One Acre Fund Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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One Acre Fund Executive Director/ Co-Founder Andrew Youn
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic Company"

    5.0
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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

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  2. "Great"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    caring people and plenty of career opportunities. Devoted mission.

    Cons

    well-intentioned, though still working through diversity hiring and training


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great growth opportunities, but room for improvement"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - OAF really does have a huge impact and has built up an impressive network of field agents that allow it to deliver services and try out new products/models at a massive scale - Even if you're early in your career, you'll be allowed (and expected) to own your workstreams and make lasting improvements - Opportunities to work with staff from many different cultures

    Cons

    - The flipside of giving entry-level staff a lot of autonomy is that you end up people without much experience being in positions of outsize responsibility. OAF has a lot of young generalists in technical roles and staffers with limited leadership experience managing large, culturally diverse teams. - There's very little to no emphasis on employee experience. Pay is low, professional development depends entirely on who your manager is, and the workload is unsustainable for many teams. Turnover is high, and the norm is for people to quit with nothing lined up and take a few months off to recover from burnout.

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    One Acre Fund Response

    November 25, 2020Executive Director

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and for being a part of our mission for more than three years. I am glad that you found the work we do impactful and that you valued the opportunity to work with our multicultural team. I appreciate your thoughtful feedback on employee experience, and I agree that this should remain a top priority. While we place a high value on quality work, we also want to ensure that our systems run efficiently enough that teams have what they need to thrive and are not overburdened. This year in particular, and going forward, our employee engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts have been top priorities for One Acre Fund and its leadership. We are investing resources towards ensuring that we foster a workplace that encourages personal and professional development. Your feedback on the management experience is valuable, and we are doing more to equip managers, to ensure consistency across the organization. We have already rolled out manager boot camp and are monitoring results through our annual manager satisfaction survey. We can do more. We are currently designing two new training programs aimed at different tiers of managers to improve the consistency of staff development. We are also preparing for all managers to undergo anti-bias and diversity training to prepare them better for managing diverse teams. Thank you for taking the time to share this feedback. All the best in your career. - Andrew Youn

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome entrepreneurial culture"

    3.0
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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;

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  5. Helpful (15)

    "Solid opportunity but very real challenges. Beware!"

    2.0
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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 you as a way to catch up on normal pay standards. Ideally an organization for those new to the job market, out of undergrad, or in-country nationals in Africa. Perhaps even before graduate school. If you have more then 5 years experience, strongly think about the learning opportunities as the pay cut is stark. Upward mobility is very limited so be risk-averse on what they sell you during recruiting. Can be very siloed organization and teams. Especially US vs. country teams. Executive in-fighting is real and regularly presents a disorganized face to teams. Very unhealthy.

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    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 are locally competitive with most mission-driven organizations, and share this information with candidates fairly early in the hiring process. I wish we could pay everybody more. But by paying by fair-market principles and trying to track labor market supply and demand, I believe that we are more financially sustainable in the long-run, which also improves job security. Unlike many NGOs and companies, I am proud that we do not go through “boom and bust” cycles, and can invest in our staff over time. – Tax procedures. I am sorry to hear that you experienced errors in tax withholdings. In most of our countries of operation, we pay taxes directly for our employees, so the process is highly consistent. It looks like you were based in the US, where employees play a more active role in setting their withholding levels, so we will check and see if there are ways to strengthen that guidance. – Promotion. I agree that promotion consistency, transparency, and fairness is crucial – especially in the hiring process. We updated our promotion process in 2017 to be more consistent across countries, with a central promotion review committee and clear guidance on the process. I believe we are making good progress here. – Organization dynamics. I am sorry to hear your experience with leadership coordination was not positive. The challenge of US staffers staying connected to the field is real; the further we get from farmers, the harder it is to stay close to our customer. This is why 99% of our teams are now located in East Africa, with only a few team members based in New York and Europe, primarily those who interface regularly with donors in those areas. Again, thank you for your feedback, and best of luck to you in your new role. – Andrew Youn

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of opportunities for growth"

    4.0
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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.

  7. Helpful (13)

    "International Development meets Entrepreneurship"

    5.0
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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

  8. Helpful (6)

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

    3.0
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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

  9. Helpful (15)

    "Program Associate"

    1.0
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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 from humble background and if you don’t pay them at industry standard, they would not stick around.

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    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 to farmers without you. Our field staff are at the heart of what we do. Your point on western education is well taken. Historically, we’ve been much better at recruiting from colleges and networks in the US and Europe, and that’s become a bit of a default, which means we’re missing out on many talented local graduates and professionals. So we’ve moved our recruitment team to East Africa and are ramping up national outreach, and are forming new partnerships with local universities and organizations to attract more local talent. Finally, on salary, we try to stay competitive locally with nonprofits of a similar age and size. All staff should earn a sustainable living and be able to build a long-term career at One Acre Fund. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, and I wish you all the best. - Nick Handler

  10. Helpful (21)

    "A unique organization in the field of global development"

    5.0
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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 are helping to make a dent in massive global challenges. -Staff are given substantial responsibility and their contributions meaningfully shape the work and direction of the organization. This results in ample opportunities for professional growth. -1AF's people are bright, passionate, and fun, and the organization's culture reflects that.

    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.

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