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Updated November 23, 2017
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  • Senior management do not fit to run the organisation, not only that the change process do not value affected staffs feelings (in 18 reviews)

  • There are no cons from my experience (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam as an intern

    Pros

    Everybody was really very friendly.

    Cons

    I wasn't kept very busy.


  2. "Good organization going through growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good teams, wonderful people to work with in country

    Cons

    poor country director and too many changes, control

  3. "Good working environment"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Former Employee - Program Officer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management structures in place, opportunities to learn/ collaborate across offices.

    Cons

    The organization is going through restructure, where uncertainty and sub-culture differences might be an issue.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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 (2)

    "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. "Intern"

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

    I worked at Oxfam as an intern

    Pros

    Great experience. They are really good to their interns, and you get to be integrated into a small team. The work is meaningful and rewarding, and the people at Oxfam are some of the most interesting people I've encountered professionally. Diverse backgrounds, and everyone is always willing to mentor.

    Cons

    As with any non-profit internship, this is not an high paying job. However, that shouldn't dissuade anyone from pursuing an opportunity with the organization should it present itself.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  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. "Great environment"

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    Former Intern - Change Leader in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Change Leader in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office space is full of people who are passionate about justice and the company and brand really values the power of young people and grassroots activism.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on management :)


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