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WaterAid Reviews

Updated 2 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Great working environment, friendly staff, nice office and real sense of purpose and commitment to the mission" (in 5 reviews)

  • "WaterAid is a great place to learn while contributing to international development" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "As expected in the charity sector the pay is less than private sector" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WaterAid full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, including generous pension contribution, annual leave and flexible working conditions (part-time work and home working up to 2 days a week)

    Cons

    There is nothing to add here


  2. "Amazing organization"

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    Current Employee - People Team in Vauxhall, England
    Current Employee - People Team in Vauxhall, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, relaxed, friendly culture. Very agile and flexible. Really look after their staff

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Too many adbhic situations are being creative. Policies, t&c, need to be strictly adhered to and not bent and made as one-off situations.

    Advice to Management

    You don't need to ask everyone for their input. Make decisions and move on.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vauxhall, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vauxhall, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WaterAid (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Learnt a lot
    - Amazing people
    - Brilliant office vibe
    - Lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    The Performance & Insight department needed a larger head count. Due to limitations some people were doing the work load of multiple roles which was stressful.


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    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - International Management Accountant in London, England
    Current Employee - International Management Accountant in London, England

    I have been working at WaterAid full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, friendly staff, nice office and real sense of purpose and commitment to the mission

    Cons

    None significant. It is a charity, so as long as you are prepared for that, it is a wonderful place to work.


  5. "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at WaterAid full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Great people focused on a shared mission.

    Cons

    As expected in the charity sector the pay is less than private sector. This is particularly notable for digital roles.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at WaterAid full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, interesting and varied work, having a positive impact on the world

    Cons

    Senior management and ongoing recruitment freezes


  7. "Fantastic organisation"

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

    I worked at WaterAid full-time

    Pros

    inclusive, positive, vibrant place to work

    Cons

    given size, not always room for quick progression

  8. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WaterAid full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork
    Social
    Charity's objectives are undeniable and method seems sound

    Cons

    Investment in technology is low
    Appraisal process is subjective, not transparent and not equal

    Advice to Management

    Invest in back office and keep an eye on management


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lovely organisation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WaterAid full-time

    Pros

    Ok location, lovely people, flexible working

    Cons

    Meeting-heavy culture - can be overly collaborative


  10. Helpful (1)

    "An inspiring workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WaterAid full-time

    Pros

    - Innovative, streamlined and productive teams
    - Freedom to shape strategy and approach
    - Friendly and motivated work force
    - Calm and relaxed atmosphere in the office

    Cons

    - Management structure can sometimes feels overly hierarchical - this is inevitable, but a flatter structure would empower employees more.

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on flattening hierarchy to really help teams perform at their best
    - Consider more extra curricular activities for staff