Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
169 Reviews
3.2
169 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to work on important issues like health care for women (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, giving back to the community (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a good deal of secrecy and cronyism among the upper management in the Arizona affiliate (in 8 reviews)

  • For all the company's emphasis on the importance of health, the work-life balance here is strikingly unhealthy (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Center Assistant
    Former Employee - Center Assistant

    I worked at Planned Parenthood full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co workers. Made some really awesome friends working here.

    Cons

    Well where do we start. Management at certain centers had no idea what they were doing. "Corporate" is a joke they don't talk to their clinics and have no idea what is going on in them other than what money is coming in vs what's going out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible HR dept. in San Diego

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Planned Parenthood full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are good. Option to work 9/80 schedule. Opportunity to work with "like minded" co-workers....if you share their values and mission.

    Cons

    HR dept is run by a director that hires her friends and is power hungry. They manipulate promotions and give themselves raises. Very political and toxic environment for anyone who is not in the "friends" fold. They have you stop working and call politicians to lobby for women's rights issues. Big waste of taxpayer money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Darrah needs to get involved and not just sit in her office and do press releases and photo shoots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Revolving door....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Planned Parenthood full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's an excellent mission and you have the ability to positively impact your community every day. This is "feel good" work so if you believe in the cause, you have the opportunity to feel positive each day.

    Cons

    Turnover rate is atrocious, it's over 50%. Employees don't feel valued because the pay is so low, especially for the quality of work that is expected. The work is emotional, draining and it can create burnout quickly with the lack of compassion from our employer. It feels like PP serves the patients at the expense of it's workers well being. The atmosphere feels like we're constantly scrambling to make it work and we're one step away from shutting down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am concerned for the welfare of this affiliates future. Mid level management is often unprofessional, disconnected, and burned out. It was inappropriate for PP to have me do my exit interview with my immediate manager as opposed to an HR rep-particularly when my manager asked me to rate her performance in a series of questions. It might be worthwhile to clean house and start fresh. Lastly, pay people a livable, fair wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It totally depends of which affiliate you are working for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Planned Parenthood

    Pros

    This is a nationally recognized leader in women's reproductive health care. The mission and vision is clear, and the staff are motivated to do their best - however, each affiliate is separate. This means that under the umbrella of "Planned Parenthood" there are nearly 80 different affiliates with their own board of directors, senior staff, culture, and organizational policies and procedures. I worked for Planned Parenthood of Montana - my review is only based on my experience there.

    Cons

    Planned Parenthood of Montana suffers from terrible leadership. It is a "top down" problem - within the Development department there is almost constant staff turnover, due mostly to extreme micromanagement and a hostile work environment. I can't speak for the other departments - Education, Public Affairs, Health Services - but beware of taking a job in Development. You'll be out of there in under a year, as have most of the Development staff under the current Director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should receive comprehensive training on standard management and HR best practices. There should be no tolerance for senior staff who create a hostile work environment for those they supervise. Staff retention and quality staff acquisition should be priority goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Understaffed, underpaid, underappreciated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planned Parenthood, Health Center Assistant
    Current Employee - Planned Parenthood, Health Center Assistant

    I have been working at Planned Parenthood full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Helping others who truly value and need your help, lots of on job training if you work in the health center

    Cons

    Slow to promote, training done for your work does not transfer to credible job skills outside of planned parenthood (phlebotomy and injection certification), long hours with high demands and no sincere recognition from Admin to boost morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pay your employees poorly and then strongly encourage them to make donations to the company when they can barely afford to pay for themselves. It just rubs in how little we make working for a cause that we used to truly believe in....and then when we see money going towards things that seem like a huge waste of our resources it really hurts how we feel about the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people but not overworked and unhappy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Planned Parenthood full-time

    Pros

    Impressive, smart and savvy group of people running and working at all ranks of the company. Everyone believes in what they do. The work you're doing there is for the greater good. So many of the clients you're indirectly impacting go to PP for their check ups. It's a great cause and mission.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. Constant pressure (partly from external factors). People just aren't happy there. People leave constantly. Work-life balance is nearly impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in keeping people. Turnover rates are really high, and that has never been addressed. It was never clear if management was concerned by this. I'm guessing not.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    PPSWCF - Bullying President/CEO

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    Former Employee - Director of Executive and Board Affairs in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Director of Executive and Board Affairs in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Planned Parenthood full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is great.

