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Acumen Fund Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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    It's a Job... But it's also changing lives!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acumen Fund as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    You have to want to do more than make money. If you are serious about change, serious about making a difference and willing to contribute intellectual capacity and a lot of patience to that end -- this is the place for you! The organization never stands still - management is always asking how things can be done better, how more lives can be impacted, how the mission can be fulfilled, the impact can be measured.

    Cons

    Lots of smart people in a room can sometimes mean some large personalities and disparate opinions. The good news - everyone in the room has a similar objective and once that is revisited, its easier to let go of personal pride. Don't work at Acumen if you expect market rate compensation in all positions.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Acumen Fund

    Pros

    nice people. great mission. fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    low compensation. can be disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on keeping permanent employees for longer. too much turnover.

    Recommends
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Acumen Fund

    Pros

    Brand name in the MBA world
    VC experience even though non-profit
    Smart people from diverse backgrounds
    Lots of work everyday

    Cons

    Feedback minimum
    Associates too young to develop interns; depend on prior work experience of interns to deliver
    Will be lost if not from consulting or banking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monitor associates who are responsible for interns; create formal review processes that will replace ad hoc reviews by supervisors; will boost intern morale

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    Good experience; great boss - learnt a lot. I was part of the portfolio team.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Associate in Karāchi (Pakistan)

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility early on
    Small teams
    Great mission

    Cons

    The mission kills a lot of good deals
    Need to exit some investments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your portfolio and post investment management

    Recommends
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    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to game changing entrepreneurs. Working with bright, energetic people around the globe.

    Cons

    Still in the start-up phase of development. Need to focus on fundraising as well as investing to keep the model going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Collegial Culture / Poor Pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acumen Fund

    Pros

    1) Colleagues fantastic
    2) Mission inspiring
    3) Great brand
    4) Autonomy. Reward for creativity and risk-taking

    Cons

    1) Poor pay
    2) Poor development / feedback process
    3) Unclear career path
    4) Deals less and less transformational

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Invest in brightest talent through more creative compensation
    2) Take greater risks with higher stakes deals

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