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Compassion in World Farming Reviews

Updated Feb 22, 2020

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Compassion in World Farming Chief Executive Philip Lymbery
Philip Lymbery
3 Ratings
  1. "Great Charity and Well Run Company"

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    Current Contractor - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Compassion in World Farming for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great charity aims Professional with great integrity Value their good people Excellent leadership through CEO

    Cons

    None that I know of

    Compassion in World Farming2020-02-23
  2. "Could be so much better"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compassion in World Farming full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A warm feeling at the beginning! Some great worker ants (that's all they are allowed to be)

    Cons

    Car parking! HR Small minded people in a big thinking organisation! EGO of CEO Lack of opportunity. Entrenched senior management Did I mention HR?! Hypocrisy on a large scale

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    Compassion in World Farming2020-02-10
  3. "Ambitious organisation, rewarding cause"

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    Current Employee - Campaign Manager 

    I have been working at Compassion in World Farming full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ambitious organisation with far-reaching aims, visionary. Voice of moderation in the animal welfare sector with a collaborative approach, making the important move into the environmental NGO space.

    Cons

    Mission alignment across teams. Room for improvement in management structure.

    Compassion in World Farming2019-08-08
  4. "So much potential but more interested in promoting the CEOs books"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Godalming, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compassion in World Farming full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great co-workers - Friendly and supportive. Very important area of work in stopping factory farming, the abuse of animals and environmental impact.

    Cons

    MASSIVE amounts of supporter donations have been going to promote the books of the CEO, yet the charity is barely mentioned in the book. (there are two books now and another in the making i believe). They would argue that all proceeds of the book go back into the charity but I highly doubt sales will recuperate the money spent. Supporter money goes towards the writing and research. And by research I mean the CEO travelling all over the world to exotic places. Then, charity money is also used to promote the book, the book tours etc. The main beneficiary of all this promotion is the CEO. There were staff specifically hired to promote and work for the CEO whilst other departments and teams across the charity were overworked. But hey! It was the CEOs way or the highway. The charity board was made up of his fan team who worshiped the ground he walked on. Rather than properly scrutinising the decisions and impact of the charity. CIWF has so much potential and is vitally needed to combat the repugnance of factory farming in the UK, Europe and all over the world. If more resources where directed to actual campaigning rather than promoting the CEO's books it could be so much more.

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    Compassion in World Farming2019-07-22
  5. "Disgraceful"

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    Volunteer in Petersfield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Compassion in World Farming

    Pros

    Seeking to address domestic farm animal welfare issues

    Cons

    they'll soon sharp DISPENSE WITH ANYONE, FOR NO GOOD REASON AT THAT TOO, as they had me, immediately upon having foolishly advised I had, been arrested without charge & released at Thomson Holidays, in Elgin & again, ntably for demonstrating against then Thomson HELLidays, now TUI, at Aberdeen Airport, (of the then British Airports Authority (BAA, now Heathrow Airport Holdings) re their refusal to permit to board & fly to Crete/Greece, from Glasgow where upon I disseminated same anti-vivisectionist literature at Aberdeen Sheriffs Court, where I was, acquitted. Or was it Absurdistan? To add insult to injury, as a result of that, they refused to forward anymore literature of theirs to disseminate, which others ever so kindly arranged, forwarded where upon, despite that, unlike them, I was apolitical. Self-serving, image conscious self-promotonalists. Condescending, bigoted, expedients. Had nothing to do with them, post 05 05 2010. This despite a decades voluntary work for& on their behalf in both North East England, notably MIDDLESBROUGH and /or Teesside. Ditto Inverness and /or North West Highlands Like those within the law, very political & like those in abattoir, or indeed, even farm, they wont think twice, prior to dispensing with one. Akin to having been dispatched to the abattoir.

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    Compassion in World Farming2018-04-07
  6. "Upward swing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Compassion in World Farming full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can really feel the progress of the organisation, across all teams in all the countries. Things are moving on and up; in terms of results for the animals, developments in ways of working, new systems and processes. There is a feeling of an organisation that is not afraid to reach high (into China and other new markets, new income, tackling new stakeholders, demanding the best from itself) and also not afraid to reflect on how to do things better.

    Cons

    As with any organisation, especially one filled with passionate people working for a cause, sometimes there are politics and differences in approach. Some people's way of working causes difficulties for colleagues. But generally, there aren't many cons. Although the car parking can be an issue.

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    Compassion in World Farming2017-04-06
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely amazing Organisation to work for. At last I look forward to going to work"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Godalming, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Compassion in World Farming full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Incredible colleagues, all committed to the cause and passionate, good Management, pleasant surroundings. Very worthy charity.