    Cons

    Their motto of "Care. No Matter What." unfortunately does not apply to employees. The President/CEO is a bully who leads by fear and intimidation. Turnover in some positions is as high as 200%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming your employees for your bad boss behavior. Have you seen the movie "The Devil Wears Prada"? You would think a "caring" organization would respect their hard working employees. Take a look in the mirror...ALL your employees can't be at fault! Don't establish MLK as a paid "Holiday" in the employee manual, and then expect all your employees to either show up for or dial in to a conference call on their "Holiday". Work/life balance is woefully "out of balance".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reproductive Health Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Reproductive Health Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Planned Parenthood full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k matching 1% of salary
    Free services
    Coworkers with similar political views.
    Safe environment.
    PTO

    Cons

    Insurance benefits are getting more expensive each year.
    Template allows are 6 patients per clinician per hour.
    Overworked and underpaid health center staff.
    No movement up unless you know someone whether you are qualified or not.
    Replacement scrubs are not provided.
    Not allowed to have bottled water at station. Dehydration occurs often.
    Horrible communication between admin and health center. The health center is told protocol by one person only to have it conflicting with what another person advised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate the health center staff.
    Allow managers to control the patient schedule template.
    Fix the cons listed.
    Apologize when wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is no management "team". PPMM is run solely by the CEO who allows no dissenting opinions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Planned Parenthood full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very committed, long-term, on the ground staff who go above and beyond to fulfill the mission of making every family a healthy family. The benefit the organization provides to the community is outstanding and undisputed.

    Cons

    The org is chronically understaffed, there is horrific staff moral, and bad seeds are allowed to remain. (Some of whom sit on management team.) If you have a family, and you are trying to work your way up, regardless of how much you produce, don't expect it to be flexible without punitive action. HR cannot address concerns even with proof of a hostile workplace; everything stops with the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your management team reflective of where the organization needs to be in 10 years--Promote a competent staffer under 50 (of which there are many) and groom them for leadership and succession. Ensure the Board sees the accurate financial picture and address the discrepancies between the organization's mission to its clients and ensure it includes staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    It's a good starting point...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinician
    Current Employee - Clinician

    I have been working at Planned Parenthood full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a well-defined scope of practice dictated by written protocols.
    Good pay/benefits.
    Fairly good orientation for new medical staff.

    Cons

    The management is HORRIBLE!!!!!
    Clinic managers are hardly ever in their office. It is not helpful for managers to be working from home or at off-site business meetings all the time. They should be working on the floor, managing.

    No one cares about your outside life. They will over-schedule as many patients as they need to get their numbers for the week. They don't care if you stay late 1-2 hours every day, or get screamed at because patients are waiting for 3-4 hours out front. You get questioned for staying late to see all the patients and finish your work, but if you don't stay until every single patient is seen then you get yelled at.

    Your opinion doesn't matter. You get the impression it might when you have long business meetings and management appears to be taking notes on your suggestions, but nothing ever changes. They do not come up with logical solutions to problems. And if you suggest one, they will come up with a different one just so they can use their own ideas.

    They waste so much money on administrative traveling, director lunches, unnecessary commuting, yet they're quick to fire employees to make budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are killing the very planned parenthood mission you pretend to stand for.
    All employees should be treated with respect. If you rewarded your good employees you wouldn't have such high turnover.
    It's sad they will never get it!!! And the patients and hard-working employees are the ones at suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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