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Amnesty International Reviews

Updated September 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Got up close insight into how human rights advocacy occurs" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Great collaborative work environment" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "The lack of speed in responding to serious human rights issues would be laughable if it weren't so sad" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Absolute shark tank with minimal to no job security, operating in a top-down pressure cooker of stress" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working for a great cause

    Cons

    I really liked everything about Amnesty


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Unhealthy"

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

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

    Pros

    The prestige of working for a Novel Peace Prize winning organization is a high. There are some good folks working in places.

    Cons

    People drop like flies here. The never ending churn of talented, dedicated folks is upsetting. There are some folks who've been at Amnesty for years who don't seem to "do" anything while others get over worked and under appreciated. In my years at Amnesty I saw probably half of the organization churn within five years. Entire regional offices evaporate. Management have little to no experience in actual project management let alone managing people. Which is unbelievable. But then again, their never ending churn of campaigns and projects makes sense now knowing this. There is an attitude of "be quiet" if you have any issue or problem. The longer term staff have either adapted to the silence or they get out. Amnesty has a board and voting members but that doesn't seem to help. Commitment to programs, staff, organizational structure...none of these commitments exist. The lack of speed in responding to serious human rights issues would be laughable if it weren't so sad.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management that knows what they're doing. With real experience in projects that have been successful. And stick to something. Anything. Also, the tunnels of management (where employees have no outlet other than their direct supervisor) needs to change. It gives too much power to these already underqualified managers and allows them to potentially exploit their staff and certainly negatively impact morale. You'll keep losing good people the way you're doing things. But worse, you'll never even get the best.

  3. "Fast Paced"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and teams, flexibility

    Cons

    Highly competitive, tight deadlines, but this is the reality of the industry. Could be better managed although I believe there are current steps taken to mitigate this.


  4. "It was okay; I would say the experience really opened doors for me."

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was okay; I would say the experience really opened doors for me.

    Cons

    Um, there is office politics and the work may not be influential like you'd expect.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "AIUSA - NY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Amnesty International part-time

    Pros

    Mission and staff are great to work with and dedicated to human rights causes.

    Cons

    Difficult to respond to all crises in the most effective manner so it might feel like you're not doing anything.
    Some people are also jaded.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Canvasser in NYC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amnesty International full-time

    Pros

    Good time to talking to poeple. Fun if you're a people person.
    Good upword mobility
    Benefits
    Young and friendly place to work
    Not bad in terms of an entry or summer job

    Cons

    Hard to work if you're not friendly
    Lots of rejection on a daily basis
    Management isn't supportive

    Advice to Management

    Maybe be more strict in hiring to better train recruits


  7. "Canvasser"

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

    I worked at Amnesty International full-time

    Pros

    You get to learn about world issues and be apart of making a change

    Cons

    Puts you on review if you don’t raise a minimum of 250 every week and then you get fired if still not met but they don’t tell you in training

    Advice to Management

    Be honest in your hiring process , better training ,

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Abuse of power is rewarded"

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

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

    Pros

    Working for an organization that is well respected, well known, and trusted.

    Cons

    Promotion is not based on hard work or merit. It's favoritism. Upper management had a clique, even romantic relationships with their staff. Superiors knew but didn't take action as long as numbers came in. Even if those numbers were fraud. Despite the knowledge of rampant unprofessionalism and fraud, promotions were still handed out, repeatedly.

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding abuse of power isn't ok. Amnesty International is well respected, well known. Do better to keep it that way.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Nightmare Organization"

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people you meet and work with are incredible, and can remain lifelong friends. Decent benefits. Looks good on your CV.

    Cons

    Tyrannical upper management. Absolute shark tank with minimal to no job security, operating in a top-down pressure cooker of stress. Middle management try to look out for their teams, but become crushed. The organization is more interested in rapid expansion and ROI than investing in their staff, and as a result, management is chaotic and uses gaslighting tactics to keep their brand externally in tact. Opportunity for growth is contingent upon likability rather than competency. HR knows what they're doing though, and they cover every single angle to keep the Department of Labor from tearing the place to shreds. Further, while they grind regular employees to the bone for donations, management is happy to drop $1,000+ of company money for excessive dinners in SoHo to "boost morale." I should clarify that this is for management, however, and regular employees are entitled to free coffee in the breakroom, and the occasional company-bought pizza.

    Unless you are making money for the organization, upper management doesn't care about you. They would rather force your resignation or sniff out any reason for involuntary termination rather than invest in the quality of existing staff. The turnover rate is astonishing. Demotions are common.

    This place is a nightmare, and it's an incredible irony that they tout themselves as a human rights organization when it's a house of cards.

    Advice to Management

    Stop gaslighting. Stop backstabbing. Stop the interpersonal drama between members of staff. Stop violating your own employees in the name of "human rights."


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Canvasser"

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    Current Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Canvasser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good cause, great co-workers, if you love outdoors or are new to NYC you get to experience many areas you probably haven't explored yet

    Cons

    Management is tyrannical, prejudiced, and unprofessional. The office climate is tense, and any criticism about how things get run gets you booted / humiliated.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others with respect and know the canvassers make your jobs / salaries even possible


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