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innovative non-profit

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Current Employee - International Development in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - International Development in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

you are forced to bite off more than you can chew; there is a constant pace of innovation; people are very friendly

Cons

can be disorganized; chaotic at times

Advice to ManagementAdvice

figure out what the company is good at and be more consistent

Recommends
Positive Outlook

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    the emperor has new clothes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kiva full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    an incredible mission (as stated); smart, motivated team; lots of external opportunities based on the big name of the organization

    Cons

    terrible management; high turnover which is consistently ignored; mission drift; this is a technology company pretending to be a nonprofit; when it comes down to it, you will assimilate -- or leave; the organization takes advantage of willing interns who see little benefit after leaving unless the supervisor takes an interest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Idealism can win sometimes unlike your current or previous job

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kiva full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and culture

    Good work/life balance

    Idealism can win sometimes and it's very inspiring

    Dot-com startup feel

    Cons

    Dot-com startup feel (i.e., it should mostly be a non-profit serving the poor, but is heavily influenced by neighboring pre-ipo soma retail dot-com's).

    Company sometimes more revenue focused (i.e., organization) than impact focused (i.e., field).

    Capitalizes on unpaid interns' idealism. Should pay stipends at the very least to cover bart/muni fare. Located in the heart of the most unaffordable city in America. However, if you can afford the opportunity, then it's worth taking.

    Career paths are short. There are two types of experience levels -- either inexperienced/young or already established/very senior. Very few opportunities to jump from one group to the other, but the company is not very big.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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