Oxfam America

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Oxfam America Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
21 Reviews
3.9
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Rewarding work, great colleagues

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    Former Employee - Programs  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Programs in Boston, MA

    I worked at Oxfam America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meaningful work, good benefits, motivated co-workers, professional but relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Has a bureaucratic side to its culture that can be frustrating. Depending on department, there can be a lack of opportunity for advancement, because there is relatively low turnover (which in part reflects the positives about working here).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management can be insular, aloof from the rest of the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Time working here

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Oxfam America as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People here are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    None. Everything here was fine.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome internship.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Management is responsive and available, work environment is open, friendly, and encouraging... All in all a great place to work.

    Cons

    Salaries, but this is to be expected from a non profit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Oxfam has dedicated people fulfilling a mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Oxfam America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Oxfam America is a very good place to work with a generally positive atmosphere. People really care about the company and work hard for its mission. It is one of the more financially stable non-profits. For a first time job out of college you can get some very positive skills that will help you in the future. Training is available in multiple areas free to the employee.

    Cons

    Salaries are below market and controlled for most employees through an union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more of a long term career path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed.

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    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Advisor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great, smart, driven colleagues; excellent mission; fantastic location; good reputation; good opportunities for advancement; excellent CEO; part of a larger internationally recognized organization.

    Cons

    Employees are undervalued and without voice, very hierarchical, highly politicized environment that often stifles entrepreneurship, difficult management structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee concerns seriously and look for red flags. Listen to staff opinions, especially with regards to feedback on colleagues and supervisors. Ensure fair and transparent promotion and hiring practices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Oxfam is a great place to work at

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    Current Employee - I Rather Not Say  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - I Rather Not Say in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Oxfam is a progressive organization with a mission for social justice.

    Cons

    As flat an organization as it claims to be, it is too hierarchical and bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most managers need serious management training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Passionate, thoughtful, and forward thinking organization

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Making positive impact in the world while maintaining human dignity; opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Since non-profit, salaries are small for lower level employees; not all position have clear path of moving up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart people, great cause, no mobility.

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    Current Employee - MEL Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - MEL Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Co-workers, comp time, the mission.

    Cons

    No room for staff development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on retaining staff. The recession is over, people will move on leaving lots of gaps in our institutional memory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An exhilerating roller coaster ride

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    Current Employee - Program Policy Advisor  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Policy Advisor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Oxfam America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The staff is incredibly smart, talented and passionate about the mission of the organization. We manage to climb very high mountains despite the challenges, external and internal.

    Cons

    Senior management is out of touch and out of date. People are afraid to challenge leadership publicly because they (the staff) care so much about Oxfam and don't want to cause harm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management team has reached a tipping point and needs a refresh.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a great international non-profit to work at

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    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Oportunities to be creative in finding solution to poverty. Working with likeminded, very dedicated and smart international development professionals.

    Cons

    Job requires always to be connected, long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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