Oxfam

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Oxfam Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
72 Reviews
4.2
72 Reviews
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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.  

    Great company with dedicated staff.

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    Former Employee - Policy Advisor
    Former Employee - Policy Advisor

    I worked at Oxfam

    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

    Recommends
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxfam

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Oxfam Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Good values, good work environment, chance to create change

    Cons

    Long working hours at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Friendly, progressive, human

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxfam

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Oxfam making the world a better place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam

    Pros

    team work, flexibilty, growth, extensive training

    Cons

    competitive, low salaries, not so open-minded as considered to be

  9.  

    Good experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Bury Saint Edmunds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Bury Saint Edmunds, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxfam

    Pros

    I was a volunteer in the bookshop. I gained a lot of retail experience and got my confidence back. There was a laid back atmosphere. The other volunteers were very nice and so was the manager. There was only one person I didn't get on with. We had good chats about the world while sorting the books. Free coffee and biscuits.

    Cons

    No pay. Some volunteers are lazy and happy to let you do all the work. Messy and squashed back room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs better management of volunteers. More volunteers on certain days. Advice to volunteers about how to develop within the organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good employer with a commitment to developing people

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

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

    Pros

    Invests in staff
    Good retention record
    Relatively strong on diversity
    Invests in management development
    Good terms and conditions
    Attractive on CV
    Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic
    Tries to do too much

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great working experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier and Stockroom Assistant in York, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Cashier and Stockroom Assistant in York, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxfam as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent potential to improve and go further.
    Great staff and lots of fun talking to customers.
    I loved my work there.

    Cons

    As I was a volunteer, I did not get paid for my work but, while that would have been a problem for some, that was not an issue for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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