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Updated 17 October, 2017
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  • senior management are not fit to run a pub let alone a huge charity (in 17 reviews)

  • Don't hope for career progression within Oxfam via this route (in 6 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. "Great organisation with great mission, values and people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Part of a global network of Oxfam offices, with a particular focus and passion on the Pacific region. Filled with people who are passionate about reducing poverty and combating injustice. Good mix of advocacy and development programmes/projects work.

    Cons

    Small-ish NGO, although amongst top 5 in the NZ NGO sector in terms of size. Tight budget for travel for international programme/partnership department.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. "I love working for Oxfam!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Advisor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxfam part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very values driven, you work with people who are very committed

    Cons

    The systems and procedures need harmonising

    Advice to Management

    Systems and procedures need clarity


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    great team, very professional, global

    Cons

    complex organisation, high internal transaction costs


  11. "Easy place to work but little respect."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    Big, international company with room for growth

    Cons

    Those lower down such as volunteers are treated as disposable.


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