FHI 360

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FHI 360 Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
77 Reviews
3.3
77 Reviews
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Patrick C. Fine
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people and pleasant balanced work environment (in 6 reviews)

  • Good people in lower level positions doing great work without recognition, good benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • work load, non-profit salary, high turnover (in 5 reviews)

  • Less job security and favoritism/nepotism for certain staff (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very satisfying experiences in FHI 360

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Durham, NC

    I have been working at FHI 360

    Pros

    The workplace is very nice and the people are pretty nice. Work schedule is flexible, no many tight deadlines. Pension package and health insurance are excellent.

    Cons

    For youngsters, it is not very challenging and doesn't provide plenty of quick promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pleasant place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, leadership that cares about you, large organization with lots going on, opportunities for employees to grow professionally. If you do well and the management sees it, you can be promoted fairly quickly.

    Cons

    A bit too easy on poor performers and people who consistently drop the ball. Fairly relaxed attitude about whether or not you actually possess the competencies needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more performance driven.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting Work, Diverse Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Overall FHI 360 is a large government contractor (nonprofit) that does interesting work all over the world. The people are very nice - and I appreciate the focus on hiring a diverse staff. There is not an overly 'corporate' feel, which is nice.

    Cons

    It really depends on what project you work for, in terms of the quality of your supervisors, collegiality, and opportunities to advance. There is also an issue with professional development. Some seem to experience an issue with the company making connections for employees after their contracts come to a close. There are internal systems to keep people employed, but this organization still seems very focused on contracts, more than individuals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible depressing experience,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people in lower level positions doing great work without recognition, good benefits

    Cons

    No investment in staff training, no advancement potential unless you are in the right clique

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to come down a peg or two and acknowledge the existence of lower-level staff and the impact they play in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Enormous Potential, Difficult Reorganization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    FHI 360 is enormous, and with the acquisition of AED's technical personnel, has the potential to have a significant impact in any number of development arenas. Fantastic people, strong technical skills, high levels of dedication and a truly global reach are impressive.

    Cons

    FHI 360 has struggled to blend the FHI and AED cultures and to integrate their systems effectively. Internal communications are poor and morale is very low. Turnover is high. This may have improved over the last year or two since I left, however, anecdotally I hear that is not the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use a real ground-up approach to develop buy-in for key needs in the organization - the more participatory, the better. Communicate with the team far more openly and regularly. Trust and use your people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok place to work. Lots of transition.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FHI 360

    Pros

    Good colleagues and very global.

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunities.

  8.  

    Great company, good opportunities, excellent work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive family-friendly environment with flexible schedules, excellent benefits. Really high quality development work produced by some great minds and committed people. Good opportunities to grow, travel, learn, and get to know the industry.

    Cons

    Cons are what you'd find at any company this size - a lot of bureaucratic hurdles, paperwork, growing pains trying to nail down a strategy, poor internal communication. Also, the pros above can be inconsistent depending on your department/team/supervisor. Hard to streamline and make things consistent for 4,000 companies in 50+ countries. But overall a good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As expressed elsewhere, give new and younger staff more opportunities to advance and contribute meaningfully. Invest in values like impact and innovation. Reward great leadership and initiative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worked at FHI 360 for about two years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Co-workers are generally friendly and cooperative.

    Cons

    Executive and upper management are out of touch with middle management and below. Not receptive to suggestions about change and improvement. When confronted with suggested changes, management seemed insulted and blamed problems on lower level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire capable employees in management who should be able to do their job effectively. Management spends too much time and money on retreats which were shown time and time again to be ineffective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Limited opportunities for entry level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FHI 360 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is great as well as they staff. Everyone is very committed to their work and the breadth of projects at FHI 360 make it a very interesting place to work.

    Cons

    Departments are still adjusting from the acquisition of AED, and our new country based model moved most backstopping positions overseas so there are not as many entry level positions (Program Assistant/Program Officer) at the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Entry level, then left for more promising opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Officer I in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Officer I in Washington, DC

    I worked at FHI 360 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    FHI 360 is a quality organization with inspired employees, motivated leaders and a secured place in the future of international development. It is a company in transition that has a bright future. You will meet some amazing people who have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of people around the world. From an entry level standpoint, this company will introduce you to the highs and lows of the profession. The younger subset of the office is active and thriving; there are many people to meet and interact with in and out of the office. This is a fantastic place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Some employees (especially former AED people) are disgruntled. The senior leadership is making very serious overtures to the rank and file but it does not seem to resonate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FHI 360's population pyramid is bloated in the middle and the top, and it is hard to advance quickly as an entry level employee. For some, this is fine; certain employees who join at the entry level want to get some great experience and then move on to other things (they will; and do). But to retain talent, and keep young professionals from jumping to other firms, FHI 360 needs to start promoting young talent at a faster pace. There is a large portion of the company that is there because of seniority and little else. Make FHI 360 a vibrant meritocracy, with a more limited regard to age, and this sleeping giant will start to stir.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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