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Updated September 19, 2017
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  • senior management are not fit to run a pub let alone a huge charity (in 16 reviews)

  • Don't hope for career progression within Oxfam via this route (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "operatrions manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chad, KY
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chad, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxfam full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenges by working cross the inscure areas to use ICT4D to assist people who needs assistance

    Cons

    having a enable to access into sustainable energy and anywhere internet available to access informations in real time.


  2. "Great Mission, Nice People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Oxfam has a great mission and you'll work with some nice people. The salaries for some roles are very competitive relative to other non-profits. They offer generous time off benefits.

    Cons

    Some positions appear to be at a high risk for burnout judging by the amount of turnover. There is generally a lack of opportunity for career growth and it's best to consider roles here as temporary gigs.

  3. "WASH Technical Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Very strong advocate for rights and justice

    Cons

    Delays in decision making at times


  4. "Communications Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Communications in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    The people are great, powerful mission.

    Cons

    At Oxfam America: not much room for growth. Can be very hierarchical and bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    At Oxfam America: Walk the talk. Treat staff with dignity and respect. Deal with toxic leaders who pull down the culture.


  5. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    Benefit of Culture/Travel Experience. Accommodations paid for

    Cons

    This was volunteer experience. Completely unpaid.


  6. "Major Gifts Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oxfam full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Influential and effective INGO. Great work culture and US headquarters. Oxfam US attracts very smart and compassionate employees.

    Cons

    The open office environment is not conducive to working with major donors and high level voluneers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who don't micromanage. Keep the Union--it tells everyone you walk the talk. And keep "Righting the Wrong". Oxfam is a wonderful organization.


  7. "Great organization to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    flat structure, not much opportunity to work up ladder

  8. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxfam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, and great managers

    Cons

    Not too much room for growth within current role


  9. "Amazing Organization, Tough to move up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The mission and people that work at Oxfam are amazing. The office environment is friendly, warm and people are motivated by the mission.

    Cons

    Moving up is really difficult, especially in entry level roles.

    Advice to Management

    Making more opportunities for growth, especially for entry level positions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Money hungry privileged, Misuse of donor funds, No respect for administrative level employees."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The admin and professional level employees that I knew while working there were thoughtful, caring people. The work environment (dress code) is casual, depending on the team a person is on the work environment will be change but in general if a person needs to work from home they can. Benefits and PTO were very generous.

    Cons

    The salary for administrative employees is not a liveable wage. The senior management is an incredibly privileged lot who seem to be entirely out of touch with the company the day to day lives of the people Oxfam serves and their coworkers in lower positions. They are outrageously overpaid. If you are at the beginning of your career you will not grow at Oxfam, this is a place to land while you continue your job search, if you are a a specialist in a humanities field then you might just luck out and get hired and make bank. Anyone below a specialist position is treated like a dumb child while handling a major amount of tasks. Misuse of donor funds.


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