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kiva is an outstanding place to work!

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

I worked at Kiva

Pros

- doing good for the world
- leading edge technology pioneer
- brilliant employees
- international scope to everything that you do
- talent is rewarded & recognized

Cons

- as a non profit, the salaries are a bit under market
- benefits are great if you're single, but not so much if you're married
- mission district location has its pluses & minuses

Advice to ManagementAdvice

be sure to focus on giving honest & direct feedback to employees. everyone wants to improve & grow, so you need to provide the details. develop a more comprehensive benefits package since many of us are starting to have families. otherwise, you guys are doing a terrific job!

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  1.  

    Challenging, interesting at a progressive socent

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Kiva Fellow
    Former Employee - Kiva Fellow

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy given to fellows regarding how to execute the workplan and making suggestions
    Big fan of the strategic, data-driven approach they take towards the organisation and its products - in short, a non-profit operating in some ways like a for-profit company
    Working with many people who are passionate about international development and microfinance
    Very flat organisational structure and senior management are highly accessible

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con per se, but the level of enthusiasm espoused by some of the employees may make it a bit blind to the organisation's own weaknesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Really cares about the mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiva full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a member of the partnerships team, you get a wide exposure to MFIs and social enterprises around the world. The people are incredibly smart and there is a good balance between work / life.

    Cons

    The salary was not great, to say the least. There was not a whole lot of career progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a clear sense of how they can overachieve, and reward them more predictably in terms of career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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