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Amnesty International Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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Pros
  • You will get to attend conferences and seminars in the fantastic Human Rights center in Shoreditch (in 36 reviews)

  • Great collaborative work environment (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "canvasser"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amnesty International part-time

    Pros

    payment is good and people who work there were friendly.

    Cons

    I have found any cons in there.


  2. "Not enough training for new employees"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Canvasser in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for canvassing
    Working for a good cause

    Cons

    Unlike other canvassing companies, they don't cover your transit to different locations
    Only trains you on beginning canvassing techniques. Advanced techniques that can get you further were held back

    Advice to Management

    Don't just train new hires with just the initial pitch. Give them more advanced skills too

  3. "canvassing in an election year"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    speaking to strangers of all backgrounds about controversial topics was an experience in empathetic listening and civil dialogue

    Cons

    physically and mentally taxing, often felt the job was more about meeting the quotas any way you could--disregarding the underlying mission of spreading awareness about human rights

    Advice to Management

    morale dies when the job becomes just about meeting quotas


  4. "Graduate Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate colleagues are motivating in the office

    Cons

    No matter your experience level this is an internship in which you might be "getting people coffee", so-to-speak.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "high turnover due to overworking"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    coworkers share good values, pay is decent

    Cons

    high turnover due to exhausting work conditions (severe weather, pressure to meet quota), lots of in-fighting, management doesn't recognize employees' individual talents for growth outside of canvassing

    Advice to Management

    eliminate quotas


  6. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible work and training, powerhouse to make real change

    Cons

    Huge organization that is still adjusting to change


  7. "Canvasser"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser
    Former Employee - Canvasser
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amnesty International part-time

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, you work outside which is great when the weather is nice! Opportunity for growth if you perform well on the job. Job pays $13/hr and within a few weeks increases to $15/hr.

    Cons

    The job itself requires for you to stand for long periods of time & approach people walking on the sidewalk. It can be really difficult when people ignore you. It's also tough when it's raining or cold/hot outside. Definitely requires persistence, passion, and good people skills.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Canvasser"

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    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The organization does great work and this position helps attain funding for that work as well as inform and mobilize concerned people in the fight for human rights.

    Cons

    You essentially have to harass and shake people down for money to meet steep sign up quotas and because of these quotas there is little job security. Also, the starting wage is $13/hr for two weeks of "training" , if you make it that far, which is not always made clear by the people doing the hiring. If you don't meet the first quota in the first three days of canvassing you lose the job, another thing not always outlined in interviews.

    Advice to Management

    Be forthright in outlining the training and member sign up quota schedules when interviewing people. Also, encourage the value of spreading information about AI causes in addition to getting members to join. And train people to treat ALL individuals being canvassed with respect, even if they can't contribute monetarily as this will help grow support for the cause and encourage people to get involved however they can.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay to start with

    Cons

    Stressful very stressful work to do

    Advice to Management

    Review guidelines


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good organization with terrible employment practices"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, important mission, worldwide reputation in the human rights field, great exposure to issues. Excellent learning opportunity for young activists

    Cons

    Has been through a lengthy reorganization that left many staff alienated and unhappy and has drained the organization of institutional memory and know how.

    Advice to Management

    Be more humane


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