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Great entry opportunity to the sector

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Acted

Pros

ACTED gives excellent opportunities to new comers to the sector, it allows self-growth and gives substantial responsibilities despite lack of previous experiences. It is a very fast pacing environment that promotes proactive people.

Cons

Because many young and with not extensive experience are given an opportunity, sometimes it lacks guidance. Often learning is done by doing and you find yourself re-inventing the wheel. This can affect also the quality of the response.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Giving youth opportunities to grow is excellent, however it should be coupled with strong managerial guidance.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A very empowering experience, where I had the opportunity to learn every day working with people from everywhere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Intern  in  Juba, South Darfur (Sudan)
    Former Employee - Logistics Intern in Juba, South Darfur (Sudan)

    I worked at Acted as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Get a lot of responsibilities very quickly
    - Be working with people from everywhere around the world and with any possible background
    - Do something useful for the world

    Cons

    - Be overwhelmed by the workload

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everything else but a common NGO

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    Former Employee - A Mid Management Job In South Asia
    Former Employee - A Mid Management Job In South Asia

    I worked at Acted as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - vaccination and other pre-departure costs paid on-time
    - a few hundred EUR surcharge in lower security context

    Cons

    - quantity but quality oriented; proposals written from fancy cafes by junior staff hesitating to travel to a 'dirty' and remote field
    - HR changes without a rationale and appropriate explanation,
    - budget leftover spent on expensive phones and 4 WDs which differ from those used by other NGOs in the industry (=too appalling in some lower security contexts)
    - totally servile staff can be rapidly promoted without the necessary maturity required for a post
    - meetings for 8.30 AM, 9 AM announced at 2 AM (you were expected to read your emails all night long as you are paid for your slavery work)
    - 5 days off in 2 months work (no emergency context, an early recovery period only)
    - no one cares if you as a manager share a room with other 2-3 people whereabout Paris management staff sleep in outside hotels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - behave like human beings, in this type of industry it is an absolute prerequisite
    - let other qualified people to express their voice
    - don't punish but appreciate and learn from critique
    - don't relocate people to other areas if you are not happy with their performance - a direct dismissal is more transparent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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