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Avaaz Foundation Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Campaign Director"

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    Current Employee - Campaign Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Campaign Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avaaz Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - There's a lot of hope for the world here. Not naive dumb hope, but smart and considered. I find cynicism really draining (and tempting), and there's just not much of it at all.
    - There's very few limits on what Avaaz can do in working to change the world. You might have an amazing idea to change the world that costs $1.5 million dollars - it could be raised and actioned within a week.
    - The team is AMAZING. Such lovely people! So good at getting stuff done, and being considered and mature professionals. No drama here.
    - You grow a tonne. I expected to be here for a few years, learn all there was to learn, and the go elsewhere. But the learning never stops. The leadership training is the best i've seen, management the same, strategy, writing etc etc.
    - It's tactically agnostic, meaning, the team takes problems in the world and works out ways to solve them. Rather than only doing reports, or petitions, or lobbying, or stunts. It's really liberating!

    Cons

    - It's intense. Working on the most pressing issues gets tiring. If there's a big event, like the Paris climate talks, the team works hard and you will get tired.
    - You have to manage yourself well. For example - the team values feedback, and everyone is giving it to you and asking for it. At some point it's going to touch a sore spot and that's tough. It's also a great learning opportunity. So it depends on the individual. Same with work life balance - the team has a no nonsense policy about it and you need to be excellent at signing off on time/ cutting tasks you can't get done in your time etc. But managing that is your responsibility and if you have bad habits from past jobs it's tough to turn around.
    - Remote work. Working from the Africa/ EU or Sth/Nth American timezones is pretty easy for me. There are so many people online to chat with. But if you love woking in person with your colleagues, and there's not others people in your area, it might be tough. Working from other timezones is harder, and will require a lot of effort from you to reach out to others etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it rolling.


  2. "Great but not for everyone"

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

    I worked at Avaaz Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best people in the world work here. They care about their work and each other. You might find this one of the most rewarding places you've ever worked.

    Cons

    They have a very specific work culture and it isn't for everyone. Don't fake your way through the interview process and ask lots of questions.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "The most liberating place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avaaz Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Seriously, it's unlike anywhere else I've ever worked. Everyone is constantly thinking creatively, being pushed (in a good way), and working towards a shared goal.

    Cons

    It can be exhausting. Not the kind of place you just clock in/clock out.

    Advice to Management

    Chill out.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Megalomaniac wannabe guru CEO/Cult-like culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, minds and mission

    Cons

    Run like a cult. Make the top-dog feel questioned/threatened and he'll bear his teeth.

    Advice to Management

    No need to be so overbearing with the culture--it scares good people away

    Avaaz Foundation Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – Chief Operating Officer

    Hi everyone - I’m that terrible megalomaniac CEO :), and I just want to respond to the review above. I know applying for a job can be scary and the ability to trust your new team and its leadership... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "n/a"

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    Former Employee - Global Campaigner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Campaigner in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great place to work + people are lonely

    Cons

    can get lonely if you work in a location with no staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing orgnization"

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    Former Employee - Senior Online Campaigner
    Former Employee - Senior Online Campaigner
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avaaz Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relevant, global, mission-driven with a phenomenal culture and group of people to work with. Virtual office and results-oriented management style. Felt like being part of an elite sports team trying to save the world. Hopeful outlook.

    Cons

    Many quick, 'nimble' changes in priorities. Very broad scope sometimes led to doing too many things, and sometimes there was an unwillingness to consider industry best practices and instead opt for 'we can do it better'.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult but rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avaaz Foundation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very strong and supportive organizational culture (see below), strong promotion of self-starting

    Cons

    Very particular org. culture - not ideal for everyone

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent inspiring organization to work for. The group was much smaller at that point, but people I know who work there are happy.

    Cons

    It can seem fragmented with so many campaign possibilities, but with management in place since I left, I think the org. is much stronger and cohesive with a greater HR emphasis.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Best job I've ever had"

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    Current Employee - Online Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Online Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Avaaz Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A rare match of driven, top-quality people, a clear mission to change the world AND real commitment to work/life balance. Avaaz works very hard on the *culture* of the organization, with daily focus on clear and honest feedback, being supportive of colleagues but holding each other responsible for excellent work at the same time. And the organizational mission, "To close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want", is incredibly ambitious, but the organization pursues it with focused, smart tactics and actually wins victories in changing the policies of governments all over the world.

    Cons

    Totally distributed workforce, so you only get to spend time with most colleagues twice a year at the semi-annual retreats. The retreats themselves are fantastic -- usually in some exotic location like an Italian castle or the countryside of Quebec -- but you have to be very good at online communication in order to stay well-connected with your peers in the meantime.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A rare island"

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    Former Employee - Global Campaigner
    Former Employee - Global Campaigner
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avaaz Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Incredible, inspiring, loving group of people
    - Opportunity to work on bettering the world, with no limitations but yourself
    - Meritocratic culture
    - Focus on self-growth, including messy stuff like ego, insecurity, etc.
    - Flexibility associated with being able to work remotely
    - So much learning

    Cons

    - Working remotely can be isolating, lonely
    - Too much of the work may be online
    - The demands of the work can be quite taxing


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