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Updated 5 Sep 2019

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Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring
Mark Goldring
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  • "Not very diverse at senior management level(in 22 reviews)

  • "Donations can be a bit musty but that's to be expected(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Communications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Great cause, amazing colleagues, international travel

    Cons

    Internal bureaucracy can be frustrating

    Advice to Management

    -

    Oxfam2019-08-26
  2. "Pretty good"

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    Former Employee - Retail Assistant in Leicester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very welcoming environment. Easy day to day tasks

    Cons

    Can get very boring and repetitive

    Oxfam2019-08-27
  3. "Customer Assistant Review"

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    Former Employee - Customer Assistant 
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    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great people working here

    Cons

    Can get a bit slow at times depending on your location

    Oxfam2019-08-21
  4. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Shop Assistant in Guildford, England

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, first dibs of charity shop stock

    Cons

    can't think of any cons.

    Oxfam2019-08-20
  5. "Poor team ethos"

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    Former Employee - FACE to FACE FUNDRAISER 
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    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good skills, a reasonable pay for unskilled work

    Cons

    tiring with poor team ethos

    Advice to Management

    management dont seem convinced by what they sell

    Oxfam2019-09-02
  6. "Excellent job for hard workers"

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    Current Employee - F2F Fundraiser in Manchester, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Oxfam full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Extremely rewarding job, opportunities to meet lots of incredible people both when working as well as the people you work alongside.

    Cons

    Not for those who are unprepared to work hard or lack confidence

    Oxfam2019-08-17
  7. "Great company but needed more hours"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager 
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Oxfam part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great charity and great team on the area

    Cons

    Part time so not enough hours and no more available

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely on volunteers so much

    Oxfam2019-08-28
  8. "Good place to volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer 

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

    Pros

    Very adaptable working times. Management are very nice and supportive.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to work alone as volunteers often leave.

    Oxfam2019-08-07
  9. "Amazing employement experience"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivated peer group Sense of purpose Life as well as professional experience

    Cons

    No 'off' switch - always on call

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value employees at all levels

    Oxfam2019-08-01
  10. "Sorely Disappointed at how Oxfam has gone downhill over the years"

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    Former Employee - Shop Manager in London, England

    I worked at Oxfam full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In the days I worked for Oxfam there was a great structure in place - I got to work with super line managers, fellow Oxfam colleagues and an energetic, motivated bunch of volunteers, and it was also a great social hub with friends I kept for years after I left. It was my most loved job ever, I loved the diversity of tasks as a retail manager and loved that our joint efforts had a meaningful end result helping those... in poverty. In the days I worked for Oxfam we were treated very 'inclusively', trained amazingly and got to learn about projects first hand.

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    Cons

    It was hard work and underpaid at the time I worked for Oxfam (late 90s to 2000). But recently (2019) I joined a new Oxfam retail venture as a volunteer, which I enjoyed at some level. But as time ticked by I got to witness situations that would never have been allowed back in the day. I was never inducted (fundamental to retaining volunteers), I was never included nor involved in what projects were current, I was... offered free fair-trade chocolate and discount on clothing (this was not allowed before), I was given a free reign to come and go as I pleased, which I appreciated at some level, but it all comes down to serious lack of structure. The final straw was when I witnessed the paid deputy manager shouting at a volunteer for doing something wrong, telling him off in front of me (don't think she knew I was there) - with english not being his first language, he had not understood the task in the first place. I was horrified not to mention very upset by this. It seems there has been 'new blood' injected into Oxfam and its tainted. After this incident and observing a few instances of lack of integrity I left, sorely disappointed and disillusioned.

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    Advice to Management

    Structure is everything! Please rethink your structure - it used to work, and it used to match your mission statement. Charities seem to be driven by competition with each other these days - stop competing with your rivals, and focus on what you started out to do in 1942. Right now, after the 2018 scandal Oxfam can ill afford to lose its long term supporters like myself.

    Oxfam2019-08-29
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