Oxfam Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
57 Reviews
4.4
57 Reviews
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John Gaventa
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of opportunities to work with people around the world (in 3 reviews)

  • Most employees (most of my experience is at Head Office) are good people who have interesting life stories (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • influence within Oxfam is restrained due to lack of resources and the voluntary nature of the support of the currently 17 Oxfam organisations (in 2 reviews)

  • Can seem removed from the field work on the ground (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Oxfam Review

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    Current Employee - Humanitarian Campaigner  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Humanitarian Campaigner in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good values, good work environment, chance to create change

    Cons

    Long working hours at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the top humanitarian aid organization, but still problematic

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator

    I worked at Oxfam as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Oxfam has the funding, and internal structure to allow it to respond to humanitarian emergencies fast, and relatively effectively-- this is what makes it a leading organization in the field of humanitarian aid.

    Cons

    Emergency aid is too top-down. The higher-up directors in regional and headquarter positions make executive decisions with little consultation with field actors. Often these decisions hinder the ability to work effectively on the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult people working on the ground in field offices (including program coordinators) when making decisions that affect their work. Institutionalize bottom-up feedback mechanisms from field offices to regional and global directors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company

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    Former Employee - Retail Manager  in  Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Retail Manager in Cork (Ireland)

    I worked at Oxfam full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You feel that you are doing something for other people

    Cons

    interacting with people from other countries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be who you are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting people to work with in an organisation to be proud of

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxfam part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Most employees (most of my experience is at Head Office) are good people who have interesting life stories. So generally colleagues are a pro. Worklife balance excellent: working part time is not frowned upon.
    Plenty of opportunities to work in other parts of the organisation as it is so large and varied.

    Cons

    You won't make your fortune working here. You have to count every penny (as you should do in a charity) so it's not for someone who likes an expense account or company car.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some benefits will become unaffordable. Plan what to do about this before having to implement something too radical later on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Brilliant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxfam part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, agreeable work hour. I was offered a discount on a bass guitar after working there for several months.

    Cons

    It's a voluntary job so you won't get paid. You will however get experience with customer relations, shop handling etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the brilliant work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Amazing Place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxfam as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    + Every day is something really fun and active to seek out
    + Purpose to what you are working for
    + Amazing colleagues and very flexible working hours
    + Even has gyms nearby and Oxfam House (Oxford, UK) has a nursery for working mum's
    + Most of the departments have casual work outfits
    + Excellent place for "meaningful" and "purposeful" life
    + Excellent work-life balance and for personal growth too!
    + Easily accessible by public transport

    Cons

    - Some departments might not have further training courses
    - Oxford is quite a tiny city to live in though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its great! Everyone loves working at Oxfam House (Oxfam GB)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very fulfilling work

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    Former Employee - Shelf Stacker  in  Frimley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Shelf Stacker in Frimley, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxfam part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good brand name on CV.

    Cons

    Low pay as you would expect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I have an amazing experience working with people from all over the world

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    Current Employee - Administrator  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Oxfam is one of the best employer for diverse workforce, you get good opportunity to learn about different people from different back ground.

    Cons

    There is no follow up on the diverse workforce in order to make sure that each individuals are integrated with in the culture of Oxfam. just only recruiting diverse workforce does not mean diversity and inclusiveness is fulfilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay attention about employee engagement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lovely people at Oxfam

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting & good people. In-depth training. Flexible working hours. Constructive environment.

    Cons

    Pay. Voluntary work. Stay stuck on same job often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more paid jobs and opportunities for jobseekers and volunteers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    consultancy services

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    Former Employee - Administrator  in  Beirut (Lebanon)
    Former Employee - Administrator in Beirut (Lebanon)

    I worked at Oxfam full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    easy working , flexible company and good salaries plus traveling

    Cons

    different culture between people, must have organisation in company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a sense of humor with employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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