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Opportunity International Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  1. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Opportunity International full-time

    Pros

    The employees are really great people

    Cons

    There was a lot of uncertainty and a lack of communication from leadership

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent


  2. "Marketing & PR Intern"

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

    Pros

    I interned with Opportunity International as an undergrad. I was given the freedom to work in the areas I was interested in. I received assistance while writing blog posts and was given feedback on how to improve. Overall a great organization.

    Cons

    It was only a summer-long internship so I did not have much opportunity to get deeply involved with the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Since the internship was unpaid, the jobs that needed completed were not always clarified. Maybe consider formally writing out expected goals? On the positive side, it encouraged self-sufficiency.

  3. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Truly amazing community, and people are committed to their work!

    Cons

    It's a smaller company that I think needs some work still with figuring out how to succeed in the market.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic work culture"

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

    I have been working at Opportunity International full-time

    Pros

    The organization has a strong mission and purpose to end global poverty by providing a hand up instead of a hand out.

    Cons

    Things operate in a constant fire or crisis mode, without much investment or care for employee moral. Employees are often put behind the board, donors and fundraisers.

    Advice to Management

    An engaged and motivated team will perform better.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Top-Heavy Organization"

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

    I worked at Opportunity International full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues on a peer level) and a mission that is easy to get behind. If you want to learn how to thrive in the chaos of a non-profit, this is a great proving ground.

    Cons

    Leadership is out-of-touch. Salaries vary wildly, and unless you come in as a VP, don't expect to make bank. Promotion is unlikely, however, more responsibility will be added informally to your position without any sort of significant compensation. Poor recent fundraising has resulted in MASSIVE layoffs and attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just talk about transparency, enact it. Consider implementing career tracks to promote employee loyalty.


  6. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great experience in copywriting/ producing meaningful marketing communications

    Cons

    internships are unpaid, but OI is understanding of this and flexible with hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It was a good run"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Opportunity International full-time

    Pros

    Mission was a perfect for for me and many colleagues were solid as they come. Donors and volunteers were the perfect combination of entrepreneurs and stewards of the resources entrusted to them. Opportunity's supporters were the heartbeat of the organization. I was honored to know many of them.

    Cons

    Leadership transitions over the past 5 years have taken their toll. Opportunity had been an organization without a compass or plan for how to take it to the next level. Not sure if the current LT is equipped to change the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is an interesting thing. In an organization like Opportunity, who leads? Is it the Board of Directors, the CEO or maybe leadership is a mix of things? The organization needs to finds its leaders and allow them to steer the ship to calmer waters.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Company- Lack of Direction and no growth"

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

    Pros

    The Mission is pretty powerful. They have the potential of helping individuals worldwide.

    Cons

    Managemeant lacks direction. Employees are not appreciated. Those that work less make more. The decisions OI has taken in the last year have not been good.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful mission and mostly nice people, but office environment is tense."

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organization is mission driven and makes you feel your job really matters in helping the poor. Many of the people are really great.

    Cons

    Office environment is tense. Obvious favoritism. Need to hire upper management that has fresh ideas...maybe even a few managers with more contemporary ideas. Very little room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Hire upper management that is more contemporary in management style.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Tough place for entry to mid-level professional growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission and team members are a huge plus. The organization does great work around the world and the individuals working there are talented.

    Cons

    As a mid-level employee, clear professional development and growth opportunities are key. The leadership refuses to see how strong their younger talent is and cultivate them. Individuals who work there believe in their mission but can't see a future at the organization because no effort is placed on employee engagement or growth. When staff turnover occurs, positions are only back filled if its a senior level staffer causing employees to be overworked. It also causes high stress environment. If you are looking for a salary increase or promotion, expect the paperwork and approval to take months - it will be a battle.

    Advice to Management

    invest in the future of your employees.


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