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Updated 19 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Managers try where possible to ensure staff have a good work life balance but pressures and emergencies can make this difficult at times" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Very personable staff and management, extremely flexible working hours" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not very diverse at senior management level" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Poor work life balance if you want to do your job right" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteer Work with Oxfam"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Egham, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Egham, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful training staff. Great customer service skills experience.

    Cons

    Nothing bad about my experience.


  2. "Disorganised yet friendly"

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment allows for a friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Disorganised structure is difficult to get things done in

  3. "Finance Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Great buzz, good work life balance. Working with volunteers is inspiring and it’s good to feel that you are contributing to helping those in need.

    Cons

    Clunky software and IT systems in general, Inflexible managers. The charity’s reputation has been tarnished, as a result funding has been cut and jobs are at risk.

    Advice to Management

    Update IT systems and provide update training. Train managers how to deal with disabilities in a more reasonable manner.


  4. "......."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    People are friendly and are trying to make the world a better place. Colleagues are generally helpful and care about you as a person.
    Managers try where possible to ensure staff have a good work life balance but pressures and emergencies can make this difficult at times.

    Cons

    Things change rapidly and what was a priority yesterday is now no longer as important. Can at times try to take on too much in too short space of time.


  5. "Oxfam in 2018"

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

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, good work ethic, positive can-do ethos, friendly attitude, does not have a blame culture - has a let's fix this culture, flexible hours, reasonable staff benefits

    Cons

    Lack of progression opportunities, little consideration of development of staff, typically very low salary and lack of increase to salaries

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary options for good performers as turnover is very high, create more tangible development routes for aspirational staff, offering training more liberally to balance lack of pay


  6. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    There were varied tasks available

    Cons

    There were no cons of working here


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Oxfam GB in mid-2010s"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers. Good work-life balance. I found it relatively easy to get a promotion within the organisation and change my location during five years that I spent within it.

    Cons

    The organisation was undergoing restructuring at various levels all five years that I was part of it. Constant change of strategies was very time consuming and de-motivating for staff. A lot of good people left in the meantime, as they no longer understood where they belonged.

    Advice to Management

    More international staff in the OGB headquarters in Oxford would be beneficial. More attention to hiring practices at the country level (during my time at Oxfam I encountered a number of absolutely unethical countries directors).

  8. "oxfam charity shop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, great location and lovely customers

    Cons

    Quite informal at times, so didn't always set a good standard for the customers


  9. "Volunteer Shop Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, encouraged to explore fundraising ideas such as bake-sales as well as just working.

    Cons

    The shop felt a little underfunded, and eventually closed down, but I feel like that's due more to the area than Oxfam itself.


  10. "Great place to volunteer"

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

    Pros

    Very encouraging atmosphere would recommend

    Cons

    None that I can think of