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Updated Jul 12, 2014

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Patrick C. Fine


36% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendly environment, Great people to work with(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)

  • Senior management cannot seem to commit to a direction or decision(in 5 reviews)

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    Great organization, but not without its problems.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementFigure 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, but poor managment...

    Program Officer II (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, interesting work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone 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).

    ConsLike 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 Senior ManagementFocus on making the organization well run.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosenvironment, culture, people, opportunity, meaningful work

    Conswork load, non-profit salary, high turnover

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Quality Manager (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsWonderful people work with, good work environment

    ConsSquandering of money will drive you crazy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuite blowing money. Hire enough people to do the job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsLots 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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    a good workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood benefits package, good company culture, transparent business environment

    Conssystem is old. lack of opportunity within company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lost potential - referred to old AED

    Senior Advisor (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery good work human environment: respectful, enthusiastic, committed
    Work worldwide
    Work and staff in multiple sectors: health, education, social development, etc.

    ConsField staff are "second class citizens" with no career tracks in the organization
    Management leadership is weak, uncoordinated, not strategic
    Systems are old fashioned and clunky: things work only because staff give 110%

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganize as a single global organization, not two tiered
    Focus on project management as the key skill
    Differentiate project management from technical work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work

    Clinical Research (Former Employee) Bang Phae (Thailand)

    ProsFriendly environment, Great people to work with

    Conssometimes can be stressful and high workloads

    Advice to Senior Managementmanagement is quite good , mix between upper level from the headquarter and local.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Really interesting work with occasionally stressful circumstances

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work is really interesting if you like global public health and FHI has a high standard of quality. When talking to anyone else in the same field, I always hear compliments about the quality of FHI's work. The organization also allows for a very flexible work schedule.

    ConsLike many industries out there right now, funding for jobs is not always stable. Job instability has created challenges in the work environment and at time a rather negative work environment given the stress levels of employees. Things have improved, but there's certainly still no guarantee of plentiful funding or long-term stability.

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