Kiva Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
28 Reviews
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28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Outstanding people, some growing pains, doing meaningful work

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    I worked at Kiva full-time for 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
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    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

  3.  

    A great idea, in theory

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    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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    intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiva as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great atmosphere and company culture
    office space is awesome / dog friendly
    smart and driven people
    opportunity to work on important and impactful projects.

    Cons

    Disorganized at times
    office space is open and can become extremely noisy at time.
    Growth within company is extremely limited and can crush your motivation as a volunteer hoping to get a full-time position.
    No travel expenses or living stipend. This can be tough when your stuck in SF for an unpaid internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your volunteer base is primarily people who you don't plan on hiring after they have put their time and money into supporting your organization. Please provide a better means of connecting them with full-time employment other than providing a reference to successful interns and hosting a couple of networking events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Fellow

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

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

    Pros

    Meaningful and innovative work, allows you to get a better understanding of the microfinance world

    Cons

    Lack of funding - only office is in San Francisco so it was hard to get structure and connects in New York established

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find fellow mentors that are not as busy (all grad students)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people, great mission

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

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

    Pros

    The people and workplace culture. This is the best place I've ever worked and I've worked harder here than anywhere I've ever worked. The organization lives closer to it's values than anywhere I've ever worked

    Cons

    Maintaining a great culture is challenging as the organization scales. Kiva struggles with maintaining a startup feel to remain innovative... this sometimes sacrifices organizational strength (which can be viewed as "corporate"). There is a strain between these themes.... but this isn't a big deal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the most gratifying work experiences

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiva as an intern

    Pros

    Constant communication with management
    Lots of brown-bags held along the year that provide you with useful learnings
    Relaxed atmoshphere

    Cons

    Hard to deal with work-life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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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 for 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
  10.  

    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 for 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
  11.  

    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 for 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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