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Updated 11 December, 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. "Fair and Equity based"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Union and good benefits, great people

    Cons

    Too much bureacracy, cautious organization, risk averse


  2. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The best reason to work to Oxfam-quebec is to help people in community

    Cons

    the most job is development countries most in Africa


  3. "volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Oxfam (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fastantic opportunity, I learned a lot!

    Cons

    It was difficult to keep the student engaged.


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  5. "Great Work Envionment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very nice organization with great staff and lots of opportunities. Totally recommend this company dedicated to human causes.

    Cons

    There are no cons, this is a great place to work for. Very good management and environment. Oxfam Rocks!


  6. "Great partnership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Thought leadrship is always the best asset of oxfam with courage and conviction

    Cons

    Innovation needs to be improved with better articulation of how better results can be achieved.

    Advice to Management

    Be more in ovative


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worth the experience, but proceed with caution"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Communications in Ottawa, ON
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    * Amazing learning opportunity
    * Interesting and committed humanitarian and program team
    * Some potential for industrious, independent workers
    * Employees who are willing and able to mentor and support do so with tremendous results
    * Some opportunity for travel

    Cons

    * Unionized environment has created a culture of complacency, in which some employees feel they're untouchable and some managers fear union reprisal.
    * Years of poor management and leadership have created a crisis of cohesion -- it's very difficult to get anything done that requires the input of more than one or two people. Very few people work together and/or trust one another. A few employees are openly hostile towards others.
    * Senior management is so weak that many employees who require additional support/instruction/management in order to complete tasks on time and as required get zero feedback and face no repercussions for shoddy, incomplete work. As a consequence, morale is the pits.
    * Due to funding instability and shortfalls, opportunities for advancement and career growth are limited
    * Mentorship opportunities are few and far between. Many employees are so overworked, they can barely think about supporting new hires and/or subordinates.


  8. "Oxfam Shop Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Shop Volunteer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Shop Volunteer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    Friendly communication with managers and the rest of our teams. I've learnt considerable communication skill by helping customers

    Cons

    There are no cons from my experience


  9. "You can only work here long term if you have money from elsewhere"

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

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

    Pros

    I got to do a lot of interesting and varied work in my role which has allowed me to get a job elsewhere. The work can also be rewarding some of the time when it feels you are contributing to the bigger picture.

    Cons

    Salaries for entry level staff are heard to live off and very low for Oxford. I worked overtime everyday and most weekends which meant that sometimes I was probably earning less than minimum wage.

    There was no understanding of work life balance and I wasn't even left alone whilst visiting a sick relative in hospital.

    Most people on low wages there seem to have rich parents/rich partners who help support them whilst they are working. If you are not one of those people you will struggle in lower paid roles.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your junior staff!


  10. "Shop Volunteer"

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

    I have been working at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    -Fantastic atmosphere while volunteering.
    -Experience in customer service.
    -Enhancement of organisational skills.
    -Making a positive change in society.

    Cons

    -Premises are not the same everywhere, cost reduction is a priority.


  11. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    Good friendly staff, accommodating hours

    Cons

    No cons I can think of


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