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The Challenge Reviews

Updated 13 November 2018
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  • "Sometimes it can be difficult to deal with the young people due to age gaps but other staff always help with this" (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. "The Challenge is an organisation I am proud to work for."

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    Current Employee - DELIVERY PARTNER MANAGER in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - DELIVERY PARTNER MANAGER in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The vision of the Challenge is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences, which is at the heart of my values and increasingly needed to address the issues we face in society. The vision and mission is at the heart of all activities undertaken by the organisation, creating highly motivating and satisfying jobs.

    I have worked for The Challenge for over six years in a variety of roles and found all to be working towards the mission. The Challenge is very supportive of employees development and performance which has enabled me to develop and progress during my employment with them.

    Second to the mission for me is the culture of the organisation, I have never worked anywhere else where all the employees are passionate and motivated to do their best to achieve the mission. Likewise, there are few organisations that offer such high quality levels of holistic support for their staff.

    There is a wide variety of roles within the organisation and the option to progress offering employees a career path if they wish.

    Cons

    The programmes The Challenge deliver require high performing staff members that are dedicated, if you're looking for a minimum effort nine to five job, then The Challenge may not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the mission at the heart of the organisation and the great changes taking place to support employees mental health and disabilities.


  2. "Organisation making a real impact"

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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 is at the centre of all activities.
    The staff and management are fantastic and committed to the cause.
    Simultaneously a relaxed but hard working environment.
    Fun.
    Great variety of people from all backgrounds. Mostly young.
    Great development opportunities.

    Cons

    None, unless you are adverse to working hard and to a high standard.

    Advice to Management

    Need some older people with experience.

  3. "Great organisation"

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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

    Full of people who are passionate about making a difference in society

    Cons

    Office facilities could be better

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the mission and values


  4. "Best place I've worked"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at TCN for over 3 years. In my time I believe the culture has continued to improve, with additional focus on a high performance ethos and clear behaviour sets geared for success. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else for now

    Cons

    It's a young company so setting up young staff to appreciate how good it is when for many it's a first job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stick to convictions of a high performance culture


  5. "Ambitious charity having an impact on lots of young people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Challenge full-time

    Pros

    Charity doing great work and having an impact on seriously high numbers of young people across the country.

    Colleagues are friendly and supportive, and it is a fun, young-ish workforce, especially in some departments.

    Management is supportive, appreciative of effort, and understanding of mistakes. There are high expectations, but there isn’t any sort of blame culture etc. There are some good organisational benefits for a charity, particularly around health insurance, and there’s been some good work for employees on things like raising awareness of mental health.

    It’s a v large charity, so there’s lots of possible other departments/roles to move into after you’ve been there for a bit. It has offices across England, so it’s also good if you’re thinking you’d like to move somewhere else in the future.

    Cons

    Fast-paced atmosphere can be demanding, and at particular times workload is high.

    As with lots of charities, the offices aren’t too flashy (depending on which office youre in) and money is spent carefully.

    The pay is what you’d expect for the sector, so if you want to be a millionaire look elsewhere!


  6. "A great place to work."

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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

    - Great culture with people striving hard to make a change.
    - Leadership who care about the people and development.
    - Excellent understanding of social integration and how to improve this in the UK.

    Cons

    No major cons other than tough government contracts, however this is how the organisation is able to achieve its mission.


  7. "THOUGHTS"

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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

    An excellent organisation that is very good to work for. It is working hard to do its best in a very challenging environment.

    Cons

    None of note, other than to keep pushing ahead.

  8. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Innovation Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Innovation Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Challenge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Welcoming organisational culture
    - Good work-life balance

    Cons

    - Not very connected to the actual delivery of the service.


  9. "Decent place to work for a short time"

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Lots of responsibility

    Cons

    - Lack of professional development
    - Low pay


  10. "Such an important mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission is the one priority in the organisation and they are not faking it!
    There is always an opportunity to develop a process, work on a challenging project.
    Management cares for their staff.

    Cons

    HR can lack courage when facing employees who are not performing.
    Some staff think more about what they 'should be' entitled to than actually work.
    Constant change can be difficult to handle.

    Advice to Management

    Push for diversity at more senior levels


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