John Snow, Inc Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Great mission; great bennies

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC

    I worked at John Snow, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated public health professionals who want to make change in the world. Has a global and domestic portfolio, relatively diverse portfolio of projects. You can do some amazing things out there.

    Corporate culture is ridiculously supportive of its employees, with fantastic benefits. Relatively "flat" structure so things are somewhat informal and organic.

    Cons

    The flat structure can result in a lack of structure/consistency across projects. They rely heavily on the federal government for their work, so their portfolio isn't very diverse. If something went terribly wrong, you have no cover from other projects that can absorb you. There is a bit of favoritism with staff, with people who have an "in" easily moving from one project to the next, while others may have a harder time doing so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a transition plan and be transparent about who will lead the company once Joel decides to retire. Help remedy the rift between Washington and Boston, particularly when it comes to business development and financial/administrative work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great and supportive place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    passionate people, fascinating work, supportive environment

    Cons

    siloed teams, experience depends on your manager

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great work environment and good people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    Interesting work, mission driven people, beautiful office, many different projects

    Cons

    Little room for advancement because there is no hierarchy within the org

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    poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    - this is a nice place for entry level people, who are often given opportunities and tasks far above what might be given to them in a comparable organization.

    Cons

    - minimal to no organizational strategy. The senior management are out of touch, and make decisions capriciously and in secret.
    - nepotisim (people promoted based on longevity, and not talent or abilities)
    - horisontal structure well touted, but equates to no oversight of work products or quality. There is little incentive for this as incompetent people thrive in this environment with no oversight.
    - no recourse for the above - senior management squashes and dissent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time to change, before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Great place to develop self, contribute to society, strengthen families and communities.

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If your idea or passion is aligned with their vision and mission, you have the space to develop it to its fullest.

    Cons

    Not for those individuals that need structure in order to perform.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Summer Internship in DC

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    Former Intern - Intern in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Intern - Intern in Rosslyn, VA

    I worked at John Snow, Inc as an intern

    Pros

    I was able to work on actual projects and wasn't given minute jobs. The company is set up to have a free flow of ideas and help from one another. There didn't seem to be a strict hierarchy, even with the top managers.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed working for the company, and I do not have anything negative to say about JSI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    passionate, dedicated, intelligent people who are about the work they do
    great location in Boston, and other office in US
    they really do care about their employees. great flexibility and benefits.

    Cons

    it's all about the work and the people, but not a lot is done to celebrate and sometimes moral can seem to be low. Sometimes everyone is so focused on the task at hand they may not be aware of what is going on elsewhere in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more activities to bring people together

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great place to work with very driven people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a great atmosphere for public health professionals. The flat hierarchy, as much as it may seem to be only a buzz word, really is the way that the company work, is the company culture and influences almost everything that goes on, which really makes the workplace casual, but still demanding of professional work

    Cons

    The flat hierarchy has its own learning curve and takes a little while to become familiar, but when you become accustomed to the work environment, it is incredibly empowering and lets you easily talk with senior employees without

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current trajectory is positive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Wonderful DC office!

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, flexible, amazing health coverage. The values of the company are great and there are good networking opportunities within the organization with brown bags and happy hours.

    Cons

    if you need a lot of guidance and hand holding this is not the best place. There tends to not be as much training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Stimulating and fast paced environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Snow, Inc

    Pros

    Brilliant, committed co-workers, emphasis on work life balance and very good prospects for professional growth. Solid experience in and knowledge of health and education in low resource environments.

    Cons

    Heavy work load. HR policies could use strengthening. More strategic thinking about where the company wants to go in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Systematize HR policies and related infrastructure. More strategic thinking about where the company wants to go in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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