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Accion Reviews

Updated August 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work environment, tight-knit work community (in 8 reviews)

  • Solid work-life balance and generally understanding managers who have personal lives outside of the office (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance for operations and investment staff (in 4 reviews)

  • too much politics for such a small organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Mostly good times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accion full-time

    Pros

    The team at Accion is relatively small but very motivated, passionate, brilliant, and has a truly global footprint.

    Cons

    Ambitious goals and activities with such a small team..motivating, but stretches people very thin.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your eye on the prize.


  2. "Good company but can be hard to grow"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Smart friendly coworkers who are passionate about what they do. Micro finance is a great space to be in too.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and lack of growth for junior employees. Growth and compensation are also pretty uneven. Good for a few years.

  3. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - N/A in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    mission oriented organization wi;th passionate and bright staff; unique mix of non profit and for profit orientation; work makes a direct difference in the lives of the poor

    Cons

    heavy travel
    work life balance for operations and investment staff


  4. "client relations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accion part-time

    Pros

    great team and office atmosphere

    Cons

    internal structure and systems could be improved


  5. "Has its flaws but overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Lead Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Lead Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accion (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great organization, very compelling mission and very competent and driven staff. Solid work-life balance and generally understanding managers who have personal lives outside of the office. Lots of opportunities to travel and work with interesting partners outside of organization

    Cons

    Quite a bit of meetings about meetings that distract from substantive work, limited opportunities for upward mobility


  6. "Little interaction between departments, and work experience will vary greatly across departments."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accion full-time

    Pros

    -Good location in financial district
    -Great CEO
    -Leader in microfinance industry
    -Casual dress code during summer
    -Health care is fully paid for

    Cons

    -Very little social interaction in the office (you can go a whole day speaking to no one)
    -Cramped office environment, with no separate kitchen or break room space
    -Little or no collaboration between departments
    -Low pay, even after years
    -"Financial education" aspect of the mission is vastly exaggerated
    -Little flexibility under some managers
    -Random firings over the years, and high voluntary turnover
    -Promotion of managers is based on "last man standing," not ability, due to high turnover
    -Little room for advancement beyond a certain point


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing workplace."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Accion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people. Great environment. Good salaries and benefits. Company truly cares for their employees and customers. Management is very involved and cares for the development of their people.

    Cons

    I can't think of negative to say. It's truly a wonderful place to
    Work. Everybody is truly a nice person. Incredible place to work and grow.

  8. "Business Development Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accion full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, tight-knit work community.

    Cons

    Turn-over, low salaries in places with high cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on non-compensatory benefits for employees to build morale.


  9. "Need to focus on professional development,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, social cause

    Cons

    Little focus on professional development, leads to high turnaround, little opportunity for upward mobility


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great organization, lacking some direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn, leader in financial inclusion, mission driven, great colleagues

    Cons

    not many opportunities for advancement (small organization), lack of strategic direction


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