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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 (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.

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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 (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.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Awful Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at International Medical Corps full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you don't have much experience and can stick it out for a year, it will look good on your resume. Also, so of the field programs are excellent, but it varies country to country (HQ doesn't set the tone or have quality control internationally) so investigate before you go.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. The CEO was related to one of the founders and was given the job in her 20s with no experience. She has failed to develop leadership or vision and the organization hasn't done anything innovative since the 1980s. Rather than recruit a group of experienced managers to run the organization, the Aossey has given the jobs to personal friends, most of whom don't have the training, education or skill sets for the jobs they hold. As a group, the management is secretive and suspicious. The HR department exists primarily to undermine employee, and shield ineffective managers from censure and executive decisions from scrutiny.

    Employees are demoralized and the work environment can be tense. The organization doesn't provide training and has openly adopted the position that it will not invest in employee development. Basically, the expectation is that, either you will come is as a friend of a senior manager and be given a senior position and a disproportionately high salary, or you will come in, work until you hit a wall and realize that you can't advance, and leave for greener pastures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up and bring in some experienced managers with the appropriate skill sets. Value your employees - you don't make any products, so your people are your greatest business asset. Fire the HR department and hire some people with HR backgrounds, skilled in employee development. Provide clear opportunities for learning and advancement. Pay market salaries.

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