Acumen Fund Reviews

Updated Jan 3, 2021

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  1. "Acumen is a great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time for 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.

  2. "Great culture with important mission"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acumen Fund full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very talented team of professionals that care deeply about their work. Global mindset with offices across the world.

    Cons

    No real downsides to working here.

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  3. "Great team"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Acumen Fund full-time

    Pros

    Passionate team members, great mission

    Cons

    Direction wasn't always clear and middle level management was chaotic

  4. "Incredible place to work! Good work, great people, and challenging yourself on so many levels."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time for 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.

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  5. "HR Assistant"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in New York, NY
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    I worked at Acumen Fund

    Pros

    nice people. great mission. fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    low compensation. can be disorganized.

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    "Ok place to work"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Acumen Fund

    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

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  8. "Values aligned place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in Nairobi

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time

    Pros

    Women leadership, innovation, values based

    Cons

    I see no cons to working at Acumen

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    "A Company That Lives Its Values"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Portfolio Executive in Nairobi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acumen Fund full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Acumen is the best place I have worked at so far in my career. It's not just about spreadsheets and termsheets. It makes the work that much more interesting. So much love! How many companies take the time to compile farewell thoughts and photos to commemorate your time at the company when you leave? Acumen does. And those farewell notes brought tears to my eyes. It starts from the top with a leadership team that deeply cares about the work that the company does and strives to create the best possible working conditions for the team. It's driven by a culture that is based on values that are embedded in everything you do. In a pretty short time, you can recite them by heart and what they mean to the work you do (Accountability, Generosity, Humility, Audacity, Leadership, Listening, Integrity, Respect). It's a company that encourages risk-taking founded on the wisdom that the work Acumen does seldom has many right or wrong answers. The company is global with offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and South East Asia. This means a great opportunity to learn from peers in different parts of the world, collaborate on projects with colleagues from all over the globe and if your lucky, a visit to one of the company's offices around the world! Did someone say Delhi Belly? Great funding partners that are supportive of the work that Acumen does. Acumen's a great training ground especially if VC/PE is a career interest.

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits are comparable to market but not competitive to market. This is to be expected given the kind of funding that Acumen relies on. If money is your primary motivation, this may not be the company for you. It is not your typical investment work. There are other things that you would be expected to do that aren't related to the investment work. It places some pressure to meet investment targets and continue to support the other facets of Acumen's work. If you can make it work, the other non-investment projects can be greatly edifying. Opportunities for promotion and increased responsibility are harder to come by as you progress. The discussions around promotion are the most fraught ones to have during the performance evaluation process. Acumen has gotten its 360 degree process down pat. The calendar works like clockwork. However, the process isn't achieving its objectives. For many employees, the feedback on areas to improve on hardly changes from year to year which is either an indictment of the process or of the employees (or both). The company is going through lots of changes as the impact investment sector continues to evolve. Sometimes those changes can be jarring and may bring about disruption to your work but the leadership team strives to minimize the negative impact of change as best they can and will usually own up to their mistakes.

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  10. "Best job I've had"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acumen Fund full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture is incredible - I've never worked at an organization where people are so committed, fun, honest, and intelligent. Acumen does an amazing job reinforcing its values and staying true to its mission.

    Cons

    The team is spread around the world, so you need to be prepared to work with regional and timezones that might not work at the same pace. That said, it is because Acumen is committed to supporting local staff and regional presence that builds diversity and the fabric of the culture.

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