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Pros – Even though I was an intern at Opportunity International everyone treated me with the respect you would give to a full-time employee.
Cons – The amount of research, while necessary for the company, became redundant and boring.
Pros – Great mission, great people. Opportunity is a very visionary organization that is always seeking to improve the work they do.
Cons – Not clear path for professional growth within the organization. HQ office tends to lack technical expertise and doesn't attract top leaders in the field of economic development.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Solid vision and mission. Company is doing good things in Africa. Many good people who want to make a positive impact on the world.
Cons – Current CEO and new team members have had serious negative impact on the organization, especially the U.S. headquarters. Have made sweeping changes to the company at great cost. High stress and low morale in much of the company. Corporate culture has taken a big turn for the worse. There is a general lack of confidence in senior leadership.
Pros – Great long term staff (those that are still around), wonderful work overseas, strong Christian focus in many of the field offices; strong volunteer leadership at the board level.
Cons – New CEO tried to do too much to fast and change the culture drastically; monumental mistakes occurred in many areas at her direction. New leaders bullied a lot of good people.
Blew a lot of money out of the gates and then fired a bunch of people because there was no money left. Upper management pretends to be Christian and aren't to say the least.
Advice to Senior Management – It's too late for that. They don't listen.
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Pros – Great vision and mission - helping the poorest of the poor get financing to start their own businesses and thus have meaningful productive work.
Great colleague, committed, thoughtful, fun, hardworking.
Cons – Unrealistic quotas, lack of communication from overseas.
Pros – The company declares itself as a nonprofit and has very effective people in the main leadership positions and has locations all over the world.
Cons – The local management is terrible. The job description and interviews are highly misleading, down to lying about what interns role was and what the company was paying for. High cultural barriers in the China branch and no one is available to speak English. After completing all work for the week and planning a short trip which would mean leaving early on Friday, they threatened to fire me from a position which I was not being paid for and which actually cost a thousands of dollars of my own money, after finishing a project that would have otherwise cost them hundreds of dollars. When trying to reason with them and explaining there was no more work to be done, they told me to quit and to be out of the apartment in the next few hours.
Advice to Senior Management – Gain a better understanding for the interns coming into the company. Be clear about the job and not misleading until it is too late. Live up to the agreed contract. Know the actual goings on in local offices.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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