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Opportunity International Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  1. "Three years working for Opportunity International"

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

    Pros

    Great mission, great people. Opportunity is a very visionary organization that is always seeking to improve the work they do.

    Cons

    Not clear path for professional growth within the organization. HQ office tends to lack technical expertise and doesn't attract top leaders in the field of economic development.


  2. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Even though I was an intern at Opportunity International everyone treated me with the respect you would give to a full-time employee.

    Cons

    The amount of research, while necessary for the company, became redundant and boring.

  3. 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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great vision and mission"

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    Former Employee - Regional Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Director in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Great vision and mission - helping the poorest of the poor get financing to start their own businesses and thus have meaningful productive work.
    Great colleague, committed, thoughtful, fun, hardworking.

    Cons

    Unrealistic quotas, lack of communication from overseas.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be good, new CEO has nearly ruined the 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great long term staff (those that are still around), wonderful work overseas, strong Christian focus in many of the field offices; strong volunteer leadership at the board level.

    Cons

    New CEO tried to do too much to fast and change the culture drastically; monumental mistakes occurred in many areas at her direction. New leaders bullied a lot of good people.
    Blew a lot of money out of the gates and then fired a bunch of people because there was no money left. Upper management pretends to be Christian and aren't to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late for that. They don't listen.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Politics and Gossipy"

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager
    Former Employee - Communications Manager

    I worked at Opportunity International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is important and really makes a difference for the poor. It is something donors can get excited about. There can be great opportunities to develop as well.

    Cons

    There is no consistent management. If something is not urgent, no one pays attention to it until it becomes urgent. There is too much office politics and gossip. And the board seems to be unhappy with every president it chooses.

    Advice to Management

    Manage and lead.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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