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Samasource Founder & CEO Leila Janah
Leila Janah
7 Ratings

    An innovative social enterprise and a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Junior Chief of Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Chief of Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Samasource full-time (less than an year)


    Sama is one of the best young, innovative social enterprises to work at today, having been one of major organizations contributing to the early growth of impact sourcing as an industry. Unlike other organizations in the space, the leadership is truly working to create a sustainable, break even business that has a huge social impact globally. The team is fun and passionate - all with diverse, unique world views, and most with previous experience working in developing countries in the field. The Founder and CEO, Leila Janah, is able to clearly and passionately communicate her vision and mission in a way that compels people from all backgrounds to contribute to the cause: providing opportunity to those born into poverty. I highly recommend working at Sama, especially if you want to have a career in social enterprise or social entrepreneurship.


    Because the organization is still relatively young, it operates like a startup. For some from big corporate and traditional non-profit backgrounds, this can be a little shocking not having a lot of established processes or certainty in strategy. For others, it's a dream. You need to have a complete sense of accountability and transparency with your work to be able to fit in with the culture, and for some, that can be an adjustment. Because the organization is still firmly registered non-profit legally, salary packages are not reflective of the for-profit rates, although they're able to recruit some of the best talent from the for-profit world regardless. The organization has a tough application and interview process, and has a tendency to offer contract to hire positions instead of immediately providing a job offer. This works well to find a good cultural match internally for the longer term, but can be stressful and irritating to new hires initially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recruit mainly for-profit and technology background experience, especially in more senior roles. Avoid hiring for experience in political fundraising and traditional non-profit management.

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Samasource Interviews

Updated Oct 2, 2014
Updated Oct 2, 2014

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Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Samasource.

    Interview Details

    This was a long interview process that involved lots of rescheduling and last minute phone calls and interviews due to the CEO's busy schedule (including photo shoots). As part of the process the CEO asked me to review the overview of the planned project I would manage and provide a 30-60-90 day plan both of which made me feel a little uncomfortable as I had been working as an independent consultant and get paid for that kind of work, but ok, I provided feedback. After all that work and conversations with the top level, I got a generic response from the HR person that I wasn't the right fit. Then I saw the same job description updated with a number of the aspects of my feedback/notes on the project plan.

    In the end I would not have taken the job as the tenseness of the office culture and the sheer exhaustion of the employees was palpable.

    Interview Questions
    • Come up with a 30-60-90 plan for our major (real) project we want to release and present it and defend it to the leadership team.   Answer Question
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Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1 to 5 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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