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Kiva Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The work life balance is incredible (in 9 reviews)

  • it's a great group of people and work environment (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Internships are unpaid, and you sometimes need to ask a little too much for help getting connected to other organizations that may be able to hire you (in 7 reviews)

  • Comp is pretty great for a non-profit, but not great for a start-up (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great mission, interesting work, great benefits and opportunities

    Cons

    As a nonprofit, Kiva salaries are much lower than comparable for profit companies


  2. "Strategic Planning & Operations Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kiva (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great visibility in the org, as the role is to be responsible for Operations and work with Management Team to achieve this
    - If work is slow, everyone is open to allowing an intern from this team to work on side projects
    - Great network building opportunity: interns got job offers after connecting through a Kivan
    - Great company culture: open office, dogs, snacks, genuinely caring individuals (Kiva Love = loosely put, word used to denote appreciation for others' kindness, generosity etc.)

    Cons

    - Work on this team is cyclical (might have changed since) as it surges during Ops Review
    - (Plus or Minus) This team's responsibilities are not strictly defined, allowing for movement into other teams but also limiting when some tasks might have an internal facing component but a larger external facing component

    Advice to Management

    Management team is comprised of talented individuals focused on the present and the long term, but the team as a whole might benefit from checking in on each member's near-future vision and strategy.

  3. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A non-profit that is also a tech company makes for a nice blend. Kiva is open to innovation and change in a way that is very different from other non-profits I've worked at. Working amongst so many awesome mission-driven people is definitely the highlight.

    It is also a very open and trusting workplace which allows for the flexibility to balance work with the rest of your life.

    Cons

    It is a non-profit so salaries don't stack up well against pure technology companies though based on my experience they are pretty good if you're comparing just against the non-profit sector.


  4. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is incredible. There is a huge amount of trust between managers and peers across the organization, and the ability to balance work and life has been a true blessing. The work is challenging, it's fun, the culture is amazing, the people are passionate and inspiring, dog friendly is a huge win, the partner trip (going anywhere in the world every two years) is a huge perk, the vibe is amazing.

    Cons

    They snub employees on good snacks. They aren't healthy and I'll never eat a Nature Valley bar again. It doesn't "ball out" like a for profit -- the company is pretty cheap about the bells and whistles (you have to pay for the beer in the tap). I feel like sometimes Kiva is slow to move which can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for more staff picnics.


  5. "Portfolio Analysis Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kiva (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, extremely passionate people, good responsibility

    Cons

    Non-paid position in SF is touch


  6. "Great place to work and have some impact!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Kiva is exciting. They have a small team and are working on number of innovative & impactful projects so no matter which team you end up being part of, you will have LOT of responsibilities! This should be great for your career!
    ...Also, there is minimal bureaucracy so if you have ideas (especially in engineering org) then you get to implement them!
    ...And you can put a price on getting an opportunity to create a positive change in the world while being at the center of tech industry: SF! it's priceless!

    Cons

    Salary is below-market average plus you don't get equity to balance that out either.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, great job! I would advice you to keep doing what you do. Keep sharing strategy during hands-on meeting & keeping the dialogue open and transparent. It would be great to have the hands-on every other week though and also, shorten the time if possible. (2 hrs. is a lot of time!)


  7. "Making an impact from day 1"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Initiatives & Impact Investing Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Initiatives & Impact Investing Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kiva (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The understanding that you're directly impacting people's lives everyday.
    The openness everyone has to new tools.
    The degree of camaraderie and overall culture is very nurturing.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are little to nonextistent

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Wonderful Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great office culture
    Interesting and passionate coworkers
    Exposure to many different types of projects

    Cons

    Not many, the internship being unpaid is difficult in San Francisco, even a small transportation stipend would help.


  9. "Internship @ Kiva"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place for an Internship.
    The program is structured to help you grow personally & professionally.
    Amazing company culture.
    Would definately reccomend to anyone who is interested in entering into the non-profit/social development world.

    Cons

    Unpaid.
    Very low chances of getting hired at Kiva.


  10. "Great Karma, Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented and hard working team. People are galvanized and motivated by Kiva's mission. Exciting to be doing meaningful and global work

    Cons

    Comp is pretty great for a non-profit, but not great for a start-up.... still worth it. Been through a lot of changes lately, changing of the guard. Not a bad thing, but can be concerning to folks.


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