Amnesty International Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Salil Shetty
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Pros
  • Good experience to the human rights world if you make the most out of it (in 15 reviews)

  • Some of the staff were great, incredible people dedicated to promoting human rights and basically making a difference in the world (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • People promoted based on their passion for human rights do not good managers make (in 8 reviews)

  • Decision making can be slow and cumbersome (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Major Gifts Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amnesty International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great experience in an international organization. The employees are really experienced in their fields. The office has a great location!

    Cons

    As a part-time intern I didn't see many cons

  2. Great Place to woe, can be a bit disorganized.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked as an intern for a semester, and learned a lot. My supervisor was amazing and helped me to revamp my resume once the internship was over.

    Cons

    The department I worked in seemed to be a little disorganized, and the communication structure could have been better.

    Advice to Management

    Mae opportunities for interns to transition to full-time positions easier.

  3. Interns are given the opportunity to learn but are also taken advantage of by supervisors.

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    Former Intern - Full-time Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Full-time Intern in New York, NY

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interns are provided with a variety of projects that allow them to gain new skills relevant to non-profit work.

    Cons

    Supervisors attempted to pass off the work of multiple interns as their own. The projects assigned to some interns would normally have been executed by paid personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Unpaid internships are common in the non-profit sector, however, by not offering a travel stipend many individuals are unable to even consider applying to be an intern. Even a modest travel stipend each month would be of great help to many people.

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  5. field representative

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Amnesty International as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    you will meet nice people on the street and also nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Whatever the weather (snow, rain) you'll be standing outside all day long trying to sign up new members for the organization. The policy regarding quotas is ridiculous and impossible to reach: you MUST find at least 2 monthly members per day or 100-120 $ per week if you want to keep your job (single donations are not accepted, another ridiculous policy...). Lucky you if you find one member per day! In your first day, they'll make you believe you can easily do it...LOL The truth is that it's IMPOSSIBLE and they know it from the beginning. This is the reason you'll have new wo-workers each week as they keep recruiting new people...

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and fair with your employees when they ask you a question about your policy, the salary or potential opportunities / growth within the organization. Also, review your policy regarding the quotas your representatives must reach each week. You definitely know that it's unreachable but you keep lying about that and make your employees feel incompetent for the job.

  6. Amazing Experience

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Amnesty International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Team worked very well together, hard working environment that pays off with human rights victories

    Cons

    Honestly, no cons come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people, terrible managers

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with a famous and large nonprofit, friendly and casual office environment. Coworkers are generally friendly.

    Cons

    incompetent managers, incredibly difficult to grow career without masterful manipulation of office politics. Managers with lavish 6 figure salaries nickel and dime staff and seem to try their hardest to pay you as little as they legally can. Interns are routinely hired for roles that should be staff. Promotions generally happen by hiring folks outside of the organization. Better negotiate a good salary when you're hired because of silly harmful fighting between the union and the plutocrats at the top, you will be unable to negotiate when you're hired. Trust me, there is a reason why this organization is unionized.

    Advice to Management

    Pay those at the bottom a livable wage and try to respect the people that work for you.

  8. Volunteer

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    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Amnesty International

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

    Pros

    Everyone has a great attitude and is passionate about human rights advocacy.

    Room to be creative and explore your ideas for approaching social justice campaigning.

    Cons

    as a volunteer, no $.

    not a con, really, just disclosure. community is different.

    regular contact with AI paid staff, so from this perspective:

    cons are that short of the 'goals' being to improve the conditions of those highlighted people who's human rights have been violated, there is no real organized process to achieve these goals.

    Advice to Management

    have milestone trainings

  9. Very disappointed

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    Former Contractor - Canvasser
    Former Contractor - Canvasser

    I worked at Amnesty International as a contractor

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

    Pros

    No overtime.
    Not an office work.

    Cons

    1. Giving a quota to meet while working outdoor in 10F-30F degree and worse, no equipment at all for working in such harsh winter. Not to mention, the salary is far from enough to self-equip.
    2. Being dishonest with their employees about the job description, pay rate, and promotion. Reported hours may be deducted without any notice.
    3. Being very unprofessional especially in terms of not providing any records of say contract. This helped them to change policy as time goes to meet the organization's agenda at a cost of employee's rights.
    4. Having many communication problems including "misunderstanding of policies" or neglecting employees' suggestion.
    5. Extremely poor management: last-minute notice in deployment
    6. Quota is unreasonable and is the only measurement to decide the employees' comes and goes. The employees were limited to only an unattractive type of donation option to promote. This restricts the performance and leads to high employee turnover rate.
    -- All of the above made me hard to have the sense of belonging and trust. It was very difficult to convince one's self that the organization values a field rep at all. As a result, it is also very hard for the employees to believe that the organization is doing good causes. –

    Advice to Management

    In order to promote human rights all over the world, Amnesty International needs to stop exploiting their employees first. Canvassers are the face of the organization. Amnesty International has to work hard valuing their canvassers better and listens to their constructive criticism. Even an entry-level position like canvasser should be valued.

  10. Internship

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    Former Intern - Organizing Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Organizing Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Valuable hands on experience in day-to-day operations and organizing logistics at a non-profit. The internship program was in a restructuring phase, so it was nice to have some autonomy in crafting how the internship would advance during the semester. Diverse group of people in the Office, each with a different life background, which made the experience even more rewarding.

    Cons

    True it is a non-profit, but unpaid internships are models of a different time. At the conclusion, we received preloaded gift/debit card, but is not enough to cover costs over the semester. The system structures were not in place to prescreen and auto-direct phone calls, so lots of time was spend managing phone calls that were completely inappropriate to daily operations.

    Advice to Management

    Try to integrate internship into a a temp entry level position as the work performed should be compensated. Try to include more opportunities for interns to see have hands on experience with other parts of the organization and greater collaboration between the regional offices.

  11. Major Gifts Department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amnesty International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are a responsible for raising a great amount of revenue for the entire organization, which means you will always stay active in this department. The team functions effectively and there is great communication amongst and between different staff members.

    Cons

    Much of my role was administrative; it is difficult to fulfill programmatic services in this department.

    Advice to Management

    Take into account the various people working for each department and make sure they are utilized to their best ability.

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