I have been working at Avaaz Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)
- There's a lot of hope for the world here. Not naive dumb hope, but smart and considered. I find cynicism really draining (and tempting), and there's just not much of it at all.
- There's very few limits on what Avaaz can do in working to change the world. You might have an amazing idea to change the world that costs $1.5 million dollars - it could be raised and actioned within a week.
- The team is AMAZING. Such lovely people! So good at getting stuff done, and being considered and mature professionals. No drama here.
- You grow a tonne. I expected to be here for a few years, learn all there was to learn, and the go elsewhere. But the learning never stops. The leadership training is the best i've seen, management the same, strategy, writing etc etc.
- It's tactically agnostic, meaning, the team takes problems in the world and works out ways to solve them. Rather than only doing reports, or petitions, or lobbying, or stunts. It's really liberating!
- It's intense. Working on the most pressing issues gets tiring. If there's a big event, like the Paris climate talks, the team works hard and you will get tired.
- You have to manage yourself well. For example - the team values feedback, and everyone is giving it to you and asking for it. At some point it's going to touch a sore spot and that's tough. It's also a great learning opportunity. So it depends on the individual. Same with work life balance - the team has a no nonsense policy about it and you need to be excellent at signing off on time/ cutting tasks you can't get done in your time etc. But managing that is your responsibility and if you have bad habits from past jobs it's tough to turn around.
- Remote work. Working from the Africa/ EU or Sth/Nth American timezones is pretty easy for me. There are so many people online to chat with. But if you love woking in person with your colleagues, and there's not others people in your area, it might be tough. Working from other timezones is harder, and will require a lot of effort from you to reach out to others etc.
Advice to Management
Keep it rolling.
I applied online. I interviewed at Avaaz Foundation.
Short Skype one on one interviews + written assignments. It seemed rather unfriendly. They came off as quite fearful and combative on their side, like they were trying to prevent certain kinds of people from joining the organization. They repeatedly stated (in both interviews) that Avaaz is very hierarchical and asked if I would be alright in such an environment. I found it strange because most organizations/companies wouldn't be proud of this. I lost interest in the middle of the process. By the end, I had the sense that this was a pretty harsh and cold work environment.
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