Opportunity International

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Opportunity International Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics and Gossipy

    Former Employee - Communications Manager
    Former Employee - Communications Manager

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

    Pros

    The work is important and really makes a difference for the poor. It is something donors can get excited about. There can be great opportunities to develop as well.

    Cons

    There is no consistent management. If something is not urgent, no one pays attention to it until it becomes urgent. There is too much office politics and gossip. And the board seems to be unhappy with every president it chooses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage and lead.

  2.  

    Intern experience-absolutely awful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Intern in Shuyang, Jiangsu (China)
    Former Employee - Business Development Intern in Shuyang, Jiangsu (China)

    I worked at Opportunity International as an intern (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opportunity International

    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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very bad time to be at this company

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

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Three years working for Opportunity International

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

    I worked at Opportunity International

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be good, new CEO has nearly ruined the organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    It's too late for that. They don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great vision and mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Opportunity International

    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.

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