Grameen Foundation USA

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Grameen Foundation USA Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
11 Reviews
3.6
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great mission, with a few kinks to work out

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    Current Employee - Officer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Grameen Foundation USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people and mission at GF are wonderful and inspiring. My colleagues are smart and committed, and learning about our programs is fascinating. Benefits are fair and there are decent options when it comes to healthcare and retirement. There has been a real effort to support employee's career aspirations and goal-setting, and there's tons of flexibility allowing us to work from home, use comp days, etc. Overall, management generally cares about staff, and staff are able to work toward something that truly matters. Personally, I have a healthy work-life balance and a considerate manager.

    Cons

    If you're expecting a big paycheck in this sector, you probably need to rethink what you're up to, but the pay is, as you might expect, not the best (though it is pretty fair, considering the org's size and work). The changes in strategic direction are frustrating and challenging, but I never doubt that they happen for a reason. There are a couple of senior leaders who are unresponsive and I question their effectiveness, but as a lower level employee, I am not much affected by them. Staff turnover, paired with a couple of layoffs in the past, can have a negative impact on office morale - plus, people often work from home, so the office is sometimes quite lonely. And just a few of my coworkers work insane hours - some departments are not adequately staffed, even by nonprofit standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not enough work

    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Grameen Foundation USA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Grameen is doing awesome things and would probably be really fun to work for if you were doing more technical things with their various initiatives, but just doing marketing was not very interesting

    Cons

    I was a marketing intern and there was not enough work to keep me occupied, and even when I asked for more work I did not receive many new assignments. Kind of a waste of a summer internship

  3.  

    Great mission, mostly great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grameen Foundation USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone at Grameen is very friendly and passionate about the mission to reduce poverty and the organization is really one of the leaders in this space.

    Cons

    Although Grameen pays fairly well for the nonprofit sector, salaries are still significantly below the equivalent in for-profit organizations. The level of talent varies widely within the organization and there is little correlation between performance and pay.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Very disorganized company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grameen Foundation USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, very compelling mission. Powerful brand name opens a lot of doors post-employment at the organization.

    Cons

    The organization has an almost schizophrenic approach to management. Although the core mission of helping the world's poorest stayed consistent, that is pretty much the only thing. Organizational focus shifted radically several times, sometimes doing full reverse-course more than once in the course of a year. My job description changed almost daily, and probably less than 10% of my day-to-day work matched the job description I was originally hired for. Many times I was tasked with responsibilities I was in no way qualified to perform, and there are virtually no resources for training. This is a common issue among staff, as many of my coworkers faced the same challenge. Senior management does not get along, which likely contributes to many of the organization's issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great brand, very disorganized and inefficient

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    Former Employee - Investment Associate
    Former Employee - Investment Associate

    I worked at Grameen Foundation USA as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great brand opened lots of doors, easy to find partners willing to discuss working with the Grameen team I was on, well-paid

    Cons

    Horribly inefficient and disorganized. Very strange HR strategy...many senior people who did not seem good at their job, but lots of young, talented analysts. Many of the young analysts were very vocal about their frustration and over half the team left during my time there. Organization would spend a lot of money on top managers flying across the globe for pointless meetings, unnecessary overhead, etc...but then let a talented, junior analyst go rather than award a small salary concession. Seems like there is no supervision of mid-level management, who are not qualified to manage well. I was a mid-level consultant - so had a good look at several layers of the institution. Some teams are much better than others...usually work quite independently - so be sure you know who you will be working with.

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    Inefficiency of mid-level management is very demotivating for junior staff. Promotions and HR strategy are not always fair or communicated well. I have worked at top investment banks and other social investment firms, but inefficiency and low-quality managers were worst at GF.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Overall A Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Grameen Foundation USA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    GF is a Mission Driven organization that pays competitively. The staff tend to be very smart, business solution oriented, and very collegial. Operations and support for programmatic staff is significantly better than average compared to larger nonprofit space.

    Cons

    The Mission and how to achieve it is constantly being reviewed and focused. While good for the overall organization, this leads to quick and significant turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Open the World

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    Former Employee - Program Officer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Grameen Foundation USA

    Pros

    Interesting projects, amazing co-workers all of whom were competent and very interesting, travel to interesting places, chance to meet and work with people overseas, a good balance between life and work - despite the global hours and travel required.

    Cons

    strategy changing too much, no continuity in some projects, hard to move amongst departments. Challenges in funding led to some projects not continuing which always led to an uncertain job future and high turnover (not always by employee choice)

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    There was a need to share skills and expertise across the organization. So many disparate projects that people don't always understand what the organization or different departments are working on. More internal knowledge sharing. More work and success needed on seeking funding for projects so that people can have a longer term future at the organization.

    Recommends
  9.  

    It could have been made better with improved employee treatment and communication.

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    Former Employee - Development Department  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Development Department in Washington, DC

    I worked at Grameen Foundation USA

    Pros

    Very important cause and mission.
    Great location.
    Relaxed environment.
    Great resume builder.
    Plenty of office space and state of the art technology.

    Cons

    Senior management could be more respectful and inclusive.
    Disorganized at times
    Senior management do not respect ideas of those under them enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more inclusive to employees and communicate more. Listen to the ideas of those under you because they are often more in tune with what works.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great Work, Great Teams, Pay can get better

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    Former Employee - Marketing, Communications
    Former Employee - Marketing, Communications

    I worked at Grameen Foundation USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great inspiring work
    Great teams of hardworking highly ethical individuals

    Cons

    Salaries aren't the most competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make and stick to salary scales to ensure equity among employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great organization, still maturing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grameen Foundation USA full-time

    Pros

    Amazingly committed and mission driven people, innovative culture, leading the industry in many areas in which GF plays. Passion for the people it serves. Lots of competition for positions, often leading to strong talent

    Cons

    Resourcing doesn't always allow for healthy work life balance, Organization struggles to tell its story as effectively as it could, impacting its ability to effectively gather supporters and raise funds

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