GRAMEEN AMERICA Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Very challenging but very rewarding

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    Current Employee - Center Trainee Manager in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Center Trainee Manager in San Juan, PR

    I have been working at GRAMEEN AMERICA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexibility, secure payment, opportunities to grow in the company

    Cons

    at the beggingin is a little bit difficult to work with foreign people with different coultures

    Advice to Management

    adapt to the coulture


  2. Hell on Earth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Development Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at GRAMEEN AMERICA full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Helping women who are not financially able to help themselves.

    Cons

    The downside working at Grameen America, they are very childish. Another thing to note they are a bunch of racists, I overheard "You shouldn't be afraid of rats, since you are from Bangladesh" wow who says something like that, especially with the founder of Grameen Bank who is from Bangladesh. Terribly disorganized and badly run - this is felt throughout the company especially in the Development and Fundraising department. Extremely low employee moral and extremely high turnover rate. Below-average salaries. Lack of formal training processes for employees, transparency, and check-ins with supervisors lead to inefficiencies, unexplained firings and confusion. Take it from me the only way you are going to succeed at Grameen America is if you don't work here.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO and SVP of Human Resources please take care of the situations and look at the reviews from other people if there is more than one bad review there is a major problem that needs to be handled.


  3. stay far away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GRAMEEN AMERICA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great mission, benefits are mediocre, work life balance

    Cons

    endless list of projects and given no idea how it connects to the organization goals, salary is low for non profit and banking industry, terrible management,

    Advice to Management

    compensation should be reviewed yearly, office culture is terrible,


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  5. Stay away!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GRAMEEN AMERICA full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The mission is very compelling, and for anyone interested in microfinance, Grameen is where it all started, so it seems like a great place to start/ gain experience.

    Cons

    There is a clear lack of professionalism in the organization from the top down. This leads to disorganized supervisors, with no boundaries and very poor communication skills . My personal experience and observations were managment was abusive, abrasive, rude and highly unprofessional. This is further illustrated in the big salary gap between the senior staff and the junior staff. For an organization that is focused on alleviating poverty, the salaries of the bulk of the staff is under living wages. In the two years I was associated with the organization, I do not exaggerate, there was 100% staff turnover in several departments - again employees frustrated and voting with their feet.

    Advice to Management

    The Board, as a governing body, needs to see the evidence (100% staff turnover in 2 years), poor morale, terrible culture, and demand a change in management and insight into organizational practices.


  6. Great mission, but disorganized and terrible management

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

    I worked at GRAMEEN AMERICA full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful mission and program, achieving real results from the program on the ground. The backing and history of success, and the well-known name go a long way in establishing credibility. There is huge potential for the program to be one of the best non-profits.

    Cons

    Terribly disorganized and badly run - this is felt throughout the company. Extremely low employee moral and extremely high turnover rate. Below-average salaries. Lack of formal training processes for employees, transparency, and check-ins with supervisors lead to inefficiencies and confusion.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the high turn-over rate and make real changes to boost employee morale. Hire more staff so that employees are not over-worked.


  7. Great cause

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GRAMEEN AMERICA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    All fundraising legitimately goes towards micro-loans and operation costs.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average for a non-profit.



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