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One Acre Fund Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2019

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3.3
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One Acre Fund CEO Andrew Youn
Andrew Youn
36 Ratings
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  • "It's often hard to have a good work life balance because of the amount of work(in 13 reviews)

  • "Discriminatory practices to local staff(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at One Acre Fund full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great team that is mission focused. They do a good job finding talent that wants to make a real impact

    Cons

    Some positions require a very rural placement, make sure you understand what you are getting into

    Advice to Management

    Transparency in decision making on a global level

    One Acre Fund2019-06-05
  2. "Awesome entrepreneurial culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at One Acre Fund full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexibility to test new initiatives and supportive colleagues

    Cons

    very fast-paced like any other startup;

    Advice to Management

    improve the hiring process; too cumbersome; applicants deserve closures on their candidacy irrespective of the number of applications received.

    One Acre Fund2019-06-15
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of opportunities for growth"

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    Former Employee - People Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at One Acre Fund full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a great place to work as a young professional. I got to learn from people who are truly passionate about what they do. The support environment is there as well. Leadership overall will at least listen to woes.

    Cons

    Benefits are pretty different for people in different parts of the organization.

    One Acre Fund2019-04-14
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Solid opportunity but very real challenges. Beware!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at One Acre Fund full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff genuinely care about each other and committed to the mission. If you have the right boss then it can be a great learning opportunity. The organization actually is doing something and delivering results versus others in social impact who just speak well.

    Cons

    The organization is known, even in Africa, for very underwhelming pay even for the non-profit sector. It is very true even if they say they do a comparable exercise. Beware that they may not even withhold your tax correctly. This means you lose even more from your paycheck. They could be more truthful and transparent in the recruiting process, especially about near term (2-3 year) promotion opportunities which they sell...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to be honest about the pay-scale in recruiting. Examine your tax procedures. Focus on presenting a unified front to Sr. Director and below teams.

    One Acre Fund2019-04-20

    One Acre Fund Response

    May 30, 2019Executive Director

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and for your service to our mission. I would like to address some misperceptions, while also openly acknowledging valid areas where One Acre Fund is working hard to improve. – Compensation. We strive for pay and benefits that ...

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  5. Helpful (10)

    "International Development meets Entrepreneurship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at One Acre Fund full-time

    Pros

    Smart, motivated people continually looking to improve operations and impact Really focus on the end customer - the smallholder farmer Challenge is to be bold

    Cons

    Growth opportunities can be limited in more established countries / departments

    One Acre Fund2018-10-30
  6. Helpful (4)

    "good experience, but needs more management structure / direction"

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

    I worked at One Acre Fund full-time

    Pros

    - Fantastic people who are driven by the mission to server farmers - Exciting opportunities and work

    Cons

    Struggling with management and quick growth / scale

    One Acre Fund2018-10-27
  7. Helpful (12)

    "Program Associate"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Africa, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at One Acre Fund full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to meet some people who are really good at what they do.

    Cons

    Most of the staff are inexperienced whose only qualification is western education. In most cases local staff at lower levels are much better than expat who heads the country program, but neither are they paid enough, nor is their work appreciated. The management pays less salary stating that it’s a not-for profit and expats should also have the same feeling, but they don’t realize that lot of local staff also comes...

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    Advice to Management

    Overhaul your leadership style.

    One Acre Fund2017-10-29

    One Acre Fund Response

    May 24, 2018Director of Global Operations

    Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback, and I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t feel appreciated for your work. Our team members who work in the field with farmers or in local operations roles are absolutely critical -- we simply couldn’t provide high quality services ...

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  8. Helpful (20)

    "A unique organization in the field of global development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at One Acre Fund full-time

    Pros

    -Farmers first! 1AF is not just another big NGO whose HQ operations are removed from its beneficiaries; as a social enterprise, 1AF empowers its clients as customers, and puts their needs and desires first in all programmatic decisions. -1AF's rapid growth, commitment to rigorously demonstrating its impact, and focus on continuous innovation makes it an incredibly stimulating place to work - you truly feel as if you...

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    Cons

    -Given the massive challenges that 1AF is working to address, it can be difficult to achieve work-life balance. -Still room for growth in the area of diversity and inclusion.

    One Acre Fund2017-07-25
  9. Helpful (8)

    "Inexperienced management, but important work"

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

    I worked at One Acre Fund full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meaningful and impactful work on some of the most complex challenges the developing world must tackle.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity across teams, lack of female leadership, poor country director management (stifling micromanagement in most cases).

    One Acre Fund2017-09-09

    One Acre Fund Response

    May 24, 2018Director of Global Operations

    Thank you for sharing this perspective. I’m glad you found your time at One Acre Fund meaningful, even though you’re no longer with us. Continuing to diversify our team is one of our top priorities as an organization; simply put, teams with a variety of perspectives and backgrounds ...

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  10. Helpful (12)

    "Business Development Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at One Acre Fund full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stands our among all nonprofit organizations I have experience with. -Innovative culture, effective model, focused on employee sustainability/satisfaction, non-hierarchical, decent compensation/benefits, opportunities to visit the field

    Cons

    Organization is growing quickly, so there are minor growing pains related to data sharing and communication, but org is addressing head on.

    One Acre Fund2017-05-24
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