Amnesty International

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Amnesty International Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
52 Reviews
3.6
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good experience for first time intern in human rights (in 11 reviews)

  • You get to work for a good cause (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • People promoted based on their passion for human rights do not good managers make (in 7 reviews)

  • As a woman, in her 30's, fixed term contracts here changed the way my life panned out re children, mortgage, lifestyle choices, etc (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Unpaid Internship but Fulfilling Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amnesty International

    Pros

    1 on 1 with direct supervisor, interesting research projects.

    Cons

    All internship at this organization are unpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide interns with lunch or travel compensation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    No Room for Growth

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Amnesty International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues and amazing pay.

    Cons

    No room for growth, no ability to "spread your wings." Horrible management. They seem to be moving away from the original purpose of Amnesty International.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values should reflect original values of Amnesty International.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a mess at the USA offices

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

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time

    Pros

    Some of the staff were great, incredible people dedicated to promoting human rights and basically making a difference in the world. Strong sense of ethics.

    Cons

    The executive level managers were god awful. Amnesty USA had been going through excessive turnover at all levels, but especially at the top. Too much cronyism going on, leading to really bad hiring decisions -- ineffectual, indecisive and irresponsible executives just out to squeeze as much money from the organization as they could. They've lost a lot of really good staff that were important in keeping the place running at all, as well as wasting a lot of money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go work for a venture capitalist if all you want is a fat paycheck. Let the rest of us actually do something constructive with donor funds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the faint of heart

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people. Fun environment. Emotionally satisfying. Experience that opens up a lot of doors. Opportunity to work on a range of projects and take on a lot of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in the past few years; upper management still struggles to connect with the rest of staff. Organization needs to make more decisions based on proven successes and likely returns instead of gut feelings and competitive attitudes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got amazing, dedicated workers - trust them to do their jobs!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern

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

    I worked at Amnesty International as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good experience for first time intern in human rights. I was lucky to have a great supervisor in the Organization, Campaigns, and Membership Department, that let me have a lot of hands on experience planning advocacy events and working with student groups.

    Cons

    Wish there was more opportunity for employment post internship.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tumultuous year, great mission.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amnesty International

    Pros

    Great mission and colleagues; wonderful opportunities. What can I say, working for a human rights organization is wonderful.

    Cons

    Strong decisions of leadership leading to change and restructuring; budget crisis hitting all nonprofits leading to staff cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw us under the bus, chaps!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This was the most incredible learning experience I could have had as a college student!

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    Former Employee - Student Activist Coordinator
    Former Employee - Student Activist Coordinator

    I worked at Amnesty International as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities, you can basically make this position as important and as big as you want it to be, people are very appreciative of your work, you get to advocate for the most noble causes on the planet

    Cons

    Not enough direction, it can be difficult to get access to regional headquarters if you are not in the same state, it's an unpaid position that requires a lot of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue the trainings, they are essential to helping students take on the reins!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Passionate coworkers that inspire great work and community

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

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate and love their jobs so it is refreshing to work with motivated people. Opportunities are there if you are determined, have good relationships with senior management and not afraid to work hard.

    Cons

    Very meager pay, not a lot of structure, top level management has no management skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in consultants to help with the organizational structure and management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper Management was truly terrible. We formed a union to protect ourselves against them.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to work for a good cause. Also, really good medical benefits

    Cons

    Terrible management, the WORST. I've never seen such bad morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire all upper management at AIUSA

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    So Sad what's happened to a once great organization

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    Former Employee - Staff
    Former Employee - Staff

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Worked with some great people who cared about the issues. They're all gone now.

    Cons

    Incompetent mangagement. No accountability with excessive bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just leave and let committed and professional people who care take over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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