Oxfam Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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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. Worked as an intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxfam

    Pros

    I was a programme intern in Oxfam GB in Vietnam. It was such a great working environment for fresh graduates.

    Cons

    Interns do not have salary. We were only supported with a small incentive and work fulltime

  2. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Oxfam

    Pros

    Friendly & professional working environment, good place to have your work-life balance

    Cons

    Don't hire interns after their internship

  3. Great company with dedicated staff.

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    Former Employee - Policy Advisor
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor

    I worked at Oxfam

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great fit if you are passionate about international development, justice and equity. Allowances for part time work and job sharing. Oxfam makes an impact and is well known in development and relief circles

    Cons

    Many staff work long hours - -there is always more to do than there is time for. It is a huge organization that can be bureaucratic at times

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  5. Oxfam - great people to work with just not ideal for me salary wise. Not bad at all

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxfam

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and really rewarding to be in this great company.

    Cons

    Not much salary benefit, Not sure on career progression either

    Advice to Management

    More you invest in the salary, the better people you will get rather than volunteers all the time.

    Although I do apprectiate they are non profit org, the more you will succeed

  6. 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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good values, good work environment, chance to create change

    Cons

    Long working hours at times

  7. One of the top humanitarian aid organization, but still problematic

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    Former Contractor - Program Coordinator
    Former Contractor - Program Coordinator

    I worked at Oxfam as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. i worked for my local oxfam book store as a way to get work experience. in the end i enjoyed going there everyday as it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly staff
    variety of job roles avaliable although these are menial

    Cons

    gets very quiet sometimes
    tasks are not allocated so end up doing anything with no direction

    Advice to Management

    given that the the majority of people are either older or young looking for experience, it would be benificial if the young people got more hands on tasks that can help in the future

  9. It was a great, nice manger, nice people, love what their aims.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food up to £6, always willing to help when i was new and stuck.

    Cons

    There really was not any

  10. Helpful (1)

    Very friendly colleagues and meet a variety of people every day. The manager is very considerate and we are well trained

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Birmingham, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly manager, friendly staff, variety everyday, provides training, excellent work experience.

    Cons

    The only downside is that there is no pay- but it is really enjoyable work!

    Advice to Management

    Have the ability for volunteers to go on training schemes to become future managers?

  11. Friendly, progressive, human

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great training opportunities
    - Great opportunity to run large projects
    - Amazing people
    - They believe in you
    - The Oxfam 'magic' - the culture feels worldly, kind and worthwhile
    - Reduced levels of process allows you to get on with things quickly

    Cons

    - Some politics at senior levels
    - Salaries are lower (as you'd expect)
    - Some pockets of people with a negative outlook who don't get the 'real mission'!

    Advice to Management

    - Get all leaders to understand the power of the mission and brand
    - Don't become too corporate. Retain the Oxfam magic! It's more powerful than processes and operating models

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