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Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
49 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Internship

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    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at World Vision International

    Pros

    Great environment to work in, be pushed to learn more and expand skills. The staff is very friendly and generous to help interns learn more.

    Cons

    Employees are traveling often so it is hard to see people on a regular basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    An organization with a great mission, but lacks consistency in leadership and follow through on execution of strategy.

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    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Knowledge Management Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Vision International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A large, diverse international organization that cares about its employees and stresses work-life balance. Very flexible in allowing tele-work. Good medical and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Work teams span multiple international timezones forcing meetings to occur late into the night on a regular basis. Management is not disciplined in terms of follow through with commitments to initiatives. The company is in a constant state of restructuring which makes it difficult to implement programs before priorities shift and budgets are reallocated. Salaries are below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide stronger more consistent leadership.

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

    I had the opportunity of improving the lives of children and their community through sponsorship.

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    Former Employee - Systems Operator
    Former Employee - Systems Operator

    I worked at World Vision International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with world vision will give u the opportunity of having passion for children, they have good facilities like medical, child care, free lunch, good salary etc. promotion is at your disposal as long as you are had working.You will always acquire new knowledge and skills working with world vision as they are always improving on their system and organizing training sessions.

    Cons

    Their works are challenging in the sense that you are always in the rural areas working with the poor and oppress. But it was good for me because so many skills were acquired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think no matter the experience one may have acquired ,there is always the need to continue learning. In view of this I advise that training and adherence to work ethic should be the key to company success

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    Not the organization I thought it was

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Vision International full-time

    Pros

    This organization has an amazing mission statement and does great grass roots work around the world.

    Cons

    The management is not in touch with the employees and their needs and is not consistent with the values of the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start living what your words are saying, be consistent with the values of the organization, people are watching you...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly political - issues around power/senior leadership turfs unduly determine outcomes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at World Vision International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working environment - can work from home or office which is great if you have a long commute.
    Salaries and benefits on par with peer orgs.

    Cons

    The organization exists to service the higher end VPs or partnership leaders. If you work under a good one, then life will be easier. Most do not.
    Rampant travel often disconnected from outcomes.
    Downhill funding outlook as donors move away from the sponsorship model.
    Very little evidence of and investment in proof of impact despite being one of the largest INGOs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I thought it would be at all

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    Current Employee - P&C
    Current Employee - P&C

    I have been working at World Vision International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    *You can gather enough vacation time when you get laid off or quit you will have a couple paychecks covered
    *There is some departments that do impactful work

    Cons

    *Management-centric with a loss of the mission to help and impact children. Multiple projects with unstable funding
    *Management is dishonest in hiring candidates-upward mobility, advancement, and pay increases may be exaggerated. Ask how the project is funded, about any recent layoffs on the team, and be smart if they start to make promises. Get everything in writing.
    *Low pay, and a pension plan, and the pension will become your severance and you will lose your retirement if you are laid off-and I Have yet to meet anyone that retired from here.
    *HR has PR people that put positive reviews on here-for every negative you may notice there are three positive. A company that doesn't have something to hide wouldn't need to do this. World Vision has become about saving face, not saving lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the mission you're good at-helping-not entertaining USAID on the global stage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    I spent six months at WVI as an intern, and loved it.

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    Former Intern - PDP in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - PDP in Chicago, IL

    I worked at World Vision International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional development opportunities
    Unified by beautiful, global vision
    International teams and multicultural experiences
    Commitment to values

    In my six months there, I got a wonderful glimpse into a cool organizational culture.

    Cons

    Compensated with stipend
    "Multi-denominational" can lead to passive aggression or ecclesiological disagreements
    The size of the organization can slow down decision-making, and little tasks can get lost in the scope of work.
    Multinational work has its challenges: Skype calls at 3AM are among them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    proper salary for many, great mission and nearly practises its own value

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    Current Employee - Global Centre
    Current Employee - Global Centre

    I have been working at World Vision International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The majority are good shepherds of donor dollars, meaning there are policies in place so we do not get caught up with the entitled technocrats of the UN (business class airfare and 4/5 star hotels). You join WV to ensure your actions are louder than your words, as it should be in the INGO world.

    Cons

    There policies can be great; however, the training budget for personal development always gets hit first...its a unrealised benefits lost for four years in a row now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's ensure we do not forget that this was once a grassroots org...in the field, the top level management is getting a little top heavy. Like CARE, maybe a good housing cleaning is in order; done properly you can gain a lot of efficiency, not to mention leaps in efficacy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Solid mission and good intentions, but lacks innovative, forward-thinking management and organisational culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monrovia, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monrovia, CA

    I have been working at World Vision International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to align values and beliefs with a mission-driven organisation. Opportunity to gain experience in one of the world's largest humanitarian and relief organisations.

    Great vacation benefits. Availability of flexible work options.

    Cons

    Archaic, hierarchical organisational structure stifles innovation, open communication, productivity, candid feedback and employee development/career advancement. Pair that with a lackluster organisational culture and a mostly apathetic, uninspiring management and you begin to see why ambitious, talented and passionate individuals tend to move out, not up. A lot of people sitting in a lot cubicles staring at computers "doing stuff" while a general lack of accountability and aversion to cross-department collaboration breeds inefficient and redundant practices. Oh, and forget about using (or introducing) new technologies or anything resembling a coherent enterprise-wide integrated system or project management platform. Get used to Excel, paper and Lotus Notes, seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-work organisational structure and culture. Focus on recruiting smart, talented and driven high-potential emerging leaders who can bring a fresh perspective and innovative ideas to create real impact...and then put them to good use. Stop wasting time and energy on low performers, in fact, it's time you start doing the dirty work of talent development and fire those people to make room for more talent. Recognize and develop promising internal employees. Create a culture of open communication and genuine feedback. It's time to start leveraging the $2.8 billion dollars in donor money more effectively and efficiently, otherwise I'm afraid this organisation may get left behind in rapidly-developing industry and ever-changing global landscape.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for an Internship

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at World Vision International as an intern

    Pros

    They trusted me and allowed me to do a lot of work to gain valuable experience for my resume

    Cons

    They had a deficit and had very little openings for interns to transfer over into jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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