton in Rouge Valley, Ontario

34 months ago

Host said: Every business has its own style. What is the office environment and culture like at Goodwill Industries?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at Goodwill Industries?

Typical day in life at GW:
ABUSE (verbal, mental, emotional, psychological),
LIES by management, execs, fellow employees sucking up to management,
UNSAFE WORK CONDITIONS (moulds, mice, rats, lack of proper ventilation, dirt, health hazards, no proper heating in the backroom, etc.),
LACK OF PROTECTION BY THE UNIONS,
DECEITFUL HUMAN RESOURCES (especially the upper level - LIARS totally in the service of execs and protecting their own interests ONLY),
CONTEMPT for the employees - this is a daily fare expressed in every possible way,
HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT,
FEAR as a management method
and much more in the same vein.

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Al Bert 4 in Seattle, Washington

34 months ago

Chris - Brampton in Rouge Valley, Ontario said: Typical day in life at GW:
ABUSE (verbal, mental, emotional, psychological),
LIES by management, execs, fellow employees sucking up to management,
UNSAFE WORK CONDITIONS (moulds, mice, rats, lack of proper ventilation, dirt, health hazards, no proper heating in the backroom, etc.),
LACK OF PROTECTION BY THE UNIONS,
DECEITFUL HUMAN RESOURCES (especially the upper level - LIARS totally in the service of execs and protecting their own interests ONLY),
CONTEMPT for the employees - this is a daily fare expressed in every possible way,
HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT,
FEAR as a management method
and much more in the same vein.

Hi Chris Brampton, great reply! Feel free to join this Facebook group GREEDWILL.

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Chris - Brampton in Rouge Valley, Ontario

34 months ago

Al Bert 4 in Seattle, Washington said: Hi Chris Brampton, great reply! Feel free to join this Facebook group GREEDWILL.

Thank you for speaking up against this slave camp based on greed and lies.
I noticed than one of my comments was removed from this forum. GREEDWILL must be on their toes, but the power of the Internet is unstoppable.

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Al Bert 4 in Seattle, Washington

34 months ago

Chris - Brampton in Rouge Valley, Ontario said: Thank you for speaking up against this slave camp based on greed and lies.
I noticed than one of my comments was removed from this forum. GREEDWILL must be on their toes, but the power of the Internet is unstoppable.

Thanks for keeping at it!

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Ralph Beebe in Beaverton, Oregon

6 months ago

Al Bert 4 in Seattle, Washington said: Thanks for keeping at it!

I for one can tell you With Experience. never ever work for such a greedy company like goodwill.they tell you so many LIES. By far the worst company to work for. I truly wished our Goverment would step in and TAX the hell out of these People, NON PROFIT MY ASS
opening up all these new goodwill stores all over the state of Oregon & Washington. the Gov. should at Least TAX them Big time for all the Property they are buying to put these new stores they are putting them on. with the Peoples Donations to build these Places.I would not Recomend any one to work or Donate to these Crooks.

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Ralph Beebe in Beaverton, Oregon

6 months ago

I'd much Rather Donate to the Salvation Army. at Least they help our Community, Salvation army has been around a lot longer than the Crooks at Goodwill.

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John McClellan in Angier, North Carolina

1 month ago

What most people who reply about Goodwill don't seem to be aware of, is that there is not one single Goodwill in charge of how the whole thing operates. There are completely different Goodwill Industries companies operating across the country. The California Goodwills are not connected to the New York Goodwills, for example. This is why generalization across the board is an ignorant thing to do when assessing such a company. In any retail setting, there are different managers, regional managers, etc. There are differing philosophies and different practices even within Goodwills in the same region.
Something you may not know, Macklemore's song was sanctioned by Califonia Goodwill. This is why he can mention the company multiple times in the song without fear of being sued. Also, Goodwill is a huge employer of disabled indivduals, in different areas of the country. Most of the people I see complaining about their jobs in this world are people who don't like to actually work hard, and people who love to complain and don't seem to get along well with others. These are personal problems that have nothing to do with who you work for. Just my two cents.
I will say that in my area, Goodwill had the best, most comprehensive healthcare plan I've seen, even better than when I worked for the state.

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GWFmrSlave in Manhattan, Kansas

1 month ago

We strengthen individuals, families and communities in need through the Power of Work

That's what the company I worked for has as their mission statement on their website. It's different from what is posted in the stores, which also is a complete lie. I worked for them for almost a year, before being told to turn in my two weeks in mid October. That was due to no longer being able to handle the stress-induced anxiety over lacking monetary donations, very rude customers, and 'not stocking enough product' while I was the only cashier on the busiest days (tues & sat). I had a documented with them disability about Anxiety. The next shift I worked by the way, I was talked to early on that they were going to accommodate by taking me off cashier for a few shifts. At the end of my shift they let me go without explanation.

Over the last few months of working there, I had seen all but one employee with visible disabilities be let go at the two GW stores I worked at. It makes me sick with all the talk about helping those with DISABILITIES and disadvantages, and yet those who really are needing those jobs are being let go left and right. I hope that these unethical, and possibly illegal actions by the various GW Franchises, because it really isn't a Not for Profit, will get noticed by more non-employees.

Oh, and some inside info about the 'Services', the 'franchise' I worked for actually shut down the services for about six months this past spring. They told us at a meeting that the volunteer and employment services were starting back up. I don't understand how they could even be LEGALLY considered a Not for Profit during that time, with all of that money going into accounts for bonuses and backpay of raises.

In fact, the store manager at the store I was fired from got a 10,000 dollar bonus at the beginning of October. The Assistant managers got 6,000 dollar bonuses. The associates got 40 dollar bonuses. That is proof of this Pyramid scheme of Lies.

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lore in Noblesville, Indiana

26 days ago

Mr John McClellan in Angier, North Carolina, maybe not all goodwill are one single operation but they ALL work under the "helping people find jobs" or "we are helping the less fortunate". Making everybody think that they are following the ause that Helm had started.The statement " they are completely different" means that: in order for them to function as a for profit they must get out of the non-profit title, when in reality are the same but dissected into different branches just to have different benefits and power of manipulation,. The very reason is to sell products, be owners of estates;which by the way they rent to elders and disable people, to be in charge of charter schools and even car re-sales. They create this "other" companies but they are the same.On the other hand philosophies and practices are nothing more than individuals trying to do the best they can with the miserable jobs they have. MR, the people that complained about this jobs was not because they are lazy or do not want to do the job see what would you'll do when you get stress at your job(if employed) or when you get tired. will you complain because you are lazy? or because you don't want to do such job? I don't think so!Even a fool will know their limit. Why does GW hires disabled people and those that have criminal background,those that give community service and volunteer? This is not becaus ethey have abetter choice or can fence for themselves. Now, these are the people that someone llike you and I should try to protect and to defend and not all them lazy. With all due respect don't become a fool and believe what GW shows to be. They are just money makers and don't care to help the needed. Don't make a fool of yourself.

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lore in Noblesville, Indiana

26 days ago

Ralph Beebe in Beaverton, Oregon said: I'd much Rather Donate to the Salvation Army. at Least they help our Community , Salvation army has been around a lot longer than the Crooks at Goodwill.

Salvation Army helps with the people in need, With part of the profits they get, they help their community. They sometimes can't even afford a location to keep the things donated to them,yet they manage to help. By the way the clothes they do not sell is send over seas which i am sure they must pay to ship. What does Goodwill does with things like this? They destroy them in order that good wellknown brands won't end up in the stores that will give such stores (like goccie,couch etc) a bad reputation. Shameful

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