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  1. "Acumen is a great place to work"

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    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.


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

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    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!

  3. "HR Assistant"

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    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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Ok place to work"

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    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mission driven organization with lots of attrition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Acumen Fund full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very talented team
    Committed to the mission of development
    Lots of independence
    Extremely well run fundraising department

    Cons

    Heavy attrition
    Matrix organization with lots of friction
    Head office and country office friction is significant


  7. "Investment Manager"

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    Former Employee - Investment Manager in Bogotá, San Andrés and Providence and (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Investment Manager in Bogotá, San Andrés and Providence and (Colombia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acumen Fund full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee empowerment, significant responsibilities and acountability

    Cons

    Difficult to reach out to collegues in other geographies

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. 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


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