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

  • No clear way to leverage an internship to a full time position (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. "Global organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    The people are very smart and passionate; 35 hour work week and flexible working schedule

    Cons

    Playing favorites and general lack of accountability at the top. A lot of talk about diversity (at HQ) but little action. The COO is a bully-- not sure if he is still around.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Digital Media Strategist"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable place to work. Mission is very motivating. Co-wrokers are friendly and senior management care about teams, inter communication and organizational decision processes.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings and many decisions are made by consensus which can take a long time and water down effectiveness of end product.

    Advice to Management

    Have less meetings. Study other organizations that are able to move through decisions more rapid and with less bureaucracy

  8. "Amazing Benefits, US Office Culture Needs Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing and why I stayed at the organization. Boston office has casual dress code and a 35-hour work week (if people work more, that's their choice. I used to do more, but no one even noticed when I dropped down to regular hours as I work got done). Most teams are flexible when it comes to working from home and office hours.

    Salaried employees have ample time off regardless of vacation policy (i.e. as a salaried union worker, you start at 3 weeks, but given comp time, school days, religious holidays, etc., it's essentially an unlimited vacation policy. DC office/managers get 30 days PTO, but many take much more). Lots of opportunities to attend and present at professional conferences, take external trainings, travel domestically/internationally, etc.

    Cons

    If you're already an expert in the field or the job requires a specific expertise, Oxfam is a great place to do what you love and run with it. However, if you are a generalist or in the first few years of your career, you won't be respected here and constantly fighting the stigma of confusion on what value you can add.

    Pay is decent by nonprofit levels, but overall low and most people could make dramatically more elsewhere. Unless you're one of the experts, it will be difficult to connect to the mission and feel like you are making a difference.

    Most all of the administrative assistant positions (also called Coordinator in the Boston/DC offices) are held by young women, so if you are a young woman, staff tend to treat you like an admin regardless of your expertise or professional position.

    Unless you are hired in at an expert level/position, I wouldn't recommend working here. If you do, stay for a year or two to get the Oxfam name on your resume, then move on.

    Advice to Management

    Project management and managerial skills are missing at multiple levels of the organization, especially for large-scale grants. Let experts focus on their expertise rather than making them managers just because they are knowledgeable in their field. Hire managers and project managers to manage staff, projects, and grants.

    Have staff cross-train and take on increasing responsibilities in their respective roles for professional development rather than just having one-day trainings or online classes.

    A culture of inclusiveness is lacking beyond diversity. Take initiative in calling out each other and staff in a professional way when inappropriate comments or jokes are made. Facilitate meetings by watching interruptions and making sure all voices are heard and individuals don't dominate the discussion.


  9. "If you're in the right team, it's a dream job"

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    Current Employee - Canvasser in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Canvasser in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Oxfam is a guilt-free organisation to represent. They do incredible work every day in places most non-profits would never touch. The base pay is solid and they are very understanding when it comes to sick/personal days. If you stay for 60 days the benefits are fantastic. Many people who work with you will be like-minded, caring individuals who want to make a difference which makes for a nice environment. Very easy to get to (DTLA) if you're near a metro.

    Cons

    Structurally, the canvassing system is organized through New Canvassing, and timely payment has been an issue. There also seems to be a numbers-based approach to employment which means a sometimes harsh view on canvassers who aren't performing. Bonuses are relatively low considering how difficult it can be to achieve the milestones they set.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more rigorous hiring process and bring in people who can connect with others in a meaningful way. If employees aren't performing, try to work more caringly with them to structure a plan so they can get back to their best.


  10. "A job that matters."

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

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

    Pros

    The collective project - The people - The vision. The future.

    Cons

    Complex - Bureaucratic - Uncertain - Intellectual - Arrogant (sometimes)


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