FHI 360 Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
72 Reviews
3.2
72 Reviews
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Patrick C. Fine
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Pros
  • Great people and pleasant balanced work environment (in 6 reviews)

  • comparable compensation to other orgs; great benefits (12% contribution to pension (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • work load, non-profit salary, high turnover (in 5 reviews)

  • Less job security and favoritism/nepotism for certain staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, good opportunities, excellent work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive family-friendly environment with flexible schedules, excellent benefits. Really high quality development work produced by some great minds and committed people. Good opportunities to grow, travel, learn, and get to know the industry.

    Cons

    Cons are what you'd find at any company this size - a lot of bureaucratic hurdles, paperwork, growing pains trying to nail down a strategy, poor internal communication. Also, the pros above can be inconsistent depending on your department/team/supervisor. Hard to streamline and make things consistent for 4,000 companies in 50+ countries. But overall a good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As expressed elsewhere, give new and younger staff more opportunities to advance and contribute meaningfully. Invest in values like impact and innovation. Reward great leadership and initiative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Limited opportunities for entry level

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is great as well as they staff. Everyone is very committed to their work and the breadth of projects at FHI 360 make it a very interesting place to work.

    Cons

    Departments are still adjusting from the acquisition of AED, and our new country based model moved most backstopping positions overseas so there are not as many entry level positions (Program Assistant/Program Officer) at the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FHI 360 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere. The staff are friendly

    Cons

    Length of internship is short

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Finance Officer

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    Former Employee - Finance Officer II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Finance Officer II in Washington, DC

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment /Good organization with complete room to grow

    Cons

    Company has the tendency to replace senior executive a lot within short term period.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great organization, but not without its problems.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and the staff are committed. I am able to take time off whenever I want for however long and I have a great relationship with my coworkers. Everyone works hard and I've never felt like I'm picking up the slack for anyone. The staff make FHI a great place to work. Because our work tends to be integrated, you have the opportunity to work across topic areas and with different groups and teams, so you can learn a lot and really build your knowledge-base. You are implementing work that sometimes has high-visibility, so that experience in itself can boost your career. Overall, FHI has been my preferred employer in comparison to the last few organizations I've worked for.

    Cons

    The leadership isn't great. It often feels as if they're just not engaged with their staff and are not concerned with their development, even though the staff are the ones winning the awards that keep this non-profit going. They have not come up with a way to retain talented workers after projects end, so unfortunately, they keep losing them. There are few opportunities to move up, especially if you are project-based. You're lucky if you have continuous employment from project to project, which leads people to take on way too much work with unrealistically low levels of time (levels of effort). The acquisition of AED did make things more challenging and FHI is still trying to work it out. I think eventually it will. But overall, you really need to be an opportunist and go-getter to thrive here b/c often it might feel like you have no mentorship and no one looking out for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to retain talented staff between projects. Also, perhaps if more opportunities existed (funded by an FCO other than the departmental account which is limited) to cross-train staff in other areas you would not have a revolving door of talent and would have more satisfied employees. You should also be making it a priority for your staff to grow and develop their skill-set. Also, some supervisors make it very difficult for their staff to be promoted and I think this is because there is little to no guidance (or it's too vague) and so, in my opinion, you have staff in certain departments who are underpaid for the market. Also, there seems to be a culture of understaffing projects (regarding LOE). We're asked to do substantial amounts of work with 5 and 10% LOE, which is ridiculous. You end up having an insane workload and then nothing gets done on time. I think there should be a minimum amount of time a person is on a project, something like 25% and project leadership need to figure out how to use their staff more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, but poor managment...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Officer II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer II in Washington, DC

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great organization for entry-level employees to get their foot in the door
    - comparable compensation to other orgs; great benefits (12% contribution to pension!)
    - interesting and challenging projects
    - people at HQ and country offices are amazing to work with

    Cons

    - bureaucratic
    - not much room for growth after certain level; a lot of people leave and come back for higher level jobs
    - acquisition with AED was a nightmare and continues to be messy; lots of disorganization
    - roles and responsibilities of HQ departments not clearly delineated; program staff take on all realms of responsibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to make hard decisions and stick with them; initiate job progression charts and processes for staff. too much talent is lost due to stagnant job growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good people, interesting work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time

    Pros

    Everyone cares about what we do. It's an organization of 4,000+ people, and nearly every one of them is invested in making the world a good place. The work-life balance is really respected. Business is stable, despite being project-based which inherently means some fluctuations. The benefits are jaw-droppingly good (18-23 vacation days, 12 sick days, 10 holidays, extensive health coverage, 12% contribution to retirement, etc).

    Cons

    Like most big organizations, there are people who can be dumb or rude; there are processes that can make you want to pull your hair out; your professional growth path can be ambiguous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on making the organization well run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FHI 360

    Pros

    environment, culture, people, opportunity, meaningful work

    Cons

    work load, non-profit salary, high turnover

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people work with, good work environment

    Cons

    Squandering of money will drive you crazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quite blowing money. Hire enough people to do the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Low organizational support with high trust meant lots of autonomy and personal growth

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FHI 360 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work atmosphere, lots of opportunities for growth and personal initiative, recognizes complexities of global health programming

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, many people to go through before approval or change is accomplished, seemed to have fairly high turnover, managers very busy

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