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Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring
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  1. "Oxfam retail assistant"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great CV experience Lovely people Money for travel/food reimbursed

    Cons

    Some difficult customers but that is retail for you!

    Oxfam2019-03-17
  2. "Very Dedicated Staff with some Dysfunctional Management"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The dedication of the people who work at Oxfam can never be questioned and it is very inspiring to work with such motivated colleagues who are striving to make the world a better and more equal place. - Opportunity work internationally thanks to the confederation structure - You can see the real impact of your work on peoples lives - As a confederation Oxfam is re-balancing the distribution of power to the Global...

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    Cons

    - Can sometimes be too academic in it's approach to practical problems - Internal politics can be very disruptive - Constantly changing goal posts (in my personal experience) - International Programmes Team Staff always look stressed and over-worked with challenging work/life balance

    Oxfam2019-04-08
  3. "The People Make It Worthwhile"

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    Current Employee - Shop Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxfam full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    More or less complete autonomy in running your own store with minimal interference from line managers. Recruiting and working with a great team of volunteers towards our mission to reduce inequality. Working with our customers to achieve above.

    Cons

    Being self motivated sometimes for months with little contact from other managers as well as silo working with same. Little support apart from that provided by the local shop team, even when the shop is experiencing difficulties.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for manager development out of the store and more group specialist training for volunteers.

    Oxfam2019-04-03
  4. "Shop Manager"

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    Former Employee - Charity Shop Manager 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a really rewarding job if you're a caring person who wants to help others. You get to work with a diverse range of volunteers and every day is different. Oxfam is an amazing charity and I was very proud to work for them for a number of years. Running a shop is a great way to help the charity, teach volunteers various retail/customer service skills and help them to develop their self confidence. You get a lot of...

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    Cons

    Pay is low and it can be difficult to avoid working extra hours, which you won't be paid for. It's hard work, very physical as you're dealing with a lot of heavy bags/boxes of donations and you won't always have the volunteers to help you. It can be very stressful as all responsibility for the shop/targets lies with you and you need to be able to manage your stressors calmly. Main support will come from your colleagues...

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    Oxfam2019-02-27
  5. "Shop Assistant"

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

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    The environment is really nice and it's a great place

    Cons

    The staff were sometimes rude to each other or not particularly friendly

    Advice to Management

    Maybe pay more attention to your employees

    Oxfam2019-02-21
  6. "Fun"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Oxfam part-time

      Pros

      learnt a lot and had fun. flexible schedule

      Cons

      No cons for me .

      Oxfam2019-02-06
    • "Good place to work"

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      Current Employee - Senior Management in Oxford, England
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      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Oxfam full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Great staff flexibility and ok salaries for sector with wonderful clever colleagues.

      Cons

      V weak leadership team and no clear direction across organisation. Management by consensus which is always a fail plus very weak staff development pathways, despite huge amount of money and resource spent on L&D. There are literally no staff development pathways. They spend masses on training staff but never have clear pathways.

      Advice to Management

      Have stronger clearer management and better staff development otherwise you will loose everyone.

      Oxfam2019-02-16
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      "Toxic work environment"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Oxfam full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      33 days annual leave. Some flexible working.

      Cons

      Bullying line managers who like to shout at you. No anti bullying policy. They won't listen unless you take out a formal grievance. Even then they'll close ranks. No support from the union or HR. Senior management denies bullying is an issue, and actually close rank to block complaints. Intense performances reviews, you end up being told you're not good enough every 12 months. Line managers don't approve legitimate expenses,...

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      Advice to Management

      Nothing to say, they won't address the issue of bullying at UK offices. My recommendation is for talented people to stay well away.

      Oxfam2019-03-08
    • "Very enjoyable flexible work"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Oxfam part-time

        Pros

        Great experience with friendly people

        Cons

        Can get overwhelimg at times

        Oxfam2019-01-24
      • "Lovely to work for."

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        Former Employee - Volunteer In Store in Grimsby, England
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        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I worked at Oxfam part-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Helped me develop skills to go into the working world, lovely team and learnt alot. Also helped me dealing with social anxiety, management were very understanding and arguably one of the reasons I can work today. If I could have secured paid employment here I would have.

        Cons

        Could get quite hectic when deliveries came in. Untidy. Unpaid (understandably as a volunteer).

        Oxfam2019-01-21
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