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Amnesty International Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Incredible management who took time to develop my skills as a human rights advocate (in 29 reviews)

  • Great work environment and staff (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • People promoted based on their passion for human rights do not good managers make (in 14 reviews)

  • Decision making can be slow because of the structure (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Field representative"

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    Former Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to improve communication skills. Very nice coworkers and managers.

    Cons

    Staying outdoors all the time. Salary is growing up too slow.


  2. "Long term staff appears to do nothing, drinks on job without consequences"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Human right are important. Good causes.

    Cons

    Very little respect for fundraisers. Little job security. A few bad days can lose your job but same is not the case for other employees. Fundraisers can lose their job after 3 days, even if it rains on them making it impossible to talk to people but other staff can break any rules and do anything. Some staff saw one senior staff guy drinking at a community event, while he was working for Amnesty and where no alcohol was allowed. He was drinking in an Amnesty tent where he was talking to the public. Nothing happened to this guy. From what we gather he works with students groups. I guess fundraisers are expendable after a few bad days but people who drink on the job and are to be role models to the youth, they can do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Give more time for fundraisers, especially in bad weather. And drinking on the job while other get fired for being rained on isn't cool. If someone hasn't taken legal action yet, I imagine they will.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here. Before calling themselves a human rights organization they should be aware what human rights is!"

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    Former Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People SEEM to care. You feel good about the idea of helping others. At first you feel welcomed and like you can make a change, which is not really the case.

    Cons

    Everything. The leader of my team herself was two faced. She was always late, talked about others behind their back and wasn't professional with her judgements at all. Her energy was clearly of jealousy, I assume she felt threatened when there's a chance of others being better than her. So she manipulates management, she's been there long enough to gain their trust. Most employees on my team had been there no longer than four weeks.
    Management sucks, leaders suck and contributions aren't fairly distributed.
    You pay out of your own pocket for transport everywhere in NYC while this nonprofit organization's ceo makes 210k a year.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "As an organization they do great work but the canvassing department is horrible"

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

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good sales experience,work with great people

    Cons

    horrible management
    no space to grow
    they hire and fire people everyday
    they don't care about their employees

    Advice to Management

    They need to change the whole management. Horrible leadership


  6. "Amnesty International"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amnesty International part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very kind group of people, everyone supports the ideas. Everyone is willing to help, always listening. Very approachable.

    Cons

    At times disorganized, it is not always clear what is the direction of a particular department. Company has gotten large and therefore can be stuck in its ways in certain areas.

    Advice to Management

    Hone in your employees' focus


  7. "Legal Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, Friendly staff, Passionate employees, Opportunity to advocate and protest for social issues affecting millions of people around the world.

    Cons

    There weren't really any Cons. Working at Amnesty International, you know you are dedicating your time for the greater good, so you must be willing to accept little to no pay

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with the interns


  8. Helpful (5)

    "AIUSA Leadership Needs an Urgent Wake-Up Call"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will meet some of the most dedicated folks here but it will break your heart to see how they are treated. It’s very clear that leadership at AIUSA does not extend the human rights they stand for to their own employees. Junior and mid-level staff work are routinely disrespected and treated as disposable by a careless executive team that changes hands every year.

    Cons

    The multiple lay-offs that overwhelmingly impacted young women of color and rampant turnover shine a light on the uphill battle Amnesty USA has ahead. I have seen brilliant and talented individuals lose all their passion, energy and optimism due to poorly trained managers and cronyism that goes unpunished with every new executive team member that joins. A few of the executive team members need an urgent wake-up call. They are at serious risk of losing incredibly talented and respected staff while they are wrapped up playing politics and racing the clock to push out all those who pose a ‘threat’ and damage their overblown ego.

    Advice to Management

    It’s incredibly hard to watch an organization that spews respect, dignity and diversity continuously let white men dominate the power structure and put up a shameful facade of inclusion and equity. Please stop rewarding bad behavior, listen to your employees and start showing them some respect.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Team Leader"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amnesty International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    PAY, Work-place culture, management, Socials, Time-off

    Cons

    Stress, Stress, Stressful work every 3months

    Advice to Management

    Support canvassers today by ridding us of the $30-under-30.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Intern Review"

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

    Pros

    + Inspiring atmosphere and staff
    + Lots of opportunities to get involved in the larger social justice community
    + Welcoming community
    + Opportunities to be involved in a number of departments

    Cons

    + Currently the staff is going through some turnover in an effort to be more diverse/equitable (which is great!)
    + Unpaid :(

    Advice to Management

    Offer transportation stipends upfront! Don't make us beg!


  11. "Great Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internship in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Internship in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Amnesty International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, dynamic staff, supportive supervisors, challenging work, flexible work schedule for interns, etc. etc. etc. Overall a great experience interning at the organization. This experience may vary depending on what unit and individual intern may be working in though.

    Cons

    Standard internship woes apply. Often times intern are left on their own so applicants should be advised that self directed work is a major part of the position.


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