International Medical Corps

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International Medical Misery

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I worked at International Medical Corps full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

-Still some very good field operators out there working hard to make a difference

Cons

-Senior Managers at HQ overseeing field programs and operations are extremely paranoid, under qualified and overpaid, They take a 'dumb down' approach to management to protect their own jobs-- meaning that they hire under qualified staff to make sure they do not lose theirs. Unfortunately this takes its toll on some very good field staff who have to pick up HQ slack and basically do everything for them. Very top down approach.
-Horrible working environment at HQ offices--no team feel, no team building exercises, no management meetings, no briefings on global programs, no momentum, no leadership.

-If you wish to progress and move up in the Organization based on merit, you better look elsewhere.

-There are no salary scales at IMC and they like it that way. There is a huge variation in salaries across the board. Be prepared to be undercut and undervalued throughout your tenure there.If you stay too long you will use your sense of self-worth--don't do it!
-HR policies are dubious at best-- they exist only to protect the Organization's interests and those who form part of the inner circle and not the employee.

-HR inner policies point towards hiring of third country nationals for field assignments over US Citizens regardless of if they are qualified to perform the job or not because it reduces the legal liability on the Organization. Very sad to see how an Organization funded mostly by USG/ US tax payer dollars does not give Americans an equal shot at jobs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Let go and bring in some qualified people with fresh ideas. Recycling the same programs time and again will soon have you hitting a brick wall.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, but really disorganized

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    Current Employee - Program Officer
    Current Employee - Program Officer

    I have been working at International Medical Corps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Nice colleagues with interesting professional experience
    - Good pay (expatriates)
    - Interesting work overall

    I think there is a huge potential for doing interesting work here, and the staff, especially national staff are extremely welcoming and willing to make a difference.

    Cons

    - No training, not much room for growth
    - Weak management with the tendency to micro-manage
    - Awkward flow of responsibility and communication between HQ and field

    Communication is a major problem, and information sharing is haphazard. Furthermore, there is an overall lack of training, especially in the field, and it can be difficult to professionally grow in these expat positions. There's also a lack of clarity regarding roles and responsibilities in the mission where I work, which is extremely frustrating when starting off (linking this back to poor communicaiton and weak management). Also among management, there's a lot of petty politics and egos that inhibit a smooth implementation of activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your staff at all levels and let the field make decisions regarding their programming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Believed in work being done in the field, but HQ leadership difficult to work for.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at International Medical Corps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great cause. Great volunteers and field staff. Important work.

    Cons

    Leadership at HQ is volatile, secretive and power hungry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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