I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time (More than a year)
The People....followed by the mission and vision of their leadership. The companies which Acumen invests in are at the front of innovation and social impact around the world. If you want to make a difference in the world, this I the place to work.
None...I can not say anything negative about the organization. Personally, my issue was the high costs of living of having a job in NYC.
Advice to Management
Continue to grow and do great things for the world!
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Acumen Fund (New York, NY).
I had a phone interview with the head of East Coast Business Development. I have always admired the Acumen Fund and its trailblazing founder. As a business development pro (national sales records and many awards) and having worked for 5 years in social impact by leveraging business to solve America's poverty, I was excited to apply to a company that fit both my talent (sales) and passion (poverty alleviation). Unfortunately, I did not get past the phone screen since the interviewer felt I was overqualified and the position was "written for someone young" as she went on to tell me how young the team was (as if I would not fit in). I was shocked at the outright ageism (and immaturity) and even more dismayed that a company that I had always held in such high regard operated in direct contradiction to its values. I could go on and on about the lack of leadership and HR training that I sensed from the interviewer but it would take too much time. While she did demonstrate passion for the mission, she allowed her age bias get in the way of business results. Her follow up was also unprofessional since I was told I would hear back in a week and a half as to next steps, and it took 3 weeks where she sent a very nice "we are not moving forward email".
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