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Kiva Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Part of a bi-yearly 20 person strong intern class at Kiva HQ.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kiva as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is not a traditional internship! As a nonprofit Kiva relies heavily on its volunteer staff, thus interns are treated like full-time employees. This means you have the autonomy to pitch ideas, oversee projects, and share your vision with the Kiva board of directors!

    The internship provides an amazing opportunity to lean the ins and outs of microfinance, social entrepreneurship, and the nonprofit sphere.

    The employees are awesome, the office is fun, and there are always one or two dogs hanging around.

    Cons

    It is highly unlikely that this internship will turn into a full-time position. That being said, Kivans do want to see you score the job of your dreams and go out of their way to faciltiate professional connections.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great mission with good balance for employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kiva

    Pros

    Great company and draws in talented people. Flexible with hours/appointments as long as you get your work done. Great mission and that's what drives most people.

    Cons

    There is a heavy reliance on interns so every 4-5 months, there will be new training that is distracting as well as another 30 interns that are getting to know the company. Interns are also unpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More benefits to interns would help retain them for the full four-five months. Even if it was a travel stipend, it would help.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great mission, great environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiva

    Pros

    Singular mission - this is a group of people who believe that they can make a positive change in the world. Great benefits (free trip almost anywhere in the world every two years, good family medical/dental benefits, 401k match, etc). Supportive and collaborative environment

    Cons

    Many of the usual sacrifices associated with working for a nonprofit organization apply here (salary, resource constraints, etc) even though it feels like a tech startup.

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  5.  

    It's been a pleasure being an intern at Kiva.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Kiva Zip in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Kiva Zip in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kiva as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office environment is very friendly yet productive. Everyone really cares about microfinance and does their best to contribute to this mission. There is also a great emphasis on making connections between borrowers and lenders.

    Cons

    If you're the type of person who needs a lot of guidance throughout your internship, then this might not be the place for you. You'll be trained adequately of course, but it's up to you to figure out how you want to do things from there. This is a great chance for you to challenege yourself and work independently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kiva as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Everyone is really helpful and fun. Awesome culture!

    Cons

    Can't say to many negative things. Was very satisfied working there. Internship however was over for me and I had to move on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Kiva's purpose is awesome!!

    Current Employee - Portfolio Analysis Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Analysis Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kiva as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Kiva is a great place to work. A meaningful business with a good purpose.

    Cons

    There are some difficulties to follow up with all the processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing yet.

  8.  

    best nonprofit with a great mission

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

    I worked at Kiva as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    good work-life balance, very open office culture. Very helpful co-workers. You'll be working with people who really care. Not to mention alternate Friday huzzahs!

    Cons

    less than competitive compensation, but nothing else besides that really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding people, some growing pains, doing meaningful work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

    - Incredible work-life flexibility in terms of work hours and sick leave
    - The people are very focused on Kiva's mission -- this is the most socially-conscious group of technical people I've found in a work environment. And they are a delight to hang out with.

    Cons

    - It's a very young company -- lots of "family" dynamics, and they are going through some organizational growing pains
    - Know what you're getting into. If you're on the consumer web side, the magic is in the mission that you are helping to fulfill, not the technical challenge / cutting-edgeness of what you are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align strategic priorities across functional silos and rally around your mission statement as a driving force

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiva as an intern

    Pros

    Great networking, great nonprofit atmosphere, great location

    Cons

    intern work became redundant, up-front about lack of interns hired on after internships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate the interns more - or provide them with more ideas for networking/job search

  11.  

    A great idea, in theory

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

    I worked at Kiva

    Pros

    Kiva is on to something innovative -- and worthwhile.

    Cons

    The organization seems to rely on its brand recognition to recruit talent at little to no cost, i.e. free work, but doesn't put enough resources into making the experience valuable to those giving of their time and skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate priorities and partnerships for more concrete value even at the bottom of your work pyramid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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