    Cons

    Too many opportunities to eat cake. Terrible to learn of the conditions some Farm animals are kept in, and change for the better takes far too long, (not for effort by CIWF)

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    Compassion in World Farming2016-10-03
  8. "Great people, terrible management"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Godalming, England

    I have been working at Compassion in World Farming full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Compassion in World Farming is the people - there are some incredibly dedicated, passionate and hardworking staff members that care so much about animals and making sure that they live happy lives. Their enthusiasm is catching and inspirational. Whilst I work in the UK office, it seems the US office is making exceptional strides to improve the welfare of farm animals living in the US. Free fruit (although it's generally all taken within hours of it being laid out because some staff members hoard it away and we only get 2 deliveries a week) A non-London office (this can be a good and a bad thing) Free parking Decent pension scheme

    Cons

    Little ability to progress because, like most companies nowadays, you have the old timers who have been there for 10, 20 or 30 years and won't budge. The rest of the staff are relatively new (most being there for 1-2 years) who realise after a couple of years that there is no career progression so move on. Absolutely terrible management - both middle and senior. The organisation is run as a dictatorship, with the CEO and his crony board members controlling the direction, with no input from other staff. Middle management become stressed because of senior (mis)management, which is then passed on to subordinates. Middle and senior managers tend to have little or no management experience, which seriously affects their ability to do a good job (and negatively impacts the people they are meant to be managing). Most people there have the title "Manager" and yet don't appear to actually manage anything. An ideologically-driven organisation with little regard for (or understanding of) science or facts if they go against the party line. Some of the old timers seem to feel threatened by the younger, newer staff. This organisation used to lean towards being a vegan charity when the last CEO was in power, but the current CEO is aiming to please a wider audience that just want to reduce meat consumption and buy better welfare. This internal tension (where some staff members want it to be a vegan charity and others want it to be an eat-less-meat charity) creates huge problems because of the very passionate staff members having different ideologies about what the NGO should be. Whilst the pay is better than some animal welfare charities, the location means that few people are able to buy a house. Tension between Food Business and Campaigns (the former wanting to work with big business to create small changes; the latter wanting to name and shame these big businesses for their terrible welfare policies). The Campaigns department is crumbling beneath its feet - there is an extremely high staff turnover and low morale. In sum, I would think very long and hard before taking a job at this organisation.

    Compassion in World Farming2016-05-18
  9. Helpful (1)

    "An organisation you can feel proud to work for but may also end up frustrated at the lack of opportunities to develop."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Godalming, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Compassion in World Farming full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you care about improving farm animal welfare and campaigning against factory farming, it's one of the best organisations to work for as the work Compassion does in this area is pragmatic, effective, and well respected. You will be surrounded by colleagues who work with passion and intelligence for this cause. There is genuine flexibility to negotiate working terms according to personal circumstances, although this often isn't uniform across the organisation.

    Cons

    Especially in more junior roles, it can feel like there is little room for developing your skills or moving on in career terms. Whilst it is recognised as being important, the reality of the daily workload in many teams doesn't allow the time and space for enough of the ideas that are discussed to come to fruition. The location of the HQ in Surrey is expensive to commute to from London, or to live in.

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    Compassion in World Farming2015-01-13
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Under going massive change, and staying true to its roots"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Compassion in World Farming full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Compassion is the people. Not only are they committed to the cause, but they have real expertise and skill in their areas. The organisation is undergoing significant changes on many fronts; increased international reach, expanded remit, increased size etc. On the whole this change is being managed well and the core work of the organisation - changing the world for farm animals - carries on. Compassion is one of a ever diminishing number of campaigning NGOs, who genuinely spend most of their time trying to make change happen - rather than navel gazing (though some of that happens too). The pay is slightly better than average, though the HQ is in a very expensive area to live so that needs to be taken into account. It is a delight to not work in London, but be close enough to get there easily. Other benefits like holiday, maternity etc are not as good as other similar organisations, but not bad either. Compassion is a genuinely creative place to work, and if you have a good idea, you stand a good chance of seeing it come to fruition. The organisation has a collaborative approach to working between teams, which brings its own challenges, but on the whole is a positive way to work. Compassion is successful in tackling factory farming. And we get free fruit.

    Cons

    Some internal systems are overly bureaucratic and take far too long. Some of the IT systems, though well supported, aren't really fit for purpose. As a relatively small organisation, opportunities to progress can be limited. Sometimes overly cautious/risk averse.

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    Compassion in World Farming2014-12-05
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