ACCION International Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Client service intern

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    Former Employee - Client Service Intern in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Client Service Intern in Aurora, CO

    I worked at ACCION International (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible workplace, work from home opportunity, great and very helpful co-workers and supervisors

    Cons

    Sometimes working from home may not motivate you to work hard

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  2. great mission poor execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ACCION International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great passionate people who truly care about the work they do. Lots of ideas and passion to lead in the micro finance space.

    Cons

    too much politics for such a small organization. silos across regions causes duplication of efforts, and everyone wants to protect their turfs.

    Advice to Management

    create one cohesive organization which is more streamlined.

  3. Development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ACCION International

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

    Pros

    Great mission and objective statements!

    Cons

    Most entry levels leave after 3 years.

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  5. 'OK' organizational culture and trying to get better

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at ACCION International full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Mission focused organization working in organizational development and disruptive financial services

    Cons

    Stuck in the past, losing its culture of innovation

    Advice to Management

    Look externally for hires with strong management skills

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at ACCION International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues! Nice and smart! Make you feel being part of families. Some former colleagues become lifetime friend

    Cons

    Many Hiring managers do not really know how to interview people and how to manage the team. They need to be trained on human resources for non HR manager. Hr department need more knowledge in HR global practice.

    Advice to Management

    Many managers need to be trained on human resources for non HR manager

  7. Helpful (1)

    Lackluster internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at ACCION International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great connections to partners and organizations ACCION works with. Interns are fully immersed into office life and culture as well as the engaging work from Day One which can be both exhilarating and exhausting but in a positive way. Lots of workshops and seminars to be a part of and plenty of opportunities to represent the organization in DC. Great for a Masters candidate or recipient in terms of exposure. I was giving lots of responsibility up front.

    Cons

    Depending on the team you are on and whether the team is concentrated in DC or dispersed elsewhere (Boston, globally). This makes a significant difference in the degree of connectedness an intern experiences working for a specific department and in the level of interaction with the team. I found it an unrewarding experience overall particularly considering that my manager traveled so much I hardly had any supervision or feedback or interaction of any kind on a regular basis. It meant a lot of doing work and then having to re-do it to meet new expectations. Glad to have made the connections, but wasn't thrilling overall.

    Advice to Management

    Intervals of feedback and interaction with supervisors would go a long way for the learning process!

  8. Wonderful people all working for a wonderful cause

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    Former Intern - Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Intern - Intern in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at ACCION International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very flat organizational structure. Very easy to talk to higher ups. Even as an intern, I was allowed to take on projects

    Cons

    None that I can really think of. Personally, not something I could see myself doing for a career, but I can see how it could be fulfilling for others

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great organization, great mission, great co-workers!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at ACCION International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -professional development opportunities
    -excellent coworkers
    -industry leaders
    -flexibility and work/life balance
    -well defined mission
    -transparent practices

    Cons

    -silos
    -not many career opportunities
    -limited growth

  10. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at ACCION International full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Organizational culture is great -- hard working, dedicated to the mission, great professional development and career growth opportunities. Accion is a complex organization with lots of opportunity to learn about the microfinance space.

    Cons

    Some lack of communication between upper management and staff as well as at all levels between departments. Not a huge con, but the amount of time that it will take to learn about the organization, its various programs, and where your work fits will likely take longer than at many other organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on opening communication channels between mc/oc and the rest of the organization and provide more opportunities to engage with each other.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Leading Organization focused on Financial Inclusion

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at ACCION International full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Be a part of building a new industry
    - Market-oriented NGO, a very rare and refreshing thing
    - Access to talented and passionate co-workers
    - Very intellectual work environment

    Cons

    - Group a bit alienated from rest of organization
    - Lack of structure means entrepreneurial
    - Overly rely on consensus building

    Advice to Management

    - Develop career progression track for junior professoinals

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