Oxfam America Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Oxfam America sets the standard among international development NGOs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Oxfam America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Oxfam America has amazing people and one of the most sophisticated and nuanced approaches in the field. If you're looking to work with smart, dedicated people in an environment that allows for a healthy work/life balance, this is the place.

    Cons

    Very few, and no deal-breakers. When I was there, HR was generally considered a weak point, particularly at the senior levels. This was due more to cultural fit rather than competency, however.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Experience With Passionate People

    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Oxfam America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People who work at Oxfam America are smart very passionate about international development- they're also doing a lot of innovative work, especially on public-private partnerships. Got to work on a lot of great projects that really felt like they were not only having an impact, but changing the dialogue about what was possible in development.

    Office in Boston is wonderful.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. It's really a great organization. There's not a lot of turnover, which I think is a sign of how wonderful Oxfam is that it can retain people of such a high standard.


  3. Great organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Super staff, mission, and vision. I love the team and sense of camaraderie. The work environment is fantastic and the salary/benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The constant change across the global confederation is wearing out the staff. While Oxfam America is well run, it is in danger of being dragged down by its European colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to staff, particularly the President who is basically non-existent most of the time.


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  5. A valuable volunteer experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxfam America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Active organization that organizes effective social justice campaigns

    Cons

    There are no cons I could think of


  6. fantastic place to work, would go back in a heartbeat

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Legal Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Oxfam America as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with are all extremely friendly, interesting, and intelligent. The workplace environment is highly supportive and open. The work was exciting.

    Cons

    The number and length and organization of weekly team meetings was frustrating and seemed unnecessary and oriented around process and consensus


  7. Helpful (3)

    Outstanding organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a truly high-impact organization staffed by incredibly talented, self-motivated professionals who are "in it" for the right reasons.

    Cons

    We're stretched too thin, yet continue to take on new programs and campaigns. Compensation in my division is slightly-below that of my peers in similar organizations. Work-life balance is a real challenge. There are few opportunities for advancement within the agency.

    Advice to Management

    Staff up or reduce work load. We're at risk of becoming less effective in established program areas because we're taking on too much. Take a hard look at compensation. If anything can be done to make it easier to support a family while in non-management, we should do it.


  8. Great Time working here

    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Oxfam America as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People here are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    None. Everything here was fine.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Awesome internship.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is responsive and available, work environment is open, friendly, and encouraging... All in all a great place to work.

    Cons

    Salaries, but this is to be expected from a non profit

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. Perfect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Oxfam America as a contractor

    Pros

    Was a great opportunity to learn and practice my skills, sharing time with great people, was a nice team and a great company.

    Cons

    I do not find any cons working with Oxfam America


  11. Passionate, thoughtful, and forward thinking organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Making positive impact in the world while maintaining human dignity; opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Since non-profit, salaries are small for lower level employees; not all position have clear path of moving up



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