Oxfam America Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
18 Reviews

3.9
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding organization

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

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

    Pros

    This is a truly high-impact organization staffed by incredibly talented, self-motivated professionals who are "in it" for the right reasons.

    Cons

    We're stretched too thin, yet continue to take on new programs and campaigns. Compensation in my division is slightly-below that of my peers in similar organizations. Work-life balance is a real challenge. There are few opportunities for advancement within the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff up or reduce work load. We're at risk of becoming less effective in established program areas because we're taking on too much. Take a hard look at compensation. If anything can be done to make it easier to support a family while in non-management, we should do it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Employer and Good Colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working on causes that really have a deep and lasting impact on the lives of thousands around the world, in a collegiate environment, surrounded by very smart and creative thinkers. Also had one of the best recruitment processes I have experienced, offers excellent benefits and cares about their staff.

    Cons

    Picking one issue to focus on and sometimes it is hard to feel the full impact of your contribution to this global consortium

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always good to remember that management is an ongoing professional skill, the workforce and its demographics are always changing and evolving so managers should also be learning and evolving through continued training and refreshers as well. Sometimes for management to be truly effective is equally important to know how to manage people well and to maximize their potential as it is to be an expert on the issues- this is an area for improvement.

    Recommends
  3.  

    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.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, great mission, but no room for mobility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great staff and colleagues
    Dedicated to the mission
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Huge gap between upper management and staff.
    Huge gap in salaries.
    Not enough transparency.
    Very little room for growth and management does not go a good job of retaining talent.
    I've seen too many great people with company knowledge leave the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help keep staff within the organization, invest in them.
    Help create a more diverse staff, after all you serving mostly minorities.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome internship.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Oxfam has dedicated people fulfilling a mission

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Perfect

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

    I have been working at Oxfam America as a contractor

    Pros

    Was a great opportunity to learn and practice my skills, sharing time with great people, was a nice team and a great company.

    Cons

    I do not find any cons working with Oxfam America

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Passionate, thoughtful, and forward thinking organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    An exhilerating roller coaster ride

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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