Population Services International
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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Population Services International full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
- For those green in their career, this is the place to be. You learn a ton, opportunity for promotion is plentiful
- Opportunities to go to the field are available to internal staff
- Internal movement is highly regarded at PSI (field to HQ, HQ to field)
- Solid benefits, $500 gym allowance
- Awesome coworkers who have a common goal of helping Sara
- Flexible working schedule (this is my #1 reason I'm still with the company)
- Telecommuting is an option after 6 months (supervisor still has to approve)Cons
- Mid-level and above? Don't even bother. There is zero career development above a PM level and the only staff who seem to get those promotions have either been at the company for 8+ years or are a squeaky wheel.
- Salaries are not competitive with the DC market. For junior roles it's on par, PM and above they're missing the salary mark by 10's of thousands.
- Turnover is very high in certain departments and it doesn't seem like much is done about it.
- Brilliant technical staff are rewarded with no repercussions for their inability to speak to colleagues/donors with respect.
- Managers aren't trained. They go from an APM with 2 yrs of work experience to a PM who will be overseeing at least 3 staff and they get zero training. I've seen too many terrible managers get praised every year for doing a sub-par job at no real fault of their own. HR needs to own this and require there be a training for staff going into a management role.
- PSI touts they have amazing benefits when in reality it's on par with every other NGO in DC and try to use that as a reason they give out low salaries.
- Merit increases are way too low, no opportunity for bonuses and mediocrity is rewarded.
- Too many people in a high level role that have been there WAY past their expiration date. They're stale at their jobs and never held accountable for bettering themselves professionally.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Pay your staff appropriately, train your managers, have clear career paths OR admit that you're a churn and burn organization.RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Population Services International.Interview Details
I was interviewed to fill in temporarily for an associate program manager, and the process was pretty straightforward and painless. I was first interviewed briefly over the phone by the HR for the specific department, and qualified for the in-person interview. The people interviewing me were very pleasant and friendly, and quite attentive to what I had to say. I was excited to be able to interview for PSI and would definitely seek to re-apply with them in the future.Interview Questions
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Population Services International (PSI) goes far beyond the scope of its name. Founded in 1970 to promote international family planning, PSI has established social marketing programs that build local distribution networks in low-income regions in more than 65 countries worldwide for products such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, iodized salt, snake boots, and insect repellent, along with condoms, contraceptives, and pregnancy test kits. The group prides itself on using business principals and claims it has averted more than 156,000 cases of HIV, 2.6 million unintended...