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Acumen Fund Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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  1. "Incredible place to work! Good work, great people, and challenging yourself on so many levels."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    nice people. great mission. fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    low compensation. can be disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    focus on keeping permanent employees for longer. too much turnover.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Ok place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    Pros

    Brand name in the MBA world
    VC experience even though non-profit
    Smart people from diverse backgrounds
    Lots of work everyday

    Cons

    Feedback minimum
    Associates too young to develop interns; depend on prior work experience of interns to deliver
    Will be lost if not from consulting or banking

    Advice to Management

    Monitor associates who are responsible for interns; create formal review processes that will replace ad hoc reviews by supervisors; will boost intern morale


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  5. "Acumen is a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture with inspiring leadership. Your teammates inspire you to become better versions of yourself and you get to work on exciting projects that aim to help the world's poor.

    Cons

    Acumen is a non-profit so you have to be willing to work hard and operate in lean and entrepreneurial ways, but that brings rigor to the work.


  6. "Summer Associate, Portfolio"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Acumen Fund as an intern

    Pros

    Very inspiring work and very professional team

    Cons

    Generally a small team, so limited positions available.


  7. "HR Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time

    Pros

    greath growth opportunities and culture

    Cons

    - nothing in my experience


  8. "It's a Job... But it's also changing lives!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acumen Fund as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have to want to do more than make money. If you are serious about change, serious about making a difference and willing to contribute intellectual capacity and a lot of patience to that end -- this is the place for you! The organization never stands still - management is always asking how things can be done better, how more lives can be impacted, how the mission can be fulfilled, the impact can be measured.

    Cons

    Lots of smart people in a room can sometimes mean some large personalities and disparate opinions. The good news - everyone in the room has a similar objective and once that is revisited, its easier to let go of personal pride. Don't work at Acumen if you expect market rate compensation in all positions.


  9. "Good experience; great boss - learnt a lot. I was part of the portfolio team."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Associate in Karāchi (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility early on
    Small teams
    Great mission

    Cons

    The mission kills a lot of good deals
    Need to exit some investments

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your portfolio and post investment management


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great exposure to game changing entrepreneurs. Working with bright, energetic people around the globe.

    Cons

    Still in the start-up phase of development. Need to focus on fundraising as well as investing to keep the model going.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Collegial Culture / Poor Pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    1) Colleagues fantastic
    2) Mission inspiring
    3) Great brand
    4) Autonomy. Reward for creativity and risk-taking

    Cons

    1) Poor pay
    2) Poor development / feedback process
    3) Unclear career path
    4) Deals less and less transformational

    Advice to Management

    1) Invest in brightest talent through more creative compensation
    2) Take greater risks with higher stakes deals