Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
Planned Parenthood – New York – “View from elevators”

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3.2 140 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

(56 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to work on important issues like health care for women(in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits, giving back to the community(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a good deal of secrecy and cronyism among the upper management in the Arizona affiliate(in 7 reviews)

  • Compensation, constant/high turnover, incompetent management, reputation of the company(in 5 reviews)

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    It totally depends of which affiliate you are working for!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis 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.

    ConsPlanned 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 Senior ManagementManagers 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Understaffed, underpaid, underappreciated

    Planned Parenthood, Health Center Assistant (Current Employee)

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

    ConsSlow 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great people but not overworked and unhappy

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsImpressive, 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PPSWCF - Bullying President/CEO

    Director of Executive and Board Affairs (Former Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsThe mission of the organization is great.

    ConsTheir 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 Senior ManagementStop 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".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great mission but...

    Reproductive Health Assistant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros401k matching 1% of salary
    Free services
    Coworkers with similar political views.
    Safe environment.
    PTO

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PP Illinois: Don't expect to stay very long

    (Former Employee)

    ProsPPIL is a state-wide organization and serves many different groups - urban, suburban, and rural patients. It is an important safety-net provider.

    ConsIt doesn't seem to matter whether you are super-competent or completely incompetent - you will be laid off or asked to leave at about the 2 year mark, sometimes earlier. The only people that stay are the VP level people. This means that at the service level there is constant turnover and there are always people in training who don't know the process.

    Also the administrative office has an entrenched, isolated, toxic workplace culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes line staff have good ideas, and people who go to work in the office building don't understand the stress at Aurora or Near North clinics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a good starting point...

    Clinician (Current Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great mission, but large need for organizational overhaul...top to bottom and side to side

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHi energy coming out of certain areas
    Never boring due to constant fire drills and changing priorities
    Addictive culture for those that are natural workaholics
    Lots of very nice, super intelligent people with good intentions (mostly)

    ConsWhat starts at the top - trickles down. Starting with the Executive Team - there is no genuine consensus or alignment between leadership and their respective areas, which results in such waste of time, money, energy and underutilized resources. The problem seems to be recognized, but no real effort is ever put towards doing anything about it.

    Politics and agenda setting are overwhelming, favoritism runs rampant, financial accountability is completely absent and totally unenforced, and there are turf wars going on amongst the senior levels that the folks who actually do the work have to pay the price for. As result - there's morale issues and constant turnover at the true work levels. The culture feels like being back in High School at times, with all of the gossipy back-stabbing and undermining of work that goes on.

    Good intentions (which are entirely legit) do not make up for a lack of pure functional expertise. Passion does not excuse a complete void of business intelligence when you're wasting precious budget dollars that were sourced from charitable giving - that could be used to support the services at the health centers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall to management - Recognize the need to step aside if you don't have the ability to make decisions based on having the right type of management experience.

    From the top down - clean house and reset the stage. Cecile is an awesome CEO in the very classic sense. She is focused on being the face of the org from a press standpoint, and is VERY good at it! However she should hire someone to focus on improving the actual business profitability of the organization, knows how to efficiently set priorities and plans, and has a vision for how to bring things into the 21st century.

    Cut down on the number of "assistants" being constantly hired, do your own admin work, and instead try hiring SME across vital areas. Empower staff versus always micro-managing the details, who end up being reduced down to order takers.

    Do not rank personal ego above the actual dedication to mission on a daily basis. Treat others as you would want to be treated yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Reproductive Health Assistant

    Reproductive Health Assistant (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood benefits, giving back to the community

    Conslow pay, upper management treats workers like robots

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart looking at the real workers, for example the ones running your health centers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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